Outbuddies DX

Julian Laufer, Headup Games

Weak Man
OpenCritic Rating
55
Top Critic Average
11%
Critics Recommend
Based on 9 critic reviews
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Outbuddies DX

Rating Summary

Based on 9 critic reviews
Weak Man

OpenCritic Rating

55

Top Critic Average

11%

Critics Recommend

Based on 9 critic reviews
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General Information

Available on:Xbox OneJun 5, 2020
Nintendo SwitchJun 5, 2020
PCOct 15, 2019

Developer: Julian Laufer

Publisher: Headup Games

Genres: Action, Platformer

Enter Bahlam, a sunken city of the Old Gods, located deep in the South Atlantic Ocean. Following a shipwreck, adventurer and maritime archaeologist Nikolay Bernstein regains consciousness 36.000 feet under the sea. He's severely wounded and unwillingly connected to a supernatural Buddy-unit. Searching for answers about his displacement our main protagonist digs deep into the lost undercity, gradually realizing an ominous presence hollowing in its shadowed caverns. On your journey home you will share your fate with a friendly tribe of mining creatures, the Wozan, who fear the Old Gods and strive to get back to the surface since their ancestors had been enslaved 5000 years ago. Some of them were able to flee and founded secret colonies deep inside the sunken ruins, others are still exploited by the hostile creatures that have overtaken the city since the Old Gods suddenly disappeared.

Outbuddies DX Critic Reviews

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Outbuddies DX tries to mix things up a bit with unique features like a playable drone partner. The problem is, it tries to be a little too clever for its own good, and its failure to effectively pull off solid fundamentals like the controls and the map system means that the gimmicks suffer as a result. There's a lot we want to love about this game, but its constant annoyances make that hard.

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With only a cursory understanding of what makes a "Metroidvania" interesting, Outbuddies is a game you don't need to explore.

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Today, however, is not that day. If you're itching for a Metroid-like, I did review an excellent one just recently. Without Outbuddies, I feel like the skeleton is there, but the meat needs some more time in the oven.

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With a vast interconnected cave system to explore, and all the genre trappings and pitfalls, Outbuddies has the elements most will be looking for in a new digital spelunking fix, just without the flair to find its way back to the surface.

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