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 Need to get on with the second mission.
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 See the grey circle above the enemy's head? That means he is suppressed and won't come out much to make a clear shot of you. But its hard to hit him as well.
Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood Windows Part of the introductory scene

Alternate Titles

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

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GameCell UK Xbox 2005 9 out of 10 90
Games Master Xbox Dec, 2005 87 out of 100 87 Windows Oct 11, 2005 85 out of 100 85
GameStar (Germany) Windows Oct, 2005 82 out of 100 82
Game Informer Magazine Xbox Nov, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Xbox World Australia (XWA) Xbox Mar 08, 2006 80 out of 100 80 Windows Oct 07, 2005 80 out of 100 80
Game Captain Windows Oct 27, 2005 79 out of 100 79
Game Chronicles PlayStation 2 Nov 19, 2005 7.8 out of 10 78 Windows Oct 10, 2005 14 out of 20 70


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