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Edited by heav3nzwarrior

I bought this game and immediately traded it in the next day. I cant stand this game.

Posted by kritik

Been way too long since I've heard these 2 sweet voices! Love it.

Posted by carljbern

Yeah it may not be the most customizable out there but whats wrong with simple, it throws back to a team fortress system feel. I enjoy not having to worry about worrying about having to level class aspects up.

Posted by apefist

Brink was incredibly disappointing!  All that waiting...

Posted by MezzerliptikJay

yeah i agree with you guys, its a good game but the bots are terrible at catching objectives and the latency issues online (for the xbox at least) is poor.
Theres also a patch on the way and hopefully it will fix some of the issues...

Posted by Jack_Frost

This game and RAGE remind me a lot of Borderlands.

Maye not in the gameplay area, necessarily, but in general look and theme, definitely.

Posted by DamOver

*PLOT SPOILERS* for Brink (Ha) 

Even Brinks most core narrative concepts are flawed at best, during the Brink video ad one soldier says "we must save the arc", thus meaning wipe out vagrants and the such from this idyllic setting. A masked rebel then morns "we must escape the arc", Ok, everybody still with me I hope. This DOESN'T make sense. Just let them leave and give the place a scrub down. 
With this poorly drawn plot (If Brink could be argued to have one) it falls down at the start of the race, and with only eight maps to play with it also seems to have its shoe laces tied together. 

Only played the game at last years Eurogamer expo & it seemed over hyped and unoriginal then. Bar its visual style, which I cannot fault and consider to be a gorgeous idealisation of what a Timesplitters game could look like had EA not closed Free Radical, albeit way wackier. Apologies for turning this supposedly well thought out criticism into a gush about Timesplitters, but what the fuck, Brink is a tedious and repetitive game with a tenth the flair of even the worst of the COD titles and half the assets. Initially interesting idea on single/multiplayer dynamic changes that simply appears nothing more than a lazy way to do half the work. 

The two things that brink does right are not the right things to enjoy longevity from a watered down team based team fortress clone. 

1. Its visuals, which I have already mentioned, but deserve another as they are pretty slick. 

2.Its parkour freedom of movement. This is a nice implementation and post mirrors edge seems to be taking off as a set FPS staple, but theirs even a pitfall in trying to applaud this game for something as simple as "borrowing" a descent game mechanic from another game. This being that once Brink has given you the versatility of movement and speed with which to navigate the environment in a kinetic and awsome way, it says you can only use these to run around a bland & uninspired level. Its like giving you the power of flight and then leashing you to a garden post. 

Well think thats enough rambling for one morning, thanks everyone.    

Posted by LethalKi11ler

Game isn't as good as expected even from a big W:ET and ET:QW. AND I HAVE THE ACHIEVEMENTS TO PROVE MY PLAYTHROUGH!

Posted by KimFidler

I agree with Jeff's review.  This game is garbage.

Posted by jakonovski

This game should've always been PC only. The devs evidently aren't very good at making console ports, and the PC version is actually a decent game that only needs more content and polish. Hopefully DLC will provide that and keep at least a small community going.

Posted by nihilisticmonkey

Man.... Bums me out that this is getting bad reviews... With the way UK development has gone (Bizarre, Realtime Worlds) I really hope this doesn't sink Splash Damage if it tanks...

Posted by kevinski
@OkuLaRis said:
" This is a niche game for old enemy territory gamers looking for something new, old Quake Wars players coming over to Brink. "
I've played RtCW and W:ET, enjoying them immensely. I also enjoyed ET:QW, albeit to a lesser extent. I absolutely cannot get into Brink. And yes, I'm playing the PC version. The game just messes with the Wolfenstein and Enemy Territory formula more than it needs to, and the new mechanics don't work as well as they should.
Posted by CosmicQueso
@mars188 said:
" Worse game for me 2011 Rented it from gamefly thank God i did "
As bad as your grammar and spelling?  Wow, must really be bad then.  Put down the games and go to school.
Posted by MegaPigeon

