Hood: Outlaws and Legends is a brand new multiplayer recreation from Sumo Newcastle and Focus House Interactive that clearly needs to do one thing slightly totally different with the style of which it’s a half. Fortunately, given the sport’s regular sense of development, a good quantity of flexibility, and simply sufficient general depth, Hood: Outlaws and Legends can simply flip a fast dry run right into a prolonged, and delightfully participating multi-hour session. A minimum of that’s what has occurred to me each time I fired it up to date. Every time I’ve performed Hood: Outlaws and Legends, regardless of its idea not being one of the best elevator pitch, I’ve discovered myself drawn in additional than I anticipated. Its means to combine its many borrowed concepts with simply sufficient of its personal spice might be its strongest high quality and the principle purpose you’ll doubtless end up hooked as nicely for those who get pleasure from “this form of recreation”.
Saying “this form of recreation” may be a bit deceptive although, and that’s what brings me to my first level about Hood: Outlaws and Legends; It very a lot seems like its personal factor a lot of the time. The particular brew that Sumo Newcastle has concocted right here is one which seems like a extra structured single participant stealth recreation than one thing you’d discover within the multiplayer division, but, it nonetheless manages to really feel just like the multiplayer facet is totally natural and essential to the general expertise.
“The particular brew that Sumo Newcastle has concocted right here is one which seems like a extra structured single participant stealth recreation than one thing you’d discover within the multiplayer division, but, it nonetheless manages to really feel just like the multiplayer facet is totally natural and essential to the general expertise.”
After a fortunately temporary and helpful coaching stage goes over the fundamentals with you, you’ll be taken to your hideout the place you’ll be able to change characters, weapons, clothes, and go over your private aims and challenges. When you’re prepared for the smoke, you’ll be able to select to enter a full match with 7 different gamers, or a one-sided coaching mission, which is principally the identical factor however with out an opposing group; simply your band of merry males going up towards the AI. I extremely suggest making an attempt at the very least a pair rounds of this earlier than leaping into the principle recreation, as understanding the totally different characters and having some familiarity with the video games three principal duties is a should if you wish to be very productive in the principle expertise.
When you’ve executed that, you’ll shortly understand Hood: Outlaws and Legends is usually centered on reaching aims together with your ragtag group of merry males, whereas one other group tries to do the identical. Just one group of 4 can win although, so that you’ll be going through off towards AI guards and officers (AKA the “state”) whereas additionally throwing down with gamers on the opposite group of bandits as you inevitably come into battle with them. The principle duties embody pickpocketing a key from every map’s invincible bloodthirsty Sheriff, acquiring the treasure, and extracting stated treasure by utilizing one of many stage’s out there winches in a protracted technique of any person working the crank whereas others (hopefully) defend the world. As with all multiplayer gameplay loop, it doesn’t all the time go as meant although.
Some groups will simply resolve to bum-rush the AI guards, which is able to ultimately alert the sheriff, inflicting him to begin marauding round after them, which makes him a lot more durable to pickpocket and thus can flip the tempo of the match on its head, however even then, there’s nonetheless loads of enjoyable available. Sneaking across the outskirts of the commotion can yield dividends for a great group because it permits you to declare advantageous spawn factors, discover smoke bombs, and find different factors of curiosity earlier than the remaining. This can provide you and your group a bonus nicely earlier than any of the principle aims are even executed. So, whereas nothing can forestall all matches from descending into chaos or assure that they’ll get again on observe, Hood: Outlaws and Legends does a reasonably good job of incentivizing you to play it as meant by rewarding those that are literally good on the recreation. Expertise can be awarded for doing different peripheral duties and finishing your personal particular person challenges although, so there’s virtually all the time one thing to work in the direction of and be rewarded for, even when a match does fall into full disarray.
“Whereas nothing can forestall all matches from descending into chaos or assure that they’ll get again on observe, Hood: Outlaws and Legends does a reasonably good job of incentivizing you to play it as meant by rewarding those that are literally good on the recreation.”
The moment-to-moment gameplay is what issues most right here although, and the excellent news is that Hood: Outlaws and Legends principally nails it. Hood: Outlaws and Legends has 4 characters a launch. John the aggressive brute, Robin the sniper, Marianne the stealthy murderer, and Tooke the flail-wielding mystic. Robin’s arrows and Marianne’s mini-crossbow reward a great shot and incentivize holding a wholesome distance whereas Tooke’s flail and John’s hammer could make brief work of unprepared opponents. With the added talents of Tooke’s therapeutic and highlighting of enemies, Marianne’s means to go invisible predator-style and pull off a string of straightforward stealth kills, John’s berserk mode, and Robin’s exploding arrows, all of them have nice causes to be chosen, and no one feels redundant or pointless. All of them have their very own gear objects and perks that add to their enchantment the extra you play them, too.
