Strange Brigade Review

Strange Brigade is a co-op shooter that I recently acquired and actually find quite entertaining. You are an Indiana Jones or Lara Croft style adventurer in the 1930s that shoots their way through hordes of zombies and solves various riddles on the way to a boss fight that finals every map that usually takes about 45 minutes.

This, in essence, describes the game relatively accurately, but its charm really comes through the overly British 19th century commentator that relentlessly points out what ever you are doing, the diverse characters you can select, and the fact that it doesn’t take itself too seriously.

I gave it about 20 minutes before deciding that this would probably be a good game to try out with the lady and it really is a super fun experience to play together!

To be honest, I didn’t know it existed and I would probably not have given it too much attention if it had not come as a free game with our ASUS AMD RX 580 cards, so I am even more pleased we discovered it.

Since console players can join the adventure maps as well, the controls are not very complex and the game helps you to remember the right keys by displaying overlays either over the enemies or objects you can interact with.

However the boss fights are so far pretty varied, but like in other games consist of a lot of dogde and shoot.

For Children? (Pegi 16)

The game is not meant for children per se, but I would not be too hesitant to let 13+ kids play the game (official rating: PEGI 16). However, it does have an online multiplayer mode and voice chat enabled by default, so remember to talk to your kids about strangers and the internet before.

Compared to other shooters, the game does not allow shooting your teammates and all enemies are resurrected zombies, that may still blow up or shatter into their limbs when stepped on, however it does not feel and look very realistic, but more arcade like.

Similar Games

If you like Strange Brigade you’ll probably also enjoy Left 4 Dead 2 and it reminded me a bit of Warframe (Disclaimer: huge grind factor) as well. Borderlands and Destiny I have not played myself, but I have it on good authority that it’s a similar game regarding the mechanic.

Summary

I’d give the game 4 out of 5 stars for the game it is.

It’s a short term fun co-op shooter and does not provide the most immersive of story lines or an open world RPG.

However, what it attempts to do, it does well!

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