Good review (especially considering the quality of some of the reviews Brink got). I agree with some it but feel others are either subjective points (that will obviously differ from player to player) or things that can be fixed down the line. For example, I love the feel of the gun play and the sound design is awesome. The AI is incredibly inconsistent, but this isn't a game I bought for single player, and considering how good it is when it wants to be good it simply needs to be rebalanced. I'm happy with the amount of content, but I only paid £20 for the PC version. I'd say £30 would be acceptable to a certain degree, but I can understand critic's frustration for paying full-price for the console versions, especially when they're obviously far inferior to the PC version. Although the PC version has an inexplicable frame rate cap when you play offline, it's incredibly optimized and the server browser obviously makes it far easier to get into a good game. I'd definitely like Jeff to check out the PC version if possible, as it seems to be the best platform by far at the moment. 

Posted by mars188

Worse game for me 2011 Rented it from gamefly thank God i did
Edited by OkuLaRis

This is a niche game for old enemy territory gamers looking for something new, old Quake Wars players coming over to Brink.
and hopefully some new players join in too.

Shame Jeff didn't like it, doesn't surprise me though.  (Talking about PC version though, dunno what version Jeff reviewed)

Posted by TheCheese33
@ObiFett said:
" @Bloodgraiv3 said:
" @Milkman said:
"Sorry but I'm going to need to know how many achievement points you have in this game before I can take this review seriously. "
How do you figure? Every complaint he's layed to the game are all valid and he gives reasons for it. "
All the complaints are not valid.And the ones he gives reasons for are ridiculous as the reasons can be applied to every other shooter out there.Basically , this review is horrible.  The game is tons of fun, has sucked many hours of gameplay out of me and will continue to get my gaming time.  Parkour, objective based gamplay,  and customization combined with Amazing opponent AI leads to a fun FPS challenge for me and my friends.   "
Actually this review is pretty accurate. I traded it in after one day. I've never done that before.
Posted by ObiFett
@Bloodgraiv3 said:
" @Milkman said:
"Sorry but I'm going to need to know how many achievement points you have in this game before I can take this review seriously. "
How do you figure? Every complaint he's layed to the game are all valid and he gives reasons for it. "
All the complaints are not valid.

And the ones he gives reasons for are ridiculous as the reasons can be applied to every other shooter out there.

Basically , this review is horrible.  The game is tons of fun, has sucked many hours of gameplay out of me and will continue to get my gaming time.  Parkour, objective based gamplay,  and customization combined with Amazing opponent AI leads to a fun FPS challenge for me and my friends.  
Posted by mnzy
@Bulletzen said:
" This review was actually embarrassing. Jeff just stick to what you know. Borderlands and Mortal Kombat. If you really want to review the game then let it be late and play the game with other people not stupid bots. Wait for the Call Of Duty crowd to disappear (usually about a week), then play with people who know about teamwork.Like I said earlier. Plain embarrassing. "
If you have to prepare your gaming session like a mount everest ascent, the game is probably not that good.
Posted by WrathOfBanja

Reminds me of that one review where they forgot to play Chromehounds online.

Posted by MonkeyKing1969

Thanks for the review Jeff. As always you cogently spoke you mind, and I thank you for that.     
Posted by kkotd

Wow... I mean what the hell... The game is fun, it's definitely got some really great points, sure it's not a 'revolutionary' game but it's far better than a 2 star game. It's a competent online multiplayer shooter.

Posted by sandweed
@iAmJohn: Yes, I'm a big gay baby.
Posted by w34ky

anyone else notice they were playing with hutch

Edited by sado

I would like to see Jeff check out the PC version and hear his comments on it. On my end I have had almost no problems with it on the issues he mentioned in the review (except for the dumb AI).

