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Brothers in Arms 2 Review: This is War

Gameloft seems to be the only contender so far in the App Store’s race in proving itself as capable of first-person shooters; no other developer has truly released first-person shooters with this high of a production value.  But of course, that just means more money for Gameloft right?

Their first, true first-person shooter, Modern Combat Sandstorm, received a Must Have award from us for being one of the best shooters we’ve ever played on the iPhone.  Of course, with the announcement of BIA 2, we had some high expectations for Gameloft’s release.  But alas, these expectations were never reached, as it almost feels as if Gameloft took a step back in time, when controls were a bit janky and the AI was all pre-scripted.

While BIA 2 was a lot more action-packed than both Modern Combat and NOVA, there were some major flaws that puts this shooter behind the rest.

Likes

Graphics: They’ve really updated the graphics from the first Brothers in Arms to the second.  Along with the transition from third-person to first-person shooter, the graphics and animations have been greatly improved, almost to the point where you can’t believe it.  Gameloft always has a knack for graphics on the iPhone, and they definitely showed it here with graphics that may just be better than NOVA.

Action: If you like non-stop action from one minute to the next, this is one game that definitely fits that category.  Enemies come in the swarms, and you’re left to be shooting from one person to the other.  Grenades are flying everywhere; this is war.  Brothers in Arms 2 is the most action-packed shooter to date on the iPhone, and for those looking for a game with no breaks, Brothers in Arms 2 is just perfect.

Online: I expected this to be smooth, and they delivered.  I haven’t had much online connectivity problems, and it’s just like any other Gameloft first-person shooter.

Dislikes

AI: AI is poor in this game; so poor in fact, that it’s pre-scripted.  Their movements, their shots, everything is pre-scripted.   I would have liked a more… smarter AI that had a mind somewhat of its own, attacking and running around to find cover.  Instead, you find some enemies out wide in the open shooting at you as if they want to die.  The AI in NOVA was adequate, and while not impressive, it was acceptable.  The AI in Brothers in Arms 2?  Not acceptable.

Controls: This is an area that Gameloft has hit right on the dot for the past 5 or so games, but for some reason, they decided to be lethargic and swim in their pool of money.  I found the controls to be very insensitive to my turning and my touch, leading to slow turnarounds when the enemy was to my right or to my left.  They are acceptable though, just not as good as their other games.

Brothers in Arms 2 is a step back from NOVA, that’s basically all I have to say.  Gameloft did a wonderful job with NOVA, including the online multiplayer and controls, but they seemed to really cut down on their cash output for this title.  It’s still a solid first-person shooter packed with action; I just had some problems with the AI and controls.  While Gameloft isn’t known for updating their games, it would be nice for them to play around with some better controls.

Brothers in Arms 2 was developed by Gameloft, and I played through version 1.0.9 on my iPhone 3GS.  The price is $7.99.


Gameloft News: February Video Podcast, ‘Rayman’ Teaser Trailer

Gameloft hasn’t been exactly loud in the App Store in terms of presence, but that’s about to change with its release of GT Racing along with it’s new February video podcast.  This podcast shows off Brother in Arms 2 gameplay along with GT Racing and a 3-in-1 Sports pack, including Let’s Golf, Real Tennis, and Real Baseball.

The most interesting thing about the podcast would have to be Brothers in Arms 2, a game that looks to be taking over NOVA as the top first-person shooter on the iPhone.  The people over at Gameloft did mention that there will be up to 6 people in an online multiplayer mode, versus the 4 found in Modern Combat Sandstorm’s online multiplayer.

And in other under-the-radar news, a new teaser trailer for Rayman has been released.  That’s right, Rayman will be released for the iPhone.  According to the trailer, it looks to be closer to Rayman 2 rather than the 2D sprites found in the older models.  Rayman definitely joins the list as one of my most anticipated games of February/March.  Look for more info once they are available.

Cinematics for ‘Brother in Arms 2’ from Gameloft

It’s been a while since we’ve posted any Gameloft news, but they’ve finally peeped out of the holiday rush/break to reveal their next project: Brothers in Arms 2.  There’s been some huge speculation on the title after Gameloft’s magnificent release of NOVA, some even expecting fully-functional online multiplayer.

I’m not going to put in any bets for an absolutely fantastic game that blows NOVA out of the water, but I’m going on the safe path in saying that it’ll be a premium third-person shooter.  Of course, this is all speculation and no actual fact as there are none, and Gameloft hasn’t exactly revealed any details on the title thus far.

The first version of the game was one of my favorite games during the early days of the App Store, and while it was a bit glitchy, I had a blast (no pun intended).  It wasn’t exactly the third-person shooter experience everyone hoped for, but it was enough to hold on to until Terminator Salvation was released.

Either way, Brothers in Arms 2 is a title I certainly cannot wait for.  Let’s just hope for a good sequel, shall we?