Pubblicata: 26 maggio
Let's be truly honest here.
Sometimes, playing with real people tends to get on your nerves. Whether it be people who don't know how VOIP works or just idiots trying to ruin a game for everyone, sometimes you just don't want your mind to be muddled and just want to hunker down after a hard day's work.
In the following paragraphs, I'm going to tell you how BRINK can give you that and so much more.
BRINK has had a rather unsteady history. I was one of the few people who bought it at launch and actually experienced it's rather disastrous start.
It was a mess. Massive lag hampered the game as well as netcode issues plaguing even dedicated servers. It also didn't help that ATI card didn't even run the game properly, and it even had problems on the Nvidia side of things!
So BRINK's launch-that-was-not ruined its reputation with the community, and sadly, a lot of people abandoned it as a failure.
I, however, did not. Determined to get the bang for my buck, I and many other souls soldiered on with the game. And that's where it started to show its greatest strengths both as a competitive and casual shooter. Let me talk about a few of these.
For those like me, who are not interested in playing with real players due to the stress or those who just simply don't have good internet connection, BRINK still allows you to play the game the way it's meant to be played through a single player (or co-op) bot mode.
Now I do admit, the bots were way underdeveloped when the game first released, but Splash Damage, even with the mostly negative reviews, didn't abandon the game and continued to patch it, which I believe the company should be lauded for.
At the games current build, the bots are smart, strategic, and will keep you on your toes. Even on normal difficulty you see the bots employing new strategies to outsmart you. They will play the objective and they will play it well, and you can rely on the enemy team to keep up the tense firefights.
In my almost 100 hours of play, I've seen bots use every ability available to the average player, even the ones you unlock at the highest level! These bots have come a long way from simple peashooters, and now are a decisive enemy that can be the fuel for hours of entertainment.
Sadly, the servers have been long dead for this game for a while, so bots are the only option if you want to play this game. I find this to be a shame, since BRINK was an excellent competitive shooter to. I'll get to that in a moment
Now you might be asking "Why play a game with bots? Where's the drive to keep me playing?" Let me show you.
BRINK used a system called "Mingleplayer". What that basically means is that you can play the game however you want, without the game punishing you. Wanna just play with bots solo? You can and can still gain experience and levels! Wanna play the games as an ultra competitive shooter? You can do that to (at least, you could if the game still had servers. Though you could always copy the competitive format of the game into a custom bot game, a feature in itself that has given me hours of entertainment). BRINK rewards you, however you want to play the game, and that for me is it's biggest strength.
Aside from that, BRINK made for an excellent competitive game as well. Way back when my online experience was almost entirely 5v5 scrims. That's the beauty of BRINK, it can be played both as a casual shooter where you join a server and blast away and as a highly competitive team shooter, voice comms and all. Each class (Medic, Engineer, Soldier, and Operative) had their distinct roles in the battlefield. Every class had its own skill tree and abilities, allowing you to customize to your playstyle. At the highest levels of play, all sorts of gadgets could be used from healing fields to UAVs. This gave BRINK endless replayability both at the lowest levels of play and the highest levels of play.
So you might be asking, why buy a dead game? Well, you'll just have to trust me on this one. Splash Damage gave this game the support it deserved and it has grown beautifully into a hidden gem. I can guarantee you the bots will give you a run for your money and you will have a great time with this game. The game is a beautiful tragedy, as it didn't get to reach its full potential in its lifetime, but can still offer you countless hours of offline bot play. I heartedly recommend this game to anyone who has an itchy trigger finger, and wants something new in their fps library!
So after a hard day's work, BRINK's got you covered. No screaming children. No Trolls. No idiots.
Just you and the game.
BONUS: The only fundamental DLC is Agent of Change, as it adds two new missions and several abilities and attachments, as well as raises the level cap. The others are purely cosmetic.
Thanks for reading!