Brothers in Arms (series)

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Brothers in Arms
Brothers in Arms logo.png
Genres First-person shooter
Developers Gearbox Software
Publishers Ubisoft
First release Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30
March 1, 2005
Latest release Brothers in Arms 2: Global Front
Summer 2010
Official website http://brothers-in-arms.ubi.com/

Brothers in Arms is a World War II video game series consisting of three main games and seven spin-off games. The storyline is set against the backdrop of the liberation of Europe. It has mainly been released for Windows and Mac OS platforms as well as sixth and seventh generation consoles and some mobile devices.

Games[edit]

Titles in the Brothers in Arms Series
Title First release Windows Mac OS X 6th Gen 7th Gen Handheld Developer Publisher Series Notes
Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 2005 Windows OS X PS2, Xbox Wii N/A Gearbox Ubisoft Main series
Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood 2005 Windows OS X PS2, Xbox Wii Mobile phone Gearbox Ubisoft Main series
Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway 2008 Windows N/A N/A PS3, Xbox 360 N/A Gearbox Ubisoft Main series
Brothers in Arms: D-Day 2006 N/A N/A N/A N/A PSP Gearbox Ubisoft Spin-off
Brothers in Arms DS 2007 N/A N/A N/A N/A NDS Gameloft Ubisoft Spin-off
Brothers in Arms: Art of War 2008 N/A N/A N/A N/A Java ME Gameloft Gameloft Spin-off
Brothers in Arms 2008 N/A N/A N/A N/A N-Gage 2.0 Gameloft Gameloft Spin-off
Brothers in Arms: Hour of Heroes 2008 N/A N/A N/A N/A iOS Gearbox Gameloft Spin-off
Brothers in Arms 2: Global Front 2010 N/A N/A N/A N/A iOS, Android Gearbox Gameloft Spin-off
Brothers in Arms: Double Time
- Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30
- Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood
2008 Windows OS X N/A Wii N/A Gearbox Ubisoft Compilation

Main series[edit]

Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30
Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 is a first-person shooter video game created by Gearbox Software for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, and Xbox. It is published by Ubisoft and was released in early 2005. The game takes place during, and the following days, of D-Day in World War II and focuses on realistic team strategy and tactics rather than the faster paced run and gun gameplay of contemporary WW2 shooters. It was ported to the Wii in 2008, as part of the Brothers in Arms: Double Time compilation.
Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood
Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood is a video game and sequel to Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30, developed by Gearbox Software for the PC, PlayStation 2, and Xbox, and was later ported to the Wii in 2008 as a part of the Brothers in Arms: Double Time compilation. It takes place directly after Road to Hill 30.
Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway
Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway is the third entry in the Brothers in Arms series of video games, developed by Gearbox Software for the PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. It covers Operation Market Garden in the later stages of World War II.
Brothers In Arms Four
Brothers in Arms Four: (not confirmed title) is an upcoming game in Matt Baker's story. It will be the fourth and final chapter, but should not be confused with Brothers In Arms: Furious 4. The conflict will be focusing on the Battle of the Bulge after the Failure of the Operation Market Garden and the final push into the heart of Germany.

Spin-offs[edit]

Brothers in Arms: D-Day
Brothers in Arms: D-Day is a tactical first-person shooter game in the Brothers in Arms series for the PSP. It uses the Unreal Engine 2.0 as its technology base.
Brothers in Arms DS
Brothers in Arms DS is a game for the Nintendo DS, developed by Gameloft after an Gearbox Software license, and published by Ubisoft. It is part of a series established by Gearbox's Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30.
Brothers in Arms: Art of War
Brothers in Arms: Art of War is a game developed and published by Gameloft for mobile phones, based on Gearbox's Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 license.
Brothers in Arms
Brothers in Arms is a game developed and published by Gameloft for the N-Gage mobile gaming service, based on Gearbox's Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 license.
Brothers in Arms: Hour of Heroes
Brothers in Arms: Hour of Heroes is a third-person shooter video game published by Gameloft and developed by Gearbox Software for iOS.[1][2][3][4] It is part of the Brothers in Arms series of video games.
Brothers in Arms 2: Global Front
Brothers in Arms 2: Global Front is the second iPhone OS installment of the Gearbox Software series. There's also a version for Android mobile phones.
Brothers in Arms: Furious 4
Brothers in Arms: Furious 4 is the next installment in the Brothers in Arms series, developed by Gearbox Software for the PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. It explores the adventures of a new set of characters inspired by the famous Filthy Thirteen.

