STRANGE BRIGADE: Tips, Tricks And Hacks For Taking Down Giant Scorpions Like A Badass
We got all the insider hacks to battle the undead in the super fun new third-person shooter.
Ever wanted to punch a mummy in the face? Then Strange Brigade is the game you’ve been waiting for!
Styled up like a retro action movie, the upcoming third-person-adventure shooter sees you join a team of crack adventurers on a mission to beat down undead skeletons, wrestle giant spiders and raid enough tombs to make Lara Croft well jel.
Mixing exploding dybamite, with a romping chapter-based campaign and a full-throttle horror creature horde mode, the new adventure shooter is campy and cute and just a little bit creepy all at the same time. And with the newly shown-off co-op mode, you can have your mates make up your brigade for ultimate mummy-bashing-mayhem.
We spoke to Ben Fisher, the Studio Design Lead at Rebellion, who make the game, to get all the inside tis and tricks for top treasure-hunting…
Hi Ben! How would you sum up Strange Brigade in just three words?
Ben Fisher (Studio Design Lead): It’s a charismatic, rompy, adventure.
It’s totally different to other adventure games we're used to. Can you tell us about what it’s inspired by?
BF: The tone of Strange Brigade comes from those 1930s serial adventure movies. The same sort of thing that inspired Indiana Jones. The voiceover has that kind of British Pathe, archive footage tone to it. So, the game’s very light-hearted, pulpy energetic fun. And it’s always fun to punch a mummy in the face. Can’t go wrong with that.
What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen happen in the game?
BF: The game really comes into its own when the player has got loads of bad guys coming at them. When there’s exploding barrels and spinning blade traps, and they’ve got magical abilities that trigger chain reactions, and they’ve got a shotgun that fires lightning damage, and you get this cascade of things going wrong on top of each other - and then all the bad guys are dead in one move.
When it flips between ‘EVERYTHING’S ABOUT TO GET ME’ to ‘OH NO IT’S FINE, I’VE TAKEN THEM ALL OUT BECAUSE THIS BARREL EXPLODED AND TRIGGERED THIS SPIKE TRAP WHICH DID THIS thing’. That’s when it’s the funniest for me.
Could you share some of your insider tips and tricks for playing the game?
BF: Sure! So, when you play through the game, as you kill the bad guys, you gather gold. That gold lets you unlock more powerful weapons but, in an adventure, it also lets you unlock prototype weapon chests that hold super-powerful weapons that do elemental damage to bad guys or knock them right across the room. So, my main tip is; as you’re playing through and you find the chests, definitely spend your cash! Find those powerful weapons to take out the bad guys. And wherever possible, catch as many as you can in a trap. So, if there’s a spinning blade trap, try to take out all the bad guys in one go that you can.
Have you got a fave weapon?
BF: I really like the flamethrower because if there’s a horde of undead coming towards you, cooking them with a flamethrower is great fun. There’s also a crossbow with exploding bolts that’s good fun. But I think my favourite is the shotgun that does lighting damage, because the bad guys all start shaking from the electricity. It’s funny every time. They do stupid poses as they get electrocuted.
Like Walk-Like-An-Egyptian moves?
BF: Yes, exactly. They do Egyptian dance moves. It makes me laugh every time.
Do you have a hack for first time players, that might not be IMMEDIATELY obvious?
BF: You can just play the game as a straight-shooting game and it’s good fun that way, but there’s lots of secrets and treasures hidden round the edges of every environment. So, if you take your time to explore and uncover those puzzles you’ll get loads of extra treasures. That lets you unlock things like new magical abilities for your amulet, so you’ve got extra options to take out the bad guys. So, I would definitely explore thoroughly and try and find all the secrets.
Do you have a fave enemy to bash in the game?
BF: There’s a really cool moment in some of the secrets that you find on the edges of the environment. You’ll find a bug’s nest that spawns swarms of hundreds of bugs at a time, all swarming towards you and you’ve got to take out the nest to stop the bugs coming for you. That’s really good fun because you’re trying to avoid the swarm war-pile and then you’re taking out loads of things at the same time. And it’s got that kind of 1930s, tomb-exploring atmosphere to it. It’s got giant scorpions in it too. You can’t go wrong with a giant scorpion.
What's the best way to take down a giant scorpion?
BF: Freeze them, because they move very quickly, and they do a lot of damage. So, if you can freeze them with an ice gun or an ice attack, that’s a good way to stop them.
The game has such a specific style. If you could apply that Strange Brigade feel to any other well-known game what would you like to see in that style?
BF: I think it would make a good racing game. Like, 1930s cars, and the announcer commentating on the race the whole way round. I think that would be great fun!
So, it’s like Need for Speed: 1930s Edition! Could we have that in a patch update please?
BF: I’m gonna write that one down.
- Strange Brigade is released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on August 28, 2018.