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Brink Preview

Posted by FuryAc3 On April - 6 - 2010

FuryAC3 takes it to the Brink in this preview.

This September, get ready for Brink, a brand new FPS from Bethesda and Splash Damage, which is heading to the 360, PC and PS3. Brink is going to be a bit like if you were to cross Mirrors Edge with Battlefield and Shadow Run, and a pinch of Team Fortress 2 for good measure, so you can expect team based combat over vast complex levels and lots of different skirmishes along the way. Let’s look under the hood and see what is really going to make Brink tick.


London based developer Splash Damage have a good past record when it comes to multiplayer games, as the team who brought Quake Wars: Enemy Territory to the console, and they have gone all out and assembled a dream team to bring Brink to life. The team reads like a who’s who in the development world. There’s Chris Sweetman, who worked as audio director on Black and Burnout Paradise, Neil Alphonso, a level designer on Killzone 2, Dave Johnson, who designed Dust – the most played Counter Strike map, and Tim Applebly, who is lead character artist and also the man who made Captain Shepherd from Mass Effect. There are also people who worked on the likes of Heavenly Sword and Prince of Persia. So on paper, the Brink team are a bit like Chelsea, as they are the best of the best at what they do. With this power house of talent, Brink is going to be something a bit special.

Brink is set in 2035 and the planets sea levels have risen to the point that all land is lost. The only city left is a floating megalopolis called The Ark, in the middle of this vast ocean world. The game puts you in the shoes of the security forces of the Ark, where you must fight to keep the peace, or you can play as the resistance, who want to break the stronghold the government have over the people. Both factions will have their very own campaigns which will tell the story from both angles.


The game has a very distinctive art style, which is a bit like the sterile, glass and steel aesthetics of Mirror Edge, but with the chunky colourful look of Team Fortress 2. There is also one of the most in depth customisation systems in any game, let alone a FPS, allowing the player to change their character with infinite possibilities. This has the feeling that it will be best harnessed by clans and will add a camaraderie to the game, with people being able to fight with their own specific gang symbol showing their allegiance.


Brink is bringing a new concept to the world of FPS which Splash Damage have code named SMART (Smart Movement Across Random Terrain). It will offer an athleticism to the player which has never been unleashed in a FPS before. Though following in the footsteps of Mirrors Edge, SMART is taking it a whole lot further. An example of where SMART comes into play is if the player is faced with a doorway laced with security beams, you have three choices. First is to walk in and trigger the alarm, second is to stand and fight your ground and finally the SMART option is to get some speed up knee slide under the beams and pass undetected. For SMART allows the player to run, jump and climb on virtually any surface in the game, in a free running style. This will add a fast and furious feel to the game in that you are never truly trapped and that game play is constantly free flowing.

Brink also allows you to customise your weapon layouts, which you can switch dynamically during game in a Battlefield style. You also get the chance to choose your own sub-missions with context-specific goals for you to achieve, which will help the overall game and will award you with bonus experience points. These missions will vary from securing a perimeter to locating and interrogating enemy and destroying specific targets on the map. Using this system players can play the same map over and over again, but it will never get stale due to the variety of sub-missions.


So that was a quick glance at how BRINK is shaping up. For the full and in-depth review be sure to check back this September.

Brink and you’ll miss it


17 Responses so far
  1. your_moms_man Said,

    sweet holy moly..!! If this winds up being as delicious as you make it smell Ill order it.


    Posted on April 10th, 2010 at 2:23 am

  2. Hidden Said,

    thanks for this review. I’ve been following Brink info for awhile but this is the most information I’ve read anywhere.
    I urge everyone to watch any of the vids to see how good this game looks!
    (Congrats on the BethBlog mention too!)

    Posted on April 11th, 2010 at 4:48 pm

  3. One Time User Said,

    Brinkthegame.com — is the official website. It’s littered with info, images, and lots of other stuff. And thats what they have right now imagine in August when its closer to launch. Theres even roughly a hundred or more images of possible character customization options for both sides. As well as the several known videos and maybe some lesser known videos. Anyway I stubled on to this site and just wanted to hlep other people out.

    Hope this helps.

    Posted on April 12th, 2010 at 5:09 am

  4. Dan Said,

    I love fps games, but the one thing that I hate is when I run into stuff or can’t get to where I want to go, this games S.M.A.R.T system looks amazing, not to mention you can have your own complete personality, this game looks kick ass! (Graphics look sick)

    Posted on April 13th, 2010 at 4:16 am

  5. furyac3 Said,

    Thanks of all the comments guys ! this game is going to be so good when its ready to ship ! cant wait to play it !

    Posted on April 13th, 2010 at 1:49 pm

  6. G Said,

    Amazing. I’m near the point where I can’t wait for this game to come out.

    Posted on April 15th, 2010 at 12:15 am

  7. Wondering Said,

    Is this another uber customization game where I can’t play as a woman for no apparent reason? None of the gameply footage, trailers, or screens show any female characters.

    Posted on May 5th, 2010 at 4:31 am

  8. KIrving Said,

    Yes, unfortunately, it is, “another uber customization game where I can’t play as a woman for no apparent reason?”
    Apparently the developers were “heartbroken” about the decision not to have playable female characters. I wonder if it’s possible to send the team a care package?
    Including female playable characters would have caused some of the T-Shirt colours to be cut for the male characters.
    I’m very surprised that this site has not mentioned the lack of female characters in Brink in this Preview. I was interested in this game but the lack of female pc options puts it in the ‘will not spend hard-earned money on’ list.

    Posted on May 12th, 2010 at 3:24 am

  9. GG Goblin Said,

    The lack of playable female character has absolutely no bearing on the playability of the game. It is a shame that this will prevent you from playing what promises to be an enjoyable experience.

