Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway Reviews

  • KramerllamaKramerllama117,178
    08 Apr 2009
    25 10 2
    Brothers in Arms Hell's Highway puts the player in the role of Sgt Baker of the 101st Airborne during Operation Market Garden in WWII.

    BiA HH is a First Person Shooter set in WWII. Unlike most FPS' however, the game is more tactical, and squad commanding (such like R6V and R6V2). You can command up to 3 squads (Assault, Fire, and Bazooka/Specialist) depending on the mission.

    Controls to the game are very similar to those of Rainbow Six Vegas, where instead of pressing the LT to aim down sights, it's the Right or left stick, but do feel smooth and comfortable. You can take cover behind walls, and command your squads with ease. Basically, click and point where you want your squad to go and where to fire.

    Graphics are a little dated, but not too much. They still have the Vegas feel to them.

    Story is very engaging, and deep. The game does a great job at creating a connection with the characters that you actually care about them, and what happens to them. One of the better FPS stories I have played personally.

    Gameplay is a bit slow, not run and gun, and more tactical than most FPS. As said you can command your squad to give you covering fire, take out tanks or Flaks. Flanking and cover play a good part in the game

    Pros and Cons of the game are
    +Great engaging story
    +smooth controls
    +Gameplay is tactical, immersive, and requires some thought
    +Veteran is more realistic, taking away the HUD
    +On Op Market Garden, something not seen in WWII shooters
    +Funny cutscenes, and very well done acting
    -Graphics are a bit dated
    -If you don't like WWII shooters, then this is just another WWII shotoer out there
    -Takes a bit to get used to

    Overall i give this game a solid 8/10
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    XelanathIt's worth noting that there's a Vegas button layout in the options, as well as a Call of Duty one.
    Posted by Xelanath on 06 Jun 09 at 22:50
    KramerllamaI did not realize that, thanks for pointing it out
    Posted by Kramerllama on 07 Jun 09 at 07:44
  • AnotherSocietyAnotherSociety308,992
    09 Aug 2009
    14 2 0
    Brothers in Arms – Hells Highway
    (Written by AnotherSociety, Editing and comedic quotes by x Joelene x)

    I have been looking forward to playing this installment of ‘Brothers in Arms’ since I finished ‘Earned in Blood’ way back in 2005 on the Xbox. I loved this game as it was a lot different than most first person shooters around at the time; the story line and being able to control of your whole squad made you feel more involved with the game. Thankfully Gearbox went all out on this one and have kept and added even more of what made the game different for this 2008 sequel. Even with the likes of Call of Duty 5 knocking at the door this games single player will still stand out on its own.

    At the start you will get a brief look back at the previous Brothers in Arms our war torn silent hero Sgt. Matt Baker his past and basically get drawn back into a world of chaos and death, a world where you hold your friends life in your hands. Could you handle such a heavy burden? The developers made great use of the cut scenes throughout the game which not only inform you of the previous story line but also of Sgt. Baker’s frame of mind in this game. Unlike other war games ‘Hells Highway’ is very dark and eerie at times yet it all fits in extremely well with the current story line.

    If you’re a Call of Duty player as I’m sure you are you might want to change the controller over to the ‘Tour of Duty’ settings as this helps you pick up the game a lot quicker. With less to remember when controlling your own character you can concentrate more on controlling your team. Sprinting can be a bit of a nightmare when in combat as you can only run in a straight line and must stop, turn and start your sprint again when turning corners but if you are sprinting in a straight line it is very quick and effective.

    It’s your first day of ‘Operation Market Garden’ which is going to be a long hard 9 days through Hells Highway. After you have gone through the tutorial keep in mind which is your grenade and which is to send your friends into combat. Not as I have done; thrown a grenade and then send your men in on top of it! Each mission has its own challenges, whether you want to flank your enemy or face them head on is up to you. I like the way they mixed it up some missions your on your own and sometimes in a tank which makes a nice change from controlling your squad all the time, if your more of a one man army you will welcome this opportunity. The tank mission are a little short and sparse but the destruction you can cause is very good and if you are taking to much damage you can get inside the tank for cover.

