Review – The Expendabros Retro Style Action
The Expendabros is a run-and-gun platformer developed by Free Lives, the same dev team that brought us Broforce. The game is built around the gameplay of Broforce, but uses characters that are based on the Expendables film franchise. Because The Expendabros is a mash-up between the Expendables and Broforce, all of the playable characters in the game have the word bro somewhere in their name. Expendabros isn’t an extremely long game, nor is it extremely challenging either. What the game is however is mindless fun, and pixelated violence.
The Expendabros is reminiscent of the action games of old.
The plot of the game is simple enough. The bro’s have come together to takedown Conrad Stonebanks, who is an arms dealer hold up in the forest of Eastern Europe. The bro’s must then battle their way through Stonebanks forces in order to finally confront the arms dealer, and take him down once and for all.
The first thing that will stand out to players about The Expendabros is the retro style graphics used. This is probably a good thing, because if this game employed a graphics engine such as frostbite. Then the game would lose nearly all of its charm, as it stands the retro graphics really add to that 80’s action nostalgia feel of the movies. There are a few elements of The Expendabros that go along with the 80’s action movie theme. The first is the fact that your characters never run out of ammo on their primary weapon, now your secondary weapon however doesn’t have unlimited ammo.
There’s also a lot going on at any given moment the screen is nothing short of pixelated chaos. This can make it difficult sometimes to keep track of enemies that maybe shooting at you. The last bit of action movie nostalgia to be found in The Expendabros, is the fact that you can destroy pretty much everything that’s almost an understatement actually. You don’t feel like climbing up something? Not a problem just blast yourself a new path. Of course many of the bosses in the game can make use of this feature as well so you will have to watch your step.
The Expendabros just like The Expendables has a diverse cast. The game has seven playable characters, each character has his own distinct primary and secondary weapons. Thus ensuring that each character plays and feels different, and aren’t just character clones. Another feature of the game that stands out, is the fact that your character can only suffer one hit. That’s right your character can only take a single hit before it’s lights out. That one hit can come from yourself as I quickly learned when I first started the game. When first playing the game I would toss out grenades, and I would die when they went off. It took me a few deaths to realize that I was being killed by my own ordinance (How embarrassing.).
The Expendabros doesn’t really offer much in the way of gameplay modes. The game offers both single player and four player local co-op, unfortunately the game offers no online multiplayer option. Not that it really matters regardless of if you play by yourself, or with friends the levels are the same.
The Expendabros is a fun game, but chances are it’s not going to be your next great gaming adventure. The whole game can be played through rather quickly. That said the game is great if you want to just have some mindless fun, or if you want to get your 80’s action fix. The Expendabros can currently be gotten off of Steam for free, so it will cost you nothing to give the game a try.
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