Brothers In Arms: Hell's Highway


posted 12/12/2008 by Nathan Murray
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One Page Platforms: 360
There were two things that didn’t cross my mind while playing the single player campaign and those were the unlockables (including achievements) and the online multiplayer. When I finally did get around to paying attention to these unnecessary pieces of the game I wasn’t surprised to find nothing new or interesting. Well that isn’t true, during multiplayer matches you get to look at a map of the level your about to play instead of a picture of the map, which is something more online multiplayer FPS should feature, but lag, dumbed down graphics, and inconsistent level design made it very uninteresting to look at and frustrating to play. None of the the achievements are exciting or different. Every time I came across a killroy scrawled across the side of a building I was reminded how much I didn’t care about finding those to unlock content.

The games sound track fit’s the game very well and adds to the sort of cinematic atmosphere it tries to achieve and the voice acting is very good and if not for the jerky animations and uninteresting dialog I might have been able to enjoy the cut scenes especially with the kind of emotion these guys can reflect in their voices. The weapon sounds weren’t typical for the WW II genre of shooters and while the tones seemed a little different from others I heard they were familiar enough that it didn’t really bother me after the first ten kills or so.

If anyone plays the latest Brothers in Arms game it is most likely because they are a fan of the series and not because they really wanted to play a new WW II FPS. While I never played a game in the series before I got the gist of the story but I didn’t really care about the characters so the cut scenes were more like a break between missions than the driving force behind my compulsion to play the game. I guess the bottom line is if you want a tactical WW II experience that’s heavy on the story then this game is right for you but if you want to play a twitchy shooter and just want to pwn noobs online then just stick with CoD 4 or one of it’s many clones coming out this year.

Brothers in Arms is a very cinematic game with interesting level layouts that force the player to think in tactical ways that no other series have been able to duplicate. Intelligent AI and visual appealing environments make the the main story very appealing but the tacked on multiplayer is a waste of time.

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