A new breed of WARRIOR returns, committed to destroying the enemies of FREEDOM When ONE angry man, has a world to protect - There is only ONE future – HIS OWN No-nonsense hero Marlow never shied away from danger or trouble. But now he faces his ULTIMATE challenge.
User reviews: Very Positive (941 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 20, 2013

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"A low budget but surprisingly enjoyable spectacle fighter. Astonishingly stupid but revels in its own b-movie leanings."
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“Marlow Briggs is entertaining and wonderfully paced game.”
7/10 – GameSpot

“Marlow Briggs is nearly impossible to dislike.”
7/10 – Polygon

“GAME OF THE MONTH”
5/5 – Pixel Perfect Gaming

About This Game

A new breed of WARRIOR returns, committed to destroying the enemies of FREEDOM
When ONE angry man, has a world to protect - There is only ONE future – HIS OWN

No-nonsense hero Marlow never shied away from danger or trouble. But now he faces his ULTIMATE challenge. After crash-landing in Central America, he has an industrial evil to defeat whilst bound to an ancient Mayan Death Mask who’s had no-one to talk to for 2000 years. Another day at the office only this time Marlow is PUSHED TO THE LIMIT , his sweetheart has been abducted, the bad guys are making up their own rules and only one man can judge them – and EXECUTE THE SENTENCE .

Fearlessly fighting through Mayan temples and towering valleys, monstrous machinery, nothing, but nothing, will stand in the way of this bad ass warrior, his girl and the crushing of all opposition.

They told him to go to HELL, he was DEAD ready!!!

With cliffhanger over the top action and cinematic gameplay, Marlow Briggs takes inspiration from the best of blockbuster films, comic book heroes, and action games with its focus on relentless high-octane combat, exotic and danger filled environments and epic set pieces.

• Fight the enemies of FREEDOM with stacks of awesome combos and magic abilities,
• Single handedly destroy HUNDREDS of enemies
• Deploy MIGHTY weapons of destruction
• Leap out of HUGE EXPLOSIONS in slow motion
• Reveal the DEADLY secrets of the Mayans
• Save the ENTIRE planet

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Win 7
    • Processor: 2ghz dual core CPU
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 4000 Series and up / NVIDIA GeForce 8 Series and up - excluding mobile variants
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Win 7
    • Processor: 2.5ghz quad core CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 4850+/5750+/6750+ or NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250+/450+/650+
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
31 of 32 people (97%) found this review helpful
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
I usually write up big reviews but you should only look at Marlow's smile at the preview pic. Doesn't feel like buying it yet? Look at it again, then again...you'll feel like buying it sooner or later.

This game is so good that I'll ♥♥♥♥ing buy ten copies at it at the holiday sale and give em to random people.


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16 of 16 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
What. The. ♥♥♥♥.
Seriously: what the ♥♥♥♥?
Why is this game a very decent God of War clone?
Why does the combat feel weightier than most God of War clones?
Why does the writing make you laugh, both intentionally and unintentionally?
Why does James Hong voice act in this game?
Why does this game run so well on my rig?
Why aren't there more B-movie, blacksploitation games?
WHY THE ♥♥♥♥ IS THIS GAME GOOD?!
And when does the sequel come out?!
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Pros
  • Surprisingly good graphics for a budget game, including some beautiful enviroments.
  • Doesn't take itself too seriously. There's some funny dialogue there and there, and during the first third of the game it's hard to find a minute without at least a couple of explosions.
  • Pretty competent hack'n'slash game, although the combo system doesn't have too much depth. It's just mindless fun.
  • Decent amount of different enemies.
  • Really cheap during a Steam Sale.

Cons
  • During the last third, the game just throws miniboss after miniboss at you, which gets tiring
  • Levels are not that well designed. For example, there are losts of safe points where you can attack your enemies but they can't hit you, and sometimes if you're lucky freezing some of them close to a ledge will make them fall even if they aren't supposed to.

