Strange Brigade

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Strange Brigade
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Developer(s)Rebellion Developments
Publisher(s)Rebellion Developments
Director(s)Tim Jones
Designer(s)Steve Bristow
Artist(s)Andy Pattinson
Writer(s)Gordon Rennie
EngineAsura
Platform(s)
ReleaseAugust 28, 2018
Genre(s)Third-person shooter
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Strange Brigade is a cooperative third-person shooter video game developed and published by Rebellion Developments. It was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on August 28, 2018. In the game, the player fights against different mythological enemies and solves puzzles.

Gameplay[edit]

Strange Brigade is a third-person shooter with a huge emphasis on cooperative gameplay. In the game, the player assumes the role of an adventurer in the 1930s and can team up with three other players to fight against different mythological enemies like mummies, giant scorpions and minotaurs.[1] The game's four playable characters, who can be customized, have different weapons and abilities.[2] Players have a large arsenal of weapons at their disposal. Each weapon has several upgrade slots, which can be used to enhance combat efficiency. Players can switch and upgrade their weapons at the workbenches found in a level.[3] They can also activate different traps, such as spinning blades and spikes, to kill enemies.[4]

The game features branching levels which encourage exploration.[5] By solving puzzles, players will discover new relics which can unlock "amulet powers". These powerful amulet powers can be activated by absolving the souls of enemies. Players can also find treasure chests to unlock powerful prototype weapons, and collect gold coins to purchase new weapons.[6]

Premise[edit]

4000 years ago, Sahara Africa was ruled by Seteki, a brutal and barbaric queen. Dissatisfied with her rule, her people overthrew her and sealed her in a nameless tomb. In 1930, archaeologist Edgar Harbin discovered her tomb and released the Queen's spirit. The Strange Brigade, a group of Secret Service agents sent by the British colonial government, has infiltrated Harbin's expedition in an effort to eliminate Seteki.[7][8]

Development[edit]

The game is being developed by Rebellion Developments. The game's gameplay was inspired by several cooperative games, such as Left 4 Dead and Rebellion's own Zombie Army Trilogy,[2] while the story and the game's tone were inspired by the adventure serials released in the 1930s.[3] Announced on June 7, 2017,[9] the game was released on August 28, 2018. Players who pre-ordered the game were given access to the "Secret Service Weapons" pack, while those who purchased the Digital Deluxe edition have access to the game's season pass and other post-launch content for free. There is also a Collector's Edition which contains physical items such as an airship model and an artbook.[10]

Reception[edit]

According to review aggregator Metacritic, the PC and PlayStation 4 versions received mixed reviews while the Xbox One version received generally positive reviews from critics.[11][12][13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Osborn, Alex (June 7, 2017). "Sniper Elite Dev Announces New Game, Strange Brigade". IGN. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Strange Brigade hands-on preview and interview – Left 4 Mummies". GameCentral. September 1, 2017. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Sykes, Tom (June 18, 2017). "Here's a longer look at Rebellion's pulp co-op shooter Strange Brigade". PC Gamer. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  4. ^ Purchese, Robert (September 24, 2017). "Rebellion's Strange Brigade is a jolly refreshing romp". Eurogamer. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  5. ^ Horti, Samuel (June 17, 2018). "Watch six minutes of Strange Brigade's co-op shooting, supernatural puzzles and branching levels". PC Gamer. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  6. ^ Lemon, Marshall (June 14, 2018). "E3 2018: Strange Brigade rewards you for exploring each map". VG 247. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  7. ^ Wales, Matt (April 24, 2018). "Rip-roaring 1930s-style co-op shooter Strange Brigade launches in August". Eurogamer. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  8. ^ Jones, Tim (April 24, 2018). "Behind the Strange Story of Co-op Adventure Strange Brigade". PlayStation Blog. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  9. ^ S. Good, Owen (June 7, 2017). "Sniper Elite makers journey into mystery with Strange Brigade". Polygon. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  10. ^ Kato, Matthew (April 24, 2018). "Co-op Adventure Strange Brigade Gets Release Date & Story Trailer". Game Informer. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  11. ^ "Strange Brigade for PlayStation 4 reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  12. ^ "Strange Brigade for PC reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  13. ^ "Strange Brigade for Xbox One reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved October 18, 2018.

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