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Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway (Windows)

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MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.9
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

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Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.9
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.4
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.0
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.9
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.1
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.9
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.9
Overall MobyScore (12 votes) 3.9


The Press Says

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91
Gaming Nexus
An excellent and authentic single player experience, combining great game play based on squad leadership with compelling story telling.
89
Game Chronicles
Other than that, Brother’s in Arms Hell’s Highway is a beautiful and engrossing cinematic experience that is as much fun to watch, as it is to play. Games rarely are this enjoyable and I can't remember the last time I started up a game and couldn't stop playing it.
87
Gamesmania
Zumindest der Einzelspielermodus von Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway stellt ein durch und durch gelungenes Spiel dar. Man braucht keinen Übermächtigen PC damit es nicht nur toll aussieht, sondern auch flüssig läuft und was noch wichtiger ist, es macht eine Menge Spaß. Zudem muss man diesmal kein Profizocker sein, um die Geschichte bis zum Ende zu erleben. Wer auf den Mehrspielermodus nicht so viel Wert legt und mit den umfangreichen Entschärfungen der deutschen Version leben kann, wird die Tour über den Hell's Highway lieben.
87
GameStar (Germany)
Was mich an Brothers in Arms bislang immer störte, war die künstliche Atmospähre: sterile, lineare Levels, die immer gleiche Spielmechanik und ein klinischer Look. Mit Hell's Highway hat das nun ein Ende. Der neueste Teil der Serie ist ein echter, griffiger Taktik-Shooter, der sich endlich vom monotonen Standardablauf "Deckungsfeuer von vorne, dann Angriff von der Seite" verabschiedet hat. Mein Tipp: Schalten Sie die Zielmarkierungen über den Köpfen der Gegner aus. Dann fühltz sich Hell's Highway noch echter an.
87
PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Gearbox combineert levensechte actie en strategische gameplay met een oprecht verhaal en levert een afgewerkt en knap spel af.
86
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Zeker is dat Brothers in Arms Hell's Highway een krachtige aanvulling is op een geweldige reeks. De prachtige landschappen sluiten aan bij de grimmige strijd, en bedachtzame filmtechnieken geven leven aan de onderhoudende personages. Ondanks het hier en daar slordige verhaal en diverse foutjes is Hell's Highway een spel dat je zeker twee keer kan spelen. De ontsluitbare 'authentieke' moeilijkheidsgraad verwijdert alle HUD-elementen en geeft het visuele ontwerp de kans om uit te blinken. Het verhaal komt extra goed aan als je de personages goed kent, en de hernieuwde uitdaging verhoogt de intensiteit. Met zo veel opwindende elementen biedt Hell's Highway ruim voldoende motivatie om het geallieerde uniform opnieuw aan te trekken.
85
GameSpot
What is certain now is that Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway is another rousing entry in a great series. The beautiful landscapes complement the gritty combat, and thoughtful cinematic techniques breathe life into the engaging characters. Despite the somewhat spotty story and sundry oddities, Hell's Highway is a game you should consider playing twice. The unlockable "authentic" difficulty mode removes all the heads-up display elements and really allows the visual design to shine. The story resonates more powerfully because you know the characters well, and the renewed challenge ratchets up the intensity. With so many exciting elements, Hell's Highway provides ample motivation to don the Allied uniform once more.
84
Gamers.at
Was ist es also, das für mich ein gutes Spiel bestimmt: Ist es mein Herz oder mein Hirn? Im Grunde genommen beides. Und somit kann ich Brothers in Arms nicht so eine hohe Wertung geben, wie ich das als Story-Gamer gerne tun würde. Denn auch, wenn ich mich in Hell's Highway wie in meine Lieblings-Serie „Band of Brothers“ versetzt fühle, ist das Gameplay doch recht repetitiv. Spaß macht es allerdings trotzdem, womit ich es im Endeffekt doch nicht nur Fans der Vorgänger, sondern auch allen anderen Shooter-Fans ans Herz legen kann.
83
Game Captain
Zwar spielen sich die Feuergefechte ähnlich wie bei den Vorgängern mit der Zeit immer gleich, dafür hat man aber nun die Möglichkeit, die Gegner auch von vorn zu erwischen (und nicht mehr nur über die alte angreifen und flankieren-Taktik). Dadurch kann man Hell's Highway sowohl mit der Taktik- als auch mit der Shootervariante meistern, was das ganze angenehm flott spielbar und auch für Leute zugänglich macht, die mit den Vorgängern nichts anfangen konnten. Alles in allem der bisher beste Teil der Serie. Wer allerdings auf WWII-Shooter oder ellenlange Zwischensequenzen allergisch reagiert, sucht sich lieber ein anderes Spiel.
