I really enjoyed Enemy Territory back in the day. It blended the excellent teamwork gameplay of its predecessor, Return To Castle Wolfenstein, with match-specific XP progression similar to that found in modern MOBAs. Hell, I’ll even state on record that I liked Brink, which built upon ET’s foundation and added in parkour traversal. The problem with the latter was that it was an unbalanced mess at launch, and by the time developers Splash Damage fixed the flaws it was already too late. The player exodus had happened and they weren’t coming back.
Not deterred by Brink’s failure and eager to try again, Splash Damage have taken yet another stab at the team-based shooter genre with Dirty Bomb – a free-to-play title with obvious influences from both ET and Brink, yet not quite hitting the mark of either. The end result is something that is reactive, fast and certainly fun when played with friends, but it clearly needs some refining. The Open Beta tag might call for some leniency, but with it quite clearly being a ‘soft launch’ (as Splash Damage and publisher Nexon are now charging for microtransactions) it’s time to decide if Dirty Bomb is worth sticking around for.Click here to read more...
Brink promised much, but ultimately failed to deliver thanks to some lackluster AI and boring match modes. But at this price it's worth picking up to check out the cool first-person traversal techniques. Inspired by Mirror's Edge this team-based FPS allows you to climb, vault and leap with an invigorating freedom for the genre. It's a shame that in the three years since, Titanfall is the only game we've had that's looking to make level traversal fun again.
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Splash Damage, the developers behind Enemy Territory: Quake Wars and Brink, have revealed their latest game as Dirty Bomb. It's a Unreal-powered free to play shooter set in London, at least by the look of the new reveal teaser and some artwork on the official site. You'll see The Shard and London Bridge Station, alongside some predictably quick gameplay cuts.
We've little else to go on at present, but we'll tell you more once details become available.
Surely this has got to be worth a punt now that it's less than a fiver and should save you over £2 on the next best offers out there. Brink's got a few flaws here and there, but it's pretty good fun and focuses on teamwork rather than having you adopt a lone wolf approach to the proceedings. Unfortunately the single player can become rather irritating thanks to the wayward bots and you can override team play by using bottlenecks and a bit of brute force. Thanks to goonertillidie @ HUKD.
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Splash Damage has unveiled their first shooter project since the capable but flawed Brink. RAD Soldiers will be a triple-first for the experienced shooter studio, marking both a foray into Free To Play, turn-based and mobile development. It will be released exclusively on iOS in June 2012, and we've got a trailer and intel dump below.
Brink might have a few problems but it offers up a multiplayer experience that promotes team work and can be really good fun at times whilst offering up a decent alternative to some of the more popular shooters on the market. Unfortunately, the story behind this one'll probably be largely ignored and the computer controlled bots on your team can be extremely annoying. Zavvi are currently parting with PC copies of the game for £5.95, which should make you a saving of just over £2 on the next best offer coming in from Cool Shop UK.
Having formed up in 2011, it would seem that white-label online service provider and technical dev supergroup Fireteam are ready to go public, having issued an arrival release to the press this week. Formed by Splash Damage’s Technical Director Arnout van Meer (now Fireteam's CTO), Studio Director Stephen Gaffney (CEO), and IT Manager Benjamin J. Hopkinson (Operations Director), the Brink developer will serve as Fireteam's first customer, with the latter having received significant backing from Splash Damage boss Paul Wedgwood.
“We believe players deserve a great online experience, reliability, performance, more content and connectivity,” said Gaffney. “Together, we’ve gained years of experience integrating online services into some of the worlds’ best-selling multiplayer games. We’re now really happy to be completely dedicated to building this as a service and platform.”Click here to read more...
Ninja Theory's lead gameplay programmer, the project lead behind Enslaved, has joined up with Splash Damage as their new technical director.
"I'm really happy to be trusted with this incredible responsibility at Splash Damage," said Fascia. "We're working on some great things, and managing such a big and talented programming team, across multiple varied and challenging projects, is a wonderful opportunity. I love multiplayer and Splash Damage suits my passion perfectly."Click here to read more...
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...
