Saturday, May 14, 2011

Teetering on the...Brink

So...Brink. I feel like this is a classic case of too much hype. Yes, the game looks awesome. Yes, it sounds amazing and yes it is fun to play. But there are some drawbacks. First the crippling multiplayer lag. I know that most games have lag issue when they first come out but this is weird lag, like the code is wrong or something. It wouldn't be that much of a problem is the singleplayer was anywhere near challenging. The AI is dumb and scripted and there is no way to coordinate assaults. And the opponents are easier to gun down than a barn while your armed with an asteroid the size of the sun. As for the balance and game play that is also lacking. Unlocking everything is laughably easy and can be accomplished in a single sitting. The class system is treated too loosely and so you spend all this time customizing for a preferred class, and then suddenly have to switch in-order to complete an objective. Also one of the biggest downfalls in my mind is the sniper rifles. Let me set something down: I love sniping. BF:BC2 is one of my favorite games for this reason. And while I prefer games where a torso shot wounds but doesn't insta-kill, headshots should always make the person explode into a pink mist. I mean its their head. Its kind of essential. In tandem, the S.M.A.R.T. system is not as easy to use as the trailer made it out to be. There are a few set area where you leap, vault, slide etc. and the maps are definitely too linear to fully explore this system. Finally the lack of a split screen is another worry for me. I mostly play with friends and for that reason love halo. In my opinion, if the game exists it should have split screen. Guests are not necessary but enjoyed and you should definitely allow full accounts to play on the same console. Brink has this in common with BF:BC2 and it is the only thing i hate about that game. All in all, heres hoping that Bethesda learns from this and makes a sequel that is everything Brink is not.


  1. The amount of hype this game has received is the main reason I haven't bothered with it at all. Shame really.

  2. I'm actually pretty happy that i stayed away from this game now!