Outbuddies DX

Rating Summary

Based on 8 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

55

Top Critic Average

13%

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General Information

Available on:Xbox OneJun 5, 2020
Nintendo SwitchJun 5, 2020

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.

Outbuddies DX 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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