Jumat, 17 Agustus 2012

Iron Brigade (Trenched) Review

Hi, my name is Nik and today i am reviewing:

Iron Brigade is a mix between third person shooter and a tower defense game. You may know the game as Trenched, but the name was changed, due to legal issues.

The game starts right after world war one, when a strange radio signal, known as "The Broadcast", kills almost anyone listening to it. The survires of the Broadcast are Frank Woodruff and Vladimir Farnsworth, they bout suffer from a "side effect", that maked them incredibly smart. Frank invents a prosthesis, to help crippled soldiers walk again. And  Vladimir invents "The Tube"(the TV), as a way to bring the Broadcast to everyone and conquer the world. And so these two start a war.

Using his legs prosthesis as a base, Frank builds the Trenche. A mobile tank-like mech, that is designed to battle the Tubes, of the evil genius.

So you are a guy that drives one such mech. The problem is that you  can't fight alone, so you must use turrets to support you in the fight. This is where similarities to Orcs Must Die come. But instead of traps, you have turrets and instead of spells, you have cannons.This sound like a solid concept. The question is "Is it done will?".

And that answer is a definitive "Yes", Double Fine has done it again. The guns feel like guns, due to the grate sounds and impact effects. The mechs feel like a more arcady version of MechWarrior. They are not as heavy as a mech, but the are not as agile as a human would be. So the developers have stuck a very delicate and enjoyable balance, between nimbler and slower combat.

As some of you may know, this game got a very late PC port and i have to say its pretty good. It has fully rebindable keys and a fair amount of graphics options. But i have to address the elephant in the room - Games For Windows Live. We all know the problems that come with GFWL, hell some people can't buy them legally. I don't know, It may not be a problem for you, but you have being warned. 

One more thing i'd like to menthone, is the graphics style. Iron Brigade mixes steampunk with the high tech. Your mech usually looks like "The Wild Wild West" meets world war one and the enemies give me vibes of Protoss. Overall its a very unusual and strange style.

To top it all of, Iron Brigade is a good concept, that is executed correctly and it runs like a well-oiled machine on PC.

I hope you liked my review of Iron Brigade (Trenched).
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My name is Nik and i hope you are having a nice day.