Brute Force - Xbox

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Viewed: 3D Third-person, floating camera Genre:
Shoot 'Em Up
Media: CD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Digital Anvil Soft. Co.: Digital Anvil
Publishers: Microsoft (GB)
Released: 18 Jan 2003 (US)
20 Jun 2003 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 16+
Accessories: Xbox Memory Unit
Connectivity: Xbox Live, Xbox System Link Cable


It is the year 2340, and cloning technology has made the training and recruitment of soldiers obsolete. The future of the confederation, of humanity itself, is in the hands of the most skilled warriors of the age – warriors who can fight to the death and be cloned to fight another day. Ho-hum, another future shooter with an incidental storyline and interminable FMV. Do not be fooled when you first insert Brute Force into your Xbox – this is a game and not some animated film. But wait, before you go looking for something else to read about, we’d like to tell you a little more about the depth and quality of Brute Force.

Indeed, it’s a game that lets players experience the intensity of a shooting match with the cunning strategies of team-based tactical combat; where you take control of any one of four highly specialised super-commandos in a squad-based fight to the death. Whether your encounters with the enemy require stealth, tactics, sniping or plain old Brute Force, your team is willing and able to take a bullet for you.

Brute Force works as a solo experience, letting the player rampage through six worlds in an extensive campaign. It’s much better to play with real live humans though. You can play co-operatively with up to three others via split-screen or System Link. System Link supports both co-operative campaign play - an opportunity to play throughout the whole game with each player controlling an individual warrior - and head-to-head Deathmatch. This latter mode can accommodate up to 16 players at once – explosive stuff! There’s also a squad-based deathmatch mode, just to add to the variation, but Brute Force’s real saving grace is its facility for downloadable content from Xbox Live. When you’ve exhausted all the possibilities from the standard game, you can download additional maps and campaigns to enhance your enjoyment of Brute Force.