    The AI is pretty good in this game although their purpose is mainly to suppress fire while you pick off the unsuspecting enemy. You can have up to three squads to control at a time from an Assault Crew to a Bazooka Crew there was supposed to be a Mortar Crew too but they seem to be MIA. You cannot always just put fire on an enemy with a squad and run around behind them as you are nearly always out numbered so it’s a great challenge. Like previous games you can get a bird’s eye view of the battlefield by pressing back button. Which is needed quiet a bit as you push on in the game? If you are really up for a challenge when you finish the single player you will have unlocked and can play Authentic mode with no map and no white crosshairs when behind cover it’s a whole new game.

    The aiming of grenades in certain areas is one downfall of the game as when in tight quarters it is extremely hard to line them up and they don’t always go where you want. The selection of guns is very good and you get a great selection from both the American and German sides. The M 1 - Garand was a firm favorite of mine also the MG42 which was one of the best built machine guns in the world and in the game you can see why with its high rate of fire and damage.

    I must say that Gear Box have down a excellent job on the graphics here, they are both crisp and clear and the detail is excellent on both uniforms and on the terrain around you. The environments are a lot bigger than the old Brothers in Arms and contain much more objectives. The in game destruction and limb from limb explosions are a welcome feature as you get to see the real destruction that grenades can do.

    The only big thing I found not well finished in this game is the multiplayer it just doesn’t work for me at all not in the year 2008 and with the likes of Call of Duty and Battlefield-BC online. I think Gear Box should have held back and done a lot more work on this and maybe released it as a download later down the road. Because a lot of people are now looking for a multiplayer that’s going to keep them entertained and is fluid online. With only one type of online game available (and it not being a great one at that) it just isn’t acceptable. Co-op could have been a major jump forward for this game because that’s what Brothers in Arms is all about team work you could easily have four, six or even eight players. Maybe for the next one?

    Graphics 8.3
    Single Player Campaign 8.5
    Multiplayer 3.0
    Sound 8.0
  • RedSVORedSVO148,150
    06 Jun 2009
    7 9 0
    I absolutely loved this game!

    I didn't think I'd play another WWII game, much less like one, but this game was awesome. Great graphics, great fun, well paced. And did I say fun yet? How about awesome? This game is now at the top of my list.

    Let me say first how much I dislike games with autosaves based on checkpoints - let's say, I can't stand any of the Call of Duty games by Treyarch for this simple reason - they usually are placed at really stupid points in the game and make it so much UNFUN to play them that I'll never buy another game that Treyarch is involved with again. I really enjoy the other COD versions not done by Treyarch, they have checkpoints or allow you to save the game in places that getting past the next element in the game is much more fun/challenging rather than just plain frustrating IMHO.

    So, this game uses checkpoints yet they are done very well and I NEVER found myself frustrated replaying a section to get past/master that element that the game became unfun. I found this to be AWESOME and my hats off to the developer of this game. I like hard games, making me strategize or otherwise think my way through a sequence. This game makes you do this and makes it fun at the same time, at any difficulty setting. What a nice breath of fresh air. My hats off to the folks at Gearbox. Let's be clear, if any developer is listening to their users - save anytime, anywhere - please!

    The game is also well paced, and with various forms of difficulty settings, you can easily find your cup of gameplay tea. I found them all to my liking. If you prefer your FPS games to be straightforward, run and gun affairs, this title is probably NOT for you. Running straight into the enemy with your gun blazing in this game will just get you killed. This game is more like chess with a squad and WWII weapons. That means you have to think a bit to be successful, and there are many different way to be successful. This in particular was what I found most satisfying about this game. There wasn't just one way to skin the kraut if you get my drift. Fun!

    Your squad AI could use a bit of help, sometimes they end up on the wrong side of cover and get obliterated, or they simply run into the line of enemy fire. But, you can start that sequence over again and try it another way to be more successful, or simply do it all yourself (most cases, you need your squads help to flank an enemy or at least create a diversion). After each checkpoint, they come back to life in full gear to assist again anyway...

    The graphics are simply awesome, rain dripping down your buddies face, sun streaming through cracks in the wall, fire done better than Epic does it in their own Unreal engine games (IMHO). The grass was a bit 2d tho, but other than that, I thought the colors and everything else about the game really good.

    The sound is excellent. Great on a 5.1 system.

    I truly enjoyed the slow motion camera from well placed headshots (splatter!)and grenade tosses. And the associated achievements for them!

    If you're patient and enjoy a little strategy and a good storyline with your guns and grenades, this game is well worth the investment.