Brink Review: First Person Shooter Parkour Madness
Splash Damage released Brink today to much anticipation as it mixes a classic First Person Shooter with Parkour moves like jumping off walls, sliding under bullets, and living at home with your parents. Welcome to the Ark, a place in which Brink pits security forces vs. people with tons of scrap leather and cloth in a dystopian future where nobody is really sure why they are even fighting.
It should be no surprise that a game inspired by Parkour, a completely made up sport that looks kinda like interpretive dance mixed with a greater chance of falling off a building, would be muddled and almost schizophrenic at times. Brink takes you where no other shooter has before if no other shooter had maps which came down to one chokepoint offering up a heavy dose of machine gun bullet filled repetition. Splash Damage also took a page from the Borderlands textbook mixing heavy RPG elements in with a Mirrors Edge type SMART system which I guess is Parkour lingo for stand for (Stupid Mom Asked for Rent Today) err.. (Smooth Movement Across Random Terrain).
This hopping over barriers and running across walls like a kid who doesn’t pay his own medical insurance is limited to what class you pick in Brink. You have a choice between 4 classes which include the usual medic, engineer, soldier, and Team Fortress 2 spy type character. The heavier classes focus on using big guns while the lighter classes focus on trying to look cool while getting shot in the face and not holding down a full time job. Switching back and forth between them in the single player is a necessity seeing as how the stupid Brink bots running around with you won’t do any missions required to be successful.
This is where Brink kinda falls apart. The single player campaign is completely identical to the multiplayer campaign without even a heaping of Taylor Momsen inspired makeup to tell the two apart. The cut scenes in between missions narrate the ambiguous comings and goings of the Ark’s residents which range from cops to hobos who look like they have been taking fashion advice from Ke$ha. The levels all come down to a few chokepoints and look like they weren’t thoroughly play tested for things like fun and the ability not to feel like the same game over and over again.
That being said I will be playing the crap out of this game over the weekend because it’s new and there is nothing else really out there at the moment so if you fit that criteria then by all means go ahead and give Brink a run down the street. It is a game that should be loved despite it’s great vaults. Plus you can shoot people who make up “smack your head on the concrete” sports like Parkour and increase all of our insurance premiums.
Check out Brink now which is available on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC!
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