Presentation can be surprisingly stable. I don’t know if I’m simply used to multiplayer video games being half damaged at launch or if that is some form of uncommon exception, however both method, Hood: Outlaws and Legends appears to be like nice. The medieval aesthetic suits the darker tone that they’re going for about in addition to you’d count on. Exterior of some lighting results popping in at the start of a match, I didn’t come throughout a lot in the way in which of glitches, both. The graphics general, I’d say, are about on par with what we’ve seen from upper-mid-tier video games this previous era with characters and environments wanting sharp, albeit a bit drab – however that appears to be a deliberate selection given the time interval. You’ll sometimes discover some cool results like twilight beams poking via the bushes and down on characters and the surroundings, however nothing too loopy. The audio package deal isn’t something tremendous particular both, however it does get the job executed with the highlights being some tense music and brief murmurings from fellow characters letting you recognize sure duties are accomplished. It’s not a showcase for that new set of audio system, however the audio in Hood: Outlaws and Legends accomplishes what it must and suits the temper nicely.
That’s to not say I didn’t develop a number of gripes with Hood: Outlaws and Legends alongside the way in which although. Whereas the 4 out there characters are assorted sufficient that almost all playstyles will really feel catered to, one other one or two of them would have gone a good distance. With groups with the ability to have each out there character in every match, Hood: Outlaws and Legends misses a chance for far more fascinating match-ups that the addition of a fifth character would inevitably create. The truth that there aren’t extra decisions than out there slots make character choice much less fascinating than it could in any other case be. There’s principally nothing so that you can think about apart from maybe wanting one among every in your group for the sake of stability. Regardless of the characters themselves being enjoyable to play as they’re, it all the time feels simply shy of being sufficient.
“Hood: Outlaws and Legends appears to be like nice. The medieval aesthetic suits the darker tone that they’re going for about in addition to you’d count on. Exterior of some lighting results popping in at the start of a match, I didn’t come throughout a lot in the way in which of glitches, both.”
Equally, I additionally would have preferred to have seen at the very least yet another mode apart from the usual 4v4. You can think about the coaching matches a method to combine issues up a tad, however on condition that they don’t add to your expertise factors or yield any cash for you, there’s little purpose to play them after your coaching wheels have come off. Regardless of me having fun with my time with the essential PvPvE mode, I couldn’t shake the sensation that yet another mode would have gone a good distance. I can perceive why the builders in all probability don’t wish to danger splitting the participant base up an excessive amount of, however one further mode certainly wouldn’t have damage. Maybe one thing that resembles the coaching missions by placing one group up towards an aggressive AI military, or placing two groups up towards one another deathmatch type with out the AI, would have actually rounded the sport out higher. Both that, or some extra variation of the three fundamental duties every match entails would have been good. Whilst a low-priced recreation, I’d wish to see extra meat on the bone right here. Maybe they may add extra later, however as of now, it’s a bit skinny. Even for simply 30 bucks.
Regardless of a few of the parts of Hood: Outlaws and Legends feeling a tad on the shallow aspect, what’s right here works nice for what it’s. It manages to deliver a welcome twist to the cooperative multiplayer method by introducing stealth, AI opponents, and enjoyable duties into the combo. The truth that it’s a Robin Hood recreation would possibly assist it transfer some models within the short-term, however when all is alleged and executed, it will likely be Hood: Outlaws and Legends’ well-crafted characters, polished gameplay, and surprisingly lengthy listing of targets to work towards that may truly outline the expertise for many. Whereas I’d have gladly welcomed extra characters and modes for the asking worth, what’s right here is executed well-enough that followers of stealth, distinctive multiplayer video games, or anyone simply searching for one thing slightly totally different have loads of purpose to offer it a shot.
This recreation was reviewed on the PlayStation 4.
Hood: Outlaws and Legends appears to be like nice, performs nicely, and gives an expertise that’s the epitome of “high quality over amount”.
Regardless of being well-executed, a bit extra meat on the bone would have taken this recreation from nice to superb. As it’s, it will possibly really feel a bit shallow at instances.
Regardless of many nods to Hood: Outlaws and Legends’ supply materials, the densely-packed development mechanics and enjoyable gameplay are the star of the present right here. It stops in need of being a complete showstopper, however comes far nearer than you would possibly count on.