Saturday, May 14, 2011

Brink

I'm not sure what to make of Brink. I can distinctly smell Team Fortress. No, scrap that, this IS Team Fortress. Numero dos to be precise, but regardless, TF. Don't get me wrong, I love TF2, but this just feels wrong. Splash Damage teamed up with Bethesda and, back in September, I was easily saying this was my most awaited game of the year. How time flies.

As i'm sure some of you have read, Brink has not been a game of the ages, nor has it been a complete bomb out (see Man vs Wild), it's a very mediocre game, with some interesting elements, but still rather bland. What is interesting is the critic's backlash to it. On Joystiq Brink was given a damning 2/5 and Ars Technica has just plain refused to review it, saying that they are tired of companies releasing shoddy code and waiting to see what to patch when the critics and fans complain about it.
This game WILL please PC Gamers (see Ars Technica)
I think this is the beginning for a necessary change in the Video Games industry. With games such as Call of Duty dominating the market, people have become so desensitized to terrible engines and bad gaming experiences it is starting to become the norm.

But many are predicting a new horizon. With this kind of backlash and with videos of Battlefield 3 being released, word on the street is, developers such as Activision are bricking their pants. I know I've gone off on a bit of a tangent but I'll summarize my feelings:

1). Disappointed at Brink. Especially the AI.
2). Seems critics are tired of dealing with this cack.
3). Watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zw8SmsovJc It'll restore your faith in shooters.

23 comments:

  1. I've heard a lot of negative things about Brink's AI. I'm hesitant to try it.

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  2. Yeah I heard Brink wasn't too good.

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  3. Personally this reminds me nothing of TF2 anytime there is a capture the check point game people say "TF2!" This reminds me of unreal tournament personally. It seems most people don't realize team fortress wasn't the first to do this kind of game.

    Brink looks like a fun game in my opinion. MY main interest in it is it's storyline. It seems really cool.

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  4. I never got caught in the hype of Brink. It just felt too much like TF2, even from the trailers and videos.

    BF3 on the other hand, I'm hyped as for it. I just hope that the online multiplayer is the same as what the single player looks like.

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  5. That really is too bad to hear, i was really looking forward to brink and what it promised. how did the SMART movement system work out? was it wicked buggy too?

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  6. Dang, looks like I won't be getting Brink.

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  7. looks good, might save up for it

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  8. i've been looking forward to the game but i'm feeling a bit hesitant now. the graphics are awesome though.

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  9. dude, this is an awesome review! hope to read more like this in the future, following you now :)

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  10. Looks alright, BF3 will better in my opinion!

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  11. Sounds goo. Going to have to check it out.

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  12. I don't really read reviews of games (in fact, I tend to stay away from critics in general) so to hear this sorta stuff from a normal guy has really cemented in my head the decision to not buy Brink. Thanks man.

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  13. I heard it wasn't very good, but I'm still interested in playing it.

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  14. Hope fully we will see a shift from quantity to quality games! I remember not to long ago where you could fall in love with most games stories and feel them. Now its just mass production and updated older games.

    Followed!

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  15. mh i heard brink was too hard and now you say the ai sucks`? guess im gonna have to try it myself

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  16. i just got the game , hopefully its good

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  17. That's too bad, there seemed to be a lot of hope for it, pity it didn't turn out well

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