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  • Summary: Egypt, the 1930's. Erased from ancient history and buried in a nameless tomb for 4,000 years, Seteki the Witch Queen has risen once again. Only one troop of daring heroes can stand against the fearsome power of Seteki and her army of mummified monstrosities: The Strange Brigade!

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    Egypt, the 1930's. Erased from ancient history and buried in a nameless tomb for 4,000 years, Seteki the Witch Queen has risen once again. Only one troop of daring heroes can stand against the fearsome power of Seteki and her army of mummified monstrosities: The Strange Brigade!

    Explore remarkable ruins, solve perilous puzzles and uncover tantalising treasure while blasting your way through an array of undead enemies in thrilling third-person action that's certain to bring out your inner adventurer!
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36
  1. Aug 29, 2018
    90
    Strange Brigade is the rare title that manages to construct completely satisfying single- and multiplayer experiences in the exact same space. It’s not a huge project — a motivated team could blast through in under five hours while digging up all of the secrets might take closer to twenty — but it’s immensely replayable thanks to character variety and the different dynamics of co-op and solo modes.
  2. Aug 27, 2018
    82
    Strange Brigade definitely took me by surprise as it's one of the most fun-filled cooperative online games out there. The amount of variety makes the gameplay constantly enjoyable and working together with friends is super-satisfying.
  3. Aug 28, 2018
    80
    It's a rather spiffing package, all told, that manages to find the perfect blend of rip-roaring adventure, explosive gunplay, treacherous traps, fiendish puzzling, and crate-loads of loot. Whether tackling it solo or with a group of chums, it's a title very much geared towards repeated playthroughs, which should be enough to give fellow relic hunters, Nathan Drake and Lara Croft, a run for their money. Indiana who?
  4. Aug 27, 2018
    75
    While Strange Brigade can be frustrating at times, the charm of its 1930s world, the wonderfully exaggerated English alliteration of its narrator, and solid level design, combat encounters, and four-player co-op make it a strong, stylish third-person shooter.
  5. Aug 29, 2018
    75
    Strange Brigade is a solid third-person shooter that doesn’t bring anything fresh to the genre besides its charming, over-the-top campiness which makes the game shine and not take itself too seriously. The gameplay is nothing new, but everything is executed seamlessly, and the game is relatively quite enjoyable minus a few frustrating hordes of inconvenient undead.
  6. Sep 4, 2018
    70
    Strange Brigade’s serviceable but flawed gameplay and forgettable story make for an incredibly generic third-person shooter, but its charming personality, great level design, and well integrated puzzles make for a B-movie romp that’s a lot more fun than you might initially expect, even if you plan to play alone.
  7. 30
    Strange Brigade has perhaps the most finicky, inconsistent gunplay in my recent memory.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23
  1. Jun 23, 2020
    10
    Rebellion Studios this generation has been making bangers!

    Sniper Elite to the Zombie Army games. If you like their other works you’ll enjoy this.
  2. Sep 4, 2018
    9
    As a review site, we play an abundance of games. But every so often a truly wonderful gem of a game takes us by surprise. Strange Brigade isAs a review site, we play an abundance of games. But every so often a truly wonderful gem of a game takes us by surprise. Strange Brigade is one of those games. A third person adventure game that will no doubt be likened to Uncharted or Tomb Raider. As soon as you start up Strange Brigade you are in no doubt you are in for a unique experience.

    Story
    Egypt, 1930’s. Erased from ancient history and buried in a nameless tomb for 4,000 years, Seteki the Witch Queen has risen once again.

    Only one troop of daring heroes can stand against the fearsome power of Seteki and her army of mummified monstrosities: The Strange Brigade!

    Explore remarkable ruins, solve perilous puzzles and uncover tantalising treasure while blasting your way through an array of undead enemies in thrilling third-person action that’s certain to bring out your inner adventurer!

    Gameplay
    The first thing you notice in Strange Brigade is its amazing humour. The narrator really brings joy to the game and is as central a character as four members of the Strange Brigade.

    Strange Brigade can be played solo or as a 2-4 online co-op multiplayer. With each character having their own beautifully crafted personalities and individual special moves. The choice of character is a real one.

    The levels themselves are fairly big. Even when I knew most of the puzzles and ran through a level. It still took over an hour to do so. Each level is filled with puzzles, locked doors, hidden items and traps to discover. The traps are worth mentioning too. The levels are populated with traps that if you are canny enough you can use to your advantage. For example, there is a point on the first level where you can choose to fight about a dozen mummies or with a single pistol shot to release a spiked filled log and wipe them all out in one go.

    One of the main game mechanics in Strange Brigade is the puzzles. Whilst certain types of puzzles are repeated in every level. There is such a variety of puzzles that they never get boring. In fact, sometimes the familiarity of a puzzle is welcomed.

    The main issue I had with Strange Brigade was that starting out the controls felt extremley loose. This is something I got used to over time and it became less of an issue. To begin with, it was a taxing experience but I soon adapted.

    On top of all this outside of missions, you can buy new guns. Upgrade the ones you have with magical relics found in levels. These relics add massively powerful attributes to your guns such as freezing monsters, setting them on fire, breaking armour and life steal.

    As well as the story mode of the game there is also Horde mode and Score Attack. two modes I have admittedly not tried by the time of writing this review simply because I have been so absorbed in the story.

    Overall Thoughts
    Strange Brigade is a breath of fresh air in a time of dark, serious games. Not only is it fun but there is a fantastic and complex game beneath the humour which is rare to find. Every aspect of the game is beautifully crafted.

