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Outriders: Worldslayer

By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Excellent expanded version of a great sci-fi shooter.

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Though it doesn't change anything about this shooter in any meaningful way, this add-on to one of 2021's best action/adventure shooters offers more of the same good stuff. In Outriders: Worldslayer, your attempt to make the alien planet Enoch more hospitable continues nonstop. Except where the base game had you trying to stop infighting between factions of human survivors, this add-on has you trying to stop the electrical storms that make Enoch so inhospitable to human life (and gave you mutant powers). A third-person sci-fi shooter with a lot of role-playing game mechanics, this again has you fighting tons of bad guys -- human and otherwise -- as you search for a way to help other people solve the world's problems.

This is not to say that this expansion is exactly like the base game; just that it's really, really similar. Especially where the fluid combat, frantic fire fights, and intricate battlefields are concerned. Instead, what this adds is new ways to upgrade your character as you progress. The latter of which comes courtesy of two new options: Pax Points (which improve your skills) and Ascension Points (which improve your character). But while these upgrade options end up being rather small improvements, for both your character and this game, what really makes this engaging and addictive is that the developers have kept the core combat the same while adding new missions in new locations, and new gear to help you complete them. Which is why Outriders: Worldslayer isn't a whole new game, but is still one of 2022's best action/adventure shooters.

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