- Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood Review - www.impulsegamer.com Australia

Gameplay 8.8
Graphics 8.9
Sound 8.7
Value 8.7
Distributor: UbiSoft
Classification:
M15+
Review Date:
November 2005
Reviewer:
Andrew B

8.7


Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood

Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood is the latest World War II first person shooter by developers Gearbox Studios that once again returns gamers into this turbulent era of the mid-20th century after their hit game of Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30. Gamers are transformed into the Joe Hartsock, a sergeant of the American army who will soon become a hero for the deeds he is about to achieve. As with the previous title, the game is a mixture of squad based mechanics meets first person shooter that not only has the gamer in the firing line but also controlling his troops.

The gameplay of Earned in Blood has been vastly improved from its predecessor, Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 as gamers are now immersed in some of the most chaotic and unpredicted battles in any first person shooter. Rather than just running into battle like Arnold Schwarzenegger, the player must now use a variety of tactics through squad based mechanics to ensure their victory. The artificial intelligence of the game is extremely realistic, thanks to some professional scripting by Gearbox Studios that actually make some levels quite challenging.

Earned in Blood also features a variety of different gameplay options but most gamers will be solely purchasing this title for the 13 solo-missions that once again sets gamers in war torn Normandy. The control system of the game is extremely intuitive on the XBox and most gamers will have no problem in mastering the system in a few turns of this game.

For those gamers that want to be dropped straight into the action, they will be pleased to know that Earned in Blood features a great new skirmish mode with a plethora of different options such as timed assault, defence and an objective mode. The only downside to the online content of this title is that the games are limited to four players with gamers given the option of either being the Americans of Germans. Hopefully the next installment will offer more players.

Graphically, Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood is a visual masterpiece on the XBox that features some beautifully crafted background environments that actually make you feel that you are in some European town during World War II. Apart from the realistic locales and background, the developers have also included authentic vehicles and uniforms of both the Allies and Axis, so when you see that giant panzer tank rushing towards you, you really get the sense of impending doom. Unfortunately Earned in Blood features some rather annoying slowdown issues because of the high detailed graphics and audio quality but fortunately this rarely hampers the gameplay.

The audio of the title features all the sounds and grunts that you would expect to hear during World War II and match that with a very ambient Hollywood sounding soundtrack and it's almost as if you're starring in Saving Private Ryan. The voice acting of the title is also top class and nothing sounds too forced or contrived.

In conclusion, Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood looks is a rather adept first person shooter that successfully brings forth squad based mechanics with exciting gameplay. An interesting storyline, exceptional graphics and great audio, this is one game that all fans of the genre should check out.






 
 



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