Recommending things is hard.
I mean, it’s not firefighter hard. It’s more that what you publicly announce you like today, could wind up being tomorrow’s racist. Or there’s a hidden, awful past to that thing you’ve always liked, and your newsletter reminiscing about it suddenly isn’t aging very well.
This isn’t a screed about cancel culture. That’s just silly. Plenty of old stuff should be canceled.
It’s more of an admission that I want to be careful about whom and what I recommend, especially in print and on the internet (despite the internet being known for restrained reactions).
With that big ole caveat, I am recommending you download the Outriders demo, a game where you can literally shoot someone in half. Nothing controversial about that. (America, f-ck yeah!)
The full Outriders game doesn’t come out until April, but until then, you can play the first level for free. Outriders is very much like the steroid-addled bastard child of Gears of War and Division 2. Muscle-bound dudes (and women) with equally bulky gravitas fire off big guns, raid loot boxes and gather resources.
Outriders adds a little extra flair to the formula with some super powers. I chose “Technomancer,” a long range weapons builder, because there were four character class options that all looked good and I panicked like Chidi in The Good Place, trying to decide (once you choose you can’t switch!).
The actual gameplay is intuitive and fun, because you’re basically running around pew-pewing things. There is not a lot of nuance to the crazed enemies you mow down, and that’s just fine with me. At the end of the day, I just want to turn my brain off and mash the trigger button.
Outriders isn’t perfect. There are a lot of cut and load screens. Too many. Don’t get me wrong, I (a professed cutscene skipper) actually liked the story. But in the first hour, I played maybe fifteen minutes of actual game. I hope they fix that before the full game release.
So should you buy Outriders when it comes out? <Shrugs> I dunno. I’ll need to play more of it to make a more informed opinion, but you should definitely check out the free demo.
Hopefully that recommendation ages well.
So, you 40 Bitters are into NFTs. Last week’s newsletter on the topic had the highest amount of engagement that I’ve had in an issue. That’s great! So great that I may be starting up a separate newsletter devoted just to blockchain gaming and NFTs in videogames. Stay tuned.
Loop Hero review: an unexpected parable about parenting – Appropriately, the addictive game also involves getting less sleep.
Fresh off blockbuster acquisition, Microsoft will add 20 Bethesda games to Xbox Game Pass – All the games, however are just SimCity: Bethesda, Maryland (I’m going to build a Naval Hospital!).
That’s it for this week. Thank you for reading.
Stay cool. Have a great summer. Class of ’90 rulez.
-Chris @ 40 Bit