What Ho! Pip Pip and Cheerio, adventurers! Strange Brigade was out in full force at EGX Rezzed last weekend and we couldn’t pass up the chance to get involved with this new co-op shooter.
Strange Brigade is a 4 player, third person, cooperative exploration and shoot em up survival game. When I first checked it out it felt like an over the shoulder version of Call of Duty: Nazi Zombies mixed with Left 4 Dead and of course the Nazi Zombie Army trilogy that Rebellion also produced. That’s three great games to marry up already but then Rebellion have added a late British Empire, adventure serial style to the game which really brings a tongue in cheek, supernatural, heroic flavour to the game.
We had a good chat with some of the team at Rebellion and they explained that Strange Brigade skips past the Indiana Jones comparisons to aim for more of what actually inspired the Indiana Jones movies in the first place. These tales of high adventure in exotic distant lands are brought to us with a distinctively comedic sense of irreverence that undercuts the colonial undertones of such a topic. In the show demo players are encouraged to loot the ancient temple for all its worth with phrases like “Finder’s Keepers” being eccentrically voiced with a wink. I found this to be a dry dig at the colonial attitude rather than an endorsement of it.
The gameplay was honestly the most fun that myself and James had at EGX Rezzed. Waves after waves of ancient zombies were pouring out of the ruins as we frantically tried to fight them off and progress through the level. Special enemy mummies, minotaurs and massive boss beasts all made an appearance too. The main thing I felt was an overwhelming sense of tension as we were playing through the show demo. The enemy hordes simply don’t stop coming from every direction so you constantly have to have your wits about you. Also, make sure to keep an eye on your ammo as if that runs out you’ll just be left with a trusty Colt .45 and your character’s signature power. These powers usually provide an area of effect attack that clears out most of the minions in your path and the devs explained that this was a feature that is going to be refined so that you can use it more frequently in the future.
All in all Strange Brigade was one of the best in show for me and I can’t wait to see what they’re bringing to E3 this year. If you want to see a little more of the action you can check out their trailer here: