Broforce Review

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magine a game that channeled everything we loved regarding the action movies of the 80s and 90s. Make a game that took the idea behind The Expendables and ramped it to 11. Imagine that this mythical game was a pixel art platformer that harnessed all the goodness already mentioned.

Now stop imagining, grab a PS4 controller, and download Broforce this very instant!

I am going to admit, I did not jump on the Broforce wagon if the game made its debut using the pc and Mac a year ago. I have no excuse; I became remiss. But when Sony offered the bingo via PlayStation Plus, I had to jump in. The result continues to be mad fun for me personally. I almost severed my ties with Digital Crack as a consequence of all the multiplayer agro, but we were having too much fun to keep mad!

The premise behind Broforce is not hard: you are a bro, an über-masculine character modeled as soon as the action movie stalwarts from the 80s and 90s. Names are parodies of those well-known action heroes: Rambro, Brommando, B.A. Broracus, as well as the not-masculine-but-still-badass Ellen Ripbro. You fight terrorists, rescue bro teammates, and destroy all things in sight in pursuit of your main goal: liberating the world of baddies!

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The game is a pixel art-themed platform shooter that can be described as Contra on steroids. You guide your bro through the levels, blowing up baddies and rescuing comrades. The controls are tight and each movement is fluid. Interactions using the environment may seem unforgiving, however they are fair. If you fall of the edge or get crushed by a block, you were almost certainly at fault.

Along the way, you reach checkpoints where you raise the American flag (FUCK YEA!) and undertake bosses. Every time you rescue a bro or POW, you assume the part of a different bro. Each bro has different abilities; Brominator includes a minigun, while Bronan the Barbarian wields swords. The mix in bros and weapon sets rocks !.

Playing alone is an excellent experience, but it’s in multiplayer where the game becomes a truly visceral experience. There’s nothing can beat the “fun” of progressing by way of a level, only to get one of your fellow bros to throw a grenade and break the bottom under you, or light a flamethrower and immolate everything in front of you - including those explosive barrels you happen to be standing next to. Friendships is going to be tested with this game!

Are there any drawbacks? Well, hardly any. People who don’t like platformers is sure to be turned off by this game. Also, certain areas will feel cheap featuring its kill areas if playing solo. Multiplayer for the PS4 is also pretty laggy, slowing the game down to a crawl at the most inopportune moments.

Despite these niggles, Broforce is really a wonderfully chaotic experience. Devolver Digital is a publisher that knows the way to deliver a high-octane experience, and this game is no exception. When the prospect of controlling Bro Dredd or Brobocop in a platform shooter will be your dream, this game can be a foregone conclusion. If you much like to play a great game, or if you revel in playing chaotic games with friends, the bros are waiting to scratch that itch.

Developer: Free Lives

Publisher: Devolver Digital

Platform Reviewed: Playstation 4

Release Date: March 1, 2016

Acquired via: Playstation Plus