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Outbuddies DX brings Metroid-style action to PS4 at last

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Beneath the ocean, an ancient civilization waits for you to do your best Samus Aran impersonation.

Headup today released Outbuddies DX, a Metroidvania originally released on PC in 2019. It came to Switch and Xbox One in 2020, and now the 2D action/adventure title is ready to shine on PS4.

Outbuddies DX players will explore the sunken city of Bahlam, somewhere beneath the South Atlantic Ocean. As maritime archaeologist Nikolay Bernstein, they will work with assistance from a supernatural Buddy-unit that digs deep into the ruins and eventually uncovers an ominous presence.

Deploying "Buddy" allows players to scout surrounding areas, hack, scan and even use telekinesis to discover ancient weapon systems and gear upgrades that reveal more of the waterlogged world.

Some key features are as follows:

  • 2D Side-scrolling 'Metroid-like' adventure

  • Explore an open Lovecraftian fantasy labyrinth with five huge distinct areas

  • Evolve characters with a non-linear gear-based progression system

  • Sandbox-like freedom to develop speed-techs

  • Unique drone 'Buddy' unit with local co-op option

  • Epic and creative boss battles that stand out within the genres

  • Original soundtrack by OGRE

  • Optimized performance for smooth gameplay with 60 FPS throughout

  • MS-DOS style pixel art with distortion-free adoptive scaling

Outbuddies was developed by Julian Laufer as a passion project he began in early 2013, looking to the likes of Super Metroid, Castlevania and Mega Man for inspiration. Further inspired by Axiom Verge and Hollow Knight, both games from similarly tiny teams, he worked to create something he could be proud of.

"As a father, daytime employee, and gamer myself I loved how progression and iteration were tackled in outstanding indie platformer Celeste, so Outbuddies was designed to provide challenging and encouraging gameplay while skipping punishing throwbacks and grinding mechanics in total," Laufer noted. "I listen to feedback and I'm dedicated to support and improve the game further after release, so shoot me your feedback anytime!"

If you would like to play the game for yourself and find some feedback to fire at its industrious developer, go for it. You can buy the PS4 version on the PlayStation Store for around $17.99 USD, or on other platforms for the same price or less (at the time of this writing, for instance, it is available on the Nintendo eShop in North America for the downright tempting sale price of only $6.29 USD).


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Staff article by Jason Venter (March 31, 2021)

Jason Venter has been playing games for 30 years, since discovering the Apple IIe version of Mario Bros. in his elementary school days. Now he writes about them, here at HonestGamers and also at other sites that agree to pay him for his words.

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