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Strafe gets some more brutal gameplay at PSX

There's an awful lot of blood, violence, and destruction.

Strafe is a retro-inspired shooter by Pixel Titans, and it showed some pretty intense gameplay at PlayStation Experience this past weekend, giving fans a taste of what to expect when it comes to PS4 (hint: it involves blood).

In the trailer a load of explosions go off and guns are fired, with blood caking the walls of the procedurally generated rooms. "Levels get painted red with the glorious permanent gibs of your enemies," as the game's Kickstarter page colourfully puts it. "Because when you draw blood in Strafe, the blood stays put as your twisted work of art. Every shell casing. Every blown-off limb. Every drop of monster juice. It all persists in the environment and never fades away, disappears, or disappoints. Just as you'd expect from a real-world massacre."

For more on the game, check out the official website, which has the funny disclaimer at the bottom: "DISCLAIMER: The STRAFE® team is NOT RESPONSIBLE for any injury or temporary loss of sanity while playing Strafe. Any and all participants assume joint and personal responsibility for general safety while experiencing hyper realistic graphics and gameplay. We recommend protective gear such as a DOT approved helmet or sunglasses with significant UV protection. All participants hereby certify they are physically fit and have sufficiently trained to handle a game with this much "beef". If an accident does occur please contact our third party safety department at your earliest convenience."

The question is: do you have what it takes to face Strafe?

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