Review: Stranger Things 3 The Game (Xbox One)

Stranger Things 3 The Game

Stranger Things 3: The Game is the official companion game to Season 3 of the hit original series! Play through familiar events from the series while also uncovering never-before-seen quests, character interactions, and secrets!

Pros:

  • Pixel art graphics.
  • Action RPG gameplay.
  • 3 difficulties-story, standard, and master.
  • Isometric view.
  • Loose tutorial as you play.
  • Main story and optional side quests.
  • Play how you want.
  • Puzzle elements.
  • 1000 Gamerscore.
  • Spoiler heavy.
  • A decent condensed telling of season 3.
  • Buddy- teammate always by your side that you can give commands to like follow or stay.
  • Team-find all the characters and hotswap between them. They all have unique abilities and attacks.
  • Open world, you only play the main story missions to unlock more areas.
  • Very simple combat, you have an attack and then abilities and items.
  • Humor throughout.
  • Crafting-loot items, smash up the environment to get drops and earn recipes from playing to craft new gear and weapons.
  • The map shows icons and has a legend.
  • Big boss fights.
  • The full cast of characters makes it.
  • Very easy to play.
  • In engine cutscenes.
  • Has quests and moments not seen in the TV show.
  • Fast travel system.
  • Hints are littered about when in a puzzle scenario.
  • Collectible gnomes are hidden around the world.
  • Collect coins and spend at vending machines and shops for mission/crafting items.
  • Enemies and environmental damage reset when leaving the screen and returning.
  • Checkpoints throughout.
  • Slick animations.
  • Damage numbers on the screen.
  • Quick item selection wheel.
  • Varied locations.
  • Can talk with anyone in the town.
  • Fun to play.

Stranger Things 3 The Game

Cons:

  • No voice work.
  • Slow pace.
  • A lot of back and forth fetch quests.
  • Repeated quest types.
  • Music is chiptune but doesn’t always fit the situation.
  • Spoiler heavy.
  • No real run button.
  • Frustrating puzzle parts.
  • Bad guys all start to look the same.
  • You will probably only play it once.
  • Few annoying boss fights.
  • Very simple combat.
  • Takes ages to craft decent gear.

Stranger Things 3 The Game

  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10
8.2/10

Summary

Stranger things is a weird one (avoided saying strange) it starts off really slow and full of annoying fetch quests and puzzles with little point other than to frustrate but after you get over the hump the game opens up. I love just exploring Hawkins and found myself only doing a story mission in order to open up more areas of the map. Yes the quests all feel the same and full of filler but you let it go somewhat because despite no voice work, the characters sound and act just like they do in the show. Collecting the gang is fun and adds more variety to the bland combat. It tells the story of season 3 but obviously in a different more condensed version, dragging out simple parts or missing out a whole scenes all the while keeping the important stuff in there. It’s close enough that I wouldn’t recommend playing it before seeing it. For me it’s a grower of a game, I started off not enjoying it but eventually grew to love it and couldn’t put it down despite knowing g the story. I found the story engaging only as to see how they handled particular moments and scenes. A good game as long as you are willing to give it a good shot.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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