South African game development studio Free Lives Games have been hard at work on their bro-mazing shooter, Broforce, for quite some time. And after a successful Early Access period through PC game distribution platform Steam, Broforce has been unleashed in its final form, and critics are loving it.
As for some background on the game itself, Broforce puts players in control of “an under-funded, over-powered paramilitary organization dealing exclusively in excessive force.” This side-scrolling action game is reminiscent of the likes of Contra, but instead of some generic joes, you get to play the game as a number of bro-infused heroes, like Rambro, Brommander, MacBrover, and Bronan the Barbarian.
The game also features a co-op component for up to four players, upping each level’s potential for explosive chaos. Each level ends with a ceremonial raising of the American flag and a quick escape via helicopter as explosions erupt below. Classic.
It all sounds good, but what have the critics been saying?
International gaming website Eurogamer gave the “recommended” stamp of approval by the editor. They said: “From its generous amount of content to its deliriously engaging gameplay, this is a game that is smarter than it looks, knows what it wants to do and achieves it in the biggest, silliest way possible. Flex and enjoy.”
The Escapist described the game as: “a silly, but sincere love letter to iconic action movies, refined to perfection with rich environments and wonderfully-crafted enemies. Even when you’re killed by an out-of-control explosion which you triggered, you’ll be having an absolute blast with this game.”
Broforce has also got some impressive comparisons to some great games of yesteryear thanks to VideoGamer‘s Steven Burns. “Imagine Contra meets Kid Chameleon via Super Meat Boy, with a touch of Sensible Software’s irreverence, and you’re there. One the most enjoyable couch multiplayer games I’ve played in quite a while,” wrote Burns in his review.
The Sixth Axis praised the game for its muscle-flexing carnage, saying that “there’s an awful lot of nostalgia for the action films of the 80s and 90s, as they all too often find themselves wading through wave after wave of enemies, setting off explosions left right and centre. Broforce embraces those action-packed films wholeheartedly, and takes the destruction, the bombast and the excess to the next level.”
It’s always great to acknowledge the efforts and achievement of our fellow countrymen, so well to Free Lives for creating something that is not only breaking boundaries, but machine-gunning and grenading its way through them.
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