Thursday, 08 June 2017 15:14

REVIEW: Strafe (PC)

Written by Simon Hayward
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Think of the classic first-person shooter games of the 90's like Doom, Wolfenstein and Quake. Well, that’s Strafe!

I had a chance to play Strafe earlier this year in Sydney at RTX and having only a short time then to enjoy the game, I’m glad it’s finally out for myself and everyone to enjoy.

The plot is nothing to be desired, with a simple premise that your character is tasked to travel on a massive space craft named ICARUS to the far reaches of the galaxy. Only to return from a scavenging run finding the spacecraft is overrun with an unknown alien threat. Your job now, becomes one of survival.

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At your disposal, a large variety of weapons such as grenade launchers, shotguns, railguns and assault rifles. All allowing power-ups and upgrades that you can get along the way from merchants that you meet and also from pick-ups throughout the game including scrap which can be exchanged for ammo, health, armor and upgrades... which includes jetpacks and drones to name a couple. Every level in the game is Semi-procedurally generated, which means that every game is never the same.

I recommend playing the tutorial before jumping in though. Not because you need to know how to play, but for the cheesy cut scenes reminiscent of the 90s-live action cut scenes of back in the day. Even though you can buy Strafe on other platforms, buying it on PC is a must because you will need a mouse and keyboard to really get your hands dirty, considering the difficulty of the game will increase in later levels. But that’s why they call it Strafe! Jumping around, shooting your enemies with blood and guts everywhere. Just like all those old-school shooters.

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Content-wise, it looks a little on the slim side, due to it only being single player game and the repetitive nature of it being a run and gun shooter. But who's to say shooting enemy’s heads off with a large variety of weapons isn’t fun. I did notice in advanced options settings for VR capabilities, but it’s still in development. It does have a secret mini game called Murder Zone that can be found via the menu screen, which adds a little extra to the overall experience.

The developers, Pixel Titans, did a great job creating the overall experience with Strafe with the insane trailer parody of 90's video game commercials and the in-game feel of the FPS Genre of the classics. Strafe pays homage to the classic first-person shooters with a fast paced no holds bar action game, with wave after wave of enemies to fuel your blood lust. This game truly brings back memories and hours of fun.


Additional Info

  • Review Score: 4.0 / 5.0
  • Release Date: 10 May 2017
  • Platform: PC, PS4
  • Age Rating: ESRB 17+
  • Content: Violence, Blood and Gore
  • Developer: Pixel Titans
  • Publisher: Devolver Digital
  • Genre: FPS
  • URL: http://store.steampowered.com/app/442780/STRAFE/