    The Story is intriguing and feels like a real archaeological adventure. The characters are well defined with there own unique traits. Level design is so big, sprawling and twisting that you can easily get turned around. One thing I loved was when playing a level back through. I often forgot how to open a door to get to a certain puzzle because there was that much to remember.

    Strange Brigade allows me to relive all those childhood Indiana Jones fantasies with my dry adult humour intact. There isn’t a single aspect of Strange Brigade that fails to deliver. Quite simply when I have a free moment to play, I play Strange Brigade!

    Overall Score – 9/10
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  3. Jun 14, 2019
    9
    This is by far a better game than most shooters in recent memory. There are no great cinematics, the story is bare bones, and there is noThis is by far a better game than most shooters in recent memory. There are no great cinematics, the story is bare bones, and there is no flashy triple A glam... But what it is, is a great GAME. No regenerating health, learn the enemies movements and weak points, and actually have fun within the game levels as provided.

    If your tired of open worlds filled to the brim with fetch quests, if you are disillusioned enough to know that "Battle Royals" are more boring versions of death matches, or if you want loot boxes that can be opened by pressing square rather than using your wallet, then strange brigade is for you.

    The basic structure of the game is simple, walk a linear level, which has some cross sections, kill enemies on the way, open chests and find other loot, get to a large area and kill a couple of waves of enemies (using guns, skills, and environmental traps and hazards). Simple and sweet. Progressing in the game gets you: new enemies are introduced in different areas and in new levels. You can purchase better guns using loot (better stat versions of the starting guns), and you can also find runes which give your weapons special properties (life steal, ricocheting bullets etc).

    There are 2 main draw backs that I can think of... game length and no split screen. The campaign isn't very long (10 hrs), though the extra modes will pad out some more play time. But the biggest gripe I have with this game is... NO COUCH COOP... Sadly, you will have to sit it out solo, or go online with randos if you want that coop action.

    Puzzles, I have read in other reviews, to be a big problem with some people... Though I will agree that they are very simple, laughably so... BUT they are QUICK, very quick: shoot a couple of symbols, get your loot and go on the the next shootout... I fail to see this as a problem, they don't take you out of the action for long, they give you a brief distractions while you look for the correct combo, and you are off and on your way in no time to do put the dead back in the ground. Yet games like Uncharted have puzzle which are just as basic (But that being a Big Budget Game, the plebes be like: OOOOhhh its flawless!), but it isn't considered a big deal because it looks so pretty...

    In the end... If you want a Michael Bay blockbuster, you wont find that here... If you want a campy old school GAME, well... I'd say, tighten yer britches, ol' chapp, and enlist into the Strange Brigade.
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  4. Jul 31, 2020
    7
    No lo llegue a jugar coop, que seguro que gana mucho, pero sin ser un joya ni tener el mas mínimo alarde u innovación me entretuvo de formaNo lo llegue a jugar coop, que seguro que gana mucho, pero sin ser un joya ni tener el mas mínimo alarde u innovación me entretuvo de forma simple y efectiva que es algo de agradecer. Expand
  5. Sep 17, 2018
    6
    This review is based solely on a single player campaign mode, so bare that in mind as I can see that playing this in co-op would have itsThis review is based solely on a single player campaign mode, so bare that in mind as I can see that playing this in co-op would have its benefits. Also I've yet to complete the game (for reasons that will become apparent).
    As a fan of Rebellion games particularly the sniper elite series I was looking forward to this Strange Brigade, although a departure in style for the developer the premise to this game has Its got tons of potential.
    I'll start with the negative: The game-play mechanics are not the best, aiming for example can be tricky especially as the enemies tend to duck and bob as they shamble towards you, even with the aim assist on it makes little difference. Although there is fun to be had here, setting up a trap to destroy a load of enemies the game soon gets repetitive, every so often you'll get locked in an arena type area to face off against wave after wave of enemies. There is little in the way of variety, and sadly there's no way of playing to your favoured style (no stealth option for example) its all guns and bombs blazing or nothing. One more particularly annoying aspect is he clunky controls especially the melee attack which often fails to connect. Finally the lack of health potions is extremely frustrating, I have spent most of this game playing on very low health with little chance of surviving the level, I feel the balance of this game is a bit off, at least in single player mode.

    On the positive side: The graphics are ok, the game's narrator is excellent, funny and perfect for the
    feel of the game. The puzzles can be fun and the game rewards you for exploration of every nook and cranny.
    I accept this game was designed primarily to be played in co-op, and the single player mode wasn't as well thought out as it could have been, as a result this game can get too frustrating to fully enjoy, and sadly there are no difficulty settings to play with if you get a bit stuck.

    Like I said this game as a lot of potential and maybe in co-op its more balanced , but sadly for me this game ultimately disappoints.
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  6. Aug 7, 2021
    6
    To give it a 6 Because I really enjoyed this game but it was in my opinion, a few elements. Like the ability to climb, and many of the areasTo give it a 6 Because I really enjoyed this game but it was in my opinion, a few elements. Like the ability to climb, and many of the areas felt the same. Its missing a bit if gore which I always like. Other than that it's a banger. Check out Sniper Elite 4 and Zombie Army 4 if you like this. Rebellion do great with there bullet Ballistics. Although not so noticed in this title. GREAT Game. Expand
  7. Mar 20, 2021
    0
    Waste of time. Extremely boring and unoriginal. The game design of this game is like 20 years behind

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