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Brink Review

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Yemerich 19th May 2011, 14:46 Quote
Wow! 70%??
Now that's unexpected!
But I'll give it a try nonetheless. Perhaps 3 months from now...
Slavedriver 19th May 2011, 14:52 Quote
I think this review missed a lot of bad in this game (like half of the maps being spawncamping heaven). But the resulting game is kinda fun. Not worth full price though.
will_123 19th May 2011, 15:00 Quote
I picked it up on pre order for £22 and i feel its a good game but just now its plagued with lag! Hopefully once some more people get it and they get the servers or whatever is causing these issues sorted, it should be alot of fun.
Goty 19th May 2011, 15:33 Quote
Brink: Barbie Dress-Up meets Team Fortress 2, minus the funny parts.
AnG3L 19th May 2011, 15:38 Quote
This game sucks. Imagine that I never comment in game related reviews.....
Dwarfer 19th May 2011, 15:51 Quote
70% i understand it has a few bugs but BO got rated more & that game is rubbish!
[WP@]WOLVERINE 19th May 2011, 15:54 Quote
If i was reviewing this game it would struggle to get even 30% Because i think its utterly useless in every way.
Phalanx 19th May 2011, 15:56 Quote
I'm loving Brink at the moment. Our gaming community play it every night and we can't get enough of it. The tactical play is brilliant when you couple it with Teamspeak or similar.

We only play PC, and haven't come across the lag problems, but then we run our own servers and make DAMN sure they're run well :)
b0ng0 19th May 2011, 15:59 Quote
Having not played it and just read a lot of feedback online (very reliable, I know) it seems like Brink is great fun if you have a well organised group of friends who like playing as a team.

Otherwise it's a bit cack.
mi1ez 19th May 2011, 16:07 Quote
That background in the last image looks just like Freeman!
WildThing 19th May 2011, 16:13 Quote
Great review Paul, cheers. I was a bit on the fence with this game, don't think I'll bother now. If I do, it will have to be on a Steam sale I reckon...
[ZiiP] NaloaC 19th May 2011, 16:40 Quote
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Originally Posted by Slavedriver
I think this review missed a lot of bad in this game (like half of the maps being spawncamping heaven). But the resulting game is kinda fun. Not worth full price though.

The review also missed the ball on a hell of alot of great points....

Body types massively change your play style and they affect the weapon load-out that you can have. Lights cannot carry miniguns and are restricted to long rifles, smg's and pistols.

The maps are not exactly what I would call cluttered, but rather opportunistic. They are anything but linear. If your team is locked down in your spawn... you need to pay attention to the fact that there is more than one way out. The only one where this is not truely the case is on Container City. If the attacking team doesn't know what they are doing they are doomed.

Everything in the game is exceptionally balanced with almost nothing being overpowered and whilst alot of the weapons are distinctly similar in 'stats', their handling varies greatly.

Teamwork is the focus of the game and the amount of times I have seen pubbers running around like it is a fragfest is beyond belief. People seem to forget that there is an objective, or multiple on each and every single map and section therein. Kills don't count diddly towards the game overall, sure they get you xp, but only 30 or so per kill, giving someone ammo nets you 75.

The challenges are a vital intro to the game, regardless of how much gaming experience you have, as they introduce you to all the mechanics that are in the game itself. From the class-specific objectives, the SMART system, defensive mechanics around objective and escort mechanics. Yes, they should be labelled 'tutorials' rather than challenges, but that's a small matter.

The HUD can have a huge amount of information on it at any one time if you are off at the distance and looking towards your team and it gives you all the names of each and every player on your team, but the semi-transparency of the labels helps in that after about an hour, you won't notice them unless you're looking for information on what is going on.

No, the game is not perfect. The initial launch had a myriad of bugs and errors, but these were largely resolved on day 1 with a 19.9MB patch! Compare that to 2GB patches and fixes for some other titles released in the last while.

While it is not polished to a glaring sheen that blinds the eye and melts the brain, the way the game works once you get it through your skull that it is NOT A FRAGFEST and you actually support your team towards the completion of an objective is absolutely brilliant.
Ciber 19th May 2011, 19:06 Quote
It sounds so much like ET: quakewars in many ways. Great in some ways but flawed in ways that can really spoil the fun. Also the entry bar sounds very high for the less experienced in FPS in a similar way to ET:QW. I enjoyed ETQW, but it was soon obvious it was turning people off in droves and would never have much of a community apart from the hardcore. Essentially this game sounds to me like that game with new player models and maps, minus the vehicles and minus the strogg! Should have called it ET: team war!
[ZiiP] NaloaC 19th May 2011, 19:15 Quote
Well, since it's by Splash Damage they've carried over alot of the mechanics from ET:QW naturally, but refined alot of it as well.
For those that feel out of their debt initially, there is always the objective wheel to give you direction and highlighting what you need to do, so it makes it alot easier than following the hoarde of headless chickens.
feathers 19th May 2011, 19:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by WildThing
Great review Paul, cheers. I was a bit on the fence with this game, don't think I'll bother now. If I do, it will have to be on a Steam sale I reckon...

