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 (872 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
5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Best cheapass action\adventure game i've played so far.
Wish they will add up Samuel L. Jackson Voiceover DLC. Releasing a sequel will be fine too.
Posted: September 26
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
12.1 hrs on record
Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death is a third person, hack and slash fest. It is perfect for the player who wants to experience a game that brings to life the feel of a classic action blockbuster film, over-the-top action and cinematic gameplay with a focus on relentless high-octane combat and danger filled exotic environments. As combo-driven adventure brawlers go, there's no earthly reason this should have gone under the charts like it did. I have no idea, but this game absolutely deserves a place with its AAA genre-cousins.

Marlow Briggs is also played the most known actor from the hilarious series Saints Row. I'm sure many of you know him from there as pierce washington, Dex and so on. But enough of me talking lets get down to the pro and cons.

Pro:

-Pretty much nonstop action with very little noticeable loading
-Great voice acting
-Looks nicely polished
-Great Combos
-Tons o' Explosions
-Interesting Soundtrack that doesnt get dull
- The mask calls you chu-chu and insults you if you die and while playing xD.


Cons:

-Very little graphic customization so if you can't run it there's really nothing you can do to make it happen (Top tier pcs)
-Lack of enemy diversity
-Lot o' Insects
Posted: October 9
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Porting performance issues and DRM turn this from a mediocre hack-and-slasher into a Do Not Buy. This is a $5 game and a pretty solid example of getting what you pay for.

The gameplay is decent, pretty good actually, but the story is slow and the platforming sections often feature really frustrating and stupid pixel-perfect jumps. Graphics are... decent.

The combat is pretty solid though, with a variety of weapons and spells. Unfortunately you might have a hard time executing your combos when your framerate suddenly drops into the single digits for no identifiable reason. On top of that, the controls are pretty... weird. with dual mapping between mouse buttons and i, o and p, for one example. This leads to some confusion when QTEs reference one set of these controls when you're using the other. On top of that, the game refuses to accept any controller that isn't an XBox 360 controller, so if you have a logitech gamepad or something else, sorry, but you're screwed. Lern2Joy2Key.

Overall, I would recommend this to someone who likes this kind of game, if not for the porting issues and DRM. The DRM is of the "♥♥♥♥ your progress the connection dropped so I'm kicking you back to main menu" variety. If you don't have a stable internet connection, I would strongly advise you stay far away from this game entirely.
Posted: October 18
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
This is the most average game I've ever played. For everything good there's something bad, for everything bad there's something good. Everything just cancels itself out, and the result is a game that I forgot about within hours after playing it. It's not bad, it's not good... it just... exists.
Posted: October 18
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.7 hrs on record
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+.
Posted: October 25
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
This game feels like it's making fun of other studios who make the same kind of game and sell it for sixty US dollars.

The thing is though, they've executed it just as well as they have.

Kind of makes you wonder what you're paying for.
Posted: October 4
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Marlow Briggs could be placed in a Devil May Cry game and no one would possibly be able to say a man of this caliber is out of place.
Posted: September 25
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Rating: 7.5/10
Overview: 3rd Person Action Adventure- Fun but unoriginal

The Good:

+ Surprisingly, for a game this age the graphics both artistically and technically are very good

+The combat system is fun, fast and fluid, and why wouldn't it be, it is a direct copy of the combat in God of War. You have light and heavy attacks creating different combinations, blocks to reflect enemy projectiles, dodging, and magic.

+4 different weapons and magic to fit your play style

+ Throughout the game you will visit interesting locations each providing its own unique action set pieces. The game does a good job of varying up the gameplay to a certain degree to keep things interesting.

+easy achievements

+The game is short but I consider that pretty good for this game because it doesn't wear out its welcome, it does everything it sets out to do.

The Bad:

- The game itself is very competently made, however its biggest "flaw" is that it is very unoriginal. God of War came out before this game and does just about everything better in every category. This is the biggest clone of God of War I have ever seen, from the combat to the platforming to the moves. This in itself isn't bad as many games copy each other however this game brings absolutely nothing new to the table. I know you should judge a game on its own merits but its highly obvious the developers looked at God of War and re-skinned it.

- The story is an afterthought and serves as an excuse for you to kill lots and lots of enemies. After the first 5 minutes of the game the entire story is laid out before you. It doesn't help that the dialogue is terrible.

- Every character in the game is generic, its hard to care about anyone in the game

- Outside of combat the platforming and controls can be a bit flaky at times.

