STAFF REVIEW of Brute Force (Xbox)

Tuesday, June 17, 2003.
by Yellowlab

Brute Force Box art I had no idea what to expect from this much delayed game when I first popped it into my Xbox. And after playing for the first half hour, I was starting to get real worried that this was going to be a total suck fest. But, then slowly the game started to evolve and piece by piece you start putting your team together of Tex, Flint, Hawk, and Brutus. Once the total team was in place (about 4 levels in to the game), and I adequetly learned all their individual strengths and how to use them (about 5-6 levels into it), I found this was a really fun game, with just a few minor flaws. If there ever was a need to rate a game a 4.75 out of 5, Brute Force is it. So, I'll rate it a weak 5 out of 5 just for it's originality and at times perfect gameplay.

Once you learn each individuals strengths and weaknesses and how to control your team, this game really kicks into high gear. It's very fun to come into a new environment and scout out how to attack it. For example, you can scout it out with Hawk (who can go invisible for short time periods), place Flint (an excellent Sniper) up in high ground, and then attack with Tex and Brutus who are the muscle and close combat fighters. Each player has a special ability, such as Hawk's invisibility, Flint's automatic targeting, Tex's ability to weild two guns at once, and Brutus's heat vision and ability to heal himself. Commanding the fighters is easy after a few levels and you can switch to any fighter with a single touch of the D-pad. There is just a few things wrong with Brute Force. First off, some of the weapons look and feel weak. Secondly, the Osiris levels suck in comparison to the other 5 environments, and lastly, Brute Force is not Halo. The last one sounds stupid, but seriously, BF controls nearly identically to Halo, so it takes some time to adjust to the fact it isn't Halo. Once you get used to the fact that BF is a totally different style of game, it becomes more enjoyable. As for the multiplayer, I liked the system link co-operative mode (something Halo doesn't have). I did not care for the deathmatches as they didn't seem as gripping or as fun as Halo's. Brute Force has a few additional bells and whistles that are worthwhile such as keeping statistics (total number of kills, what character you use the most, etc...).

Some of the FMV's are very good. With the exception of the Osiris levels, the rest of the levels look good and are immersive. The characters are all unique and have a distinct attitude and look. I will say that overall, the graphics were not quite up to the level that I was initially hoping, but at the same time they are all very solid.

The voices are well done and are intentionally cheesy. The group can have some funny lines and the characters react differently depending on who is still alive in your group through the levels. The weapon sounds could have been better, as I found them to be a little weak. Overall, the game sounds great on a DTS 5.1 system.

Overall BF was an excellent game, but there was room for improvement. Scrap the Osiris levels...Improve the weapons...make a cohesive storyline

Overall: 10.0 / 10
Gameplay: 9.0 / 10
Visuals: 9.0 / 10
Sound: 9.0 / 10


Site Statistics

Registered Members: 44,710
Forum Posts: 725,814
Xbox One Titles: 1,353
Xbox 360 Titles: 1,085
Xbox 360 Kinect Titles: 95
Xbox 360 Arcade Titles: 585
Original Xbox Titles: 987
Staff Reviews: 1,732
Member Reviews: 10,339
News Articles: 14,578
Screenshots: 31,609
Xbox 360 Achievements: 45,112
Xbox 360 Faceplates: 2,016
Cheat Codes: 1,706

Latest News

See News Archives

Community Forum Activity

Xbox Playdates Canada July, 2018 playdate info.
Post by Kiesey
2 Replies, 110 Views

Manette Xbox One Xfest18
Post by oryanphine
2 Replies, 416 Views

Xbox One X Mountain Dew
Post by oryanphine
0 Replies, 294 Views

Xbox Playdates Canada June 2018 schedule
Post by Kiesey
1 Replies, 432 Views

Xbox One X Black Panther
Post by oryanphine
3 Replies, 752 Views

Xbox Playdates Canada May 2018 schedule
Post by Kiesey
4 Replies, 719 Views

Is anything happening in XBox One land?
Post by DJ tx
7 Replies, 976 Views

Xbox One S Jojeux Anniversaire
Post by oryanphine
1 Replies, 672 Views

Xbox One X Steelbook
Post by oryanphine
1 Replies, 718 Views

Xbox Playdates Canada April 2018 Schedule
Post by Kiesey
4 Replies, 1004 Views

Xbox One X World of tanks
Post by oryanphine
2 Replies, 1139 Views

Xbox Playdates Canada - March 2018 Schedule
Post by Kiesey
7 Replies, 1387 Views

Any info on Biomutant release?
Post by DJ tx
4 Replies, 1192 Views

Xbox Playdates Canada - February Playdates Schedule
Post by Kiesey
8 Replies, 1546 Views

Xbox Prototype Communicator
Post by oryanphine
1 Replies, 1961 Views

© 2000-2018 - All rights reserved. All trademarks are properties of their respective owners.
Xbox is a registered trademark of Microsoft. is not affiliated with Microsoft.

Made in Canada
Site Design by Cameron Graphics