Hood: Outlaws & Legends is a third person multiplayer action game centered around the Robin Hood English Folktales. The game, just like the story it’s based off, plays up on that very concept: you steal from the rich and give to the poor.
Created by Sumo Digital, Hood is a team based game where you plan a heist with Robin Hood and his merry men. The objective is pretty straightforward. During the heist, you pickpocket the keys from the Sheriff, enter the castle to open the vault, and then you steal the treasure to extract it at the nearest extraction point. Sounds simple right? Well, it’s easier said than done. Before starting a match, you have 4 characters (classes) to choose from. All 4 characters have their own unique abilities alongside their cons.
Mariane is an assassin. She can perform assassinations pretty easily and is pretty fast at moving around the map. She has a cloaking ability that keeps her invisible for a short period. Little John is an overpowered brawler, he can cause serious damage with his hammer. The only downside to Little John is that he’s a little slow compared to the other characters. If you know what you’re doing, you can easily dodge his attacks. Tooke carries a flail, it’s a tricky weapon to master, but once you get used to it, you can cause a lot of damage. He’s also a healer, so it’s vital to have someone like him on your team. And last but not least, you have Robin Hood himself carrying a bow. Once you charge up his gauge meter, he can shoot an arrow that explodes. Both Robin and Marianne can shoot down ropes to climb walls, while Little John can lift portcullises to help nearby team mates to enter the area.
You have a life bar and a stamina bar. Whenever you dodge or melee from close range, your stamina bar will start to shrink. The one frustrating thing about Hood are flash bangs. Once Robin starts throwing them, it’ll have you stunned for way too long. You don’t have a chance to avoid death unless you’re with a team mate.
Once you boot Hood for the first time, the game does a great job teaching you the basics during the tutorial. After that, you’ll be placed at your hideout. It’s like a tower central hub like Destiny where you unlock perks, cosmetics, and check your daily missions. You can unlock everything by ranking up and earning as much coins as possible during your heist. As I’m reviewing the game, there’s currently two modes. You can start your multiplayer heist, or you can train. The game has 5 very large maps.
You’ll encounter many NPC’s from the start that you need to kill. Once you clear the areas, it’s also wise to claim the A, B, and C spawn points. The extra layer to this part of the match is to claim these areas like a Domination mode. This can prove to be handy if you were to die. For example, if you claimed a spawn point that’s close to one of the extraction points, then that can help you interrupt the extraction of your rival team. Whenever you die, there’s usually a 10-15 second window before you respawn.
Hood: Outlaws and Legends also has cross play between PC and consoles. For a multiplayer game, I would expect an option to create my own clan where I can have people join. Having a clan ranking system would also be a great addition, but unfortunately, Hood is pretty limited at least for now. There’s only so much you can do at your hideout. You can practice your skills if you’re waiting to get in a lobby. Thankfully, it doesn’t take that long to get in to a lobby or a match.
Hood comes with all the bells and whistles necessary for a visual delight. Options are a little lacking on the PC port though. The game runs on Unreal Engine 4 and is capped at 60 FPS. For those of us with high refresh rate monitors, an unlock would be appreciated. Additionally, no FOV slider seems to be a glaring omission.
On the bright side, art is wonderful. Character designs look great, environments have a distinct feel of Medieval England, and animations are pretty good. In particular execution animations are stand outs- complementing all the frenetic action with style.
I had a great time playing Hood: Outlaws And Legends. I’ve clocked in at least 30 hours and unlocked the majority of the achievements. The combat is great and most of the characters are fun to play with. The game does need a little more balance with certain characters, but the majority of my experience was satisfying. At times I felt like I was playing an Assassin’s Creed game. The game has great potential to grow, but in order for that to happen, the game needs more content and more multiplayer options. Heist is great but it can get stale after 10-15 hours.
Nevertheless, Sumo Digital has built a great foundation. A world that represents a dark Medieval England and their take on Robin Hood was something I didn’t know I wanted, until I played it. With regular updates and support, Hood: Outlaws and Legends has a promising future.
A review code was provided by Focus Home Interactive
Developer: Sumo Digital / Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
Release date: 07/05/2021
Platforms: PC, PS5|PS4, and Xbox Series x|S
Version Reviewed: PC