If it's crap ... We'll tell you
Oh Brink.You and I need to have a little chat. You seem like a perfectly lovely little multiplayer shooter. Your art styles are nice and previous previews have shown us snippets of some interesting parkour-esque gameplay. But honestly pal, May 10th? You better have the king of all aces up your sleeve.
Have you never played a game online before? Well today's your lucky day!
Seems like a fun enough title right? Team Fortress 2 character design meets street punk clothing in the future with guns? Sure, I'll give it a go, but seriously ... May 10th? That is one week before L.A. Noire comes out. ONE week. Now I don't want to come off like a pessimist, but there are some serious dead spaces (pun intended) in the release cycle for Q1 and Q2 of this year. Are you telling me that Splash Damage and Bethesda made a conscious choice to put this title up against the Rockstar Juggernaut? If so, I wish them the best of luck. But hey, maybe this is just one of those good old fashioned gypsy curses I keep hearing so much about.
The folks over at Splash Damage always seem to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. What do I mean by that? Well Splash Damage is a group that specializes is online multiplayer action. They created the multiplayer components for both Doom 3 and Return to Castle Wolfenstein. Nothing wrong with that, especially the Wolfenstein multiplayer, that was quite solid. But the two titles that always get me scratching my head are the Enemy Territory games that were developed for Quake and Wolfenstein. Both were fine multiplayer products that by all accounts should have done well, but the timing just ended up being atrocious. Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory was released a month before Warcraft III, Star Wars Galaxies, and KOTOR. Yikes. Enemy Territory: Quake Wars was released a month before Call of Duty 4. Ouch.
So what real hope did either of those titles really have? Now, to be fair, Brink is the first retail game that Splash Damage is developing that isn't part of another IP. Maybe that will make all the difference in the world. Or maybe they need to draw the evil spirit into a goat or something. Seemed to work for that girl in Drag Me to Hell ... wait.
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