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Broforce Review

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magine a game that channeled everything we loved regarding the action movies of the 80s and 90s. Visualize a game that took the concept behind The Expendables and ramped it up to 11. Now imagine that this mythical game would be a pixel art platformer that harnessed every one of the goodness already mentioned.
Now stop imagining, grab a PS4 controller, and download Broforce this very instant!
I will admit, I did not jump on the Broforce wagon if the game made its debut using the pc and Mac this past year. I have no excuse; I was remiss. But when Sony offered this game via PlayStation Plus, I had to jump in. The result may be mad fun personally. I almost severed my ties with Digital Crack as a result of all the multiplayer agro, but we had been having too much fun to stay mad!
The premise behind Broforce is not hard: you are a bro, an über-masculine character modeled after the action movie stalwarts with the 80s and 90s. What they are 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 sight in pursuit of your ultimate goal: liberating the world of baddies!

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The sport 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 every movement is fluid. Interactions together with the environment may seem unforgiving, but they're fair. If you fall of your edge or get crushed by way of a block, you were most likely at fault.
Along the way, you reach checkpoints where you raise the American flag (FUCK YEA!) and accept bosses. Every time you rescue a bro or POW, you assume the role of a different bro. Each bro has different abilities; Brominator has a minigun, while Bronan the Barbarian wields swords. The range in bros and weapon sets is awesome.
Playing alone is an excellent experience, but it's in multiplayer in which the game becomes a truly visceral experience. There's nothing can beat the "fun" of progressing through 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 all things in front of you - including those explosive barrels you happen to be standing next to. Friendships will likely be tested with this game!
Any kind of drawbacks? Well, not many. People who don't like platformers will certainly be turned off with that game. Also, certain areas will feel cheap using its kill areas if playing solo. Multiplayer on the PS4 is also pretty laggy, slowing the sport down to a crawl at the most inopportune moments.
Despite these niggles, Broforce is a wonderfully chaotic experience. Devolver Digital is a publisher that knows how to deliver a high-octane experience, this also game is no exception. When the prospect of controlling Bro Dredd or Brobocop inside a platform shooter is your dream, this game is really 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

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