Splash Damage's CEO and Game Director, Paul Wedgwood, has taken to the team's blog to set out some plans for 2012, stating that 2012 "is going to be the most significant year in our history", and teasing upcoming big announcements on both platforms with which the team are already familiar - including PC and the HD consoles - as well as exploring those that are "completely new" to them.
Intriguing eh?Hear what Splash Damage's Wedgwood had to say after the jump...
Didn't think the price on Brink could get lower? Think again. Play have dropped theirs by another quid, bringing it under £3. It's a somewhat flawed game, but also offers a multiplayer shooter experience with a little more community and teamwork than you'd usually expect. If you've gotten bored of Battlefield and MW3, give this a punt. Hats off to ettienem1001.
The latest selection of festive Steam deals is fairly disparate, but there's something here for everyone. Blur and Brink are both down to £3.74 and both worth taking advantage of at this price level. The Mass Effect and Operation Flashpoint games are also cheap as chips, while the indie loving is brought to you courtesy of Limbo, SkyDrift and Torchlight. Space Marine, however, is not much of a deal - since Zavvi will happily sell you a physical copy for five pence less. I suppose that Steam will be your best option if you really need it before Christmas, though.
Fancy a shooter with a difference. Brink has its flaws, sure, but it fosters an excellent sense of community and teamwork, has some fantastic FPS mechanics, and currently costs less than a Pizza Express salad. Nice one bluem4gic.
To celebrate the newly-added clans and tournament functionality, Brink is now free to play on Steam until the end of the weekend. The promotion will be available until Sunday evening, and should be going live momentarily (give or take a few minutes for the Steam servers to catch up). We gave Brink 7/10 in both our PC and console reviews: it's a solid team shooter, but doesn't quite deliver on its overly ambitious mission statement. Since it's free to play, however, you don't have to take my word for it.
You'll also be able to buy it for £3.74 while the offer lasts, which is heinously cheap. Be aware that the player base may well drop off once Monday rolls around - and the Agents Of Change DLC is not included.
Sadly, I'm not entirely convinced that the clans and tournament features will make much difference in the long run. Too little, far too late methinks. This should have been implemented months ago.
After several truly aggravating delays, Brink's Agents Of Change expansion pack has finally appeared on Xbox Live - despite numerous reports of the DLC not appearing on the browser marketplace and not downloading properly from within the game itself. We'd recommend manually browsing the Game Marketplace and searching alphabetically for now.
Agents Of Change will be available on PS3 and PC from tomorrow (August 4th). I am reliably informed that the Steam DLC became available for a short time by mistake and has now been removed.
The DLC pack will be free for a fortnight; containing two new maps, an increased level cap and a host of new abilities. Click here for the full details.
Jon dropped our second review for Brink just two days ago - focusing on the console versions of Splash Damage's ambitious shooter. Despite the change in platform, he awarded it the exact same score it received upon release, cementing Brink's place as a solid if uninspiring addition to 2011's jam-packed roster. But if you're a regular Brink player, you might be happy to hear the first round of DLC is due next month. For free!Click here for more
Brink's a pretty good game, sure it's got its flaws but it's fun to play, which is exactly what you want when making a purchase. The game focuses on team work and the character customisation and levelling system'll keep you coming back for more, whilst the look of the game'll keep you fixed on the screen as you blast your way though the game. Unfortunately, the single player can get a bit annoying because of some of the bots, and in places it seems to lack a bit of polish. You can grab a PS3 copy of the game from ShopTo for £17.86, which is over £7 cheaper than the next best offer coming in from HMV. Thanks to ChrisIW @ HUKD.
Developer: Splash Damage
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
A month has passed since Dave awarded Brink's PC version a solid 7/10 - and promised that one of us would take a closer look at how Splash Damage's team-based shooter handles on consoles. I've developed a complex relationship with Brink over the last 30 days... and though it's an experience that I've come to love, there's no getting past a number of elementary mistakes that hold it back.
The Ark, a sprawling mega-city wracked by a bitter civil war, provides the setting for eight varied objective-based missions. Players choose to join the beleaguered Security forces fighting to maintain order or a ragtag band of angry ne'er-do-wells known as The Resistance, and set to in a capable series of escort, capture the flag and assault gametypes. Solid mechanics and familiar control layouts mean that anyone with an FPS background can quickly learn the ropes, though tight teamwork takes precedent over the traditional survival of the fittest. The maps are sprawling, labyrinthine and packed with alternate optional objectives that can make victory much more efficient; many of which are accessible via the one-button SMART parkour dynamic that allows players to scamper around the scenery. An intuitive objective wheel makes choosing and locating these missions very simple.
