Splash Damage's Brink arrives next week, and we still say it's one of the most overlooked games of 2011 (leading up to its launch, anyway).

Whether or not it deserved to be overlooked remains to be seen, but we have high hopes and the developers are clearly satisfied with their work. Studio CEO Paul Wedgwood told CVG (via GamerXperience ) that regardless of the outcome, they're "totally happy." He clarified that they don't want to make "movie tie-in games" but rather, something that requires "a whole bunch of risks." In a bit of comedy, Wedgwood referred to those movie tie-in projects as "quick cash-ins" that don't really work in the long run:

"…we never really understand why people do that stuff. I understand that it can be profitable but we haven't yet seen a company that's turned that into a kind of sustainable business that's been really good for them. The fact is that the most successful games companies are generally the ones that make the highest quality AAA games."

Damn skippy. Of course, Wedgwood adds that it's immensely challenging for an independent studio to produce a AAA game, and it's even more challenging to make one "without selling your studio to a publisher." Finally, he confirms post-launch support in the form of upcoming DLC ("that's a big part of our plans") and as for future Splash Damage projects:

"We think that what we're doing should always be unique and different and that's it. I think if what we do is unique and different and compelling and AAA then I think we'll be happy."

Unique and AAA. …two words we all love to see together, but we so rarely do . Brink releases on May 10 in North America; we're hoping for a great product.

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Dancemachine55
Dancemachine55
9 years ago

I dunno, a first person shooter that is unique, that's pretty hard to pull off these days. Only way you can come close to being unique these days is to mix genres, and even that's happening left right and centre.

Only truly unique game of this generation was Heavy Rain. It literally created a whole new genre!!

While many are apparently excited for Brink, I am not one. While I wish the best for the developers and hope this game does receive recognition, I'm afraid my money is reserved for the best of the best. LA noire, last guardian, uncharted 3, gears 3, battlefield 3, star wars old republic, infamous 2, Zelda skyward sword, twisted metal, Bioshock infinite, resistance 3!!!

A gamer has to draw the line somewhere. Sadly, even if brink turns out to be the best fps of 2011, it might have to wait for the half price tag in a sale before I consider picking it up. 2011 is full on and fps' are a dime a dozen these days.


Last edited by Dancemachine55 on 5/2/2011 10:03:02 AM

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
9 years ago

It's the mechanics where Brink differs; they're implementing some Mirror's Edge controls, as I understand it.

And the multiplayer should be somewhat original, too, I think.

mk ultra
mk ultra
9 years ago

Mirrors Edge controls? So like the ultimate run n gun?

I hope this game turns out good cause I like seeing independent studios succeed, but there's little chance of me picking it up with this years line up.

completely forgot about Skyward Sword

Dancemachine55
Dancemachine55
9 years ago

Hence my comment about mixing genres. Mind you, this is probably one of the better genre or gaming mechanic mashups I've seen in a while.

One thing is most certain though. Even if I don't get brink on initial release, I will still get it over another CoD any day of my life. Cod is old news. I just hope the masses realize this after 5 of the same cod games for the last 5 years.

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

Skyward Sword?
….
….
That's right. Nintendo. Zelda.
I have to hand it to them for being able to make last gen games that gamers of this gen still want to pay $50 for and play.

*oooh punch to the gut*.
Just giving u crap =p

Dancemachine55
Dancemachine55
9 years ago

Speaking Zelda, I am looking forward to E3 this year with project cafe being revealed and in playable form!!!

Mario and zelda in HD. Oooooh, a return to hardcore would be great too!!

Gamecube was so overlooked, so sad since it had eternal darkness, res evil 4 first, sonic adventure 2, mgs twin snakes, luigi's mansion, zelda windwaker, star wars rogue leader, pikmin, twilight princess, Mario sunshine, smash bros melee and metroid prime 1 and 2. It also ran faster than a ps2.

Here's hoping nintendo return to their old school hardcore roots cos nintendo was sooooo good at catering to the hardcore when they put their minds to it.

mk ultra
mk ultra
9 years ago

Zelda with motion plus should have been out a while ago, yes

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

For me GC had RE4, Eternal Darkness, Metroid Prime, MGS TS, Sega Soccer Slam, Wave Race, P.N.03, F-Zero. I got half way through Windwaker and Mario Sunshine.

For Wii…. Netflix?
jk I admired the Mario Galaxies stuff

PorkChopGamer
PorkChopGamer
9 years ago

The ONLY true unique game this gen was Heavy Rain? No.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

You're probably right porkchop but for the life of me I can't think of another one, and even HR just expanded on the coolness of Indigo Prophecy.

bearbobby
bearbobby
9 years ago

I'd throw LittleBigPlanet in their for genre bending goodness ūüôā

___________
___________
9 years ago

not even heavy rain is truly original, QDs previous games are very similar.
only game thats really 100% original is LA Noire.
tis why theres so much hype and expectations behind it!

