Excerpt: Hopes were high for Brink. Cool character design, mixed with Mirror's Edge FPS platforming and served as an objective-based shooter that could instantly take the fight online, replacing bots for real people. With all these elements and a name that implies it's already on the edge, it's a tough task on the hands of developers Splash Damage.
Online first-person shooter has some blood, mild profanity.
Common Sense Media
29 July 2011
Summary: Parents need to know that Brink is an online-focused first-person shooter, but that it's not a military simulation. Characters have a cartoonish appearance, and the action isn’t quite as realistic as in other shooters, such as the Call of Duty games. That said, a small amount of blood is depicted when soldiers take hits and they often cry out in pain. Plus, you can shoot wounded soldiers lying on the ground waiting for help. There is some cussing heard in the game.
Excerpt: Brink for XBox 360 and PC is a first person shooter that attempts to blend together single-player, co-op and multiplayer gameplay into a seamless experience to develop your character no matter what mode you play. You get to decide your role in the game as you fight for survival and the human race.
Excerpt: I am a huge fan of Bethesda and all of their games. Naturally, when I first heard of Brink nearly a year ago I was intrigued. As additional information on the game was released, I became more and more interested in the new ideas that were being brought to the table. I have also heard a decent amount of feedback on the game's developer Splash Damage. Release day finally came. What happened to this promising title?
Conclusion: Overall, Brink just didn’t get where it needed to get to be a good game. It is definitely playable, and you may even have some fun with this title. You can appreciate how Bethesda tried to think outside of the box, which is commendable, but there is just too much holding this game back for it to join the upper echelon of 2011′s releases. This game is definitely not worth full-price, and interested players would do better to either pick it up cheap or rent it.
Conclusion: In the end, I have difficulty either recommending or telling people to avoid Brink. If you like Enemy Territory enough that you're willing to play another somewhat flawed version of it, you may enjoy Brink. If you're just looking to run around and shoot some people, you'll probably enjoy Brink, at least enough to justify renting it. If you have hopes beyond this, or are looking for a decent single-player experience, save your money.
Pros: Basically just another Enemy Territory with some features removed;
Cons: Basically just another Enemy Territory with some badly unneeded features tacked-on.
Excerpt: Greatness is rarely achieved without ambition. Jumping into the battlefields of Brink, you get the immediate sense that you are playing an ambitious first-person shooter. Four interdependent soldier classes and three distinct body types combine to create a diverse array of ways to kill your enemies, support your allies, and move around the battlefield.
Pros: Diverse array of class abilities, Movement mechanics mix things up, Stylish character customization, Multiplayer matches can be intense and exciting
Cons: Online games regularly suffer lag, AI allies and enemies are erratic and unrealistic, Visual shortcomings make enemies blurry, Movement inconsistency is frustrating, Only eight core maps
Summary: This online shooter will push your patience to the brink
Pros: Some great concepts for an online shooter; plenty of customizable options; campaign playable online and off; playing a game with 16 human players is a fun experience; SMART running system is a fun way to navigate the environments.
Cons: Network performance at launch is poor; bot AI is charitably described as pathetic; frustrating level design; only eight maps; too easy to quickly level characters up; single player is an abysmal experience; poor graphics.