    As for this site not mentioning it, why would we? The vast majority of gamers really don’t care.

    Posted on May 12th, 2010 at 7:46 am

  10. KIrving Said,

    Then why call this site, ‘Girl Gamers UK’? Why differentiate yourselves from male gamers? What’s the point? Why not just be gamersuk?
    If the majority of male and female gamers really don’t care what player character they use than why have character customisation at all?

    Posted on May 13th, 2010 at 1:37 am

  11. GG Goblin Said,

    We don’t differentiate ourselves from male gamers, that’s the point. “It’s not all cooking and pony training” . Segregating male and female gamers is not something that we do. There are plenty of other sites that do that .

    Customisation is there to allow players to create a character that is unique to them. The sex is only one aspect of that customisation.

    If you don’t like the lack of playable female character, just avoid the game. There are plenty of games that you can play with a female lead. The new Lara Croft game will be out soon and then you will be able to play as the most famous female gaming character.

    Posted on May 13th, 2010 at 8:01 am

  12. KIrving Said,

    “We don’t differentiate ourselves from male gamers, that’s the point. “It’s not all cooking and pony training” . Segregating male and female gamers is not something that we do. There are plenty of other sites that do that .”

    Yes you do. The name of your site specifically indicates difference. You are singling yourselves out as GIRL gamers and appear to be wishing to attract the hardcore FEMALE gamer.

    “There are plenty of games that you can play with a female lead.”

    No there are not.

    “The new Lara Croft game will be out soon and then you will be able to play as the most famous female gaming character.”

    That is deliberately insulting and unbecoming of a fellow female gamer, if you truly are a female gamer. Next you’ll be suggesting that I go and play the Sims.

    Posted on May 13th, 2010 at 8:56 am

  13. GG Goblin Said,

    Sorry, you seem to be taking offense where none is meant. Please tell me the type of game that you are actually looking for and I will try to help.

    I do not understand why playing the Lara Croft game is insulting to a female gamer? The point I was trying to make was that we treat games according to how they play, not whether or not they have female playable characters, and playability is the same for both males and females If you judge games differently, that is your right. I was just suggesting an upcoming well known game with a female lead, should that be what you are looking for. If you want suggestions that are more genre specific, because you don’t appear to like Lara Croft, then tell us.

    On a side note, there is nothing wrong with The Sims!

    Posted on May 13th, 2010 at 10:18 am

  14. Drew Said,

    Suggesting such a wide variety of customization and not include a different gender is kinda crap honestly. Consider the story, last known living civilization on land and there are no females? You kinda need to reproduce to even rebuild a civilization. Who wouldn’t wanna see some chick running across the field wiping the floor of most guys. I’m a guy and i would love to see that. That adds to the multiplayer. At this point it just seems like a bunch of squeakers wailing about how much they pwned some guy with a noob-tube or lucky head-shot, except this time they can pretend they’re cool with the new “S.M.A.R.T.” system they used while they did that. All i can say is it’s sexist. And not much different than any other shooter. I may buy this game with my hard earned money, maybe.

    P.S. I’m a 19 year old male.

    Posted on July 6th, 2010 at 4:30 am

  15. Rebecca Said,

    The developers took out girls so the males could have a few more customization options.
    Really Ubisoft? Really?
    It’s not a RPG if it’s already predeclared you have a ****.

    Posted on August 26th, 2010 at 1:21 am

  16. cautiousclark Said,

    @GG Goblin

    That ‘run along and play Lara Croft’ sentiment was massively condescending and totally unnecessary, KIrving had already said she’d avoid the game because of the gender issue (which you, in your previous comment, deride) which is a perfectly reasonable position and one deserving of respect. Lack of even basic gender balance is still a major issue for video game culture, which doesn’t stand a chance of being addressed unless people speak up about it wherever they feel its necessary.

    I agree it’s not a game-breaker (COD and countless other shooters have the same issue) and I’ll definitely buy the thing, but in a game that’s putting such an emphasis on customization, it’s a pretty glaring omission, and one that has been mentioned in other (though few, as the problem is endemic) previews.

    And seriously, your site is called Girl Gamer UK: “It’s not all cooking and pony training” is clearly indicating that you believe girls should be represented better in video games. If that’s not part of your mission, then your just like any other generic video game website.

    Rant over, 23 year old male.

    Posted on October 8th, 2010 at 7:45 pm

  17. GG Goblin Said,

    There was no condescension and no derision. I simply expressed that it would be a shame to miss out on a good game simply because of no playable female character, but that is KIrving’s choice and one I respect. Had I said what you actually quoted me as saying (which I didn’t as you can see from the actual comment) then that would have been condescending simply in it’s tone. However, what I actually did was suggest for KIrving a game with a female lead character (which by the way turned out to be an awesome game) as the lack of female playable character in Brink had annoyed her so much.

    And seriously, “It’s not all cooking and pony training” clearly indicates that Girl Gamers are not just interested in cooking and pony training games. The games industry still, on the whole, believes that the majority of girl gamers are only interested in casual games. Our “mission” is to point out that girl gamers, like guy gamers, can enjoy all genres and all types of gaming. It has nothing to do with how girls are represented IN video games.

    Look, I understand that not having female playable characters in Brink is a major oversight on the part of Splash Damage and will likely result in the loss of sales. I also understand that this is not something that occured to the previewer at the time. Go onto any forum that is discussing this issue (of which there are a fair few) and you will see that some people are upset by this, yet some are not. At the end of the day, the game will be released and people will either play it or they won’t.

    Posted on October 9th, 2010 at 12:10 am

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