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3.0 out of 5 stars On the Brink of smashing my Controller., 20 May 2011
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Brink (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
I've had the game for a week. Completed it and got almost all the achievements. So I've given the game a fair crack of the whip. Potentially great? Nope, potentially grating.

The first online game I joined had my internet stuttering more than Gareth Gates did when he was about to get jiggy with Jordan. It was the laggiest Live experience I've ever had. My controller remained in my hands rather than disembowelled all over my floorboards, but it was touch and go.

Backed out and completed a couple of the challenges alone, which open up new weapons and perks, and they were quite enjoyable, especially the 3 Parkour ones, which played very much like Mirror's Edge. But unlike the Spec Op Missions on COD: MW2, they were over almost before they'd begun. Bit like Gareth and Jordan, I'd imagine.

Back to a MP game. This time it was mostly lag-free but did suffer a judder or two every 5 minutes. Now played the MP for over 12 hours. There have been a few issues:-
1. The enemy AI must have been created with the sperm of Zeus as they have an uncanny ability to require loads of shooting before they go down. Opposingly, they have the targeting skills of Robin Hood and are able to hit you once and kill you and on occasion shoot round corners, through thick walls and so on. It does get a bit annoying. Levelling up hasn't made a huge amount of difference,

2. The friendly AI is thick. For an objective based MP experience, the AI have an utter inability to grasp the basic goals. Medics take as much notice of your prone body as Charlie Sheen does of his psychiatrist.

3. At present the SMART system should add the word a-r-s-e to the end of it. Some game designer had a bright idea that has failed to come to fruition as it's a bit of a gimmick on some maps. It's a rather glorious failure - occasionally brilliant, invariably a bit rubbish. Let's hope that there's a Brink 2, just so we can see SMART work probably.

4.Which brings me onto my major gripe. The maps are poorly designed. Chokepoints can and will turn this game into a series of long, interminable drawn-out games. The game will be more about stifling the opposition through camping, when you're defending. You know how you get when the French are camping in COD. This has the potential to draw even more ire.

5. The guns currently have little punch. They don't `feel' right. As for the grenades, on most occasions you may as well throw a few foul-mouthed barbs at the enemy, for all the damage they do.

6. I found the whole getting into a game/setting up a game far more confusing than it really should be. I'm not a complete dope so feel the whole game needs to be much more user friendly. The user interface is pretty poor.

7. Respawns. Much like the boring bits in Red River, where you sit in a Humvee listening to your slightly racist CO waffling on about chopsticks, the annoying thing about respawns is the long run back to the action. Wasted gaming time. Yes, you can get revived by medic. But often they can't reach you. And if they're AI medics they're too busy looking at the state of the dystopian future and how the whole place needs a bit of a shake down by Aggie and the other old girl.

8. To get the best out of this game, you must play it with mates who share a team ethic. With a load of randoms, there seem to be too many lone-gun John Rambo's who want to take on the entire opposition.

There are probably a load of other obvious things I could mention but they escape me.

But, despite all this I actually quite enjoyed it. The graphics are shonky, the screen gets overly cluttered at times, the enemy plays like Terminator whilst you play like a more effeminate Sergio Pusquets and the lag in the first game almost made me punch my cat. This is a game that should only be tackled in MP. The social aspect and need to work as an organized team really focuses on the skills and techniques that Left 4 Dead did so well. Relying on the AI to understand teamwork and strategy is akin to putting Harold Shipman in charge of Meals on Wheels. It is very much a Marmite game and seems to reward and frustrate in equal measures but has the potential to be a decent co-op experience. Has it got longevity? Well that depends on how many of your mates have it and how regularly they play it.

I would presently give this a score of 6 apocalyptic landscapes out of 10.
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Initial post: 22 May 2011 13:06:14 BDT
Andra says:
funny review dude....

In reply to an earlier post on 25 May 2011 13:03:28 BDT
I completely agree with this review Lill. I would say this was accurate!

In reply to an earlier post on 25 May 2011 14:07:26 BDT
Mr Magnolia says:

Lill, You certainly highlighted many of the issues that plagued this game, I want to get back into it, but nobody plays it. I wonder if any DLC or patches will improve the game play and make it more fluid.

Posted on 25 May 2011 14:27:08 BDT
Last edited by the author on 25 May 2011 14:27:47 BDT
Max says:
Very fair review.

I do hope that it gets a couple of patches, a lick of paint and a few more maps to improve the variety. I am going to keep the game in the hope that it does improve as in the occasional moments of excellence you catch a slight glimpse of the game could or *should* have been.

Hope it sold well enough to warrant a sequel, but my concern is that this won't be the case.

Posted on 31 May 2011 13:50:13 BDT
Your review was great mate - not only very helpful in an informative manner, you also have a good sense of humour. Gave me a much-needed laugh during my lunch-break at work!

Posted on 31 May 2011 18:34:42 BDT
siwel1985 says:
Probably the funniest review ever!

Posted on 2 Jun 2011 20:03:02 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jun 2011 17:33:14 BDT
Andra says:
C. Waugh its you who needs to get a life , go on smile for once in your miserable life you might enjoy it......

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jun 2011 00:12:13 BDT
"The stuttering comment is way off being funny, in fact it makes you sound pretty small minded. This is the 21st century, grow up and get a life. I have reported this as abuse."
To paraphrase Issac Hayes (RIP) 'Waugh, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing, say it again.'

I love how you think my stuttering comment is abusive, yet on your wish list you've got Totally Bill Hicks. Have you ever heard him or do you have him on your wish list to appear edgy? And a TV series where the hero is a serial killer. Seriously, think before you post.

Posted on 6 Jun 2011 13:22:28 BDT
D. Garrad says:
Poor old cat , nice one .
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