83
UGO (UnderGroundOnline)
Regardless, developer Gearbox Software is sending gamers back to Staff Sergeant Matt Baker’s World War II in Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway, published by Ubisoft. Set against the backdrop of Market Garden, the game follows Baker and his comrades in the 101st Airborne Division as they push forward against German forces in a variety of familiar settings. Equal parts Medal of Honor and Company of Heroes with liberal sprinklings of HBO’s Band of Brothers thrown in to strengthen the narrative, Hell’s Highway has finally emerged from its extended development as what is easily the best entry in Gearbox’s long-running tactical FPS series.
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Total PC Gaming
However, Hell’s Highway is very accessible and does have broad appeal. BIA fans will find it an improvement over the last instalment, and anyone that hasn’t played the series before could easily weather the linear play and find it a very refreshing change from the glut of stock first-person shooters currently available. Either way, Brothers In Arms: Hell’s Highway is a great time sink for anyone who enjoys a tactical, squad-based first-person shooter.
82
Gamer 2.0
In conclusion, Hell’s Highway has plenty of flaws. There are a couple gameplay hitches and unresolved bugs, and multiplayer could use some more polish. The fantastic storytelling coupled with an equally impressive score though will make you forget your grievances with the finished product, and there are just enough extras in the campaign to make completionists return a couple times to get them all. Overall, Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway is $60 well spent.
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2404.org PC Gaming
Clocking in at around 10 hours, Hell’s Highway provides tons of drama but brings with it some new gameplay elements that don’t mesh with the series philosophy. Admittedly as a straight shooter, Hell’s Highway is competent – and sometimes great – in this regard. Most of my problems stemmed from how Hell’s Highway was drifting toward something more shooter-centric, because that wasn’t what the series was always about. Seeing Hell’s Highway as just another, well, game, it’s a well-built shooter with some interesting squad mechanics that are useful from time to time. Now that Baker’s story is reaching the tail-end of the war, it’ll be interesting to see how the dramatic shift in setting will affect the next game. Until then, any fan of the series should pick up Hell’s Highway without hesitation, even if the gameplay won’t play out as expected.
80
GameZone
Hell’s Highway is a welcomed addition to the series, bringing some fine new elements to the series’ successful blend of compelling narrative and squad-based gameplay. While there are some problems, including spotty AI and rough squad controls, the game is still a solid title for fans of WWII shooters.
79
IGN
The Airborne soldiers that fought and lived through the horrors of World War II, and particularly that Operation Market Garden deserve respect, honor, and tales that highlight their sacrifices on the field of battle (as all soldiers do). Brothers In Arms: Hell's Highway does an excellent job of presenting the story of these men, and is as compelling as many war movies. While many of the franchise's traditional gameplay elements return, such as the tactical controls of squads, so do the issues associated with those controls. While the visuals are better, it still has a number of AI issues, making a title that's good, and even better than its console brethren, but not great.
75
PC Games (Germany)
So ganz zufrieden bin ich nicht - Hell's Highway punktet mit ordentlicher Atmosphäre und eingängiger Steuerung. Mit der trotteligen KI und dem stets gleichen Gameplay könnte ich durchaus leben, was mir jedoch fehlt, ist das Gefühl, tatsächlich Teil der größten Luftlandeoperation der Geschichte zu sein. Hell's Highway fühlt sich an, wie an Silvester um zehn Uhr ins Bett geschickt zu werden: Man erlebt einen schönen Abend, verpasst aber das Beste.
75
Jeuxvideo.com
Fidèle à ses origines, Brothers in Arms : Hell's Higway semble avant tout se contenter de petites nouveautés d'ordre esthétique. Le coeur du gameplay reste quant à lui pratiquement inchangé, ce qui n'est pas foncièrement une mauvaise chose. Le titre parvient néanmoins à nous offrir quelques petites trouvailles, comme un système de couverture bien pratique et la destruction d'une partie des couverts, qui impliquent donc une planification active des déplacements. On appréciera surtout la plus grande variété des situations, en dépit de quelques phases inutiles, mais heureusement courtes (le char notamment). Dommage que le titre ne parvienne pas à se défaire de ses anciens démons, des démons qui se matérialisent notamment sous la forme d'une IA pas toujours très performante. Reste un FPS tactique de qualité, intelligent et complet.
