Review

Outriders review: A slick but unnecessary looting sim

People Can Fly’s always-online shooter can be fun in short bursts, but it’s simply not worth the journey

Game director
Bartosz Kmita
Key Credits
Joshua Rubin (Lead writer), Inon Zur (Composer)

Outriders is its own greatest victim. There are some decent ideas in here – an absorbing cauldron of combat variables, some majestic geography, even a few guns worth holding onto – but they're dragged down and suffocated by a game that doesn't want to entertain you but hypnotise you with the prospect of another trinket.

  • Some beautiful environments
  • Slick and elaborate, if familiar third-person shooting
  • Loot grind bleaches away the combat's thrill
  • Dull, lifeless story and writing
2 / 5
Version tested
PlayStation 5
Outriders review: A slick but unnecessary looting sim
Game director
Bartosz Kmita
Key Credits
Joshua Rubin (Lead writer), Inon Zur (Composer)

Outriders is its own greatest victim. There are some decent ideas in here – an absorbing cauldron of combat variables, some majestic geography, even a few guns worth holding onto – but they're dragged down and suffocated by a game that doesn't want to entertain you but hypnotise you with the prospect of another trinket.

  • Some beautiful environments
  • Slick and elaborate, if familiar third-person shooting
  • Loot grind bleaches away the combat's thrill
  • Dull, lifeless story and writing
2 / 5
Version tested
PlayStation 5