Seven months after Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30, Gearbox has done it again with the release of Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood. Gamers who have played Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 remember a fun, enjoyable and entertaining game, and Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood provides more of the outstanding game play you remember from the first title. In this game, you’re the hard wired veteran of war who is a battle-tired and war-weary soul doing a job that has to be done. Entrusted with the leadership of men whose lives depend upon your tactical and strategic experience on the battlefield. You have to lead your men to victory or death - it’s all up to you.
The Good (4 out of 5)
Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 is a fun game to play and Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood is just as good and with the additional variety added with the new multiplayer modes, even better. In skirmish mode you can play single-player chapters jointly with other people in defensive situations, a timed assault version and tour of duty, which is the hardest of the three. The 20 large and well-designed maps provide enough variety in terrain for a tactical cat and mouse game that is fun and enjoyable for people who love to think.
The A.I. is much better in Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood, but it will still occasionally does something very human, like set up in a dangerous place or move away from cover, but usually this happens if you move to a spot that you just told the offending unit to move to. In Earned in Blood if you have an enemy flanked or are attempting to flank the enemy, they may move back to a new position or even attack, if the situation warrants such an action. Amazingly cinematic entertainment and presentation of Earned in Blood makes for an experience just in the viewing of the story scenes, especially with the fantastic voice acting that was done for the game.
The integration between the single-shooter experience and the squad control mechanics make for a new level of entertainment that made the game a hell of a lot of fun.
The Bad (3 out of 5)
Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood doesn’t play any different than Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30, it still plays beautifully and is fun and enjoyable, it would just be nice to have a few additions that make the game better.
The Story (4 out of 5)
In Brothers of Arms: Earned in Blood you play as American Corporal Joe “Red” Hartsock of the Screaming Eagles, the American 101st Airborne division that took part in World War II, as you and your men fight to free France from the clutches of the Nazis. You might remember Hartsock as a character from Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30, when he parachuted into France the night before the D-Day invasion with his Brothers in Arms to create a little chaos to keep the enemy hopping, while the Normandy invasion was occurring. In Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood you’re in charge of the troops as you complete each mission using strategy and tactics to complete your objectives, combined with a health dose of screaming metal.
How Does The Game Play? (3 out of 5)
Gamers who prefer first person shooting games and spent any time with Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 will probably be spending an unusual amount of time with Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood. This title provides the same gaming experience you loved in Road to Hill 30, only with a new chapters that are fun, entertaining and enjoyable to play.
The skirmish mode is a lot of fun, it allows you to play the single player missions included in the game with friends or foes in defensive situations, timed assaults, and in tour of duty setting, where you will be required to complete 5 consecutive missions with a single life and one squad.
Want To Play Again (4 out of 5)
Getting enough sleep can be a problem when you first start playing this game, you may find yourself being nagged, later, for not listening and being distant, but this game is worth it.
Finding enough time to play Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood, as much as I would like, is a problem for me. Playing and replaying each mission, plus the various modes and on line playing options can keep you busy for months. Meaning Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood has great entertainment value that may have you spending an unusual amount of playing time with this title.
Final Remarks (4 out of 5)
The developer of this series of first person shooters must have their fingers on the pulse of what gamers who like first person shooters want in the games they play. Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood isn’t really an improvement from Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30, and it’s still one of the best games of this action genre that I have ever played. The cinematic presentation immerses you in battle using the sights and sounds of World War II in a first-person perspective that combines beautifully with the squad control mechanics employed to make this game a load of fun to play.
If you enjoyed Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30, then you’re sure to enjoy Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood, even though it doesn’t add anything significant to the experience, accept the addition of a few multiplayer modes.
The story has been well told and presented and if you’re a history buff, you may enjoy parts of the story for their historic value, as well as the overall excellent gameplay designed into the game.