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4:00 PM on 04.22.2014

Review: Batman: Arkham Origins: Cold, Cold Heart

So far, the Batman Arkham Origins Season Pass has been a steaming pile of poop. Buyers have received some extremely underwhelming skin packs, and a piss-poor series of challenge maps for their cash, with the promise...

Chris Carter




Review: Batman: Arkham Origins: Initiation photo
Review: Batman: Arkham Origins: Initiation
by Chris Carter

I was pretty disappointed with Arkham Origins. Maybe not as crushingly disappointed as Jim was, but I still felt like it was the weakest entry in the Arkham saga so far, and Warner Bros. Montreal didn't really do anything to make me confident in the future of the series.

Sadly, the newest DLC doesn't do them any favors either.

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Review: Batman: Arkham Origins photo
Review: Batman: Arkham Origins
by Jim Sterling

Batman: Arkham Origins had to endure a lot of cynicism from the peanut gallery as it rushed headlong from sudden announcement to pre-Christmas release. It's hardly surprising, too -- after the Arkham series earned high critical acclaim, the third installment appeared to be little more than a hollow cash-in. 

It was set to be a contentious prequel, Warner Bros. announced downloadable content in tandem with the reveal of the full game, a pointless multiplayer mode was added, and it had switched developers from the beloved Rocksteady to the less lauded Warner Bros. Games Montréal and Splash Damage. Most people had come to expect little more than a stopgap release -- a bit of filler, made to scrape a quick buck off the Arkham name simply because that's what could be done. 

Guess what. Arkham Origins is exactly what most people expected. Except slightly worse.

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Extraction: A free-to-play FPS with some solid roots photo
Extraction: A free-to-play FPS with some solid roots
by Dale North

Many of my staff members wander off in the other direction after hearing things like "free-to-play first-person shooter." I get it. But I wanted to see Extraction's debut at PAX this past weekend because Splash Damage were behind it. The folks behind games like Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory and Brink definitely know their stuff, so I worked it out so that seeing Extraction was my very first appointment of the show. 

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2:00 AM on 08.01.2013

Arkham Origins on Wii U lacks multiplayer, naturally

Wii U is looking pretty down in the dumps. Maybe some quality software in the near future will cheer it right back up. Perhaps a little Batman: Arkham Origins -- I hear it's got multiplayer now. Well, it does on every platfor...

Tony Ponce

12:30 PM on 12.14.2012

First gameplay footage of Splash Damage's Dirty Bomb

Splash Damage has shared some early pre-alpha footage of its upcoming PC multiplayer shooter, Dirty Bomb. Check out the gunfire and explosions blanketing London in the video above. What do you reckon? Looks fairly inoffensiv...

Jim Sterling

4:30 PM on 11.30.2012

Splash Damage teases its next PC shooter, Dirty Bomb

The studio behind Enemy Territory: Quake Wars and Brink has released a teaser trailer for its next multiplayer first-person shooter, Dirty Bomb. Splash Damage has a minimalistic website running for the game which currently a...

Jordan Devore

12:00 PM on 11.23.2012

Counter on Splash Damage webpage teases reveal

There's a countdown timer on the Splash Damage webpage. It seems that the people behind Brink have something new coming up, with a reveal scheduled on midday, November 29.  The logo on this timer is surely a hint. Any ideas? The image name is 'car_teaser' if that means anything to you. You might want to poke around in the forum for hints.

Dale North

11:30 AM on 04.23.2012

Brink sold an estimated 2.5 million copies worldwide

Despite mixed reviews, documented lag issues, and a heap of criticism from players, Splash Damage's Brink is estimated to have sold around 2.5 million copies. According to CEO Paul Wedgewood, the Bethesda-published multi...

Jim Sterling



Brink 'Agents of Change' DLC now arrives August 3 photo
Brink 'Agents of Change' DLC now arrives August 3
by Jim Sterling

Brink's "Agents of Change" DLC was scheduled to arrive tomorrow, but it's been pushed back a little bit to August 3. Don't worry though, it'll still be free for the first two weeks. That's nice!

The content will be available simultaneously on Xbox Live, PlayStation Network and Steam. It'll include two new maps, five new abilities, two outfits and two weapon attachments. You'll also be able to level up five more times over the previous cap.

It's been a while since I gave Brink a spin, but it's still my most played online game of the year despite its flaws. Looking forward to hopping back in.

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2:45 PM on 07.26.2011

Brink studio doesn't take crunch periods for granted

Brink developer Splash Damage has added its two cents to the ongoing "crunch period" debate, stating that prolonged overtime periods are inevitable, but that studios ought not to take them for granted. Respect is key, accordi...

Jim Sterling







Brink 'Agents of Change' DLC on July 30, free for 2 weeks photo
Brink 'Agents of Change' DLC on July 30, free for 2 weeks
by Jim Sterling

Bethesda has announced that Brink's first downloadable content pack, "Agents of Change," will hit Steam, Xbox 360 and PS3 from July 30, and will be free for two weeks. The DLC is currently awaiting final approval from Microsoft and Sony. 

As previous detailed, the contents include two new maps, five new abilities, two outfits and two weapon attachments. 

In other news, a fresh update is coming soon, providing online optimization, A.I. improvement and weapon tweaks.

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12:20 PM on 06.13.2011

Bethesda confirms Brink site hacked, personal info risked

Bethesda has confirmed that sites connected to the recently released Brink have been hacked into and that personal info has been compromised. No financial data was stores on them, so you only have to worry about your emails a...

Jim Sterling

8:00 AM on 05.28.2011

Brink's Agents of Change DLC detailed (loads of stuff!)

Bethesda has published details concerning Brink's first batch of downloadable content. We knew the first DLC would be free, so some people expected a few crappy costumes. Prepare to be surprised! The Agents of Change pack fea...

Jim Sterling

5:00 PM on 05.24.2011

Brink patched for PC, fixes sound, fonts, servers

Another patch for the PC version of Brink has arrived, fixing up issues with sound as well as a few cosmetic issues and general performance flaws.  By all accounts, the PC version is looking like the best of the lot, wit...

Jim Sterling

4:20 PM on 05.16.2011

Have a PS3 Brink patch to go with your PSN restoration

Splash Damage has celebrated the return of the PlayStation Network by releasing a lovely patch for your copy of Brink. I'm sure all thirty PS3 Brink players will be thrilled with the news.  The fix is, essentially, the s...

Jim Sterling