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Mixed or average reviews – based on 31 Ratings

Mixed or average reviews – based on 31 Ratings

  • Summary: Kill Strain is a top-down, competitive twin-stick action shooter with a monumental twist where three teams are pitted against each other for domination. Featuring innovative 5v5v2 gameplay, two teams of five players battle to contain-and-control a mysterious and powerful energy source Kill Strain is a top-down, competitive twin-stick action shooter with a monumental twist where three teams are pitted against each other for domination. Featuring innovative 5v5v2 gameplay, two teams of five players battle to contain-and-control a mysterious and powerful energy source codenamed ‘The Strain’ that has been discovered in research facilities. The humans are not alone in these remote locations, as two additional players take on the roles of mutants. Endowed with additional abilities when in contact with ‘TheStrain’, the mutant team wreaks havoc on the humans to spread ‘The Strain’ further on the field; turning humans into mutants along the way and creating a more powerful force. … Expand
  • Developer: SCEA San Diego Studios
  • Genre(s): Action , General
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I’ve played Kill Strain for a few days now. Overall I think the game has potential but it needs more content to keep my interest.

* Good: I’ve played Kill Strain for a few days now. Overall I think the game has potential but it needs more content to keep my interest.

* Good: Two original concepts; asymmetric team setup, and scoring based on a players’ performance throughout a match and not on the final outcome of a match. The original concepts are refreshing but also seem to trouble the gameplay. I’ll explain more below.

* Bad: Lack of variation and content. There’s only one map, and you start with only two(?) playable characters. Leveling up your account doesn’t seem to add up to much; after a dozen levels or so you unlock more slots for upgrading your characters.

It would be nice to have a couple of maps more to bring variation to tactics in a match and also different visual themes for eye candy. The one map does work pretty well, though. It can take quite a while to grind your way to unlock more playable characters. Also, I’m concerned that the characters all play quite a lot alike. I’ve played three characters so far and the main difference between them seems to be how much damage output they have and how to escape tough situations. I keep wishing for more depth and differences in the characters. It may also be partly due to the pretty hectic twin-stick gameplay that the gameplay is more action than tactics.

Gameplay feels often a bit chaotic. Because people don’t seem to know what they should be doing at times, it’s difficult to play well and enjoy the game to its full potential. Because of this, what happens during gameplay tends to be more random than based on your own tactics, successes, and failures. There is a built-in team communication system based on predefined messages but it’s inefficient in getting your teammates to work with you towards the same goal.

I think the chaos of gameplay has a lot to do with the original team setup of the game. Each match has three teams: one team of two mutants, and two teams of four mercenaries. A few minutes into a match the mutants gain the ability to turn a downed mercenary into a mutant. A match ends when any team’s base is destroyed, or if all mercenaries are turned, or if the time runs out (20 minutes). Players can and will spontaneously team up with players of other teams in order to gain advantage over the third team. Most often I’ve seen matches where mercs team up against mutants, but it’s also not uncommon to see the merc teams fight each other.

Because of this team setup players seem a bit confused as to what is beneficial to do. There is no clear enemy, and if you’re accustomed to two-team games, it’s not that easy to read in Kill Strain which team has the upper hand at any given time and who should you be fighting.

This leads me to the big question I’ve been asking myself when playing Kill Strain: What is my goal in a match? First of all, there is no winning team. The game speaks consistently about a match “ending”, not that someone is “winning”. If you destroy another team’s base, you don’t get any special bonus or mention. You have just ended the game, and that’s it. What *does* matter is what have you done *during* the game. This is the second original idea in Kill Strain. It’s not about winning the match (as in overcoming the opposing teams) but about performing well yourself. You can have all your fellow mercs turned into mutants and have your base destroyed and still come out on top in the final standings. It’s all about how you play and not about how the match ended.

The game counts scores for each player based on their kills, damage output, and certain other actions in the game. You are also awarded medals for the actions. At the end of a match you see the final standings, how much players scored and which medals they got. The standings rate each player as an individual.

Playing a merc and getting turned into a mutant is tough for the player. Intuitively it feels like you just lost the game. You’re no longer part of your original team. It may be that your original team is now taking a beating, losing structures and getting more mercs turned. But if you look at the scoring system, you haven’t lost anything. You’re now suddenly a member of the mutant team. The game continues. You can now attack all the mercs, including your former teammates. This is mentally somewhat controversial, and I think some players will have a hard time accepting it. In the scoring and gameplay mechanics you never really lose the game, no matter what happens, but inside your head you may feel like you’re being overpowered and beaten to a bitter defeat.

Due to these original design choices, Kill Strain is controversial but taken with an open mind it does provide enjoyable action with a bit of team-based tactics. Maybe San Diego Studios could convince more players to like the game if the in-game presentation alleviated a player’s feeling of defeat and emphasized more that success is based on scoring, and score can be accumulated in all situations. … Expand

Metacritic Game Reviews, Kill Strain for PlayStation 4, Kill Strain is a top-down, competitive twin-stick action shooter with a monumental twist where three teams are pitted against each other …

Kill Strain hits PS4 on 12th July, and it’s free to download

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San Diego Studio’s team-based PvP action game leaves Limited Access

We are pleased to announce that Kill Strain will be available on PS4 beginning Tuesday 12th July for PlayStation Plus subscribers and on 19th July for all PS4 owners.

Kill Strain is one of the service-based titles from the San Diego Studio, along with Guns Up! (available now) and Drawn To Death (available later this year), which will be free to download upon live release.

Kill Strain is currently in Limited Access with more invites going out weekly. To join the action and prepare for the live release of the game we will be sending out a substantial wave of invites to our Limited Access from 29th June to 3rd July.

For those that may want to sign up for the beta, there are limited invites still available, so be sure to sign up at www.KillStrain.com. For those players currently in the Limited Access we will be doing our final account wipe on 28th June to get ready for the new users and the live release; so expect some downtime that morning.

Now for the big surprise! We are excited to announce that over the course of the Limited Access, all users who Level up to 20 on or before Monday, July 4th at 11:59pm PDT, will be automatically rewarded at the close of the beta with an exclusive in-game item – The Vanguard Vincent Skin! This is a limited time offer, so be sure to sign up now on KillStrain.com. Stay tuned as we’ll have more details and information next week on the Limited Access and Vanguard Vincent.

Kill Strain is a PvP experience that pits three teams against one another under uniquely dynamic circumstances. Composed of two teams of four humans, and one team of one or two mutants; mutants have with the ability to turn their human combatants – resulting in the team sizes shifting as the match progresses.

Matches end when one of three end conditions are met:

  1. All humans turned
  2. Base destroyed (human or mutant)
  3. Strain takes over (time runs out)

With team based gameplay and individual-based scoring, the key for best results is to stay active. Throughout the match there are various ways to score points and at times helping teammates or enemies alike can be to your advantage.

Be sure to follow @KillStrainGame on Twitter to keep up to date with info on the game and/or visit www.KillStrain.com for updates, info, questions or feedback.

And lastly on behalf of the entire development team, we would like to thank those who have joined us throughout the games development, those who came in for focus groups, played at some point in our Private Access stages, those who played during our Limited Access stages, and those who are still to join us. Kill Strain is a game that strives to be community driven and without the interest and support of all of you, we wouldn’t be where we are. We genuinely thank all of you who have tried Kill Strain to date and look welcome all who will try it in the future.

Kill Strain hits PS4 on 12th July, and it’s free to download Play Kill Strain hits PS4 on 12th July, and it’s free to download Video San Diego Studio’s team-based PvP action game leaves