I felt it was time to throw my review out there since I’ve been defending Brink since day one.
Brink, from the developer Splash Damage, is a cross platform FPS, with great ambition. I say this, because I feel a lot of the developers ideas were lost in translation.
In Brink you choose to play as two factions fighting for control of the “Ark”. An island of refuge for the Security and the Resistance. Each team of 8 has 4 basic classes to choose from: Assault, Operative, Engineer, and Medic. All of these classes have special abilities that are needed to accomplish tactical objectives in the game. That’s really all you need to know.
Brink is very strong in many aspects, your character is completely customizable, from the clothes you wear, to the scars and tattoo’s that cover your character’s 3 available body types (Heavy, Medium, or Light). There are plenty of weapons to choose from, and all of those are also customizable. The guns feel real when fired, and none of them feel like pin point accurate lazer rifles. Battle’s feel raw, really requiring teamwork and appropriate class utilization to accomplish tasks and objectives. The maps are beautifully made, they force you to explore, looking for flank points and beneficial command posts. With all of these positives, there are some low points.
Brink I feel was doomed early on primarily from constant delays. So when Brink finally arrived, we (gamers) were expecting a finely “polished” game. Brink was boasting dedicated servers for PC, but the XBOX 360’s version was plagued with lag issues.PSN was still “down for maintenance”, making Brink’s strong multiplayer unplayable online on the PlaySstation 3. Brink lacks a true single player experience, forcing you to essentially play all the multiplayer maps against “bots”. The level cap is 20, and is easily reachable in a short time of playing certain maps. These were my main issues with Brink.
I really like Brink. I like what it has brought to the FPS genre. Splash Damage has worked hard on correcting the lag issues on the 360, and even have FREE dlc coming out later this June. I highly suggest you give Brink a try, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Brink gets a B+.