CGRundertow OUTLAND for PlayStation 3 Video Game Review
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CGRundertow OUTLAND for PlayStation 3 Video Game Review

August 26, 2019

Outland is one of those game that takes elements
from different genres to create something completely unique. It feels very familiar
while also being unlike anything else. It is a high mark in game design and is impressive
every minute you are playing it. The game offers a deep backstory for the setting.
Many years ago the world was created by two sisters, one of light and one of darkness.
After these sisters created the world, they attempted to destroy it but were stopped by
a hero and imprisoned. The hero died in that struggle, but was said to return and fight
again against the sisters. This is where you come in, the sisters have escaped their prison
and it is up to you, the reincarnation of the hero, to stop them. The game is a 2D platformer that puts a creative
spin on the genre. You move through the levels, running and jumping. The platforming itself
feels very good. The controls are responsive and the level design leads to some crafty
puzzles and great sections. You can move through the levels with a grace without feeling rushed.
There is also enemies that must be dealt with. The combat is simple but very effective. It
works well without being overly complicated. The game quickly introduces what makes its
platforming so unique. There is a major focus on light and dark, represented as blue and
red. You will harness the essence of different spirits, either light or dark. What this means
is you are going to have to switch between the two to move through the levels and fight
enemies. Energy beams of the different colors will shine, forcing you to be in the right
state to pass. This starts off simple enough but quickly becomes much more complicated
and also much more enjoyable. You will have to make jumps and switch colors to pass through
a beam, and then switch back to land on the platform. Even the enemies are color specific.
It becomes very challenging, but the good kind that doesn’t feel cheap and is very
rewarding when you accomplish it. And everything is absolutely gorgeous. The
art direction is always incredible and at times jaw-dropping. Your character is a shadow,
moving against the dark background. That makes the blues and reds stand out and come right
off the screen. The style fits the game so well and just makes everything better. This game is just incredible on every level.
Every aspect is polished to perfection to make a game that could be described that way.
The gameplay and art direction craft a game that everyone needs to play.

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  1. How I have loooonged for CGRundertow to review this game, it's a FANTASTIC game in every aspect, and I really wanted to know if they felt the same way 😀
    Well, you heard the man guys, "everyone needs to play this game", and I can definetly sign that statement!! So hurry up and download it! 😀

  2. Ryan. Get some creative writing lessons, alright? I could do the same video within a blink of a second. It's like you aren't even trying. :S

  3. Yeah, I don't like Ryan's narration. It doesn't flow well, he gets too hung up on pronouncing every syllable perfectly without infusing any sort of feeling. It's a very mechanical style that doesn't do much to keep the audience listening.

  4. This is exactly what I want as well. I mainly subscribed because I like the reviews from Derek. Of course, each person has his or her own style, so I don't mean to say that he needs to copy Derek. But get involved in the 'whys' and try to mix it up with imaginative writing. That way it becomes far more interesting to listen to what you have to say.

  5. The first thing I thought was 'Ikaruga' and I'm glad to see I wasn't the only one.

    This looks like my kind of game. Thanks for the heads up!

  6. Thanks for letting us know about non-mainstream but awesome games like this.
    I like your voice, by the way.
    Keep up the good work.

  7. why does everyone think, complicated is enjoyable? i just want to waste time without much stress and just be entertained – nearly EVERY game has some parts, when you just want to throw away the disc or crush your hardware – one of the few games that is just relaxing and has that certain flow, is red dead redemption ..

  8. This game is great. A shame it’s so slept on, as it’d be great to have on a modern console. To this day, the game feels quite unique.

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