Iíve been in a shooter vibe recently. Iíve also been in a PlayStation 1 vibe but thatís another blog. Iím not a big fan of shooters. Iím not very good at them and many shooters tend to focus on reflexes rather than strategy. Not that having a quick reaction timing isnít a skill but there isnít many instances in shooters where you outsmart your opponent like in a strategy game or counter your enemy like in a fighting game. Of course, there are exceptions and the Brothers in Arms series is one of them.
I recently finished going through Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2ís campaign and after being pleasantly surprised, I thought about getting the new Call of Duty Black Ops II. However, I currently donít have $60 just lying around so I decided to play something more familiar. A game I know and love in the shooter genre but havenít played in a long time. So I fired up Steam, and booted up Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30. Within minutes, I had my controls configured and I was deep into the story of Sgt. Matt Baker.
Brothers in Arms is really more of a more meticulous game. As squad leader, you order around your troops and instruct them to cover or to administer suppressing fire. Flanking your opposition is an important part of this game and you are not going to find many enemies that are just standing out in the open trying to shoot you. Youíll have to find ways around your enemies cover in order to get to them. Shooting your foes is really the easy part of the game. The difficulty is in finding that simple shot.
Although the game shows its age, the Brothers in Arms games had great graphics for its time. Sonically, the voice actors deliver their lines with conviction, which supports the tone of the game. Many of the skirmishes are light on the giant set pieces and usually involve two to three enemies for you to have a chess game with. In a time where Hollywood style military shooters are the status quo, a shooter with more thought required to do well would be a welcome diversion for current gamers to try out.
The Brothers in Arms games have three games in the series. Two of them were released during the last console generation but I would suggest that the third game, which was already released on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC, also be included. Now unlike some other HD collections Iíve suggested, this would be a simpler compilation. Basically Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 and Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood would get a raise in resolution and the graphics would be cleaned up for its HD debut.
Achievements and Trophies will be included and the only real addition I would suggest would be the ability to save at any point. Together, that would be three games with two last gen titles and one current gen title (similar to the Tomb Raider collection, mind you) for $40. So what do you think? Would you like to see Brothers in Arms in HD? You think developer Gearbox Software is too busy with the Borderlands series or the next Duke Nukem game to give us Brothers in Arms in HD? Comment below and let me know.