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OutRun 2006: Coast to Coast Review
11 March 2010
Conclusion: The simpler arcade title as a standalone SKU has always been a hard sell - just ask the crew over at SNK Playmore. OutRun 2 was a questionable standalone title in 2004. It is now two years later, and not a whole lot has changed for OutRun 2006: Coast to Coast . Had this title featured upgraded graphics, deeper story implications, or a progressive tuning or leveling up dynamic, I could totally justify the $29.99 price of admission.
Conclusion: In only two console titles, Gearbox and Ubisoft have pretty much mastered the WWII shooting genre. In terms of presentation, technical gameplay, graphics, and audio, it’s nearly impossible to rise above Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood in any area, which makes me think that this franchise will be the one to watch in the next generation of consoles.
Excerpt: If you played Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 and did not like it, then you may as well stop reading this review – Earned in Blood is very similar to its predecessor, but is a good deal more challenging. Still with me? OK, good. First let me bring those who did not play Road to Hill 30 up to speed and then I’ll take a close look at what’s new in Earned in Blood.
Excerpt: When it comes to first-person shooters, you can't beat a good laser gun. I think that's one of the reasons why I never get on that well with historical shooters, never mind a strategic historical shooter. So, having not experienced the first game in the series, it was with a certain amount of trepidation that I approached Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood. There's a certain quiet confidence that oozes out of BIR:EIB from the moment you first start it up.
Excerpt: The gritty times of World War II are back in the latest war reenactment, Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood . In the new FPS, you’ll duck and cover all throughout Normandy to help lead the D-Day invasion. The graphics for this historic scene are fitting: dirty surroundings, shot-up buildings, and war-ravaged soldiers on both sides. If you’re looking for clean cut, all-American soldiers, Earned in Blood doesn’t fit that mold. Something that does fit the mold is the audio.
Excerpt: First person shoot ‘em ups are ten-a-penny these days, with the genre competing with racing games for the title of ‘Most Overpopulated.’ When Brothers In Arms: Road to Hill 30 was released last year, the simple inclusion of a ’situational overview’ option separated it from the rest of the pack. This sequel ‘ Earned In Blood ‘ is not only welcome this festive season, but a godsend for those who tire of the normal gung-ho representations of war.
Conclusion: When you look at the gameplay aspects in Earned in Blood, it is not as innovative as its predecessor. But that is not a bad thing as the sequel takes what is great about the previous game and continues with it in this game. If you go into the game expecting a whole new experience, then you may come out a bit disappointed. But if you want more great Brothers in Arms action, then this game is much more of the same great stuff.
Excerpt: Gameloft's Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood owes more to Ikari Warriors or the MSX Metal Gear than to its PC namesake. As an unnamed American soldier in the Second World War, your job is to run and gun through Die Wehrmacht, hopefully causing a few gray hairs to sprout in Hitler's meticulously trimmed mustache. In the game, you'll fire automatic rifles, machine guns, rocket launchers, and the ever-popular flame thrower.
Pros: Fun, fast-paced action, High-quality, if overly cute graphics, Strong sound effects, Tank missions are especially enjoyable
Conclusion: BIA: Earned in Blood gives us another authentic WWII experience with only the intensity and integrity that the Brothers in Arms series can provide. Yes, it's more of the same, but the original was so good. Earned in Blood is a welcomed follow up to one of this years best games.