Product Type: Bethesda PC games
Newest Review: ... 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
The road to Disappointment.
Member Name: JasonReview
Advantages: A unique concept. Original art style.
Disadvantages: Broken gameplay mechanics in general. Feels like a Beta Product.
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.
Summary: This game will not be for most people but if obtained as a freebie, its worthy of a try.