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Posted by drew10 on May 6, 2010
Preview: Brink – Bethesda Softworks – PS3/360/PC

Preview: Brink – Bethesda Softworks – PS3/360/PC

On The Brink Of Something Special?

Bethesda Softworks have been good to us gamers over the years, producing games of the highest quality. The real stand-out title amongst them being the amazing Oblivion which, despite being four years old, is still one of the crowning moments of this generation so far.

A title we are rabid for at G4A is Brink, Bethesda’s new FPS developed by Splash Damage. Now, everyone who reads this site will know that we have long since exhausted our love for on-line FPS and we have been crying out for something new. Brink could be the title that actually brings to the table what we have been waiting for.

According to Bethesda, Brink will seamlessly blend single-player, Co-op and multi-player games enabling you to develop your character no matter which version of the game you are playing. There will be varying roles to take on, basically character classes, allowing you to perform differing functions on the battlefield as strive to save yourself and mankind’s last refuge.

According to Bethesda’s press release, Brink takes place on the Ark, a man-made floating city that is on the brink of all-out civil war. Originally built as an experimental, self-sufficient and 100% “green” habitat, the reported rapid rise of the Earth’s oceans has forced the Ark to become home to not only the original founders and their descendants but also to thousands of refugees. With tensions between the two groups growing, Security and Resistance forces are locked in a heated battle for control of the Ark. All sounds pretty run-of-the-mill but still manages to wring some originality out of an over-saturated genre.

In true Bethesda style your character is extensively customisable meaning that you should never come across another character that looks exactly the same as yours and as the game progresses more and more customisation options will become available.

You can choose to fight for either the Resistance or the Security forces and you can take your distinct character on-line for co-op or competitive play. This is where Brink begins to make your mouth water, the game will allow you to take your character on-line at any time allowing you to seamlessly move between your single player campaign, co-op, and multi-player. Multi-player takes the story on-line where you can play with up to seven other people (or AI characters) cooperatively as you take on the opposing faction or with up to 16 players death-match style! It all sounds great!

Another excellent sounding feature is SMART. SMART is a new control method that should eliminate the fiddly controls that plague many FPS. When you press the SMART button, the game dynamically evaluates where you’re trying to get to, and makes it happen. How it works in-game remains to be seen, but if it lives up to the hype SMART could be a feature emulated by many FPS to come.

Graphically Brink looks stunning as you can see from these gorgeous screens and we are seriously hoping for good things when it is released in the Autumn. In the meantime we have put together a gallery of stills to make your pants bulge!

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