Conclusion

If you are looking for a fun mindless action game, then look no further, given the price of the game this is probably one of the better values you will find. If you enjoyed God of War then you should check this game out as its the closest thing you're going to play on steam.
Posted: October 17
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Great, challanging platformer. I almost passed this by, but decided to try it, and I recommend you do as well. The story is absolute B movie level, but the gameplay is fun. A controller is highly recommended for this. And fellow Saints Row fans....Marlow is Pierce! *as in the voice actor*
Posted: October 3
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
A good God Of War-Like with solid gameplay and non-stop action. Very well made.
Posted: October 5
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
While it's far more competent on a technical level than you'd ever expect, the experience of playing the game is still rather unfulfilling. I'd call it the perfectly average experience, which just isn't quite good enough with so many good games to choose from.
Posted: October 9
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
This game is a low-rent "God of War"-esque game with a South America Aztec/Mayan theme. During my playthrough I ran into multiple camera issues (camera flew out of the level and I got treated to the low-res backgrounds until I restarted the checkpoint, among others). The platforming is okay, but there are a few times where it's difficult to tell where you're supposed to go. Likewise, I ran into a few sections where the camera moves while you're supposed to be moving and it threw off the jump, leading me to more than one unfortunate and frustrating death.

That being said, the game has pretty decent humor and it knows its place in the game pantheon. It doesn't try to do anything special, and there are the same basic weapon and magic sets you should expect to find in a game of this type.

Overall, it's a decent game. With a short playthrough (roughly 6 hours on normal) and some aggravating camera issues, I don't know that I would recommend it at full price. If you're looking for a cheap, quick hack & slash game with decent humor and a nice, new setting then I'd recommend picking it up.
Posted: September 25
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Probably the most fun for 5 bucks or less I've ever had. God of War-style gameplay, and the cinematics are great. It has a good bit of humor in it too, which I find quite refreshing, and a large heaping dose of explosions to top it all off.
Posted: September 25
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. PURE FUN.

Mix of several generes: Platform, Hack&Slash, Adventure and Action, Arcade... everything!.
To get an aproximated idea, some kind of mix between Diablo, Just Cause, Prince of Persia and (a good version of) Tomb Raider or Indiana Jones.

Graphics are top notch. Scenarios are really well designed, in a real 3D environment but, where you move in a 2.5D path.

Story is tad archetypical but, good enough. No flaws.

Gameplay is funny, dynamic, variate and interesting. Game offers you some nice action-film-alike scenes, from time to time (that you can skip, at your will).

Difficulty is ok. Overall, affordable the most of time but, challenging at some points but, You can save the game at any momment so, you don't need to re-do the whole level each time you die (and you will, often!).

Weapon is just one, that works differently depending on some combos. But, you have some magical powers also, which evolute while gaining experience. Available powers and difficulty increases very gradually and, I didn't feel frustruted at any point.

Xbox 360 controller recommended.

To me, this game is a clear example of how playability and fun should be integrated within the core of any game. PLAYABILITY IS SO EXTREME THAN EVEN CREDITS IS ONE MORE LITTLE GAME !!!
Posted: October 15
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
I just started this game simply to try out my controller that just arrived in the mail replacing my old worn out one. I expected to just want to play 10 or 15 minutes then unninstall the game. I couldn't have been more wrong. This game is just plain dumb action fun through and through. Super fast action, super funny witty dialogue. It's self aware in all the right places. Give this one a go if you don't hate awesomeness.
Posted: October 16
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
So this game is underrated at ♥♥♥♥... good ♥♥♥♥, get it.
Posted: October 15
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
This is a cheap...and I mean CHEAP God of War clone. With that said, I've genuinely enjoyed this game. It's nothing to write home about, but for $5 you can't ask for a better way to kill time. What I like most about this game is that it's aware of what it is....hack and slash simplicity. It definitely doesn't take itself seriously. I say buy this game for the $5 price tag. It's a worthy investment and a good way to kill time.
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Posted: October 16
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Judging by the screenshots this looks like a fantastic game... shame i haven't played it

10/10 would buy and not play again
Posted: October 18
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Marlow Briggs is now the game I consider to be the most underatted and underplayed game of all time. I picked this game up for $5, not in a Steam sale but that was the full asking price. This game is easily a $20-30 game.

It's just a fun and enjoyable God of War style game. Pretty graphics and amazing visual design, solid and responsive gameplay, funny dialogue and good voice acting to back it up, and a story that surpasses Destiny (which doesn't say much).

I got around 7-8 hours from this and would loved for it to be much longer as I never grew tired. The pacing is great and there is always a challenge with the new enemies you face. Also, this game has some of the coolest cutscenes out there as well as the greatest credits sequence I've ever seen.

5/5
Posted: October 18
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
God of War, but with a black guy actually voicing a black guy, and Mayan ruins.
It was a good title, a bit repetitive, but good.
My favorite part was uninstalling it.
Posted: September 26
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