Imagine your on a tropical utopia the sun, the sand, the pretty women, well take that idea and flush it down the toilet because Brink takes that utopia and adds slums, a group of die hard terrorists, and a tough as nails yet all to ready to kill captain of security forces and you get the fucked up utopia that is the Ark which in turn is Brink.
The Story of Brink is surprisingly deep for a mainly multiplayer game. The story revolves around a massive, man made island called the Ark. The Ark was built to be a secluded paradise for the rich and famous but when the worlds water rises the Ark is forced to become a refuge to more than 50,000 exceeding its 5,000 limit. Food, water, and electricity rationing is put in to place and the “guests” who are the people who arrived after the water rose are segregated from the founders and the aristocrat class. The Security is a military like organization, run by the ex-South African police chief Captain Mokoena, which is there to keep the guests in check. The Resistance is an insurgent group, led by Brother Chen wants to leave the Ark and go back to whatever land they can find, little do they know that savages inhabit the lands they once lived on and the Security are in fact trying to protect the Arks inhabitants. The story is very much like the Russian revolution and is surprisingly good with plenty of twists and turns to keep one enthralled with the short campaign. The games atmosphere varies greatly from map to map some being futuristic, clean, and down right cool to the dirty, filthy and outstanding battlefields such as the slums. The variation of environments is refreshing and the themes of the maps are dark and realistic for such an intense story.
In terms of graphics this game is solid of course it would look better on an HDTV but if you don’t have one it looks pretty good. The graphics are in a cartoony style reminiscent of Borderlands and look cool although sometimes when you spawn for a minute the map is untextured which happens often. There are a lot of graphical problems which make this game feel rushed and unpolished but there are a lot of moments when you will be wowed by the maps and the graphics don’t disappoint you but as I said these are moments.
This game has a great story which is extremely engaging for a multiplayer-type game but with a sub-par gameplay experience and a plethora of graphical issues it feels rushed and its potential is not reached the only parts of the game that really stand out are the customization, the story, and the SMART system aside from that this game was a huge disappointment from a company like Bethesda who’s products are always fun and high in standard.