The Coolest Games of PAX East

Pixel Titans / Devolver Digital

The Boston-based fan event plays host to one of the most impressive lineups of indie games in the world

The Boston-based fan event plays host to one of the most impressive lineups of indie games in the world

Strafe

The tagline publisher Devolver Digital settled on for the retro shooter title Strafe is “Bleeding Edge Graphics And Gameplay ©1996” so naturally, you play as a rugged space marine careening down starchy, Quake III-textured corridors leaving an endless trail of disemboweled alien gristle in your wake. It's a game made for circle-strafers, by circle-strafers. I’m imaging a room full of grizzled FPS vets in the midst of a eureka moment after one of them says “what if we made a Doom game where you could aim up?”

But that game already exists. It came out last year. The 2016 Doom revival proved that you could build a throwback PC shooter without caching it in deliberately bad graphics and a jocular name, which makes Strafe is somehow less biting or self-aware than the franchise it’s supposed to parodying. It’s still fun and I’m excited to play more, it just also has remarkably bad timing.

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