Medieval PvPvE multiplayer heist game Hood: Outlaws & Legends's release has kind of slipped under the radar over the past few days - it's officially out today, but released in early access for pre-order customers last Friday.
Probably the biggest reason we haven't heard much about it is because reviews have been very few and far-between thus far, with just a few outlets having covered it - and most of those have been reviews-in-progress.
Regardless, we wanted to gather up some of the few reviews that currently exist, so you can at least get some kind of idea of whether it's worth picking up on release day. Without further ado, here's what we've seen so far:
"Hood: Outlaws and Legends is an excellent change of pace from your standard online multiplayer games. The PvPvE style works surprisingly well, creating new obstacles and offering unique strategies at every corner. The gameplay loop can get a bit stale once you get familiar with the maps, but Sumo Digital has the groundwork for something quite special with Hood: Outlaws and Legends."
IGN Italy (7.4/10)
(Translated) "Hoods: Outlaws & Legends still has the qualities to carve out a small space among a niche audience, as long as it is expanded and refined with lasting post-launch support."
The Sixth Axis (No Score)
"So far, its unique gameplay mix and the devious scheming is proving rather compelling, and we expect it will keep us coming back match after match. There are new perks and cosmetics to unlock as your thief hideout gradually develops over your career, hopefully giving a lasting sense of progression as we play more. Right now, the only concerns are whether the one game mode will start to get boring after a time."
PC Invasion (No Score)
"The concept itself seems intriguing. Unfortunately, I did notice certain problems within a few hours of playing. Likewise, since we’re only at the three-day early access stage, it took an ungodly amount of time before I could have a single Heist match."
Pure PlayStation (No Score)
"I’m still really early on in my pillaging career in Hood: Outlaws & Legends but I get the sense that Focus Home Interactive and the developers, Sumo Newcastle, are on to a good thing with this team-based heist game.... I will say, though, that the amount of fun and success you’ll achieve is largely dependant on who you play with."
As you can see, there's not really too much to go on right now, and we're anticipating many more reviews will show up over the next few days. The general impression from what we've seen so far appears to be that the gameplay is largely enjoyable, but there are concerns about slow matchmaking and the core gameplay loop becoming stale.
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