Another inconsistency is the matter of character and weapon upgrades; experience points are constantly accrued and can be spent on anything from increasingly deadly turrets, to bullet-proof armour. It means that your character is gaining ever more elaborate abilities – which is fine, if hard to keep track of – but is another annoyance for newcomers, in a game already complicated to get to grips with. There is a matchmaking system in there, but that’s a further limit on finding a game with acceptable connection speeds.
A man went over a bar
On the subject of lag, many of the matches I played (both before and after the game’s general release) were blighted by the stop-start condition which plagues so many titles in their early days. I’ve been playing the Gears of War 3 beta lately and Brink would have surely benefited from its dedicated (and lag-free) servers.
Brink earns kudos for being a different take on the team based on-line shooter, with its keen focus on speed and movement. What it lacks is a feeling of focus, with its classes strangely muddied, repetitive objectives across maps and exchanges of fire which just don’t quite cut it. It’s a shame as Brink certainly has its moments, but there are one too many issues to whole heartedly recommend it. That said, if you’re looking for a more up-to-date Team Fortress 2, it might just be for you – at least once that lag gets sorted. ®
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Was reviewed on PC, not Xbox 360, although both versions were tested.
We try to alternate the review platforms where possible. But, as johnnytruant so kindly points out, reviewing any online title for the PS3 has been somewhat of a challenge of late!
it's entirely possible that, when this review was being written, playing online on a PS3 wasn't an option.
you might be right about framerate issues
but i don't think that constitutes a fail on the *reviewers* side of things, considering it says on the page that the xbox version was reviewed. the reviewer makes no claims about problems or lack thereof on the playsation version.
i'd be tempted to not call you a shill if you didn't post as anon.
if you specifically want to read ps3 reviews why don't you find a site that does them - and takes handouts to sycophantically boost review scores - so that you don't need to get mad every time you see a sub-80 review for your favourite new game?
grenade for crysis2. it was better on pc.
UT didn't have single player, as it was the Tournament version of Unreal, if you wanted the single player version, you played Unreal, not UT!
in the future
In the future - there are only manly men by the looks of the screen shots. Guessing it's all a bit Greek.