Posted by pot
@Brad said:
"
                @Branthog said:
"On a side note, you can ignore that stupid comment they made during the Brink quick look about how it has a "introduction that lasts at least 20 minutes, because my controller shut off at least twice". That's bullshit. My wireless controller didn't time out at all and the introduction was more like three to five minutes long."
Try deleting your Xbox cache, load up the game offline, and tell me how long that video is. Over 20 minutes, right? They patched it out on day one. You may want to consider alternative scenarios in the future before you go off half-cocked and call bullshit on our comments.
            "

Owned, good one.
Posted by PrioritySeven
@Bulletzen said:
" This review was actually embarrassing. Jeff just stick to what you know. Borderlands and Mortal Kombat. If you really want to review the game then let it be late and play the game with other people not stupid bots. Wait for the Call Of Duty crowd to disappear (usually about a week), then play with people who know about teamwork.Like I said earlier. Plain embarrassing. "
Any specifics on how "this review was actually embarrassing"?  Or are the jabs at Jeff the only thing you're offering here?
Posted by Xpgamer7

I think with some weapon and AI fixing on a patch all those problems could be fixed.

Posted by Bulletzen

This review was actually embarrassing. Jeff just stick to what you know. Borderlands and Mortal Kombat. If you really want to review the game then let it be late and play the game with other people not stupid bots. Wait for the Call Of Duty crowd to disappear (usually about a week), then play with people who know about teamwork.
Like I said earlier. Plain embarrassing.

Posted by iAmJohn
@sandweed said:
" how annoying are the operatives ability to disguise? It's what killed TF2 for me. "
What, is spy checking too hard for you or something?
Posted by FuriousJodo
@sandweed said:
" how annoying are the operatives ability to disguise? It's what killed TF2 for me. "
You need to kill the person completely first and then it takes a second to take their disguise.  I haven't had too much trouble with it yet.  Seems like it works fine but isn't too powerful or anything.  
Posted by FuriousJodo

Seems the PC version is coming out a lot better than the console versions.  I think dedicated servers, lower price point (Most people I know got it at like 40$ with preorder deals), and a stronger community because of all the ET people jumping on it.


I am enjoying the game quite a lot so far, but I do agree that it isn't worth 60$, seems that is even more so the case on the consoles.

It's unfortunate but I do hope that the Giant Bomb guys give the PC version a try.
Edited by ProfessorEss
@Brad said:

" @Branthog said:

"On a side note, you can ignore that stupid comment they made during the Brink quick look about how it has a "introduction that lasts at least 20 minutes, because my controller shut off at least twice". That's bullshit. My wireless controller didn't time out at all and the introduction was more like three to five minutes long."
Try deleting your Xbox cache, load up the game offline, and tell me how long that video is. Over 20 minutes, right? They patched it out on day one. You may want to consider alternative scenarios in the future before you go off half-cocked and call bullshit on our comments. "
I started up the game, refused the update and yes, the tutorial video was just short of 25 minutes.
Posted by Ben99
@Unknown_Pleasures: 
is this site legit ? I heard it was just a joke 
Posted by sandweed

how annoying are the operatives ability to disguise? It's what killed TF2 for me.

Posted by Brad
@Branthog said:
"On a side note, you can ignore that stupid comment they made during the Brink quick look about how it has a "introduction that lasts at least 20 minutes, because my controller shut off at least twice". That's bullshit. My wireless controller didn't time out at all and the introduction was more like three to five minutes long."
Try deleting your Xbox cache, load up the game offline, and tell me how long that video is. Over 20 minutes, right? They patched it out on day one. You may want to consider alternative scenarios in the future before you go off half-cocked and call bullshit on our comments.
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Posted by Druminator

Looked dumb anyway.

Posted by PieGuy

I saw there was hype around this, suprised to see what a flop it is. Sorry for those who were looking forward to it.
What if Skyrim flops =O Couldn't happen. . . Could it?

