When I first placed Outtrigger into my Dreamcast, I really didn't know what to think - the controls were appalling, and first impressions were that 5 out of 10 would be a bit on the generous side as a score for the game. However, giving Outtrigger a full 2 week testing, It's grown on me, and I'm glad I gave it a chance.
The controls for newcomers to Outtrigger simply are not good - they are too complex and just don't seem to be very well thought out, luckily if you select some of the other pre-configured control options they are easier to work with, and a bit of experience playing with the game you'll soon get a firm grip of the somewhat awkward control system.
The number of maps to play on is impressive, but the actual maps seem quite small, and after a lot of play you do feel that you've explored them all and that you can't find anywhere new, but in multi-player death matches this means that you're never far away from the action.
Single player games are pretty much like Half Life in single player - good, but simply no where near as much fun as multi-player, and the excellent four player mode is one of the areas where Outtrigger really does stand out as being extremely good.
Multi-player gaming would have been even better if the online mode which was originally planned had of been kept in - sadly it wasn't, and 4 players around your TV set is the best that we can get, which is a shame, but seeing as the four-player mode is so good, it's not something which particularly tarnishes the game.
Weapon selection is a point which is worth a mention - you get to select 3 weapons from the outset, in a similar style to Rogue Spear, and this means that you can be a bit tactical with your attacks, choosing from a selection of guns, grenades, etc..
As long as you give yourself a bit of time to get used to Outtrigger's questionable controls, then you should find a good arcade style first person shooter. However if you're wanting something which you can instantly pick-up and play, then you may be advised to get Quake III or Unreal Tournament instead.
A good alternative FPS to anyone who was looking forward to the cancelled DC Half Life, but sadly lacking in online play, and being a bit limited in some aspects, is about all that prevents a higher overall score.Overall score: 8 out of 10
Players: 1 to 4
Recommended Price: £29.99
Available: August 3rd 2001Buy Outtrigger from Amazon