By Paul Semel,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Excellent expanded version of a great sci-fi shooter.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
For humanity to survive, sacrifices may have to be made, as will some tough choices. But this may require some people to be hurt or killed, especially if they'd rather be selfish.
Positive Role Models
In this game, the player puts their life on the line to try to make a place better for all of humanity. But to do so, they kill a lot of people, some of whom also think they're doing the right thing (though some clearly know they're just being selfish).
Character creation mode includes multiple options for skin color and ethnicity, as well as male and female characters. No options when it comes to sexuality or other aspects of a person's identity.
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Ease of Play
Controls will be familiar to players of similar shooters. It has 10 difficulty levels, many of which are really tough. Players can opt to have the game become more difficult automatically, to stay at the difficulty they're at, or even to make things easier.
Violence & Scariness
Players use guns and special abilities to kill many people, including humans and aliens, resulting in blood and gore that includes dismemberment, decapitation, and impalement. Piles of corpses. Dead bodies hanging from nooses.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Players can create both male and female characters, but customization is limited to their heads, not their bodies. Some dialogue is sexual or suggestive in nature. Players can interact with a sex worker.
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Dialogue includes such curse words as "f--k," "damn," and "s--t." Dialogue can be sexual or suggestive at times.
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Products & Purchases
Worldslayer is an add-on for the game Outriders and is available separately (though the base game is still needed) or in a collection with both the original game and this expansion.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Outriders: Worldslayer is a downloadable third-person action/adventure shooter for Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and Windows PCs. Using a variety of guns and special powers, players kill numerous people, both human and alien. This results in a lot of blood and gore, including people being decapitated, dismembered, and impaled. There are also dead bodies hanging from nooses, and piles of dead bodies. The dialogue not only has such curse words as "s--t," "f--k," and "damn," but also includes some sexual comments, and not just when the player interacts with a sex worker. Worldslayer is also an add-on for the game Outriders, and is available both separately (though the base game is required) and in a collection with the original game.
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What’s It About?
In OUTRIDERS: WORLDSLAYER, unforeseen electrical storms on the planet Enoch threaten a new human colony. Instead of peace and prosperity, warring factions and selfish behavior have plunged the world into chaos, a chaos that you -- using guns and your newfound mutant powers -- hope to curtail. As for the Worldslayer part, this story is set after the game's main story and has you learning that the aforementioned storms are growing exponentially, threatening all of humanity. So, once again, you have to kill a bunch of people and alien creatures as you help other (smarter) people figure out what to do.
Is It Any Good?
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.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of the violence in Outriders: Worldslayer affected by the fact that the combat is unrealistic? Do you feel differently when you kill a person as opposed to an animal, an alien, or a monster? How come?
In Outriders: Worldslayer, players risk their lives to try to make an alien planet more hospitable for other people. How should someone decide when to put their life at risk for a greater good?
- Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Windows
- Pricing structure: Paid ($59.99)
- Available online?: Available online
- Publisher: Square Enix
- Release date: June 30, 2022
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Adventures, Space and Aliens
- ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language, Suggestive Themes
- Last updated: June 30, 2022
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