Click here to continue reading our (overdue) Brink console review
You may well have had your interest piqued in this game thanks to all the TV ads that are cropping up for it at the moment, if that's the case and you've got £14.99 spare then why not grab a PC copy of the game from The Game Group and save yourself about £1.50 on the next best offer coming in from Tesco Entertainment. The game really gets you to work as a team and there's a lot customisation when it comes to designing your character, which is always nice. For more details, I'd advise you to check out David's review.
Would you believe it, but LA Noire has claimed the top spot in the UK charts for the third week in a row. In a week of very few changes, Rockstar's terrific detective thriller resisted a renewed effort from LEGO: Pirates of the Carribean, which traded places with last week's second place entry, Codemasters' DIRT 3. Zumba Fitness retained four place, edging out fifth-placed Brink.Click here for more
Gamestation have slashed the price on their Special Edition versions of co-operative free-running FPS Brink, bringing the cost in-line with their standard retail copies, and saving you almost six quid on the nearest competitor. Somewhat divisive gameplay-wise, but the staggering amount of character customisation will keep you busy for hours, not to mention the fact that this Special Edition bundles a couple of in-game texture packs along with the title itself. Thanks to gonnertillidie @ HUKD!
LA Noire held firm at the top of the UK Charts this week, fending off competition from the likes of DIRT 3 which premiered in second place. Rockstar's 1940s crime caper - which we'll have a roundtable review for later today - showed remarkable resilience to maintain its pole position, whereas the likes of Lego: Pirates of the Caribbean dropped to third. Elsewhere, the resilient Zumba Fitness clung on to fourth place, whereas Brink continued its steady decline, dropping from third to fifth.Click here for the rest of this weeks charts
Before we begin, it needs to be said, to avoid confusion later, that this is a PC exclusive look at Brink. At the time of writing, the console version differs enough to justify separating the two and judging them on their own merits, rather than just playing one and falsely claiming it is representative of the others.
Other members of the Dealspwn hive mind will be addressing the pros and cons of the pad-based version, but for now, we're firmly in mouse country.Click here to see what Dave made of the divisive Brink on PC...
Well, surprise, surprise! LA Noire's jumped straight in at Number 1 in this week's UK Games Charts and my guess is that it'll stay in the top three for at least the next couple of weeks. Rockstar's Detective saga is jam packed full of content and I had a wicked time investigating away and busting criminals over the weekend! That's not to say it's a perfect game by any means, there are a couple of areas that could do with a bit of polish, but it's wonderful to see the story unfold before your eyes.Click here to see who made the Top Ten this week!
Brink, the team-based shooter from Splash Damage, released to a truly schizophrenic critical reception - but more worryingly, to countless reports of lag and online issues. Bethesda has now revealed exactly where they stand on releasing patches on each format as well as the exact issues the updates will address.Click here to read more...
As I noted earlier this morning, Brink has become the UK's highest selling videogame this week - but with massively skewed adoption rates across its three formats. Xbox 360 sales provided a whopping 69% of the total amount, with PS3 sales weighing in at a paltry 23%. PC sales stand at a meagre 8%. The reasons behind this disparity are a mix of the obvious and the worrying, and we have the full story below.Click here for the details >>
Brink, the anticipated team-based FPS from Splash Damage and Bethesda Softworks, has secured the top spot this week thanks to incredibly strong Xbox 360 sales. However, to call its critical reception "mixed" would be an understatement of titanic proportions. Brink is turning into a truly marmite title - and we've decided to hold off on our review until we're sure we've got a handle on the experience. And its lag-busting patch.
Until then, folks, why not tell us (and your fellow readers) what you make of it in the comments!
Elsewhere in the charts, omnipresent fitness suite Zumba Fitness is leaping around like a trendy possessed hipster in position number three, with Telltale Games' LEGO Pirates Of The Carribean swashbuckling its way into second place. MX vs ATV Alive is the final new entry that has managed to hit the coveted tenth place - and the usual suspects of Portal 2, Mortal Kombat, Crysis 2, Black Ops and FIFA 11 are all squabbling over the rest of the table. Homefront, however, has finally dropped off of the charts - and Miyamoto's Steel Diver is still nowhere to be found.Click here for this week's Top Ten >>
Innovative shooter Brink from developers Splash Damage is available right now, but some early adopters have been reporting crippling lag threatening to derail the experience for them. But fret not, as Splash Damage have leaped into action, releasing a patch you can download on Xbox LIVE and - when it's up and running again - the Playstation Network that addresses key network issues.Click here to read more...