Excerpt: We’ve played plenty of World War II shooters but have yet to find one that makes us care for its characters like we did for Tom Hanks and Vin Diesel in Saving Private Ryan. Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway comes close and rekindles our love of gritty 1940s warfare with its perfect combination of nail-biting tactical shoot-outs and a gripping character-driven story—an admirable feat in modern first-person shooters.
Pros: Character-driven story, intense tactical action, and gorgeous cinematic presentation.
Cons: Forgettable multiplayer mode and linear tank missions.
Summary: The first two games in the Brothers in Arms series distinguished themselves among the crowd of WWII shooters on the strength of their smoothly integrated first-person squad control and gritty, moving portrayal of a band of Allied soldiers. Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway sticks to these strengths, and commanding your squads through Nazi-occupied territory is more thrilling than ever thanks to the vibrant, beautiful scenery and the brutal, exhilarating action.
Pros: Great blend of squad control and first-person combat, Vibrant, detailed environments, Battlefield sounds will put you on edge, Interesting characters, Action camera is exhilarating
Cons: Story relies overmuch on knowledge of past games, Texture irregularities can sour cutscenes
Excerpt: "What is it that makes a great soldier? His brain or his heart?" -- Sergeant Matt Baker Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway finds Sergeant Baker and his howling commandos paratrooping into the Netherlands just in time for Operation Market Garden. One of the bloodiest and most sustained offensives in World War II has been painstakingly recreated with Unreal Engine 3, showcasing what happened when then-modern destructive technology met quaint Old World architecture.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: A diverting tactical shooter curbed by ageing design principles, flawed story-telling and run-of-the-mill tech. Easily the best Brothers in Arms title so far, but after three years in development we were expecting something more evolutionary.
Conclusion: Despite all the war-time shooter milking we've seen for years, games like World at War and Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway could very well make it relevant again. Seriously, all genres deserve at least one reboot or another, and WWII FPS games are no different. It's just that titles like BiA are often criticized more because of shooters being so common at the same time.