Thursday I picked up Bethesda’s newest game entitled “Brink”. I was hooked from the cut scenes and limited game play I viewed on the TV screen at the local Game Stop store. It looked pretty interesting as a first person shooter and I liked the style that the game allowed a person to move and jump over obstacles. So like everyone else I bought a copy and took it home to really get some game time in before the kids learned or became aware that I bought it.
One Player for Campaign Mode. On line Game Play can go from 2 to 16. You can On-Line Co-Op from 2 to 8 players.
Story Line: Basically the world’s oceans have risen to a point where the land masses are no more. Prior to this tragic world event, a country built a large city in the ocean called “The Ark” and for a while it was capable of maintaining life. Now the area is run down and falling apart, to make matters worse there is a growing collection or heavily armed resistance fighters that are trying to destroy the Ark and seek the possibility of leaving the city in search of possible dry land. You have a choice to either play as a member of the resistance group or as the security forces ordered to maintain law and order in the chaos of a really bad situation.
Game: There are 8 different maps in campaign mode. Each map has at least 3 to 4 additional sub-missions one has to complete in order to move to the next mission. You can switch back and forth between playing as a resistance fighter or a military security officer. It just depends on you. Characters can be adjusted with specific emphasis on custom facial expressions, body type, scars, camo face paint, uniform, head-gear, etc. Weapons can also be customized depending on what you want and what type primary and secondary weapon you prefer.
Weapons: You start off with the basic automatic rifles and pistols with no frills. In order to obtain weapon rail systems, scopes, extended magazines, grenade launchers, etc. You have to complete specific game challenges in the “Challenge Section”. There are four challenges that focus on different skill sets for the player. Like for instance, one challenge you are required to protect and defend a checkpoint from several waves of enemy soldiers at different locations and different amount of personnel. You are playing as a combat engineer and must repair any damaged equipment while fighting off the enemy soldiers who are sent to destroy or capture the checkpoint. If you win within a certain period of time you get various scope mounts which can be added to your primary and secondary weapons for campaign mode.
Class Types: You can either be a Soldier, Combat Medic, Operative, and Combat Engineer. As a Soldier you can carry additional ammunition and hand out ammunition to your fellow team members. You also can carry High Explosive charges. As a Combat Medic, you will maintain the health of your fellow team members and can hand out injection kits for your Soldiers if they are wounded. As an operative you can take the uniform of your enemy and attempt to infiltrate into a location to gain vital information. Combat Engineer can place land mines in possible foot paths of your enemy, repair damage equipment, and build auto-tracking machine gun turrets. As you progress your experience points will increase which will allow you to purchase additional skills.
Game Play: This game is built for the person who likes to “run and gun” through maps. You need to work as a collective fire team in order to maintain a better movement through the various maps. Hanging back in order to perform rear security will most likely leave you exposed and get out flanked by several more heavily armed individuals. I found myself getting frustrated with running at the edge of the battlefield only to get mowed down in an ambush or multi enemies appearing out from well fortified positions. Stay in the middle and let the other guys become cannon fodder. If you want to ramp up really quick then play as a medic. Saving your team mates lives will give you some serious XP.Moving with at least 2 medics, an engineer, and a few Soldiers will give you an edge. The computer AI during game play will change from difficult to plain obvious no clue. Some enemy Soldiers will move directly in the line of fire while others will race around your exposed flanks and roll up behind you. There are numerous routes you can take for most of the maps. The graphics are decent and the game is rated “Teen” so there is not much signs of blood. No graphic headshots, or anything like that. So if you are looking for destruction and death then this is not the game you would want to purchase. It is a pretty fun game to play so long as you don’t mind moving from one position to the other. This is not one of those type games where you can camp all day and just wait it out with a sniper rifle and make shot after shot with no worries. The game will move further into the map as certain objectives are completed.
Is it worth $60.00 plus dollars? Answer is, “Yes and No”.
Yes I like the game, it’s very cool as far as the customization mode. The No part can be attributed to I personally think that they should have added several more maps and not place the challenge mode to pick up the additional weapons pieces. It should have allowed the player to purchase weapon upgrades through experience points or as one leveled up a new bracket of equipment could become available. I would say hold off on making it a now purchase and wait a few weeks and buy a used copy. There might be some up-coming downloadable content in the near future. More to follow.
Why are we here? First, let’s take a moment to explain the reason for which we will be writing on this website. We are an entire family of gamers. Everyone in this house enjoys playing some form of video or PC games. I mean if we take an inventory of our current location there are two XBOX 360s, a PS3, a Wii, an original XBOX (which still works), and one functioning PS2 with a backup broken one for spare parts. Our gaming taste is as different as our personalities and I think we cover the whole spectrum of titles and styles. We are the gaming “Brady Bunch” so to speak, we are not paid consultants nor do we receive anything free from the gaming industry to test. We work normal jobs, with the same hectic everyday schedules that include the never-ending list of “Honey-Do’s” and “children requirements”. So we understand that if you have kids and you like to game, there is little time to relax. We have six kids altogether that frequently calls this place “home”, three from my wife’s previous marriage and my three from my previous marriage. But enough about that, we are here to discuss the topic at hand.
What is this? Well it is our intent to inform you about video games that we play or have played and attempt to give you some ideas on whether or not it’s worth the 60 plus dollar purchase price. Are we gaming experts? Yes and No. No one here is a computer gaming tech and none of us have been employed by Sony or Microsoft, but we have bought enough of their products to know what we like and what we don’t like. Like I said before all of us play video games and we would like to share our passion of “gaming” with you and if these blogs seem at all interesting then please let us know.
So what about the gun part? Well besides playing video games I like to go out and shoot at the firing range. Nothing too fancy just go and send some rounds down range. So my wife has allowed me (I said allowed honey….no harm intended) to add the gun piece to this blog site. Will this be an ongoing issue? I am not sure, I may discuss some stories or experiences at the range from time to time and if I can purchase a new weapon then I will let the audience know. If you have a weapon you would like to discuss or show off then that is also an option.
So sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride, it should get pretty interesting. We ask for feedback as well. You play games as much as we do and we would certainly like to hear about games that were really good or just bypass at all costs. As the old and over used phrases goes, “let the games begin.”