Hood: Outlaws and Legends is a brand new multiplayer sport from Sumo Newcastle and Focus Home Interactive that clearly desires to do one thing a bit of completely different with the style of which it’s a half. Thankfully, 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. At least that’s what has occurred to me each time I fired it up up to now. Each time I’ve performed Hood: Outlaws and Legends, regardless of its idea not being the perfect elevator pitch, I’ve discovered myself drawn in additional than I anticipated. Its skill 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 possible end up hooked as effectively in the event you take pleasure in “this form of sport”.
Saying “this form of sport” is likely to be a bit deceptive although, and that’s what brings me to my first level about Hood: Outlaws and Legends; It very a lot appears like its personal factor a lot of the time. The particular brew that Sumo Newcastle has concocted right here is one which appears like a extra structured single participant stealth sport than one thing you’d discover within the multiplayer division, but, it nonetheless manages to really feel just like the multiplayer side is solely natural and essential to the general expertise.
“The particular brew that Sumo Newcastle has concocted right here is one which appears like a extra structured single participant stealth sport than one thing you’d discover within the multiplayer division, but, it nonetheless manages to really feel just like the multiplayer side is solely natural and essential to the general expertise.”
After a fortunately transient and helpful coaching stage goes over the fundamentals with you, you’ll be taken to your hideout the place you may change characters, weapons, clothes, and go over your private goals and challenges. Once you’re prepared for the smoke, you may select to enter a full match with 7 different gamers, or a one-sided coaching mission, which is mainly the identical factor however with out an opposing staff; simply your band of merry males going up towards the AI. I extremely suggest attempting at the least a pair rounds of this earlier than leaping into the principle sport, as understanding the completely different characters and having some familiarity with the video games three major duties is a should if you wish to be very productive in the principle expertise.
Once you’ve carried out that, you’ll shortly notice Hood: Outlaws and Legends is generally centered on attaining goals with your ragtag staff of merry males, whereas one other staff tries to do the identical. Only one staff 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 staff of bandits as you inevitably come into battle with them. The major duties embrace pickpocketing a key from every map’s invincible bloodthirsty Sheriff, acquiring the treasure, and extracting mentioned treasure through the use of one of many stage’s obtainable winches in a chronic means of someone working the crank whereas others (hopefully) defend the world. As with any multiplayer gameplay loop, it doesn’t at all times 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 start out 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 may be nonetheless loads of enjoyable available. Sneaking across the outskirts of the commotion can yield dividends for a great staff because it lets you declare advantageous spawn factors, discover smoke bombs, and find different factors of curiosity earlier than the remaining. This may give you and your staff a bonus effectively earlier than any of the principle goals are even carried out. So, whereas nothing can forestall all matches from descending into chaos or assure that they’ll get again on monitor, Hood: Outlaws and Legends does a fairly good job of incentivizing you to play it as meant by rewarding those that are literally good on the sport. Experience can be awarded for doing different peripheral duties and finishing your personal particular person challenges although, so there’s virtually at all times one thing to work in direction of and be rewarded for, even when a match does fall into full disarray.
“While nothing can forestall all matches from descending into chaos or assure that they’ll get again on monitor, Hood: Outlaws and Legends does a fairly good job of incentivizing you to play it as meant by rewarding those that are literally good on the sport.”
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 maintaining a wholesome distance whereas Tooke’s flail and John’s hammer could make quick work of unprepared opponents. With the added talents of Tooke’s therapeutic and highlighting of enemies, Marianne’s skill 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 person feels redundant or pointless. They all 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 seems nice. The medieval aesthetic matches the darker tone that they’re going for about in addition to you’ll count on. Outside of some lighting results popping in in the beginning 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 technology with characters and environments wanting sharp, albeit a bit drab – however that appears to be a deliberate selection given the time interval. You’ll often discover some cool results like twilight beams poking by the bushes and down on characters and the atmosphere, however nothing too loopy. The audio bundle isn’t something tremendous particular both, nevertheless it does get the job carried out with the highlights being some tense music and quick murmurings from fellow characters letting 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 matches the temper effectively.
That’s to not say I didn’t develop a couple of gripes with Hood: Outlaws and Legends alongside the way in which although. While the 4 obtainable characters are diversified 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 obtainable 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 undeniable fact that there aren’t extra decisions than obtainable slots make character choice much less fascinating than it might in any other case be. There’s mainly nothing so that you can take into account aside from maybe wanting considered one of every in your staff for the sake of steadiness. Despite the characters themselves being enjoyable to play as they’re, it at all times feels simply shy of being sufficient.
“Hood: Outlaws and Legends seems nice. The medieval aesthetic matches the darker tone that they’re going for about in addition to you’ll count on. Outside of some lighting results popping in in the beginning of a match, I didn’t come throughout a lot in the way in which of glitches, both.”
Similarly, I additionally would have appreciated to have seen at the least yet one more mode aside from the usual 4v4. You might take into account the coaching matches a solution to combine issues up a tad, however provided that they don’t add to your expertise factors or yield any cash for you, there may be little purpose to play them after your coaching wheels have come off. Despite me having fun with my time with the fundamental PvPvE mode, I couldn’t shake the sensation that yet one more mode would have gone a good distance. I can perceive why the builders in all probability don’t need to danger splitting the participant base up an excessive amount of, however one extra mode certainly wouldn’t have damage. Perhaps one thing that resembles the coaching missions by placing one staff up towards an aggressive AI military, or placing two groups up towards one another deathmatch fashion with out the AI, would have actually rounded the sport out higher. Either that, or some extra variation of the three primary duties every match entails would have been good. Even as a low-priced sport, I’d prefer to see extra meat on the bone right here. Perhaps they’ll add extra later, however as of now, it’s a bit skinny. Even for simply 30 bucks.
Despite 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 formulation by introducing stealth, AI opponents, and enjoyable duties into the combo. The undeniable fact that it’s a Robin Hood sport may assist it transfer some models within the short-term, however when all is alleged and carried out, will probably be Hood: Outlaws and Legends’ well-crafted characters, polished gameplay, and surprisingly lengthy record of objectives to work towards that may really outline the expertise for many. While 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 on the lookout for one thing a bit of completely different have loads of purpose to provide it a shot.
This sport was reviewed on the PlayStation 4.
Hood: Outlaws and Legends seems nice, performs effectively, and gives an expertise that’s the epitome of “high quality over amount”.
Despite being well-executed, a bit extra meat on the bone would have taken this sport from nice to superb. As it’s, it could really feel a bit shallow at instances.
Despite 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 wanting being a complete showstopper, however comes far nearer than you may count on.