Strange Brigade was one of the odd games I played at E3 this year finding it to be a blast and a great spin-off from the Sniper Elite series. You can tell the two games are quite similar as they've taken the strong core third person gameplay and made it purely action focused. As a strange squad of four you make your way through ruins and adventure across what I could only describe as old timey Indiana Jones missions. It's taking the essence of that adventure and somewhat making a joke of it, that's the best I could describe it as. You solve basic puzzles as a group and blast your way through the many hostile monsters that come across your path.
It was a simple mission to give us an idea of what to expect and I had a lot of fun with it. There were also some cooperative options, but I only had time to check out the single player station. I did watch some of the others play together and they seemed to be having a good time. Aside from having the old school adventure announcer, it feels authentic to what it aims to emulate. The squad of characters to choose between each fit a certain niche with their abilities, but all of them bring something unique to the action.
The demo started out with the announcer letting us know what we were after and then throwing us into the action. The level was a mixture of spaces going from linear and small tunnels to more open locations. It took place entirely within an ancient ruins type of place and the environment was beautiful. I was very impressed with the visuals of the world from the flora to the architecture of the structures. The enemies were also rather cool with a wide range of mythological monsters to blast away with my array of weapons. My particular class had a TNT power-up which was available occasionally so I chucked that out whenever I could. My main weapon was a solid rifle and then a shotgun for close proximity.
I definitely enjoyed Strange Brigade and found it to be one of the stand out games from the event. The best I can describe it is providing the gameplay of the latest Sniper Elite and then taking away the sniping aspect along with its setting to give us an Indiana Jones type adventure. It works really well with the existing gameplay formula and I'm sure this will be a blast to play with a group of friends. I'm really looking forward to the final release of the game as it was fun to play despite only having a limited time with it.
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