Posted by hurrikenux
@Branthog said:
" @Jeff said:
" @hurrikenux said:
" lol @ Achievegate

Anyways, I think a PC review might have been better for this.  I think only the dedicated servers on PC allow you to turn off the bots, playing with all humans is very fun on the PC side.  Granted the game isn't without its issues, but judging on the AI isn't good as it certainly is no Deep Blue.
"
I did play the 360 version with quite a few actual people, wouldn't have reviewed it at all if I hadn't. Anyway, we just got the PC version today, I'm going to at least check it out for a bit tonight. An option to totally disable bots already makes it sound at least a little bit better than the console version. "
When I played the game today, it was almost entirely with actual people and it was a really solid (though not exceptional or great or remarkable) experience. Especially after trying to play the first two campaign maps with bots (which left me nearly ready to take the disc out and not play anymore). Seems like it'd get boring after so many times through the same maps and goals, though. So few games accomplish the type of enjoyable repetition that something like Counter-Strike manages to accomplish. "
It isn't any more repetitive than capture the flag can be on the same maps, in fact there are a few different mode to mix things up - I haven't even tried Stopwatch yet.  That being said, yes the AI is HORRIBLE.  It seems only Unreal Tournament got AI right, it may not seem that way now but those bots seemed really damn smart when I'd play them for practice before online games.  Now I can't even play against bots, the Team Fortress 2 and Left 4 Dead 2 ones are also straight out of the sh**ter.  Thank goodness the PC version of Brink allows for bots to be disabled in servers, the all-human games are much much better.
Posted by Sammo21
@Akeldama: You really didn't even bother to read what I put down...based on your wording you think I am accusing Jeff of an erroneous review?  Look again...

" I think ANYONE who reviewed this game today, besides those in the gaming media, has irrelevant reviews.  I doubt most of those who have reviewed this game in the player comments probably barely touched it. " 

 Jeff is in the gaming media...user reviews are not.  Which is exactly what I typed.  Gaming press/media reviews that go up on the day of release are valid as it is assumed, especially in Jeff's case as we can see in the quick look, that reviewers will put adequate time into a game to judge it...user reviews are typically made before regular joes get the game...just like the Brink user reviews were up sometime around noon and later.  Please read before you assume I don't understand.

A new study was just released that shows 1/2 of Detroit are functionally illiterate.  I was shocked but then I saw your reply.

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Posted by Akeldama
@sammo21 said:
" I think ANYONE who reviewed this game today, besides those in the gaming media, has irrelevant reviews.  I doubt most of those who have reviewed this game in the player comments probably barely touched it. "
You don't seem to understand how this works. Jeff has been playing this game for a little longer than you think. Developers send out review copies sometimes weeks in advance of launch.
Posted by sharma55
@Darkstar614 said:
" Yeah I find it somewhat offensive that the game gets shafted with 2 stars because of xbox connectivity and other things. I've been playing this on the PC for a while and it's pretty fun and easy to invite friends to the game with Steamworks.I don't really think it's fair in this day and age to criticize a game for guns and grenades not sounding "satisfying" as Jeff put it. It seems to vary greatly from person to person. I, for one, thought all the CoD guns sounded "weak" and "unsatisfying". And I don't think Brink's sound any better or worse. Not every shooter needs to have every explosion and gunshot sounds that drown out all the other audio.Brink does have its flaws, but I would have assumed 3 stars for this, not 2.. 2 is basically saying the game is busted and not worth anyone's time. "
Well, you say it's wrong to say that guns don't sound satisfying as it varies from person to person, but a review is just someone's opinion on the game. It's up to you to agree or disagree with what they think and if you think the guns sound fine then enjoy your game. 
Posted by Sammo21

Let me just say that this review is REAL TALK.  I own this game and have played through almost all of the campaign missions and its horrendous.  If they could at least fix the netcode for the game it would help out tremendously.

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Posted by mewstu

So.... Shadowrun?

Posted by DaBuddaDa

 Yet another game ships 6 months + too early to appease quarterly earnings statements. Add it to the pile.

Posted by benu302000

Dwaaaaaaym... That's all I'mma say right now.

Posted by Guided_By_Tigers

And it looks like gamebomb.ru got its review/preview right.

Posted by Guided_By_Tigers

I'll be picking up Brink in the bargain bin when it gets there.