Compilations[edit]

Brothers in Arms: Double Time
Brothers in Arms: Double Time is a first-person shooter video game compilation for the Wii and Mac OS X[5] platforms. It is part of the Brothers in Arms series and was developed by Gearbox Software and published by Ubisoft.

Characters[edit]

The main games of the series follow the men of the 101st Airborne Division's 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment, F Company as they progress through the war. The player directly controls either Staff Sergeant Matthew Baker (Road to Hill 30, Hell's Highway) or Sgt. Joe "Red" Hartsock (Earned in Blood), and can control the members of Baker and/or Hartsock's respective squads in combat.

Critical Reception[edit]

Aggregate review scores
As of June 8, 2013.
Game GameRankings Metacritic
Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 (PC) 87.97%[6]
(Xbox) 88.43%[7]
(PS2) 85.04%[8]
(PC) 87[9]
(Xbox) 88[10]
(PS2) 82[11]
Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood (PS2) 74.41%[12]
(PC) 84%[13]
(Xbox) 85.11%[14]
(PS2) 71[15]
(PC) 84[16]
(Xbox) 85[17]
Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway (PS3) 76.21%%[18]
(X360) 77.19%%[19]
(PC) 77.25%%[20]
(Xbox 360) 76[21]
(PS3) 76[22]
(PC) 79[23]

The series has received mostly positive to favorable reception.

Future[edit]

On 18 June 2009 Gearbox Software applied to the United States Patent and Trademark Office for 4 trademarks with a "War Hero" suffix, "Brothers in Arms War Hero" being one of them.[24][25] On 25 June Gearbox's president Randy Pitchford confirmed that the company was interested in developing a "War Hero" game in the unspecified future, however he added that there was no publisher signed to the project and the company was not ready to talk about it publicly.[26]

A new game titled Brothers In Arms: Savage 7 has been sighted for sale on the website of British retailer Gamestation.[27] Although the game has not been officially announced by Gearbox, the sales date of 'late 2011' suggests a release in the not too distant future. However, the link now directs to the page for Furious 4.

In an interview promoting Borderlands 2 with IGN, Randy Pitchford stated a new Brothers in Arms game is in development and he also explained why Furious 4 has become a new IP. However, Furious 4 no longer follows a historical storyline and will be complete fiction combined with outrageous characters and non-historical weapons. This news brought mostly negative remarks from fans of the series, and numerous polls suggest most players are against and don't favor this change. No news or comments were made as to why the Developers decided on the change from history to fiction.[28]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kaminski, Joseph (2008-12-03). "'Brothers in Arms: Hour of Heroes' storms App Store". CNET. Retrieved 2009-07-12. 
  2. ^ Crecente, Brian (2008-12-10). "Brothers in Arms: Hour of Heroes Micro-Review: A Touching Attempt". Kotaku. Retrieved 2009-07-12. 
  3. ^ Buchanan, Levi (2008-12-05). "Brothers in Arms: Hour of Heroes iPhone Review". IGN. Retrieved 2009-07-12. 
  4. ^ Thompson, Michael (2009-02-05). "Review: Hour of Heroes brings WW2 to iPhone in style". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2009-07-12. 
  5. ^ "Feral to Ship Brothers in Arms: Double Time on April 16". The Mac Observer. 
  6. ^ "Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 Reviews". GameRankings. Retrieved June 8, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 Reviews". GameRankings. Retrieved August 10, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 Reviews". GameRankings. Retrieved August 10, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved June 8, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Brothers in Arms Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved June 8, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved August 10, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood Reviews". GameRankings. Retrieved June 8, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood Reviews". GameRankings. Retrieved June 8, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood Reviews". GameRankings. Retrieved June 8, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved June 8, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved June 8, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved August 10, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway Reviews". GameRankings. Retrieved June 8, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway Reviews". GameRankings. Retrieved June 8, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway Reviews". GameRankings. Retrieved June 8, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved June 8, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved June 8, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved June 8, 2013. 
  24. ^ http://tarr.uspto.gov/servlet/tarr?regser=serial&entry=77762851
  25. ^ http://uk.xbox360.ign.com/articles/997/997616p1.html
  26. ^ http://uk.xbox360.ign.com/articles/998/998295p1.html
  27. ^ http://www.gamestation.co.uk/gs/brothers-in-arms-savage-7-48525?categoryIdentifier=12604&attributeName1=Genre&attributeValue1=4294967174
  28. ^ http://ca.ign.com/articles/2011/06/06/e3-2011-brothers-in-arms-furious-4-announced