As far as I know Valve have dropped BRINK. Steam members have been posting on steam forum asking where brink is? Some of the posts are deleted they report and Valve won't respond. They have dropped the game big-time.
[ZiiP] NaloaC 19th May 2011, 23:11 Quote
In the UK, elsewhere it's still on Steam.
ObeyTheCreed 19th May 2011, 23:18 Quote
I probably won't get it, just because the graphics just look stupid from the pictures, they are on the very edge of cartoonistic and I hate cartoony games.
Adnoctum 20th May 2011, 05:19 Quote
I'm sorry, doesn't anyone else have an issue with this scenario?
- Great floating city puddling around the ocean.
- Large numbers of refugees are arriving on(?)/transported to(?) said floating city.
- Refugees now can't leave because this will reveal the location of city.

Wha...? You mean no one else has noticed this great floating city? A giant, honking city. In the middle of the ocean. Being all...floaty? No one?
Well, apparently it is a secret massive floating city! Made of stealth materials. And fitted with a Romulan cloaking device.

Furthermore, the refugees came to the Ark for a reason (fleeing environmental destruction and related social chaos) but now the refugees want to leave and go back? To where they ran away from in the first place?
So a crowded, floating city isn't better than struggling with everyone ashore for the dwindling number of earthly dry patches? Good to know, now I won't make that mistake in the forthcoming environmental apocalypse.

Maybe there are sound story points not revealed here that makes sense of this scenario , but I'm thinking narrative development wasn't high on the list of developer priorities. It would ruin a game for me.
sp4nky 20th May 2011, 08:17 Quote
I don't understand the pricing. £22.99 in the UK (inc VAT) but $46.99 (ex Tax) in the USA? Is that for the same version? If so, we're getting a mighty good deal.
Phalanx 20th May 2011, 08:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by Adnoctum
I'm sorry, doesn't anyone else have an issue with this scenario?
- Great floating city puddling around the ocean.
- Large numbers of refugees are arriving on(?)/transported to(?) said floating city.
- Refugees now can't leave because this will reveal the location of city.

Wha...? You mean no one else has noticed this great floating city? A giant, honking city. In the middle of the ocean. Being all...floaty? No one?
Well, apparently it is a secret massive floating city! Made of stealth materials. And fitted with a Romulan cloaking device.

Furthermore, the refugees came to the Ark for a reason (fleeing environmental destruction and related social chaos) but now the refugees want to leave and go back? To where they ran away from in the first place?
So a crowded, floating city isn't better than struggling with everyone ashore for the dwindling number of earthly dry patches? Good to know, now I won't make that mistake in the forthcoming environmental apocalypse.

Maybe there are sound story points not revealed here that makes sense of this scenario , but I'm thinking narrative development wasn't high on the list of developer priorities. It would ruin a game for me.

The story is set quite some time after the refugees arrived. I won't spoil it for those who are yet to play, but there is a very valid reason for them wanting to leave. You're missing out entire SWATHES of the plot (I like that word: Swathes...).
Ending Credits 20th May 2011, 09:16 Quote
Brink must be the most polarising game I've ever seen. Some would give it 80% some 30%.
Tsung 20th May 2011, 09:47 Quote
I do wonder how many people like Brink becuase they have spent money on it and are trying to justify the purchase to themselfs/others?. Or maybe they were Brink fan-boys who play with rose tinted glasses, the game could be horrendious but they would never see it.

I don't know many games that get released with a 2gb patch (mentioned above), infact the only one that springs to my mind recently was Settlers 7 which added co-op multiplayer and more content to the game.

Me.. I'll leave brink for now until either a demo is out or I can have a quick play myself. It sounds very much like QW: ET a game where team play is more important than individual kills. Sadly, unless you're part of an organised clan team play rarely happens on public servers.
mongpong 20th May 2011, 10:05 Quote
Always felt a bit meh! towards this game - like the idea of the SMART running but it always looked a bit lame to me. This review kind of backs that up.
mongpong 20th May 2011, 10:09 Quote
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I don't know many games that get released with a 2gb patch (mentioned above),
Battlefield Bad Company 2 had over 2GB of patching before I could play it, and the update system was seriously lame and took ages for it to start downloading.
Didn't Empire Total War have a ridiculous sized patch too? Test Drive Unlimited was supposed to be pretty terrible before a major patch too - but then only relatively terrible after it.
Jedibeeftrix 20th May 2011, 15:52 Quote
brilliant game, i'm having a ball!
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