70
Worth Playing
All told, Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway is not a great game, but it's not terrible either, though it certainly has its share of flaws. There are some technical problems and crash bugs that need ironed out (especially for ATI users, from the sound of it), and the feel and responsiveness of the controls could have been better. The AI is lacking, but those special slow-motion moments when you score a particularly nasty headshot or a grenade blows a guy into thirds are rewarding and add to the cinematic feel. It's a poignant story hampered with some aging gameplay mechanics. In an already crowded genre, the gimmicks and familiarities are really only going to appeal to series stalwarts. Unfortunately for the Brothers in Arms saga, there are better, more polished games to be had out there right now, and it may get forgotten for not being all that it could be.
70
DarkZero
All in all, the best way to describe BiA: Hell’s Highway is that it’s a nice evolution of its predecessor rather than been a true revolution of the developers efforts from last gen. In places you’ll probably wish Gearbox could have done more to make the game a true must have, but for the most part it is quite interesting. Furthermore, because of game taking place during Operation Market Garden, in the later stages of World War II you at least have another setting to amuse yourself with this time round - which is a nice plus. At the very least you have to respect the game simply due to it being a perfectly playable World War II shooter in a market that is still absolutely saturated, that in itself is quite the accomplishment.
68
Cheat Code Central
Fans of the series shouldn’t be disappointed by what Gearbox has done with Hell’s Highway. The focus for these titles has always been on the single-player campaign, plot, and characters, and all these things come together quite nicely. The player will find that Hell’s Highway offers an enjoyable experience from start to finish despite it’s less than perfect execution. While the multiplayer has potential, in its current state it has far too many issues to be a consistently fun endeavor. Therefore, if you’re planning on seeing the Brothers in Arms story through to the end, Hell’s Highway is a must buy. If you’re a newcomer to the series, it’s recommended that you play the first two before delving into this one, as you’ll miss out on the developed story up to that point. If you’re looking for a new World War II multiplayer experience, it would be best to skip over Hell’s Highway and wait for something a little more multiplayer-oriented.
62
Absolute Games (AG.ru)
Смазливая графика и гулкие взрывы не в силах перебить отчетливый запах плесени, исходящий от Hell's Highway. Игра наглухо увязла в 2005 году и, похоже, получает удовольствие, отправляя нас по единственно верному пути. Еще хуже — голливудщина в роликах («Я поведу вас в Берлин!» — декларирует Бейкер, стоя на джипе перед отрядом. Б-р-р-р…) и нелепая, «типа психологическая» история о проклятом пистолете. Спасибо, хоть «респауна» нет.
60
UOL Jogos
"Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway" é o típico produto que funciona para aqueles que curtem jogos de tiro ambientado na 2a Guerra e não têm aquela ansiedade de pular as cenas de diálogo a todo instante. A história é muito boa, com um desenvolvimento cinematográfico, mas tecnicamente o jogo decepciona, com visuais inconsistentes e vários bugs. Em tempos mais calmos, seria uma boa pedida para passar o tempo, mas com a temporada de grandes lançamentos chegando, provavelmente não terá a oportunidade de ganhar espaço para tentar conquistar novos fãs.
60
Gamekult
Peut-être trop sûr de lui, Gearbox ne propose avec Hell's Highway qu'une évolution très timide de sa fameuse série Brothers in Arms. Derrière son look de énième FPS sur la Seconde Guerre mondiale, le jeu impose donc au joueur d'agir de manière plus posée et réfléchie en intégrant quelques subtiles touches de stratégie qui promettent des combats différents et parfois très prenants. Malheureusement, cet épisode retombe dans les mêmes travers que ses aînés avec un gameplay qui peine à se renouveler au fil des missions et qui finit par lasser. Si l'on ajoute à cela quelques soucis, dont une réalisation largement dépassée, on a de quoi pas mal rester sur notre fin avec ce Brothers in Arms. Certes, avec le nombre de FPS bourrins qui pullulent sur les consoles actuelles, Hell's Highway réussit tout de même à se poser en alternative à considérer. Mais la série aurait pu offrir beaucoup plus aux joueurs. Elle l'aurait mérité, tout du moins.
60
G4 TV: X-Play
It's more than slightly ironic that a company rooted in creating Half-Life add-ons—a game that made almost all its cinematic moments part of the actual gameplay—has chosen to make so much of this game non-interactive. Thankfully, the writing is done well enough to make these characters and situations interesting most of the time.
50
Thunderbolt Games
It can’t capture the nuance of real life, and that’s a problem. Nobody is suggesting that such a marriage of styles and boundary pushing storytelling shouldn’t be attempted in gaming, and in that Hell’s Highway is incredibly brave, but arguably any effort to be both an enjoyable first person shooter and stony-faced anti-war tale is doomed from the outset. Something must be compromised, it’s just a shame that in this case it happens to be the whole package.