Hood: Outlaws & Legends
By Matt Cabral,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Bloody, medieval multiplayer entry puts fresh spin on genre.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
There are some subtle underlying themes tied to the Robin Hood mythos of stealing from the bad guys to help out the good guys.
Positive Role Models
Teamwork and communication between players is key to succeeding. One of the game's systems encourages players to give some of their stolen spoils to the less fortunate. Characters share names -- Robin, Mary, John -- with the source material's legendary outlaw heroes.
Ease of Play
Controls, systems, and mechanics should feel familiar to fans of third-person action games. A standalone tutorial also does a good job of introducing and explaining the game's multiplayer mode.
Violence & Scariness
There's lots of brutal, bloody melee combat, including characters getting stabbed, having their throats slit, and being beaten with blunt objects. Blood's sometimes splattered on the camera and often covers the attacker's clothing. Ranged attacks, including headshots with arrows, are frequent, as are explosive blasts that kill targets.
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Occasional threats of violence and death are spoken by non-playable enemy characters. The game's online nature allows players to speak to each other over chat, where offensive language can potentially be used.
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Products & Purchases
Add-on packs containing cosmetic items can be purchased separately.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some in-game environmental props -- bottles, barrels -- look like items that may contain alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hood: Outlaws & Legends is a competitive online multiplayer game available for download on Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and Windows-based PCs. While the game's loosely based on the legend of Robin Hood, it's primarily a combat-focused action game pitting players against each other in a competitive heist mode. As such, there's plenty of bloody melee and ranged exchanges, resulting in both live participants and non-playable characters dying in brutal fashion. Throats are slit, chests are stabbed, heads are pierced with arrows, and characters are bludgeoned with battle hammers. There's lots of blood, but not much graphic imagery or gore beyond that. There's a heavy focus on teamwork and communication, as well as some subtle messaging around helping the less fortunate by sticking it to the man. The gameplay will feel familiar to fans of third-person action games, while a dedicated tutorial nicely teaches newcomers the ropes. As with any online multiplayer experience supporting in-game chat, there's always the potential to be exposed to offensive language used by other players.
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What’s It About?
HOOD: OUTLAWS & LEGENDS is an online multiplayer game that attempts to put a fresh spin on the genre by having two teams of four compete to complete a heist. Trading the usual guns and grenades of similar games, Hood arms players with a variety of medieval weapons, from swords and bows to battle hammers and flails. On top of duking it out with other live participants, players must also contend with a number of AI-controlled enemies trying to thwart their progress. The game contains a quartet of playable characters, all sporting unique strengths, abilities, and upgrade paths. Hood also includes multiple maps and a single player mode. It's loosely based on the story of Robin Hood, and players can access more shop items to customize their characters by sharing their stolen riches with those who've been wronged by the evil sheriff.
Is It Any Good?
Between the abundance of battle royale games and the glut of more traditional multiplayer entries, there's no shortage of ways to eliminate our friends online. Hood: Outlaws & Legends attempts to cut through the competition, spinning the familiar player-versus-player formula into a single tension-ratcheting, objective-based mode. The simple set-up sees two teams of four competing to complete a heist, which involves stealing a key, scoring the loot, and escaping scot-free. The three-pronged goal is pretty straightforward, but a good deal of depth and nuance -- from unique character classes and their medieval arsenal to engaging progression systems and the presence of AI enemies -- make for some thrilling matches.
The necessity to rely on stealth as much as all-out action also adds a nice strategic layer to the rob-the-rich-give-to-the-poor proceedings. While all the elements are in place for a fun, refreshing multiplayer romp, Hood isn't without its flaws. Playing with a well-oiled team feels fantastic, but trying to coordinate with strangers on the various critical objectives can be a bit chaotic. It doesn't help that the matchmaking system sometimes pairs new recruits with more seasoned outlaws. The game's most glaring issue, though, is its lack of content. While it's promising a future road-map full of new features and content, it currently only has the one mode. Still, what it does, it mostly does well, while also providing a welcome respite from the usual multiplayer monotony.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of the violence in Hood: Outlaws & Legends affected by how graphic the combat happens to be? Would the impact be lessened if it was not as bloody or graphic? Would the gameplay feel the same if it was less realistic?
What does Hood: Outlaws & Legends borrow from the story of Robin Hood? How is it different than the source material? Do you view the game's main characters as heroes or antiheroes? Do you consider their actions criminal even if they're helping others? Does the game properly communicate the motives of both the players and the sheriff and his men?
What does each role on the team contribute? Why is communication between them important to achieve a common goal?
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online?: Available online
- Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
- Release date: May 7, 2021
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Adventures, Book Characters
- ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language.
- Last updated: May 26, 2021
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