Brute Force

Brute Force has been in the works for quite some time and after much refinement finally makes its appearance on the Xbox. Although not the tactical squad game that it was built up as, it does provide an exceptional third person shooter experience that overshadows its earlier claims. Comparisons were also made to Halo, but unfortunately Brute Force has a number of issues that keep it out of Halo's league. Even with those issues, Brute Force still puts together an excellent action game that easily makes its mark.

Brute Force is a sci-fi shooter based on a squad of four that's employed by the military. As they are set out on different missions, their unique strengths and abilities will come into play, as you'll attempt to complete each mission and get your squad out alive. As stated earlier, the tactical squad aspects are rather overstated so getting your squad though isn't going to be as strategically based as you would hope. If fact, controlling your squad is limited to four commands such as 'fire at will' and 'stand your ground.'? In addition your squad's AI isn't the greatest either as they will follow those simple directions, but usually they don't do a good job of protecting themselves and end up being killed in most heavy battles. Although annoying, this can be worked around and keeping the weaker members out of the heavy action for instance will allow you to enjoy the action based gameplay that actually does resemble Halo'ы.

One major disappointment revolves around its multiplayer abilities (or lack thereof). If it were a Playstation 2 or Gamecube game, this wouldn't even be an issue but when you have access to a resource like Xbox Live, not using it is actually a detriment. There are however other appealing multiplayer options that do offer great split screen gameplay such as death match and squad death match. In addition, there is also an option to play through the campaign cooperatively which increases the replay value significantly.

Although not as great as it could have been, Brute Force still puts together a solid experience. If you're not expecting a tactical squad game and can focus on the action, there will be few complaints. With outstanding graphics and well executed audio features helping to increase the game's appeal, those who enjoy Halo's style of action wouldn't want to pass up Brute Force.

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