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I had extremely high expectations for this game, so much so I pre-ordered a copy on both PC and Xbox. After seeing a wide variety of advertisements surrounding the game, stating that it would be one of a kind, combining the free running aspects of mirrors edge with the characteristics of a team based first person shooter. This seemed like a fantastic idea in concept, bringing together two very different genres in an attempt to create a game that would redefine the entire concept.
When I first obtained my copy, I was extremely excited and ran the installation process. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary. The 'Games for Windows Live' tag did slightly worry me though as they are not specifically known to be very capable in the books of every PC gamer I have spoken to. After computing the installing, I was ready to jump in to the game and begin the atmospheric journey in to a possible gripping story like and experience the thrilling mechanics. Annoyingly, the game didn't seem to want to launch. Every time I attempted to launch it I was greeted by a one second window before it automatically closed itself off to prying eyes. After a few more attempts I began thinking that the installing process must have corrupt the game files so I completely re-installed it. Sadly, this did not change anything and the game remained in a un-launch able state. After browsing the internet, I saw that the majority of players were getting this problem, meaning that it was a problem with the game itself, not anything that I could have done to damage the integrity of the game files.
After a lot of hardship and an extended period of time waiting, the game was finally brought to a playable state. When tailoring the graphics specifically to my computer to ensure I got the best performance ratio I wasn't too disappointed. I had to download the 'Brink Config Program 1.2' to do this though as the options were quite limited in comparison to other games, it also seemed to have a nasty habit of disregarding your chosen settings every time you restart the game, making this program a must.
I quite enjoyed the variety of weapons and character customisation included within the game as well as the colourful, slightly cartoony art styles that accompanied them. When getting in to the game itself, you are greeted by quite a nice cut scene that explains either side of the story, allowing you to choose between either saving the ark (The Order) or escaping it (The Resistance). I have never watched a cut scene this unique before though. It takes the form of a concept model of the 'Ark', animated in stop motion on a large sheet of blue grid paper. The narrative is done by an elderly woman, explaining how it started as an experiment, a self-sufficient city of the future before the rise of the sea, where it then became a refuse, forcing each side to fight over the few remaining supplies.
The gameplay itself has all the characteristics of a defining first person shooter but the mixture between broken gameplay mechanics, poorly coded bots and slightly worrying balancing issues caused the game to burry itself in to the sea. The vast majority of bots either ran directly in to a line of fire or stood completely still, frozen, unable to complete any action. This made it generally a game of chance if your team would be of any use or if they would simply stand completely still, emotionless. With a fairly major update to fix the bugs and balancing issues in what is an essentially a broken game, it could have been a very fun experience.
I personally still enjoyed playing it as a casual gamer as the overall style seemed quite warm and inviting which is a very rare feature for any first person shooting. This coupled with the lack of eye strain that I usually get with most newly released games made it quite an enjoyable experience gameplay wide.
I would never pay more than maybe £10 for this game but that would be really pushing it. Brink feels like it is still in Beta and has been pushed past that phase, ignoring it entirely. For these many reasons, I could not recommend this game to a friend at any retail price. If it was obtained as a freebie I would definitely recommend it for a bit of fun but in the state it has been abandoned, it is not particularly worth of the retail market.
Brink was a game that had soooo much hype about it. I remember there being millions of adverts everywhere I look for this game. Sadly, there just isn't the substance to deliver.
First of all, this game is an absoulte pig to get running on your computer. It just seems very buggy, and takes an awful long time to getting running properly. Be prepared to have to waste your first day with this game searching the internet for advice.
The game is a first person shooter game, which is supposed ot have more mobility elements in (like you can run, and then lie down to slide and take out your opponent). You can also be one of many classes, like medic, engineer, solider style person and so on, each with individual weapons and "quests". This is one cool feature of the game, like the engineers have to "capture" a point, say turning a valve to extract something, or something like that. Whilst the medics and support etc have to defend him/her. It does add an element to the whole capturing thing, and does add a more teamplay feel. Sadly this is really the only redeeming feature in the game, because the weapons are all pretty similar, and most of the action movement things don't really come into their own, you can just shoot the guy before he gets near you most of the time.
The graphics on this game are ok (but I can't run them at full spec on my pc). I also think the concept of the game is pretty good, the idea is that it is a bunch of criminals trying to escape the "arc" as one team, vs the other team playing as the arcs police/security team if you like. This game has the normal game modes you sort of expect in a game like this, a sort of capture the flag style mission based map, with one team defending, the other team attacking, or things like deathmatch, nothing really revolutionary there.
This is obviously how the community as a whole feels, the servers are mostly dead these days, and the game has not been around that long. I get the feeling this game is more of a one hit wonder, rather than a timeless classic. I am going to give is 2/5, i like the concept of making capturing points more interesting, and "animated" almost, rather than just standing there waiting for a flag waiting to change colour (see BF2, BF2142, team fortress, warrock, AVA etc etc). But apart from that, this is just another clone of cs, but its quite expensive (but these days you can get it cheap, I think if you wait they will eventually make this free to play, just to keep the servers from being dead).