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  • Summary: Take control of any one of four highly specialized super-commandos in Brute Force, an action-packed sci-fi, squad-based shooter game. Whether the encounter requires stealth, tactics, sniping, or just brute force, the team is ready and able. The game combines the intensity of a shooter gameTake control of any one of four highly specialized super-commandos in Brute Force, an action-packed sci-fi, squad-based shooter game. Whether the encounter requires stealth, tactics, sniping, or just brute force, the team is ready and able. The game combines the intensity of a shooter game with the cunning strategies of team-based tactical combat. Play solo through six worlds in the extensive single-player campaign, or play co-operatively with up to three friends via split-screen or System Link. A multitude of competitive death-match modes with up to eight players; and downloadable new content, including campaigns, mission, and maps; keep the game fresh for replayability. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 45
  2. Negative: 1 out of 45
  1. 100
    Probably one of the best looking games on the Xbox, no questions asked.
  2. Play Magazine
    91
    The attention to detail - from the enemy AI and verbal exchanges to visual clues like dust, ash and fog (I even found physics on old tires rolling off of exploded debris) - is impeccable, and the team play aspects, especially in a one-player campaign, equal maximum immersion. [July 2003, p.78]
  3. Lots of weapons for lots of shooting for shooter fans who love to shoot.
  4. The four-player coop mode is particularly notable, considering so few titles incorporate so many players with such a high degree of complexity. However, there is a lack of polish to certain aspects which hold it back from being a legendary experience.
  5. A well-done game, filled with dangerous opponents and plenty of targets to shoot at, but it also doesn't fulfill its potential.
  6. The main issue is that the emphasis on action means that the tactical side often falls by the wayside; ultimately you’ll find yourself sticking to a power character such as Tex or Brutus and just wade in guns blaring to destroy everything.
  7. Entertainment Weekly
    25
    The elite unit's top secret missions are as one-dimensional and repetitive as their foes. And the four commandos...utter lines that would have sounded cheesy even on a '70s cop show. [18 July 2003, p.83]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 31
  2. Negative: 2 out of 31
  1. Mar 10, 2014
    10
    This a classic in my eyes. When I was maybe 10-11 years old, I played this game with friends to death. Logged probably 500+ hours on thisThis a classic in my eyes. When I was maybe 10-11 years old, I played this game with friends to death. Logged probably 500+ hours on this beast and would play it again in a heartbeat. I really need to buy an original Xbox again, regret selling it a lot. Expand
  2. VladC.
    May 28, 2003
    10
    This game is very fabulous.the graphic is very hot.
  3. Wmt
    May 28, 2003
    10
    Awesome.
  4. Scorpio8219
    May 20, 2003
    9
    Great Shooter, good team play, Awsome graphics. Its CLOSE to Halo for 3rd person shooters.
  5. JohnS.
    May 31, 2003
    9
    The story isn't as involving as it should be, and the graphics are very good (instead of outstanding). Nevertheless, this is an The story isn't as involving as it should be, and the graphics are very good (instead of outstanding). Nevertheless, this is an innovative squad/shooter hybrid with surprisingly intuitive controls and some good replay value. The inclusion of bots would've made the multiplayer outstanding, but w/o them there is still a lot here to like. Now, I only hope that the future downloadable content adds more scenarios other than deathmatch. I give it a solid 8.5 (but will slide it to 9 for this scale, since it gets a bonus for innovation). Expand
  6. Aug 25, 2014
    8
    I finally got around to playing this, only about 10 years after its day. It seems like people completely forgot it existed now, and it'sI finally got around to playing this, only about 10 years after its day. It seems like people completely forgot it existed now, and it's highly unlikely it'll get a sequel at this point. Because of this, you can find it very cheap, and I recommend picking it up if you're in the mood for a good budget game. It plays very similar to Halo, despite being in third person. The main gimmick is that you can switch between different squad mates who each have their own unique skills. It doesn't force you to switch, but it can be very useful to take advantage of each member's abilities. The story is a little corny and generic, and it doesn't look amazing by today's standards, but it does play in widescreen, and it controls as well as any game of this type. Expand
  7. GaborA.
    Nov 12, 2003
    1
    The biggest disappointment ever. My friend pre-ordered it. We gave it a chance and found ourselves returning the same day. Gliched in The biggest disappointment ever. My friend pre-ordered it. We gave it a chance and found ourselves returning the same day. Gliched in sortware, design, and game play. Unrewarding at all levels. Expand

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#10 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2003
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#15 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2003