Lord carlos
Lord carlos
9 years ago

Sorry brink but my next fps is resistance 3.

kraygen
kraygen
9 years ago

Sorry, but being a non-fps fan, I wasn't that interested. From what I've seen of this game I have doubts that it will be anything great and will probably just land as another 7 rated fps.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

It does look like a good shooter with the parkour and full on mix of SP and MP, but yeah I'm not in a hurry to buy any FPS. I like KZ and Resistance but I still don't even have KZ3. I'll get there though.

Edit: oh yeah and Umm, what movie would Brink tie into?


Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 5/2/2011 1:00:12 PM

kraygen
kraygen
9 years ago

I was wondering that too actually.

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

Brink does seem like something different, and not only because of the SMART system. I'd like to try it out one day, but it doesn't really tempt me.

I admire the mentality of Splash Damage though. The desire to cater to those people that are growing tired of me-too games, and are actually looking for something that stands alone because of the implemented mechanics, is admirable. That is they way to move the industry forward, and I hope that they are rewarded for their efforts. We definitely need more developers like them.
Peace.

A2K78
A2K78
9 years ago

"we never really understand why people do that stuff. I understand that it can be profitable but we haven't yet seen a company that's turned that into a kind of sustainable business that's been really good for them."

I wonder if this guy ever heard of Crytek?

"It's the mechanics where Brink differs; they're implementing some Mirror's Edge controls, as I understand it.

And the multiplayer should be somewhat original, too, I think."

When it come to an FPS, every developer would claim that their multiplayer is unique some manner, however when you actually play it then its not.

Right now only FPS series can rightly claim to at least giving gamers a somewhat unique experience and that's Crysis

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

Uhh… Crytek's not done movie tie-ins. Only shooters.

Lairfan
Lairfan
9 years ago

Wait, so you're ripping Crytek a new one in one sentence by saying how they're a movie tie-in like studio that only likes to make a quick buck and has made a profitable business out of it, then you're praising them for making the only "somewhat unique" FPS out there this gen?

Instead of trying to show everyone how "smart" you are, why don't you try learning grammar and logical progression of ideas first. Then maybe we could all understand you.

Btw, I'm sorry, but Crysis 2 had a cool mechanic in the suit, but its not the most unique FPS I've seen out there this gen. That award would have to go to Resistance, for the unique secondary fires that all their guns have and the truly haunting atmosphere that no other FPS this gen can match. That's far more unique stuff than being able to kick a car, IMO. Also, you don't have to wait 5 hours in Resistance for the story to start happening (which is one thing that is truly unique to Crysis 2 FPS-wise).

Danny007
Danny007
9 years ago

I'm anticipating the first time I put Brink into my PS3. I hope its good. Only 8 more days until I find out. Plus, I think Motorstorm Apolaclypse will keep me busy during that time.

DjEezzy
DjEezzy
9 years ago

I'm actually really excited that this is finally coming out. It does look unique and a bit different then your run of the mill shooters. The combination of parkour and shooting on top of all the customizations you can do to yourself and your gun looks really interesting. Hope it's awesome.

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
9 years ago

Brink's definitely been on my "watch list"

OnTheBrink
OnTheBrink
9 years ago

I've always been a parkour fan and a FPS lover, so Brink is a perfect game for me. I am tired of all the other FPS not letting me climb or jump around. Plus, the character customization is AWESOME. Even most other FPS doesn't have that deep of a customization like Brink does. Also, I love how they made the body mass a factor that affects gameplay. The bigger you get, the heavier of a weapon you can carry, but can't climb as much, but the lighter you are, the more you can jump around or climb further. I'm excited!

Lairfan
Lairfan
9 years ago

I'm not really excited for this. All the footage I've seen so far just makes me think of a Mirror's Edge and Killzone mashup with very little overall originality beyond the admittedly deep amount of character customization. Everything I've seen of the story (which admittedly isn't much, but enough to make an educated guess about it) just kinda makes me think its not gonna have much of one. I don't know, its just giving me a KZ2 vibe (aka its a war story with some kind of superweapon that the good guys have to take out).

And yeah sure, the fact that the single player can also be played as coop or competitive multiplayer is cool, but seeing as how they use exactly the same maps (at least as far I know, and I am going off old info here so I could be wrong), I suspect that would get old pretty quickly. The complete lack of support for snipers (a whole class of FPS players) is kinda crap too IMO.


Last edited by Lairfan on 5/2/2011 9:42:08 PM

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___________
9 years ago

im looking forward to this.
simply because its different, anything different warrants a look into.
sick of playing the same game over and over and over and over again!
enough of these me too games!