E3 2010: Brink Hands-On

By Alex on June 28, 2010, 3:49PM EDT

Brink is an upcoming first person shooter developed by Splash Damage and published by Bethesda. Set on a floating city called the Ark, a 'utopia' that houses the remnants of Humanity on a flooded Earth, players choose a side from either the Security or the Resistance. Both of these forces think they are protecting the people of the Ark, with the Security keeping order as it is, and the Resistance trying to gain equality for everyone.

There is definitely some Team Fortress 2 flavouring to the game. From multiple classes that are changeable mid match, to the art style, and even being able to change parts of their appearance, the inspiration is certainly there. The good news is that it's all implemented very well, the combat and gunplay is tight, and Splash Damage has brought a great feature to the table, called the SMART button. What this does is allows players almost complete freedom of movement, by letting the game control most of the sprinting, jumping, sliding and climbing. Tactically, it really showcases the slums that many battles take place in with letting players take cover in every nook and cranny they can find.

Brink will also have a lot of character customization. Like, a lot. You can change just about every piece of attire your avatar wears, and after playing a few matches, you'll have points to customize each class with certain abilities. For example, you'll be able to reload while sprinting, or be able to jump into a third-person view while interacting with an objective in order to watch your own back. Guns also have multiple attachments in order to modify performance, and it doesn't look like you'll be as limited as some other games, as modifications are placed on certain parts on the guns.

For us PC gamers, Brink will have full Steamworks integration, though no word on modding the game has been mentioned yet. As well, there won't be a larger player cap per server, as the 16-player max is an intentional number, not a limitation. It's not necessarily a bad thing, as the maps are just the right size for 16 players, not too empty, not too crowded.

Brink has a current release date of spring 2011, for PS3, Xbox 360, and PC.

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