Veredict
Probably the best paid game you can get on Steam for a dollar or less (during a Sale). Might get a bit repetitive towards the end and you can pretty much beat every fight using just two or three different combos and dodging, but if you're just looking for a fun, cheap God of War-like that doesn't overstay it's welcome, buy this game.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
It's pretty much impossible to hate on a game like Marlow Briggs And The Mask Of Death. It is self-aware as can be, knowing it's a lot of nonsense. Marlow is armed with its crazy, ridiculous, and off-the-wall story: Marlow dies and is brought back to life to avenge his death, to save his girlfriend Eva, and stop a corrupt man from trying to rule the world. If thay isn't enough - Marlow is constantly making a barrage of in-jokes aimed at video-games in general, action movies + games, and other things of that sort; and tons of non-stop action + explosions. And for most of this action/platforming game - what nonsense it is! Marlow is just tons of fun and will make you grin + smile, most of the time.

Most of the time, constanly running at 60 frames per second on my PC (i7 950; GF GTX 560 Ti; 8 GB RAM; Win 7 64-bit) - Marlow runs extremely well. Very rarely did it even drop below 60! Not only that - but the art-direction + technical graphics are surprisingly actually good here, as well. Marlow's non-stop barrage of action feels fantastic in the controls department with an XBox 360 Controller, playing and feeling very similar to the Darksiders series - which is fantastic! Combat feels + looks smooth, fast, and always is on point! If you're into action-games like the Darksiders (which many feel is similar to God Of War series, which I don't have and haven't played b/c I am a PC gamer) - you'll probably feel right at home with Marlow.

Just when you think you've had your fill of using a certain weapon or skill, expect more to suddenly come your way. Expect a suddeny upgrade to a skill or new game-mechanic introduced. And if this isn't enough - Marlow has mini-games of collecting objects in a race-like manner (which can be compared to on the Leaderboards); and even a mini-heliocopter game that feel like a throwback to Capcom's 1942 + Taito's Sky Shark. Marlow will constantly surprise the player with things like this, from in-jokes to game-references.

If this sounds up your alley, Marlow is sure to put a lot of cheesy smiles on the face gamers. That is, until the last few levels come around, when the game decides to severely spike up in difficulty. Regardless, since most of your time spent for the 6-10 hours this campaign should last you (took me a bit longer than 10 hours b/c some areas were a bit frustrating to get though), Marlow is going to deliver a riotous, ridiculous, hilarious, and very fun action-packed roller-coaster ride of a game!

Final Grade = C+.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
If you've ever wanted to play a Michael Bay movie then this is the game for you.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
I bought this for $0.99 during a Steam sale, not expecting much. And to be clear, the graphics are a little sloppy, the game-play is straight out of God of War, the "plot" is B-movie fluff, and there are no Steam trading cards for this title. On the other hand...

Marlow Briggs is AMAZING! It completely embraces the cheesiness of its premise, and delivers absurdly over-the-top action on a scale unheard of in most video games. Through it all the protagonist delivers a ton of action movie one-liners and amusing meta-commentary on the number of puzzles involving spikes, swinging blades, and fire. Instead of long, boring cut-scenes, we get cool "freeze frame" moments, with the camera swooping and panning around the frozen tableau as Marlow Briggs defeats an army of giant bugs, or cuts a helicopter in half, or survives the explosion of a cruise-ship-sized mining vehicle. It's also nice to see a black guy as the protagonist, with no one else in the game making a big deal out of it.

There is nothing new or original in this package, so don't expect it to change the definition of gaming. What you DO get is a fun, amusing, and action-packed game at a criminally low price. I HIGHLY recommend Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death.
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
Devil May what? God of who?

Hands down, THE GREATEST HACK N' SLASH GAME OF ALL TIME, OF ALL TIME
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
For 1, 2, or even its full price of 5 euros - I belive you can't make a better deal in steam !
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
The best $1.24 you could spend today.

God of War, directed by Michael Bay.

This game has more explosions than the rest of my Steam library combined.

In all seriousness, this game is decent fun.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
Silly dialogues, B-movie like story that will make you laugh and sometimes the events don't make sense...

BUT!
This game is great fun. With the right mindset you won't be annoyed with some of it's shortcomings.
A great hack and slash especially for the low price I got it for.

It has challenges, some puzzles (easy but nice as a variation) some jumping/climbing/hanging around.
The pace is just spot on, not dragging on too long and just gets on with it.

