gamers (74%) found this review helpful
It's tough to review FPSs these days. Everyone is a "connoisseur" of FPSs now, and so it's tough to communicate to people whether a game is 'good' or not. Overall though, if you're jonesin for a FPS fix, this game is worth a rental.
The graphics are pretty good for a port. Don't expect COD4 or anything though. However the colors are vibrant, the environments have plenty of detail. The framerate is mostly solid too.
The gameplay is a mixed bag. The game heavily emphasizes cover and strategic positioning of your various squads to move through levels. The difficulty level is definitely above average here- this is not some "hey lookit me I'm Rambo" FPS. There's a certain realism here- you die quickly if staying in the open.
Now you're wondering about the title of my review- well there are some minor bugs with the cover system. Once you take cover, your character can move, but the way they have it set up- it can be troublesome to move while in cover-mode- ESPECIALLY if the barrier curves. I found myself time and time again struggling to simply get my character to properly move around while in cover. It's tough to describe- you'll see what I mean.
The other major flaw with the game, are your squaddies. The guy holding the bazooka, well quite frankly he sucks at his job. Even if positioned perfectly, he can't aim to save his life. The other annoying thing is the bazooka team will only fire once (which like I said he'll miss). So you have to constantly re-tell him to fire on a target.
Which brings me to the next criticism: the controls. The controls are not customizable. How devs rationalize not making controls customizable I'll never know. Trying to move a squad to a certain location can be a hassle- you'll see what I mean.
The story is a bit over dramatic. I get what they were trying to do here, but this ain't Spielberg & Saving Private Ryan. It comes off as sappy and faux-profound. Worse yet you can't skip the cutscenes.
This game is so amazing. I can't believe the average rating is 7. This game is a 9-10. The story is compelling, exciting, and very well written. The levels are beautiful and well constructed. I have never seen fire so accurately displayed in a video game. I literally had my mouth agape for half of these missions. I'm sure with all the games coming out in the next few months, this game might get overlooked, but trust me.....you want this game next.
posted by Liquidswar (BROOMFIELD, CO) Sep 25, 2008
Member since Feb 2007
gamers (61%) found this review helpful
I just finished playing Brother's in Arms, and if only I hadn't allowed myself to have high expectations, I may have enjoyed it more. I expected a bit more from this game, because they advertised it as hyper realism and realistic combat system etc. Well, the combat system is about the only thing it has going for itself. It's equivalent to the combat system found on most of your older Ghost Recon and Rainbow Six games, but the significant difference is that the concept works alot better for this game.
The graphics are weak and I would barely call it a true next gen game. The draw distance is so bad that grass literally grows before my eyes as I walk. The environment doesn't take any real damage from grenades or gun fire. The adult themes are PG-13 at best and the story line must have been put together by Homer Simpson's dad.
Pros: A decent working squad command system.
Cons: Poor graphics, poor environments, and a poorly told story.
Overall, this game is about two years late for release. I would recommend renting it to pass the time until Far Cry 2, Fallout 3, and Call of Duty release.