Risk Story Spoilers By Playing ‘Stranger Things 3: The Game’ This July
When it was revealed back at The Game Awards at the tail end of 2018, introduced by the Duffer Brothers themselves, I was immediately smitten with Stranger Things 3: The Game. I mean, look at that pixel art. Look at it. It's a beautiful flashback to Amiga-era isometric joy. Even though, rose-tinted specs off, it's a whole lot more detailed than anything 16-bit gaming could be. I'm into it, is what I'm saying.
But now: hesitation. I now know that Stranger Things 3: The Game comes out on 4 July - the very same day that the new season of the Netflix show is unleashed, all at once. And that... That presents problems. Spoiler problems. As for all any of us know, the BonusXP-developed game - coming to Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Mac and PC (with a smaller version destined for mobiles, too) - will be loaded with them. And who amongst us can realistically binge eight entire episodes before their gaming itch needs scratching? NOT I. Not I.
But anyway: be you unafraid of said spoilers, here are some facts to know about Stranger Things 3: The Game.
One! You'll be able to play as at least 12 different characters, which is cool. These include the likes of Steve, Jim, Joyce and Dustin. They all have their own abilities and stats, and all that good stuff.
Two! The game is a co-op adventure, with drop-in/out play - so you can be merrily making your way around Hawkins on your lonesome, only for a pal to ring your buzzer - no euphemism intended - and they can slide right into your game. Uh. That did sound a bit like a euphemism, didn't it.
Three! The game's story follows the plot of the show. Let me stress this again: the game. Is the. Same story. As the. Show. So if you play through the whole thing before getting through its TV inspiration, well. You're gonna see that, that, and almost certainly that coming. All of it. So be warned: play at your own risk, or after you've switched Netflix off.
The game's director, Dave Pottinger, told Variety that the game has "all of the season's content and places, so true fans can dive into the things that happen off-screen". Which sounds super cool. For when I'm done with the watching part of July's Stranger Things activity.
Pottinger also said that Stranger Things 3: The Game uses gameplay mechanics inspired by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Legend of Zelda, Contra and Streets of Rage franchises. We're gonna be pure battering baddies, I reckon. (I mean, no "reckon" about it - watch the trailer.)
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