Strafe

Set in a science fiction world, an old-school first-person shooter in a retro style inspired by similar productions from the 90s. In this debut project of Pixel Titans, you take control of a scavenger who suddenly loses a huge space cruiser ICARUS from his radar during one of the scouting missions. He decides to see what is wrong and ends up having to fight for his life on the deck of this humongous ship. Mechanically, Strafe is a dynamic, hard-core shooter in which you have to constantly fight, move, and dodge attacks in order to survive. Additionally, the death of the hero requires you to start everything from the beginning. The diverse locations you visit are, to some degree, procedurally-generated. To make the struggle easier, you get to choose one of three types of weapons, which you can upgrade as you progress. The title also features a simple crafting system and trading.

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PC / Windows
Game Strafe (PC) Cover
Strafe

Strafe | PC

Strafe release date for PC:

game language:
English

09 May 2017 | Worldwide

09 May 2017 | Europe

09 May 2017 | USA

Game mode: single player
Expectations: 8.2 / 10 calculated out of 7 players' votes.  

Sony PlayStation 4
Game Strafe (PS4) Cover
Strafe

Strafe | PS4

Strafe release date for PS4:

game language:
English

09 May 2017 | Worldwide

09 May 2017 | Europe PAL

09 May 2017 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player

Strafe for PC / Windows is an old-school shooter blending science-fiction and retro stylistics inspired by the first-person shooters from the late ‘90s. Founded through a Kickstarter campaign, this is a debut project by the independent American team Pixel Titans.

Plot

The plot does not really matter, but the creators decided to give the players at least a rough outline of it. You assume the role of a scavenger who supported a giant cruiser ICARUS during a scouting mission in unknown territories of the Galaxy. The mission ended with failure, and on the way home it turned out that the massive spacecraft was no longer visible on a radar. However, the ship still appeared to be in the range of an on-board teleporter, so the hero decided to see what is going on and teleported himself to the deck of ICARUS. As it turned out, something really ominous had happened on the cruiser and the protagonist has to fight for survival.

Mechanics

Strafe is a very dynamic, difficult, and hard-core title. Combat is constant; you have to quickly move around and skilfully dodge attacks (mostly by strafing – jumping to sides). The game is even more thrilling, as death means starting all over. However, do not be afraid of repeating the same levels again and again – the locations are, to some extent, generated procedurally. The blood of enemies plays a key role – it does not disappear, like in many games, and serves as road signs telling you where to go. Also, the locations offer numerous secrets to be discovered.

Diverse levels make gameplay more interesting – the action takes place in wider or narrower ICARUS’ corridors or in open spaces. The weapons aspect is also unusual. At the beginning, you get to choose one of three tools of wreaking havoc – a shotgun, a machine gun, or a railgun (each one with two fire modes) – that you will carry for a considerable amount of time and upgrade with different power-ups. Once you explore more, you’ll find more types of weapons. Careful exploration is especially worthwhile, as Strafe offers trading and crafting – gather different items and create a weapon or an armour.

Game modes

Strafe features single-player exclusively.

Technical aspects

As it has already been mentioned, Strafe is created in a retro style – the title largely follows the classic pattern of the visuals that could be seen in the games from the late ‘90s. However, the creators implemented modern features, such as support for Oculus Rift and HD.

Strafe Icarus Zone 1 - gameplay

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STRAFE may be the most violent game ever made, launching in March

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Meet STRAFE, a ridiculously violent first-person shooter rooted in the 1990s' classics, in which you get to see an absurd amount of blood and guts. It's from Devolver Digital after all, so what did you expect?