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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: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  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. Sep 28, 2018
    8
    While basic, it is a fun and entertaining 4 player co-op game. Very similar to sniper elite
  3. Aug 28, 2018
    8
    If you usually play the works of Rebellion, like Sniper Elite and Zombie Arms Trilogy, surely you will feel familiar with this StrangeIf you usually play the works of Rebellion, like Sniper Elite and Zombie Arms Trilogy, surely you will feel familiar with this Strange Brigade. It is a cooperative Third-person shooter (we can also play solo) and the objective is to kill mummies and explore ancient ruins. And no, it's not the first time that Rebellion makes mummy-related games, since in 2000 we had The Mummy for PSOne and for PC.

    Imagine the Strange Brigade as if it was a 1930s English television series, in which 4 heroes have to kill the spirit of Seteki, a wicked, power-thirsty queen who was released by archeologist Edgar Harbin. Nalangu Rushida, Gracie Braithwaite, Prof. Archimedes de Quincey and Frank Fairburne are the names of the characters. During the gameplay or during a cutscene, Strange Brigade manages to positively capture the spirit of the adventurous series of the thirties. However, Rebellion made a basic mistake, which shouldn't happen as often as it still does: subtitles are lowercase. Sometimes I don't even notice the captions and this thought comes to me after I've been distracted, "huh? What? What happened?".

    As I said earlier, the player will have to venture through unexplored places, always with the Storyteller to describe the events, and use the gray matter to solve the puzzles, discover treasures and diaries, kill mummies, skeletons and a few more creatures. The campaign of the game is not so linear and as a result we have to look at the sites and find out what it is we can do to open the way to move or unlock a secret room, which in my opinion was an aspect that I pleased since I like slightly challenging puzzles. But don't worry, because some puzzles are between the easy and the normal. There are always traps that can be used against our enemies, but be careful, because you or your partners can take with these traps that is almost certain death.

    We have a good range of weapons from rifles, machine guns, shotguns, pistols, revolvers, dynamite, grenades, molotov cocktails and amulets. Speaking of amulets, let's say they are a kind of special blow that can be used against enemies. An example of this is the Chariot Charge that knocks down the mummies with devastating force. In order to use the amulets, we have to kill the enemies and collect the souls they left until the sphere is filled.

    Strange Brigade does not have energy regeneration (except when in the red zone), so we have to use health potions to revitalize our energy. By the way, you can't take more than one health potion. Whenever the player is killed and if he has a health potion in his possession, we can be resurrected in a sarcophagus (but with the energy bar in the red zone). Nice right?

    In addition to the campaign mode, we also have Horde mode (surviving waves of enemies) and Score Attack. In any of these modes, the player can play on solo or in cooperative mode for up to 4 players. And speaking in this latter way, it is always funny and satisfying to play cooperative (especially with friends), not having noticed any problems with LAG. But here is a big flaw, as there is only cooperative online and no local multiplayer. It's a shame, as this game would be extremely fun with local co-op.

    Strange Brigade despite running at 30 FPS, also gives us the option of setting at 60 FPS, but with the frame rate unlocked. I confess that I didn't notice major problems of fluency during the 60 FPS and also didn't notice great visual differences between the two modes of performance. In short, despite having taken with the attacks of the mummies, the Rebellion manages to escape with life and arrives at the secret tomb in which it finds the good treasure called Strange Brigade.

    Verdict: Despite its flaws, Strange Brigade manages to be a good cooperative game with funny puzzles.
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  4. Aug 29, 2018
    8
    Very good game I was expecting something and finally it is better than what I was expecting. People who put bad critic because they thought itVery good game I was expecting something and finally it is better than what I was expecting. People who put bad critic because they thought it would be as good as a tripple A game thats not the thing to do...The combat is very good for what it is fire system deserve a solid 8. You got a lot of weapons you can upgrade plus you have the possibility to buy other special weapons during mission so people who say the game have lack of variety on weapons have not playing the same game i played. For skills you got 4 per character and theyre all different it is better than zombie army wich you had 0 SKILLS. Similar enemy ? Again wrong wrong wrong and WRONG im just at the beginning and already meet 5 different type of ennemy... The only problem of the game wich is not something that bad its the lack of a good story but like I said no big deal gameplay is the more important. So dont make the mistake of expecting something extraordinairy its a 50 dollard game and for the price it is very good. Sorry for my bad english its not my primary language Expand
  5. 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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  6. 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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