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Game review: Strange Brigade (2018) – English Review

The hunt for the evil queen.

You are a member of the Strange Brigade. Your team consists of four different playable characters. Your mission is to go on a treasure hunt and stop an evil queen that wakes up the dead and wreaks havoc. Who are you going to call? Not Ghostbusters, but the Strange Brigade!

I played Strange Brigade on PC on the hard difficulty, and I played it alone. I completed the campaign, but I didn’t play the other game modes which are horde mode and a scored attack mode. It took me 11 hours to complete the campaign playing on hard difficulty. But I also completed the game on extreme difficulty playing co-op. And you really need a partner or partners on some of the later missions. They can be brutal! But it’s fun playing with other players, but I think it’s best to play it solo the first time because you can suck in the atmosphere of the game more than you do when you play with other players. You can do the things you want to do at your own pace.

So this is a third-person shooter, and the controls are excellent, so I didn’t have any issues when the heat got turned up to 10. I played with a controller, so I recommend you to play with a keyboard and mouse if you want to pop some heads. Using a controller and trying to precision aim while 30 enemies coming at you is pretty difficult, especially when you are under pressure. I preferred using a shotgun.

The game isn’t hard, but there were two or three levels that were frustrating since I couldn’t gain any health back. My health bar was almost empty 75% of the game. If you die, your health potion resurrects you, and I couldn’t drink any health potions because there was something wrong with the PC version and using the Xbox One controller. The D-pad didn’t work for me, so I thought you couldn’t drink the health potions! If I had pressed 5 on the keyboard, I would have discovered you could drink the health potions. So I’m a hardcore player! Health potions? F that!

But you can use different gems with your weapons that give you a stronger weapon, and one gem gives you a small dose of health when you kill an enemy. So that was helpful.

This is a fun game where you use the environment to kill the undead. There are several traps here that you can shoot at and use to kill the enemy, and you really have to use these traps because there are a lot of enemies attacking you at the same time.

I played with just one character, so I don’t know how the three other characters differentiate from each other. I know they all have their unique abilities, but I’m not going to complete the game four times.

There are also a lot of puzzles here, and there were some I didn’t understand. Most of them are really easy, so I’m a little embarrassed that I didn’t understand two of the puzzle, I think it was. The shame! But I’m not the guy who’s interested in finding every treasure in a game. That’s just boring, and life is too short, and there are too many games to play.

You also collect money that you can use to spend on weapons and temporary weapons with a limited amount of ammunition. These temporary weapons are more powerful than your regular weapons, so use them wisely.

After each mission, the game introduces some stronger and faster enemies that make it a little harder when you fight in a sort of arena mode. But the game is nice enough to build up the difficulty slowly so that you get used to the pace you have to keep to stay alive. There are also several bosses here, and it isn’t difficult to understand where you’re supposed to shoot them since most of them have a glowing spot.

I enjoyed the single-player experience, but in the end, this is a game you should enjoy with three other people. But there’s no local co-op, something that disappointed me. Why is that so hard to make?

Rating: 8/10

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