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The Outfit review

How the war was fun

Pros

  • Fun to build and defend a firebase
  • Cool animations for close-up kills
  • Molotov cocktail and tear gas attacks

Cons

  • Jeeps control like tanks and vice versa
  • Underpowered
  • cumbersome weapons
  • Single-player levels are super linear

War: it sure is unpleasant. So it's a bit of a relief to find a World War II game that refuses to take itself too seriously and creates a shamelessly fun experience without too much consideration of historical accuracy. That's THQ's action/strategy shooter The Outfit. Despite some pretty glaring shortcomings, such as bland level design and yucky controls, The Outfit's commitment to delivering a good time raises it above those flaws and makes it a game that you should play. That is, if you like to have fun. That is why we play videogames, right?

And fun is what The Outfit is. Mixing third-person action with the ability to call in gun emplacements, reinforcements and vehicles like a real time strategy game, this isn't like other games you've played. It pleasantly reminds us a bit of Mercenaries and Battlefield: Modern Combat, but The Outfit's unique blend of gameplay is its strongest point. Unfortunately, hard-to-control vehicles and weapons that occasionally feel underpowered make for frustrating experiences playing the game.

The Outfit is set in WWII, but the storyline is much more a beefed-up Hogan's Heroes than Saving Private Ryan. You choose from three characters: J.D., the stealthy sniper guy; Tommy Mac, the flame-spewing badass who can clean a bunker of Nazis in no time; and Deuce, a hard-nose, bazooka-wielding Colonel who leads the scrappy bunch. Different levels are best suited to different characters, and the game will reward you for smart choices.

More Info

GenreAction
DescriptionDemolish absolutely anything you desire ... or anything unfortunate enough to wander into your path.
PlatformXbox 360
US censor ratingRating Pending
Release date13 March 2006 (US), (UK)
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