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Brink (PS3/PC/360)

Written by Jazzking2001 - Owner on . Posted in Video Games

{tab=Story} Brink is a first-person shooter video game developed by Splash Damage for PC, PS3 and 360. It was released in North America on May 10, 2011, in Australia on May 12, in Europe on May 13 and in Japan on June 16.

In Brink, two factions, Resistance and Security, battle in a once-utopian city called The Ark, a floating city above the waters of a flooded Earth. {tab=Review (PS3)} Welcome to the world known as Brink, where all of the planet is submerged under water. The Ark is the only remaining city because it was able to float. After a number of years, a civil war develops which divides the city into two factions.

Sadly, as one would expect from a first person shooter, there is not much story depth. There are two opposing factions within Brink, which do not have a lot of depth. One is the Resistance with 3 main objectives; Share food and water equally, protect the refugees and to contact the outside world. The other is The Security which was initially formed to maintain order. However, as water and food rations were reduced, they decided to keep the virtual supplies to themselves and not share them equally with others.

The game does a pretty good job at introducing you to the world known as Brink. It explains everything that you need to know to play the game. I sometimes wish that other games would explain the various aspects of a game as well as Brink does.

The graphics are down right awesome. The cutscenes are well above what you would expect for game cutscenes. I like the fact that your customized character is actually shown in the cutscene, instead of having a default character take your place. Gameplay graphics are also quite good.

The overall gameplay is not the best around. There is a steep learning curve to the game. It will take a few hours to fully master the game. The various user interfaces will confuse you for an extended period of time. Playing solo with AI opponents is boring, the game is more geared to be played with other humans instead of with AI's.

The degree of which you can customize your character is quite literally mind-blowing. One can easily spend hours, not me, making and selecting the perfect character. You are able to make changes to everything; the face, voice, clothes your character wears.

Initially, you are only able to select a handful of options when designing your character. You are able to unlock the various character modifications as you progress through the game. Once you unlock everything, you have hundreds if not thousands of character appearances combinations to choose from.

The same attention to detail is given to all usable weapons. Again, you may quite possibly spend hours making modifications to the weapons you use. Just like with the clothing, you are able to unlock more and more weapon modifications the further you progress through the story and online.

The game is very promising but is lacking in vital areas. If gameplay complexity was reduced, then this could easily compete with other first person shooters. I suggest you rent this game before committing to actually buying it.

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