The Outfit review

  • Fun to build and defend a firebase
  • Cool animations for close-up kills
  • Molotov cocktail and tear gas attacks
  • Jeeps control like tanks and vice versa
  • Underpowered, cumbersome weapons
  • Single-player levels are super linear

As a member of the outfit, you lead a four-man, AI-controlled squad that can be given attack and suppress orders, as well as special attacks specific to a character, like Tommy Mac's Gas Attack. Thanks to the variety of vehicles, emplacements and air strikes, the game never plays the same way twice. But it's far from open-ended in the GTA sense, and most single-player levels feel as ducted and walled in as a level of Quake. The best maps in the game are more like an open sandbox, allowing you to build up your defenses and strategize as if you were playing WarCraft II.

Of course, none of those constrictive levels are a problem with online multiplayer where the game starts to truly shine (single-player co-op on Live is a killer feature, too). Playing two-on-two multiplayer maps - where each player commands his own squad and builds his own equipment - offered some of the most fun we've had online in a long time.

More Info

Release date: Mar 13 2006 - Xbox 360 (US)
Available Platforms: Xbox 360
Genre: Action
Published by: THQ
Developed by: Relic
ESRB Rating:
Rating Pending


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