Conclusion: Although I run the risk of sounding like a total fanboy, I have to say Brute Force is the best game I have picked up since Halo, and I honestly find myself enjoying it enough to give me a hard time deciding which I prefer. Halo is a killer game, it’s just not the same type of game, so comparing the two and saying which is better is probably not really even fair.
Excerpt: In Brute Force , players are given a team of four specialized troops which they must use to work as a team to complete their mission, hopefully with all four of the members coming back alive. But, even if they do die, they can just be recloned to go onto the next mission or even to restart the current mission if your whole team gets wiped out.
Pros: Team based action is pretty good, Nice audio and visual package, Mutliplayer and co-op gameplay
Cons: Ally A.I. needs a little refinement, Some repetitive environments, No Xbox Live online modes
Excerpt: You might remember Digital Anvil from such PC games as Starlancer and Freelancer. Brute Force, a squad-based third-person shooter for the Xbox, marks the developer’s entry into the console market. The platform might be a little different, but their fondness for the realm of science fictions remains the same. Brute Force takes place in the year 2340, a time when cloning technology has made training and recruiting soldiers obsolete.
Excerpt: as a point of reference for pretty much anything vaguely resembling a shooter for the XBox. Bungie's first-person shooter set the bar for this generation of consoles, one so high that it had yet to find a worthy successor even a year and a half later, despite the frequency that the phrase "Halo-killer" is tossed around. 'The next "Halo"' also seemed to be coming from Microsoft Game Studios, courtesy of developer Digital Anvil.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: More than anything, Brute Force comes off as a good game that could have been much, much better. It has the looks and control to be a AAA title, but neither the heart nor the charisma to truly succeed. It is definitely worth a rental, especially to those with friends willing to join the action, but a purchase is hard to recommend.
Excerpt: Brute Force is based on a squad of the same name, consisting of highly trained military operatives that the player controls throughout the game. Sadly, there's really nothing memorable or engaging about the cast of heroes (they could learn a thing or two from Hannibal and his A-Team). What we have is your typical big, all-around tough guy, a feral alien who for some reason runs like a dog (go figure), and two vixen femme fatales.
Excerpt: When Brute Force burst onto the market, it had been preceded by pre-release hype pointed towards comparing the game favorably to Halo , a first-person shooter and one of the Xbox’s premiere titles. In many ways, Brute Force , a third-person shooter, resembles, but doesn’t come close, to the compelling gameplay, graphic diversity, incredible level design, and story involvement of Halo .