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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: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. 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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  2. Apr 5, 2019
    9
    Probably one of the best co-op shooters I've played. Similar to Zombie Army Trilogy, but in my opinion - better. There are many hazardousProbably one of the best co-op shooters I've played. Similar to Zombie Army Trilogy, but in my opinion - better. There are many hazardous environment that can be shot to blow, crush spike etc. the mummies. Different type of enemies which mixed it up.

    Pro tip:
    1. Unlock framerate. On my PS4 Pro it flows like 60 fps instead of 25-30 fps. Gorgeous.
    2. Play on Hard. Medium you can take to many hits. Hard? 2 hits and you'r dead. More fun, especially if you are:
    3: Playing coop.

    I got the deluxe version for $27, otherrwise it's quite pricey at $86.
    Solid coop. I had a great time with this little hidden gem.
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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. Sep 28, 2018
    8
    While basic, it is a fun and entertaining 4 player co-op game. Very similar to sniper elite
  5. Mar 30, 2020
    7
    This game was quite fun I have to say. It reminded me of Indiana Jones meets Zombies. The game runs smooth on PS4 Pro with SSD, no hugeThis game was quite fun I have to say. It reminded me of Indiana Jones meets Zombies. The game runs smooth on PS4 Pro with SSD, no huge loading times of fps drops at all. The atmosphere and narrative of this game is really good, I would rate it at 8.5/10 and it here comes the BUT.

    The game throws away lots of potential by limiting weapon arsenal a lot and the character decision does not mean a lot or is explained a lot. There could ve been huge potential but it was wasted away. Also the boss designs are horrible, at least when you try to play this on console. The hitmarkers are tiny and are combined with timers or horde attacks, in my opinion a huge mistake and horrible for many players. The boss encounters are still fun but then very repetitive. The world design is lovely. The puzzles are simply, entertaining and yet repetitive again.

    It all boils down to a game with great narrative and fun being mediocred by some bad game design decisions. I would still recommend it at a decent sale because it is definitely fun and in some cases even surprisingly outstanding. If you can, get it on PC, if you are on console get your best aim ready.
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  6. Sep 24, 2018
    7
    This game is pretty neat and I hope it gets some love and support. I have already put 20 hours and don't feel like putting it down soon - evenThis game is pretty neat and I hope it gets some love and support. I have already put 20 hours and don't feel like putting it down soon - even with all these major releases happening (like Spider-Man and Tomb Raider).

    Strange Brigade surprised me. I thought it would get repetitive and boring (it can be repetitive, sure), but it's always a lot of fun to return to a map (alone, with friends or with strangers online) to try to find more collectibles and just have some quick, casual fun.

    The graphics are surprisingly good, the sound is great (I absolutely adore the narrator) and the guns and bombs feels tight and fun to play with; with an expected collection of molotov cocktails, grenades, pistols, shotguns, machine guns and rifles.

    But there are flaws, I won't lie. The cast of characters have no development - almost no development at least - and pretty much feel the same. Tried them all and did not feel any difference to be honest.

    Also, this game was made to play with friends, since it can get pretty crazy sometimes - also to help with puzzles. But, at least for me, I played with strangers online since none of my friends are playing SB right now. And there is a problem with this online matchmaking. See, the game has voice chat, ok, but most of the people don't use it - even in games where this is a must, like Overwatch or Rainbow Six. Imagine if people will turn their voice chats on for Strange Brigade? No, they won't.

    So, it's odd to play with 3 other strangers who seem to have their own agenda... I want to take my time, check the puzzles, find collectibles, while others just want to rush through it. I seriously think the game needs a simple 'emoticon/words wheel', we could use to say "Over here", "Help", and even "Hello", "Thanks", "Nice", "Bye". Just to make things more amicable. Right now, it's go in and go out. And hope people manage to do something together. I did not enjoy the multiplayer experience for this reason... and most of the time, I returned to the maps alone to search for content and to explore.

    The game is also pretty bare bones right now. You beat the campaign in a few hours, then there is horde mode and time attack. By then, all weapons are unlocked and fully upgraded. I think they intend to bring more content - since there is a season pass available - but for the price of 30+ dollars it's a pass from me right now. Maybe in the future.

    But the game is fun. Really.
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  7. Jan 7, 2019
    4
    There's a fun 1940s charm to this game that I initially warmed to, the old-time radio show narration oozed dry wit and, when playing solo,There's a fun 1940s charm to this game that I initially warmed to, the old-time radio show narration oozed dry wit and, when playing solo, gives you a little bit of humorous company when you're all alone in a dungeon killing brain dead zombies.

    I played this game solo, and after a few hours the well ran dry for me. Hoards and hoards and hoards and hoards of enemies just shambling after me became kinda dull, and the shooting felt janky and unpolished. I used the shotgun because aiming was annoyingly finicky.

    Levelling wasn't super satisfying either, and don't get me started on the save points, - they're few and far between. In fact I put my controller down for the last time after an extremely extended boss area that had me fight literally five different waves of enemies with their own specific boss only to be killed at the eleventh hour and turfed all the way to the beginning of the challenge.

    After dying I realised my mistake but I just couldn't bring myself to go through all those waves again... no. Nope. No way. Not a chance in hell baby.

    Also health was a pain to find, now the game generally isn't crazy challenging but I was always very low on health. I read there was a gem you can find that gives a little health on every kill so that would've been pretty darn handy.

    The game's definitely a budget title so I wouldn't spend $60 US on it, but if you wanna play co op with a bunch of friends and you get this game at a bargain price then yea, you should get a few good hours out of it.
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