Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway

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Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway
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Developer(s) Gearbox Software
Publisher(s) Ubisoft
Series Brothers in Arms
Engine Modified Unreal Engine 3
Platform(s) PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows
Release date(s) PlayStation 3 & Xbox 360
NA 20080923September 23, 2008
AUS 20080925September 25, 2008
EU 20080926September 26, 2008
JP 20081127November 27, 2008
Microsoft Windows
NA 20081007October 7, 2008
AUS 20101009October 9, 2010
EU 20081010October 10, 2008
Genre(s) First-person shooter
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway is a first-person shooter video game developed by Gearbox Software and published by Ubisoft for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows. It follows the men of the 101st Airborne Division (502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment). This game once again puts players in the role of Staff Sergeant Matt Baker (who is based on Harrison C. Summers) during Operation Market Garden in the later stages of World War II.

Gameplay[edit]

When a command is issued, the player model uses authentic WWII infantry hand signals to issue the command to his squad; this is similar to the predecessor Brothers in Arms games. The player also has the ability to take cover behind objects and fire from a third person perspective, which is an integral part of the game's strategy.

The game had many new features, including a selection of new specialized units, including bazooka and machine gun teams. A new “health” system has replaced the more punishing set health per mission system of previous Brothers in Arms games. With this system, the player's screen begins to turn red as he exposes himself from cover and returns to normal when he returns to cover; failure to take cover will result in Baker getting shot and killed. The original "Situational Awareness" system of the first two Brothers in Arms games has been replaced with a simple tactical map that includes historically accurate reconnaissance reports based on period reconnaissance of the exact missions the player is currently playing.

One of the new features of Hell's Highway is the "action cam". When the player achieves a head shot, executes a good grenade kill, or orders a particularly explosive bazooka blast, the camera will sometimes zoom in on the action and go into slow motion, showing the enemy's gory death.

Release[edit]

The game was officially released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on September 23, 2008 in North America, and was in stores on September 20, 2008. The Microsoft Windows version was released two weeks later, on October 7, 2008. It was made available on Steam on October 8, 2008.[1]

Gearbox officially announced a special, limited edition version of the game which included a 6 inch Sergeant Matt Baker figure with 13 accessories, a blister pack holding the figure and accessories, a 32-page Brothers in Arms First Edition comic book, a full-color map of Operation Market Garden, special packaging, and 2 more playable multiplayer characters.[2]

Novelization[edit]

On July 29, 2008, Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway was published by Presidio Press as a companion novel for the video game by the video game's historical director, Colonel John Antal, who served in the United States Army and retired after 30 years.[3]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (PC) 77.25%[4]
(X360) 77.19%[5]
(PS3) 76.21%[6]
Metacritic (PC) 79/100[7]
(X360) 76/100[8]
(PS3) 76/100[9]
Review scores
Publication Score
Edge 6/10[10]
Eurogamer 7/10[11]
Game Informer 7.75/10[12]
GamePro 4/5 stars[13]
Game Revolution C+[14]
GameSpot 8.5/10[15][16]
GameSpy 4/5 stars[17]
GameTrailers 8.3/10[18]
GameZone (X360) 8.2/10[19]
8/10[20][21]
Giant Bomb 4/5 stars[22]
IGN (PC) 7.9/10[23]
(PS3 & X360, US) 7.6/10[24]
(PS3, AU) 7/10[25]
OXM 9/10[26]
PC Gamer (US) 93%[27]
PSM 3.5/5 stars[28]

Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway received positive reviews. Aggregating review websites GameRankings and Metacritic gave the PC version 77.25% and 79/100,[4][7] the Xbox 360 version 77.19% and 76/100[5][8] and the PlayStation 3 version 76.21% and 76/100.[6][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway™ on Steam". Steam. October 8, 2008. Retrieved November 11, 2014. 
  2. ^ Plunkett, Luke (July 28, 2008). "Brothers In Arms Delayed. Again". Kotaku. Retrieved March 24, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Hell's Highway (Brothers in Arms): Amazon.co.uk: John Antal: Books". Amazon. Retrieved August 13, 2012. 
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  6. ^ a b "Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway for PlayStation 3". GameRankings. Retrieved October 30, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved October 30, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway for Xbox 360 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved October 30, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway for PlayStation 3 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved October 30, 2014. 
  10. ^ Edge staff (November 2008). "Review: Brothers in Arms Hell['s Highway]". Edge (194): 93. Retrieved November 11, 2014. 
  11. ^ Reed, Kristan (September 23, 2008). "Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway (X360)". Eurogamer. Retrieved November 11, 2014. 
  12. ^ Bertz, Matt (November 2008). "Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway (PS3, X360)". Game Informer (187). Archived from the original on September 24, 2008. Retrieved November 11, 2014. 
  13. ^ Dyer, Mitchell (October 6, 2008). "Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway (X360)". GamePro. Archived from the original on October 8, 2008. Retrieved November 11, 2014. 
  14. ^ Costantino, Jesse (October 3, 2008). "Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway Review (PS3, X360)". Game Revolution. Retrieved November 11, 2014. 
  15. ^ Watters, Chris (September 25, 2008). "Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway Review". GameSpot. Retrieved November 11, 2014. 
  16. ^ Watters, Chris (October 15, 2008). "Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway Review (PC)". GameSpot. Retrieved November 11, 2014. 
  17. ^ Tuttle, Will (September 24, 2008). "GameSpy: Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway (PS3, X360)". GameSpy. Retrieved November 11, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway, Review (X360)". GameTrailers. October 3, 2008. Retrieved November 11, 2014. 
  19. ^ Zacarias, Eduardo (September 28, 2008). "Brothers in Arms Hell's Highway - 360 - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on December 5, 2008. Retrieved November 11, 2014. 
  20. ^ Sandoval, Angelina (September 29, 2008). "Brothers in Arms Hell's Highway Review - PlayStation 3". GameZone. Archived from the original on December 24, 2008. Retrieved November 11, 2014. 
  21. ^ Hopper, Steven (October 21, 2008). "Brothers in Arms Hell's Highway Review - PC". GameZone. Archived from the original on December 20, 2008. Retrieved November 11, 2014. 
  22. ^ Davis, Ryan (September 30, 2008). "Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway Review (PS3, X360)". Giant Bomb. Retrieved November 11, 2014. 
  23. ^ Haynes, Jeff (October 7, 2008). "Brothers In Arms: Hell's Highway Review (PC)". IGN. Retrieved November 11, 2014. 
  24. ^ Haynes, Jeff (September 23, 2008). "Brothers In Arms: Hell's Highway Review". IGN. Retrieved November 11, 2014. 
  25. ^ Read, Christian (September 24, 2008). "Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway AU Review (PS3)". IGN. Retrieved November 11, 2014. 
  26. ^ Curthoys, Paul (November 2008). "Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway". Official Xbox Magazine: 62. Archived from the original on September 27, 2008. Retrieved November 11, 2014. 
  27. ^ "Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway". PC Gamer: 70. December 25, 2008. 
  28. ^ "Review: Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway". PlayStation: The Official Magazine: 74. December 2008. 

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