Offensive Combat: Redux might be the best bad shooter you’ll ever play.
For our readers that never got a chance to play the classic shooter “Serious Sam,” you won’t remember how great that horrible game was. It was the kind of shooter that was over the top ridiculous and didn’t take itself seriously at all, yet somehow managed to be incredibly fun none the less. Offensive Combat: Redux reaches for the same goal but falls a little short. However, It’s not without its high points.
Not Another Call of Duty Clone
Even though Offensive Combat: Redux is shallow and simple on its surface, Offensive Combat Redux is a breath of fresh air in a world filled with Call of Duty and Battlefield. It’s the kind of game that harkens back to the old arcade style shooters such as Serious Sam. It doesn’t take itself too seriously and actually has a taunt mechanic that allows players to earn extra points by “PWNing” their opponent. This usually involves the character doing a victory dance; which in its most derogatory and disrespectful form would be considered “tea-bagging your kill.”
Levels That Don’t Suck
Another High point of Offensive Combat is that the maps are really well thought out and designed. Though more often than not it ends up being a “King of the Hill” match where everyone fights to control the high ground, it’s clear that the developers took the time to thoroughly think out and design their levels i.e. multiple vertical levels to battle opponents on.
As Thin as Millennials Skin…
Overall, the game is as simple as it gets. There’s no story mode or lore to the game. Just three classic versus modes; Death Match, Team Death Match, and Capture the Flag. You also have two separate single player options; Vs Killer Robots and Explore Maps. I do, However, feel as though “Explore Maps” Isn’t really a mode. I wouldn’t even consider it combat. It’s literally just to run around in an empty map. Why? Who does that and for what stupid ass reason?
A Hidden Cameo
The game does include custom character creation and gives you a ton of wacky character combinations to play as. They even have Charlie Day (Green Man) In the game which is fucking hilarious, assuming you’re a fan of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”. There are also quite a few guns, all which have their own stats and upgrade-able features that allow you to customize and add scopes in exchange for in game currency.
The Bottom Line
Offensive Combat: Redux is going to have a very specific crowd and it’s going to be a real challenge for them to expand their user base. The game is enjoyable in short bursts. It’s very easy to get bored of currently. However, When I spoke with the team about the game they did say they have the next six months of updates and additional content planned out. So hopefully we’ll see new modes, new costumes, and new guns in the months to come. With that said, at a price tag of 19.99 this game may not be at the best price currently. Unless you’re a fan of the original Offensive Combat or other off-beat shooters. That said, if you see this one pop up on the steam summer sale I would recommend picking it up. It’s enjoyable in short bursts and I’m thankful for the opportunity to review it. I’m interested to see where the game goes from here. For more news and reviews, you know where to find us Coin Droppers.