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Game review by
Jeff Haynes, Common Sense Media
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Upcoming sci-fi adventure packs loads of guns, superpowers.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Outriders is an upcoming sci-fi action role-playing game for the PlayStation 5, Xbox One Series X, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PCs. The game's set far in the future on a planet called Enoch, which is considered to be the last hope for humanity after Earth has been destroyed. Players take on the role of an Outrider, a soldier that's initially tasked with overseeing the security and initial exploration of the planet. But these plans are almost immediately abandoned once these troops and colonists are trapped in a storm called The Anomaly. Your character is frozen by the survivors in the storm's aftermath to help you heal from your injuries, but when you emerge from your sleep three decades later, you discover that the land has descended into utter anarchy, with factions fighting over the few limited resources that are left on the world, and eager to slaughter their enemies. Fortunately for you, the exposure to The Anomaly has given you strange abilities to cast fire from your hands, slow down time, or become living stone, giving you an edge against the enemies you'll face. You'll need these powers, as well as a significant arsenal of firepower, because some of your enemies have been exposed to The Anomaly and come with their own supernatural abilities. What’s more, players will rely on these powers because it's the only way to heal any damage that you'll take receive from opponents. Combat is a key focus of the game, with players using firearms and magical powers to defeat enemies. Players can set opponents on fire, make them explode, or even turn them inside out, resulting in lots of blood, gore, and even skeletons left in their wake. Language is strong in the game, with a significant use of "s—t" and "f—k" in the dialogue. There's also smoking and drinking frequently seen in cutscenes.

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