The hype train has had many stops this year, some good, others less so. We've seen big companies laid low through their own lack of caution, undermined by smack talk, and the best laid plans revealed to be sorely misjudged. In terms of games, we've had darlings of the press - games that have won critics over through previews and interviews, buffet spreads and bright lights - only for the end product to be rather lacking.
In the midst of our Game of the Year Season, it is only right the we look back and reflect for a moment upon some of the disappointments of the past twelve months. It should be noted that the games that make this list aren't necessarily bad (although one or two are), but rather proved to dash our hopes in some way. We weren't necessarily cross...just disappointed.
Though there's room for both at the top end.
Forget Dead Island...anyone who finds themselves disappointed by a game on the grounds of a CG trailer only has themselves to blame. The worst culprit of any sort of trailer fiasco this year probably has to go to We Dare. Did we get a raunchy party game for adults? No. Did we get girl-on-girl spanking? No. Were PEGI right to give the game a 12+ rating? Yes. The mainstream press went nuts, with the Daily Fail as usual doing absolutely no research into the actual game; but the disconnect between the trailer and the actual game was pertinent. At the end of the day, We Dare failed to launch in this country, with reports from across the Channel being that the game was about as sexy as Salacious Crumb.
What was it that Silicon Knights did with that multi-million dollar bankroll from the Canadian government? Well it can't all have gone on X-Men Destiny? Can it? Really? Oh dear. Having an X-Men game in which you can't actually play as any of the X-Men was a warning from the start...the awful combat and mind-numbingly boring missions didn't help. We knew it was going to be bad, just not this bad, hence the low position on the list.Click here to read more...
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.
Just in case you missed yesterday's bulletin, Brink is now free to play on Steam and carries a hefty discount. If you're looking to buy, be sure to spend the extra quid on the complete pack that includes the Agents Of Change DLC pack, which normally retails for £6.99 by itself.
I hope that Brink can retain some of its player base after the free weekend ends. Splash Damage failed to set the world on fire, but they did deliver an addictive and solid FPS experience that shines when you embrace its cooperative spirit.
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.
Last week Xbox 360 owners got the chance to get hold of Brink for cheap, but PS3 owners are getting something a little better with this offer from Gamestation. This offer for the Special Edition is coming in at the same price as the regular version, and you can save yourself £7 in the process.
Included with the game in the Special Edition are two customisation packs, one for Spec Ops, the other for Doom, that add more options to how you want to look on either side of the battle for the Ark. It may have been flawed in its execution but there are some great ideas in Brink, and at under £8 (especially with the extra content) it would be foolish to dismiss it. Thanks to goonertillidie @ HUKD!
Regardless of what you think you've heard about Brink, you need to be aware that this is a brilliant price for it. Tight teamwork and a monstrously addictive upgrade system overshadow and trivialise its faults, and any misgivings about the eight arenas melt away for just under eight quid. I just wish that Splash Damage had spent more time polishing and adding extra content before launch.
If you're still not sold on whether or not to buy into Brink, Splash Damage's multiplayer team shooter that we awarded 7/10, you'll now have the chance to play the full version for free over the weekend. Head over to Steam, cue up the download and see whether or not it floats your boat.
In other Brink news, the Agents Of Change DLC pack is now available on PS3 and PC. It's free to download for a fortnight - so even if you're still not sure if you'll be buying into Brink, it might be worth downloading it anyway on XBLA or PSN and deleting it soon after. Once the price increases, you'll just be able to re-download it at no cost rather than buying it outright.
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.
Brink's a pretty good team shooter that gives you a lot of options when it comes to customising your character. Unfortunately though it does have a couple of annoying quirks and you're probably not going to pay much attention to the story whatsoever. Amazon and the merchants that make up The Game Group are currently selling PC copies of the game for £7.98, which'll make you a saving of just over £2 on the next best offer coming in from Grainger Games.
Brink has a couple of minor flaws ranging from annoying AI bots to problems that can be overcome by sheer brute force, however they're easily overlooked because it's an awesome team shooter that's got a ridiculously addictive upgrade system, so basically once you throw yourself into it, it's hard to tear yourself away. Amazon and The Game Group are parting with copies of the game for £14.98, which is almost £3 cheaper than the next best offer coming in from ShopTo.