Get S.M.A.R.T. By Playing Brink [VIDEO GAMES]

In the future, we’re all going to wear patched shirts while we kill each other for cans of food and bottles of water. The up-coming Brink does nothing to dissuade this notion, yet another video game taking place in the “near future” where society has collapsed and fashion has gone the way of rope belts and cloth masks.

A fast, multiplayer-based first-person shooter, Brink is the first original title by Splash Design studios, a company primarily known for creating maps for Wolfenstein, Doom and other id software titles.

The game is a first-person shooter with an emphasis on parkour-style movement. Players will leap, slide, jump and scramble across the environment with the context-sensitive S.M.A.R.T. system (Smooth Movement Across Random Terrain), which allows for complicated movements without complicated button presses.

Set aboard “The Ark,” a floating city just outside of San Francisco, Brink tells the story of a civilization on the “brink” of total collapse. Originally intended to support 5,000 citizens, The Ark is now supporting ten times that number, and resources are scare. The population has split into two factions — “the Resistence” and “Security,” with each faction vying for control of the city.

The game is heavily based around online multiplayer, with the Resistance and Security forces duking it out across a variety of game modes and maps. Up to 16 players can enter each match, and everyone has four character classes to choose from – the Soldier (who provides supplies to the team), the Medic (who heals), the Engineer (who builds turrets) and the Operative (a master of disguise). As in most online games, character customization is available based on experience points earned by completing objectives in the matches.

The name of the game is speed, with matches consisting of players S.M.A.R.T.-moving across the ruined Ark at a lightning pace. While there is a solo campaign, and offline play available with bots, the real meat of the game is the multiplayer. And, all in all, while the preview videos look great, there are still lots of questions surrounding this game – namely, can the relatively unproven Design Studios step up to the plate and deliver a AAA game? We certainly hope so. Brink drops today, May 10th, for Windows, Playstation 3 and the Xbox 360.



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