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Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood

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Barely seven months after the release of Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30, Gearbox brings us the sequel.

Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood tells the story of Corporal Joe "Red" Hartsock as one of the thousands of paratroopers who landed in Normandy, France, on the eve of D-Day. Hartsock made an appearance in the previous game and now we get to see the events from his point of view, based on actual events and persons.

Though the game engine remains largely unchanged, the A.I. has been significantly improved to offer a more challenging experience as the player tries to advance through the treacherous area known as the Bocage. The player fights in first person as Hartsock but also commands either two fireteams or a fireteam and a tank as using cover and suppression fire is critical to success.

The game also offers an interesting multiplayer mode with the rare single-mission co-op option available for the PC, as well as skirmish maps and other mods such as "Defense".


Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood Windows Part of the introductory scene
Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood Windows Always fun to use an MG (in a game at least).
Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood Windows Need to get on with the second mission.
Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood Windows Awareness mode tutorial. You use this mode to get a better grip on the situation.

Alternate Titles

  • "手足兄弟连:浴血奋战" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Brothers in Arms 2" -- Common title

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The Press Says

VGPub Xbox 2005 9.4 out of 10 94
X-Power Xbox Oct 08, 2005 9 out of 10 90
Yahoo! Games Xbox Oct 06, 2005 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
GameSpot Windows Oct 06, 2005 8.7 out of 10 87
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Nov, 2005 83 out of 100 83
IGN Xbox Oct 05, 2005 8.2 out of 10 82
Fragland.net Xbox Nov 17, 2005 81.5 out of 100 82
Xbox World Australia (XWA) Xbox Mar 08, 2006 80 out of 100 80
TotalPlayStation PlayStation 2 Nov 15, 2005 5 out of 10 50
Computer Bild Spiele PlayStation 2 Aug 01, 2007 3.53 out of 6 49


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