Unexpectedly pleasant surprise: the utterly superb Metroidvania, Outland, is getting a belated Steam release next week.
Outland is a stonkingly beautiful 2D platformer with Metroidvania elements, and it has a rather unique twist: much like Ikaruga, you can swap between two polarities, and each one lets you absorb different attacks/pass through different barriers/hurt different enemies. Switching between the two to stay safe and inflict damage is utterly crucial to success, and lends a rather unique flavour to the proceedings.
I reviewed the Xbox 360 version three years ago, and if you really want to, you can have a look at what I said here. Be warned that this is back before a site redesign so there are no screenshots, no formatting, a number of weird issues, and it’s attributed to Paul, so I quite understand if you’d rather not glance at it.
Outland is due to hit Steam on 29 September at the price of £6.99. You can have a look at the launch trailer below.Related to this article
Tim has been playing PC games for longer than he’s willing to admit. He’s written for a number of publications, but has been with PC Invasion – in all its various incarnations – for over a decade. When not writing about games, Tim can occasionally be found speedrunning terrible ones, making people angry in Dota 2, or playing something obscure and random. He’s also weirdly proud of his status as (probably) the Isle of Man’s only professional games journalist.