While I’ve heard of the series I’ve never seen Peaky Blinders, and in general it seems like a curious choice for a license since I know maybe only one or two people familiar with it. Still, I suppose the period setting in the past has a certain appeal. So, in terms of gameplay this is an interesting riff on a real-time strategy game, where you’ll control multiple characters in parallel… but only sort of. The way it works is you’ll be able to move one character at a time, switch to another, and then rewind time in order to coordinate movements and actions person by person. It’s an interesting dynamic that affords you some flexibility and room for being efficient, I just wish mechanically it felt a little more smooth at times, there are just some quirks with controlling things in the environment you need to get used to in order to be effective. At the core it really is all about time management, being efficient in your paths, and trying to keep people working in parallel as much as possible whenever you’re afforded the opportunity. I suppose for fans of the show the characters could add a little flair but in general I don’t think the license is used more deeply than some names and cosmetics, which I suppose keeps the unfamiliar from being lost but also makes it strange to go with one in the first place.
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