So: you’ve just landed on Enoch, and found out the whole planet has gone to hell. Welcome to Outriders.
If you’re just jumping into Outriders, the new looter-shooter RPG from Square Enix and People Can Fly, you might be wondering the best place to start. It’s a surprisingly deep game; with over 40 hours of main and side missions to complete along with a beefy endgame, there’s a lot of content. Add to that the complex equipment, skill trees, abilities and perks you can tinker with, and there’s a lot to get your head around.
If you’re a little overwhelmed, never fear. Here are some tips to help you get started with Outriders.
Choose the class that most appeals to you
You’ll be asked to choose a class to play as in Outriders before you’ve even started the game. It’s a big decision, as you’re unable to switch once you’ve picked on. But don’t worry about it too much; each of the four classes has their own unique skills that will impress you.
- The Devastator is all about close range, maximum damage. They’re essentially the ‘tank’ build.
- The Pyromancer is best at medium range, with a range of fire-based skills.
- The Technomancer is designed for long-range combat, best for supporting a team and making use of gadgets.
- The Trickster is another close range class, a little like a rogue. They use hit and run tactics, and their abilities can affect space and time.
Choose the class that jumps out most to you. You likely won’t regret your choice, though we feel that Devastator or Pyromancer are better suited to single player games. If you’re playing in a team, it’s wise that each of you pick a different class to ensure the fullest range of abilities available.
Use cover… initially
Outriders is a cover shooter, and so when you’re on the battlefield, head to head against humans, you’ll find plenty of spots to take cover. These are really useful in the early game, before you’ve got a great deal of power. So take your time and stay in cover as often as you need. As the game progresses, though, you’ll find yourself relying more and more on your class skills, and that often means getting into the thick of it, wide open. You’ll be prepared for that when the time comes, but early on, don’t be afraid to take battles slow.
But later, keep moving
There comes a point where staying in cover isn’t particularly useful. And when that happens, staying as agile as possible is your key to being successful. You heal in Outriders by being on the offensive, so keep shooting, keep rolling and sprinting out of the way, and keep an eye on the minimap to ensure enemies aren’t sneaking up behind you.
Lead the big enemies away from the pack
In almost every battle you encounter in Outriders, you’ll be faced with ‘big’ enemies. Their presence is shown on the minimap with a different symbol, and they pack a much greater punch than smaller enemies. We found that leading them away from the main firing ground, retreating backwards a little, is the best way to deal with them. Smaller enemies rarely follow, but the big ones always will. It allows you to focus on taking out the biggest threats without worrying about smaller enemies sneaking up on you.
Shoot from the hip
It might feel instinctive to look down the sights of your gun, but shooting from the hip in Outriders can be a useful tactic, especially when you’re finding yourself swarmed by enemies. Shooting from the hip allows you to stay as mobile as possible, and while it makes your shots slightly less accurate, as long as you’re still pointing in the general direction of your foes, you should be fine.
Co-ordinate your gear and mods
You’ll want to experiment a lot with your equipment, and that means pairing up gear and mods that complement each other. For example, your weapon might do extra damage to enemies when slowed. And you may have an equippable mod that slows enemies when they’re close to you. Check out what you’ve got, and play around with different combinations until you find something that works best for you.
Make ample use of skills
While other games of its ilk may have very long cooldowns on fancy skills, Outriders wants you to make use of them as often as possible. And so most cooldowns are relatively short – and can be made even shorter by spending class points. Your skills are designed to be used, so use them. Learn how they work, and experiment with other skills available to you until you find the best ones for you.
Explore your environments
Although most of Outriders‘ areas are fairly small, it’s still worth exploring. Most areas have at least one or two loot chests hidden within them, and there’s always an ample amount of harvest points to find crafting resources from. So once you’re out of battle, ensure you have a look around before moving on to the next area.
Aim for the head!
While this one seems rather obvious, you’ll always do more damage to your enemies by shooting at their head. You have a critical hit chance anywhere on an enemy, but shooting in their head guarantees a crit hit. So maximise that damage by shooting enemies in their squishy faces.
Keep playing on the highest World Tier for the best loot
By default, Outriders moves you up World Tiers automatically, as long as you’re performing well. Keep dying, and you’ll find your World Tier progress is halted. You can always turn down the World Tier if you’re finding it too difficult. But stick with the highest level available, and you’ll be rewarded with the best loot. While Legendary items remain ultra rare, you’ll get more and more Epic level gear on higher World Tiers. And we all know that loot makes the world go round.
Complete side quests for good loot
You might be tempted to rush through the main campaign in order to unlock Outriders‘ endgame Expeditions, but if you skip over the game’s side quests, you’ll miss out on a lot of good content. And the potential of some excellent loot. Complete all Bounties, Monster Hunts and Historian quests, for example, and you’ll get a Legendary item for each completed set. And the Outriders Legacy quest line? Follow that through to the end and you’ll get ten Legendaries. Yes, really.
As always, Outriders is a game about having fun. Whether you’re playing by yourself or with friends, simply enjoy the moment, get lost in the heat of battle and have fun exploring the weird and wonderful land of Enoch.