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  • Summary: Created by Texas-based Gearbox Software, Brothers in Arms is the most realistic and authentic WWII shooter ever. While other WWII games have sugarcoated the war experience, Brothers in Arms is based on a true story and will immerse gamers into the gritty, uncensored and emotionally-chargedCreated by Texas-based Gearbox Software, Brothers in Arms is the most realistic and authentic WWII shooter ever. While other WWII games have sugarcoated the war experience, Brothers in Arms is based on a true story and will immerse gamers into the gritty, uncensored and emotionally-charged side of war. The game puts you in the shoes of Sgt. Matt Baker, a D-Day paratrooper squad leader, and asks you to lead the squad as you balance their lives with the success of the mission. The true stories and historical events you experience on your perilous journey take you through real battlefields meticulously recreated from aerial reconnaissance images, US Army Signal Corps photos and eye-witness accounts of war-torn Normandy. Players of allskill levels can battle their way through this intense experience because of Brothers in Arms innovative and accessible command and control system. [Ubisoft] Expand
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  1. Positive: 30 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. 100
    It's not just its uncompromising realism or its emotive theme, it's the whole package -- great looks, fantastic sound, and a gameplay and plot structure that promotes bonding with the men under your command. Wrap that up with a slick control method and, for once, some tactical depth, and you're left with a very special recipe.
  2. Pelit (Finland)
    93
    An excellent game. It is superbly written and researched. The situations and characters simply feel real. [Apr. 05]
  3. Quite honestly the first realistic shooter I’ve found myself completely enthralled within. It’s cross between Medal of Honor/Call of Duty and Full Spectrum Warrior gameplay creates an experience that is fresh and compelling, while the multiplayer mode should make this one of the most popular titles around.
  4. Can you forget "Medal of Honor" and "Call of Duty" by playing this game? Of course not, but Brothers in Arms marks a new beginning for the Second World War shooters. It's an extraordinary game, one that will change the history of war shooters forever.
  5. The effect that all this adds to the game is more a sense of realism than a sense of camaraderie. The harrowing, dangerous nature of war is shown here in its truest form in a video game.
  6. In a nutshell, when its 'gears' are clicking, Brothers in Arms manages to deepen the shooter genre with the addition of some great tactical gameplay and relatively realistic depiction of infantry warfare... [but] sadly lacked somewhat in the execution department, making it not as good as the reigning king of the genre.
  7. games(TM)
    70
    Gearbox should be applauded for taking the first-person genre in a bold new direction, but during the bulk of the game, players must be willing to sit back and let the developer tell the story. [Apr 2005, p.104]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 53
  2. Negative: 14 out of 53
  1. LuisR.
    Mar 22, 2005
    10
    This is a greatest WW2 game. The A.I. is so much better than other WW2 games. The grapics are okay they have a Band of Brothers kind of feel This is a greatest WW2 game. The A.I. is so much better than other WW2 games. The grapics are okay they have a Band of Brothers kind of feel to them. The sound is outstanding. There is never a quite moment in the game and feels like you are in a thick fire fight. Soliders yell and bullets fly over your head with dirt land on your screen, when a near by explosion ocurrs. The game runs great on my PC and i have a 1.3 GHz, with 512 Rdram, a ATI Radeon 9800 128 MB video crad and it runs great. Load times arn't even an issue they are not long at all. Some hard core Call of Duty players might be turned of by the game because they are a super solider. Give it a chance because if you compared the 2 games you feel a little scared of this one, the reason being that you die fast in Brothers in Arms. So you might get fustrated for a while. Play the game, it's fun and different. Expand
  2. ScottS.
    Feb 13, 2005
    10
    Wow!! I've been keeping a close watch on this game and I have been extremely impressed. I am an avid MOH and COD fan so this looks Wow!! I've been keeping a close watch on this game and I have been extremely impressed. I am an avid MOH and COD fan so this looks awesome. The squad-based syetem is a great addition to the ever growing World War II genre. Expand
  3. Guglielmo
    Apr 28, 2005
    9
    Excellent squad work, Multiplayer is particular than the all matches in all the rest of first person shooters with squad operations, Excellent squad work, Multiplayer is particular than the all matches in all the rest of first person shooters with squad operations, artificial intelligence better than cod and moh, very intersting missions with great action and adrenaline, very good historical recostruction. Very Good purchase! Expand
  4. Chimp
    Apr 30, 2005
    7
    this game has some neat ideas, but all in all i keep wanting to just play it like a regular shooter and you cant. the artificial missing at this game has some neat ideas, but all in all i keep wanting to just play it like a regular shooter and you cant. the artificial missing at some points just gets me angry, i mean you aim at them PERFECTLY and it misses, you need to do the tactical stuff. and come on....if youre going to do a WWII shooter, does it have to be playing as americans in france? every single ww2 game has doen that excpet MOHPA. besides that good. Expand
  5. ManlioM.
    Apr 5, 2005
    6
    Poor techincally speaking, but with great atmosphere surely the game has it flaws and they're quite annoying (poor AI, a l'le bitPoor techincally speaking, but with great atmosphere surely the game has it flaws and they're quite annoying (poor AI, a l'le bit outdated graphics, poor interaction, linear gameplay) but for a BandofBrothers' fan could be interesting. Expand
  6. BrianJ.
    Mar 20, 2005
    5
    I'm serious about the 5 rating. Not as good as the reviews lead you to believe. Wait a while and read player opinions on the forums. 1. I'm serious about the 5 rating. Not as good as the reviews lead you to believe. Wait a while and read player opinions on the forums. 1. Team commands are too simple. Either "follow me," "take cover," "covering fire," or "charge." A real step back from superior games like Operation Flashpoint where you can go stealth, re-assign soldiers to groups, etc. The soldiers pretty much shoot anything but miss when up close! You can't tell one to man a machine gun. The game essentially becomes an exercise of telling them to go there, go there, go there whenever you see a part of the "maze" where they can hide behind. 2. The "maze" factor is really annoying. Again, no comparison to Operation Flashpoint where you can really flank opponents by going anywhere ...not just around the enemy on a boring maze route that is so obvious it takes 10 seconds to find it. 3. Multiplayer is pretty frustrating. Its hard to find a server, you can't use server filters, you can't even refresh the server listing. Usually by the time you select a server it is already full or disconnected. Setting up your own game and waiting 20 minutes for other players is not fun, either. Once in the game, the gameplay is pretty simple and not as strategic as reviewers stated. Finally, you can have only 4 players at once in multiplayer...most of the time someone drops out and your stuck with 3. If you really like Call of Duty and scripted combat events, you can ignore this review. You'll enjoy it. If you were expecting a more open-ended adventure using strategic elements, I think you'll be disappointed after about 3 minutes. Eventually, some company will make a combat sim that is easy to play, has good AI, lots of combat options, is open-ended in terms of map landscape, and has decent multiplayer options. Unfortunately, this isn't it. Expand
  7. DanielC.
    Oct 8, 2007
    1
    Sucked! Repetitive tactics get boring very quickly. If you're a drone, you'll like this game; if you're a human, stay away. I Sucked! Repetitive tactics get boring very quickly. If you're a drone, you'll like this game; if you're a human, stay away. I bought this game based on good critics' reviews. Something want terribly wrong here. Were all the critics on drugs, payed off, or just didn't bother playing through more than just a handful of missions. You can't judge a whole game solely based on a first few levels. Critics, play the whole game before providing your two cents worth. This game, although appearing good at the beginning, quickly becomes worthless as you play on. I think that this game will go down in history as the most overrated game ever. At least the users, not the critics, gave it a more fair review, although still a little hight. Expand

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