Review: Stranger Things 3: The Game

The 4th of July was the day. After 2 years of waiting, we can finally watch Stranger Things season 3. Stranger Things 3: The Game has also been released along with the season on Netflix.

Stranger Things 3: The Game is a classic beat 'm up action RPG game with an open world structure. The game follows the third season almost seamlessly and if you are following the series and have yet to watch season 3 then I recommend that you do this first. If you don't follow the series yet, I would watch this one first. I won't say anything more about the story to avoid spoilers.


The game takes you to all the famous places in Hawkins for you to explore. During your journey through Hawkins you will unlock 10 additional characters. You can freely switch between characters during the game. All 12 characters have their own attack and special ability. Lucas has his Wrist Rocket (slingshot) and Dustin sprays the enemies with his Farrah Fawcett hairspray. Some characters have an extra ability. For example, Dustin has the Master Hacking skill and can hack keypads and Joyce has bolt cutters and can cut chains again.

What to do?

In Stranger Things 3: The Game, the quests mainly consist of finding or collecting something and defeating enemies. Within these quests you get simple puzzles to solve in certain places. Think, for example, of switching light buttons on or off in a certain order. There are also a lot of items and money that you can find throughout the game. You can find these in boxes but also by smashing bushes, garbage cans, hamburgers, handbags and more. Anything you break will be put back pretty quickly. And now I can't walk past a bush or anything without smashing it to see if money or an item comes out. The items you find can be used again to craft trinkets. Trinkets are items with which you can improve the stats or abilities of 1 or more party members.

graphics and sound

Just as Stranger Things TV series pays homage to classic 80s movies like The Goonies, Stranger Things 3: The Game game pays homage to classic 16-bit beat 'em up games. It all looks a little tighter than before. Have nothing to say.
The sound is a slightly different story. With the sound they also stay true to the 16-bit games and you get simple synth music and sound effects. They could have done with a little more variety here. This can get a bit boring and irritating in the long run.

co-op

And best of all, the co-op. This really works perfectly. With just about every game I hope there's a split-screen multiplayer in it. What could be more fun than playing games on the couch with a friend. Stranger Things 3: The Game has arranged it perfectly. You play the game with 2 characters by default. If you play alone, you can give your teammate simple commands and as soon as a second controller is turned on, the game automatically switches to split-screen and you can continue playing with two. This way everyone can jump in and out of the game at any time and there is no need to start a new game.

Verdict

Stranger Things 3: The Game is an entertaining game for the Stranger Things fan that you can get through in about 12 hours. With the Eliminator mode that you can unlock, there is still a reasonable replay value. The game really comes into its own when you play the game together with someone. Everything looks nice and has a wonderful nostalgic feeling. But to be completely honest, I think the price tag of €29.99 is a bit on the high side.


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