Bethesda Softworks and Splash Damage bring us Brink, a first person shooter set on board the Ark, an entirely self-sufficient habitat that has become the home of two now warring factions: the original founders and a large group of refugees. It is up to you to decide which side to help and whether to destroy the Ark or save it.
I was seriously excited for this game. It sounded like it would be a great amount of fun. Lots of co-op play, tons of customization, and a cool story. Unfortunately, I didn't get into much of the story because playing this game is so frustrating that I was in danger of putting my XBox controller through my 52-inch TV.
Let's get back to that in a second. Let me point out the good things about the game before I get to my ranting.
The cutscene visuals are really quite gorgeous. The character design is interesting and the visual theme really unique. Even the voice work is good. The customization options are pretty much limitless and you can play any of the classes (engineer, soldier, medic, or operative), even though they're really all the same with different animations (opening a safe and hacking a computer are really the same thing).
And now, back to the bad stuff...
The game seems like it would have a lot of replay value since you can play as either side of the fight. Unfortunately, I did not experience that. I could barely handle playing one side.
I played mostly through the single player which was at first fun until I realized that my AI team members were all completely ignorant of anything that they should be doing and that somehow the enemies were able to one shot me at any time they chose.
This meant running around trying to do the job of every other team member while they flounder around shooting at god knows what while I am getting killed, waiting for a medic to decide to come to me, rezzing, and getting one shotted again only to have to wait again for a medic. To call it "frustrating" is putting it mildly.