- Developer: Rebellion
- Publisher: Rebellion Developments
- Release Date: 15/06/2021
- Price: £24.99 / $34.99
- Review code provided by Rebellion
Introducing: Strange Brigade Review
When I first sat down to review Strange Brigade, I only had the one copy. After checking out a few of the modes I knew to provide the most accurate look, I’d need a partner to enter the fray. Of course my son was onboard. After all, who doesn’t want a new game? After making the purchase on his console and waiting for the download, we were set to go. Strange Brigade is an okay single player game, but it’s a great co-op game. Let me tell you why.
An Ancient Evil Awakens
Humor is best shared with others. And Strange Brigade has no shortage of funny moments or dialogue. Though I did notice this during my solo time with the game, it was made so much better when my son was along for the ride. Split-screen would have been a great feature, but unfortunately it’s missing. We had to make due with two consoles, two copies of the game and two television sets. Understandably, not everyone is going to have that option so online may be the direction others will go.
In Strange Brigade, you select one of four characters and embark on a dire journey to stop an ancient mummy. The witch queen, Seteki, has been unceremoniously woken up from a 4,000 year slumber. And boy did she wake up on the wrong side of the sarcophagus. In her fit of rage, she unleashes a curse bringing countless evils to life as well. The Strange Brigade will have to review the situation and put a stop to it.
Tally-ho Good Madams and Sirs
Strange Brigade is a first-person shooter with some surprisingly good puzzle mechanics. The campaign was a lot of fun to trod through. There’s a lot of great level designs with creative boobytraps and enemies, and little did I expect, a lot of puzzles. Throughout the journey, you’ll come across sealed rooms or hidden pathways which require putting a bit of thought behind your running-and-gunning. Some of the puzzles were easy to clear, but others took some time. It’s a good thing my son was backing me up because he made quick work of the more challenging ones. There are also some that require you to look at a code in one area to input in another area. Again, having a partner saved time for these endeavors.
Aside from the puzzles, you’ll be holding off swarms of undead. As I mentioned above, there’s a lot of well designed enemies to face off against. Marauding mummies cast spells, but take a long time to amble your way. Charging minotaurs rush your position. Others breathe fire and some throw spears from afar. That’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Outside of the exciting combat in the campaign, there’s a score attack mode and perhaps our favorite, horde mode. Horde mode starts you off in one of several maps where you face wave after wave of a multitude of undead. Each wave increases with difficulty but brings more chances to earn gold. You can buy super charged weapons or stick with the standard fare. There are also rooms and areas you can unlock for health potions and places to set ambushes. Overall, you’re in for a good time. Again, playing with a pal makes the experience that much better.
The Jewel of the Nile
For the most part, Strange Brigade looked crisp and clean. Occasionally the game would stutter and freeze momentarily. This typically happened with huge swarms of enemies attacking all at once. The aesthetic of the game was fitting for the storyline and there was a good variety in locales to explore. The game looked polished and had some beautiful backdrops. The music was also very fitting with the environment and lore. It never got dull and helped fill the background which was otherwise screams of dying.. err.. re-dying of the undead.
Like I said before, when I started my review of Strange Brigade as a solo player, it offered a decent experience. Playing with a friend changes this average incursion into a wild ride. There’s something about sharing laughs and shouting for help in the same room that even the online option didn’t quite replicate. It’s too bad there’s not a split screen option to make it more affordable or accessible. We never tired of slaying the undead and often found ourselves fighting long into the night. There’s a lot of fun to be found in Strange Brigade but you should be cautious of the setup required. Even though we have the Nintendo Switch Online Family Membership, it’s not required for local wireless co-op.
- Fun Multiplayer Action
- Great Humor
- Huge Variety of Enemies
- Acceptable Price Point
- No Splitscreen
- Lags during Large Swarms of Undead