Co-op shooters are a genre thats not gotten much love in the last decade, so I was happy to see a fresh new concept from Rebellion, and to hear that it featured co-op four player action. I got the chance to sit down and play it today. it has a heavy emphasis on co-operation, puzzle solving, and environmental interaction, and plays a bit like an arcady tomb-raider.

We started out with a choice of four characters (more will be added down the line I am told) Each character has unique traits, but the developers are quick to point out that they are not classes, but rather fun characters. Each of the games characters can for example use several diffrent weapons, and change out what their “amulet” power does.

We started out walking around what seemed to be a jungle, and shooting at what I assumed were zombies. Weapon handling was very arcady with a large reticle and plenty of spare space. I was able to use both a shot gun, a special sniper rifle, and an automatic rifle. Each gun handled differently, the shot gun was of the double barreled variety and had a huge reticle bloom and massive kick. The sniper rifle (which I obtained by spending 1000 of the games in-game currency) had no kick and was lie shooting fish in a barrel, and the automatic rifle was all over the board.

The map we were on was made more interesting by a series of environmental traps and interactions. Periodically throughout the level we needed to activate a switch or blow up a barrel using a hi lighted piece of the environment. These environmental traps helped bring a lot of variety to the game, and I enjoyed how they broke up the shoot, shoot, shoot, that so many games have now.

Towards the end of the demo we were treated to a small taste of how upgrades are going to work. Each player will collect relics, which they will use to upgrade their weapons. Weapon upgrades added things like elemental abilities and additional damage. All of which was adde together to make the stats for our guns.

I enjoyed playing the game even if the shooting was a bit arcady and felt off in that way that only shooting thats in third person can. The setting intrigued me, and Im willing to at least give Strange Brigade a chance before I write it off, becuase it really does seem to be a good game.