Bonus points for all those crazy explosions. Mr. Bay would be proud!

So I fully recommend this game if you just want some mindless fun.
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9 of 14 people (64%) found this review helpful
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
Play this game!
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18 of 32 people (56%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
This game is the epitome of the hardships and trials the average black man has to go through in his search for whiteness, to the extent of having his dear one stolen from his side.

It clearly shows how disregarded the black minority is by putting asian men on a higher strata of society. As the description of the game says: "Fight the asian menace!", which obviously refers to the gigantic "Anime" monopoly the asians lavish in, whose market they're trying to push into the virgin and lush lands of South America, and use the vast riches found there to produce radioactive enriched anime tapes and manga books to attack the innocent citizens of America. Thus the main character has to stop their plans and make them fall back into their foxholes in Iwo Jima by showing them how a third nuke would've been.

The gameplay is an excellent example of how western companies should battle eastern developers with combat mechanics that not only rival, but are hundreds of times better than the so overrated eastern rpgs like Dark Souls. The players has to fight back deadly banzai charges performed by over-zeaoulous japanese samurai guerrillas and mutated beasts product of the secret nuclear experiments in Fukushima.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 18
Could be better but all in all a surprisingly funy experience. would recomment to anyone who needed a game for a quick stress relief.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
DEVIL MAY CRY FEATURING LITERALLY WHO FROM THE DEVIL MAY CRY™ SERIES
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
A cheesy B movie like video game both humourous and frustrating at times but overall very enjoyable.

Pros
- It doesn't take itself too seriously and that's a good thing.
- Beautiful envrions and vistas.
- Humourous banter between the mask and Marlow.
- Fun and competent fighting engine\combo system albiet with limited depth.
- Doesn't crash and is fkn cheap. (IMO it's worth more than $5)

Cons
- Level design. Some strange placement of invisible walls got me killed a few times.
- Too many HP\MP refills, maybe it's needed for Hard but on Normal there're too many in close proximity of each other.
- Too much cool stuff occurs during the cutscenes and I wished that we were the ones creating the shown mayhem.

Limitations
- Limited options menu, like not much there...AT ALL
- Weapon upgrades, by the end of the game I had so much experience points and nothing to upgrade

Verdict
- Fun and enjoyable GoW clone that doesn't take itself too seriously and is ridiculously cheap.

Rating
- 7.5 / 10 (That ending credits though, I was almost at the top dammit)
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Not unlike an 80s action movie on a major cocaine binge and pumped up with steroids. Worth the base price. If it's on sale for less, it's a complete and total steal.

Only gripe I have is with the Quick Time Events. I've always had an irrational hatred for that immersion breaker. Despite that, it didn't get in the way of my enjoyment all that much.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
As somebody who is very much a fan of B-movies, I couldn't help but smile at the title of this game. It invokes feelings of just sitting down with good friends, and riffing on some random off-brand movie that we found at a local video store. And, much like those movies, you will get a lot of the same thrills from Marlow Briggs. The game itself is so over-the-top at some points that it's just comical, and I easily found myself smiling through my entire playthrough of it. Like most good B-movies, it takes what people want, in this case a God of War style combat system, and it just pushes it over the top while being aware that it's so rediclous. The writing on some of the lines is just absolutely amazing, and the voice acting is suprisingly good, given how cheap this game is. If there was ever a game that brings the B-move experience, this is the one.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
THIS GAME MAKES MY DONG ROCK HARD
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 15
Rất nhiều người mình hâm mộ đều có tên là Trường <3
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
What happens when a former b-ball player that admired Space Jam, becomes a super human maya freak movie star in a bloodbath of the Uncharted world? It turns out to be amazing with amusing special effects, explosions and humour i guess.

Join Aku Aku in this God of War styled gameplay, unleash your b-ball combos, find the truth behind Jax Briggs and Barkley's mysterious dunk and of course, kill that asian ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ that he's cliché as hell. (Leave the girl).

Buy it while it's on sale, you can easily play on a keyboard as well since you have like 2 attack key.
Remember that Marlow is love, Marlow is life.
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