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"Band of Brothers: The Game"
4 stars"

Brothers in Arms has always been one of those series you either love or hate, and Hells Highway is no exception. Not a lot has changed since 2005's Earned in Blood, but for fans of the previous games, this isn't such a bad thing.

Player's still order squads about authentically replicated WWII battlefields, using real-life fire and maneuver tactics to outsmart, rather than outshoot the enemy. There are a few different squads this time round to add to the tactical goodness, namely machine gun and bazooka teams that liven things up a little.

The graphics are a mixed bag. By and large the levels, characters, weapons, lighting and effects look absolutely amazing and actually have COLOUR, unlike the art direction of certain other UT3 based games. On the other hand, lip syncing can get a little patchy at times and there are some environments and cut scenes that just aren't up to par with the rest of the game.

The game also suffers from some irritating flaws. While the game play remains immensely challenging and satisfying (play it through on Veteran difficulty first and no crosshairs) the levels still feel too hemmed in and don't take advantage of the UT3 engines capability for expansive environments. The much touted ‘destructible cover’ is a crushingly under-used disappointment as well and the solo and tank missions feel tacked on and out of place.

The main draw for me is the continuation of the most heart-felt storyline in video gaming to date. While some of the references may be lost on players new to the series, it seems at times to be like a missing episode of Band of Brothers, dealing with its brutal, unforgiving themes with a maturity and respect that is without peer in the industry.

If you're looking for tactical game play, an excellent story and are willing to give WWII another go, you can't go past Brothers in Arms: Hells Highway

6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.
"This Game is really good. Blood And Gore Rules!"
5 stars"

The Third Game from The best seller World War 2 game.The Americas Vs Germany is really interesting,this game has solid game play and good physics like the blood splat into the face when critical head shot.i never play the 2 first game maybe I buy it next week.okay let's start. The first is about physics.it has a good physics like I said.when we throw grenade at Germans and it's explode the enemies just like piece of paper and fly like birds to the sky.the good parts is the pain,bodies tear apart,hands fly into our faces,and head explodes like popcorn wooooh!.next is the game play I don't like the new cover system and health system because of the cover system it's become like Time Crisis there are no explode,the gunshots and the war yeah mostly I don't like the game play but it's still fun.next is the story,story is really good.about the troops that die by one.and conflict each other.the voice acting is marvelous indeed.next is about the weapon why there are no weapon selection I don't like if we can't choose weapon and minimal there are unlockable for weapons, clothes,headwear or something else that's make the game more cool and promising design.anyway why there are no melee weapons.that's not making my adrenaline pumping.you should try it.it's worth man!

"Great game!"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

This games graphics are outstanding! I love the way you can hide behind objects and command your own squad of highly trained soldiers. The Extremely good background story is closely interlinked with the intensive game play. Brothers in arms gives you the choice to flank the enemy or have a full on fire fight. Brothers in arms makes you feel as if you actually are in 1944 fighting Nazis not sitting in front of your computer.

"Great game!" Purchased on Mighty Ape

This games graphics are outstanding! I love the way you can hide behind objects and command your own squad of highly trained soldiers. The Extremely good background story is closely interlinked with the intensive game play. Brothers in arms gives you the choice to flank the enemy or have a full on fire fight. Brothers in arms makes you feel as if you actually are in 1944 fighting Nazis not sitting in front of your computer.

"If you want a game with lots of cutscenes this is for you. "
4 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

There are lots of cutscenes in this game, often 5min or more. Voice acting is good and lip synch is usually bang on. You need to know teh previous games quite well to get the full effect – there are lots of references to past events and characters. I personally didn't think the story was that good and it doesn't really have anything to do with Operation Market Garden – it's all about character development.

The controls are the same as previous BiA games, but now you can shoot enemies from a much greater distance. This means that you usually end up sniping most of the enemies then moving up to finish off the rest. The ability to control teams is quite realistic, but you can't order anything except move or suppress. This can get annoying with the bazooka team since they sometimes will just shoot with their rifles when you want the bazooka.

For a game that claims to be super-realistic I found some of it a bit hard to believe, like how is this one section taking on half the German army by itself since you hardly ever meet other support. The tank levels are really easy and a bit weird since you suddenly change to commanding a British tank, then go back to your usual character.

Graphics are good on the whole and some of the levels have some good vistas. Sound is ok but some of the weapons sound exactly the same.

Replay value is limited. The levels are very linear and although you have a few options for flanking usually there is a very obvious and deliberately placed bit of cover out to one side. There are extras to find, like the Kilroys and recon points, but these hardly add anything. There's no bonus for finding all the Kilroys and each recon point gives you some bland info text and very occasionally a short in-game cutscene.

Description

Brothers in Arms Hell’s Highway brings the critically acclaimed squad-based WWII shooter into the next generation of gaming with amazing graphics and sound, new cutting-edge gameplay features and a totally redesigned online component.

Delivering on the franchise’s compelling story, unrivaled authenticity and intense squad-based action, Brothers in Arms Hell’s Highway drops you into Operation Market Garden, the largest paratrooper operation in World War II.

Features:
  • Brothers in Arms Hell’s Highway - next generation: The classic authentic, squad-based combat series explodes on next-generation hardware, offering unprecedented graphics and features.
  • New story, new setting. Join Matt Baker, Joe Hartsock and the rest of the 101st Airborne Division in Operation Market Garden as they fight to open the infamous Hell’s Highway in a daring bid for a quick end to the war.
  • Live the life of an enlisted man: Get orders from HQ, go on patrol, spot the enemy and set up a devastating ambush. For the first time, finding the enemy before they find you is part of the challenge.
  • Unprecedented character design: Lifelike characters look, talk, move and think with incredible realism. Game characters interact with the player and each other like true brothers in arms, trading ammunition, helping wounded allies and civilians, working together to man team-operated weapons, and more.
  • Rich cinematic experience: As the squad leader, you interact with and get to know your brothers. Each character has his own distinct personality, unique story and background, and grows throughout the game.
  • Powerful new units under your command: Players can use or command combined arms teams - machine gun crews create intense fire, bazooka crews destroy buildings and tanks, and mortar crews pound the enemy from a distance.
  • Play your own way: Players can choose to use their squad to execute a tactically elegant flanking maneuver or charge in with guns blazing.
  • Destructible cover: Keep your men moving and choose your cover wisely - modeled using real physical properties and behaviors, weapons will damage, dent, scorch and destroy the world around you.
  • Completely new multiplayer experience: Fight major multiplayer battles with dozens of players on each side, combining all the intensity and accessibility of Deathmatch with the squad-based gameplay that helped make Brothers In Arms famous.

System Requirements:

Minimum System Requirements
OS: Windows XP/Vista
Processor: Pentium D @ 2.6 GHz or Athlon FX-55 Equivalent
Memory: 1 GB
Hard Drive: 8 GB Free
Video Memory: 128 MB
Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
DirectX: 9.0c
Keyboard & Mouse
DVD Rom Drive

Recommended System Requirements
OS: Windows Vista
Processor: Intel Core 2 DUO @ 2.6 GHz
Memory: 2 GB
Hard Drive: 8 GB Free
Video Memory: 256 MB (nVidia GeForce 7600)
Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
DirectX: 10
Keyboard & Mouse
DVD Rom Drive
Release date NZ
October 10th, 2008
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Media Format
PC CD-ROM
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UPC
008888683407
All-time sales rank
Top 2000
Product ID
1545813

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