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Watch six minutes of Strange Brigade's co-op shooting, supernatural puzzles and branching levels

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In the midst of the E3 maelstrom (opens in new tab) you might well have missed developer Rebellion's playthrough of Strange Brigade (opens in new tab), its supernatural co-op shooter that's due out in late August. But it's worth watching: it's got a decent mix of puzzles and hectic third-person combat alongside branching levels that encourage exploration.

You and up to three friends will have a defined path to tread, and if you want, you can just play it like a straight co-op shooter, Rebellion says in the video. But if you explore you'll find plenty of puzzles that you can solve for better loot, as well as relics that you can combine to unlock new, powerful "amulet powers". 

The levels will also branch, allowing your party to split if you fancy it. In the example above, one player opens up a bridge with an energy beam, and then use the beam to set enemies on fire as the rest of the squad polishes them off. Then, the party has two possible routes: a high path with more combat, or a low path with more puzzles. 

You get a look at some of the weapon upgrades and amulet powers, too: you'll see one player unload six shots from a revolver one after the other without having to aim (like McCree from Overwatch's deadeye ability), as well as ricocheting bullets and a weapon that chains electric attacks. 

I like its sense of humour, and the narrator should provide a few laughs. If you want to find out more, you can read our previous coverage here (opens in new tab).

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.