magine a game that channeled everything we loved regarding the action movies from the 80s and 90s. Visualize a game that took the idea behind The Expendables and ramped it to 11. Imagine that this mythical game was obviously a pixel art platformer that harnessed each 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 up on the Broforce wagon once the game made its debut using the pc and Mac recently. I have no excuse; I had been remiss. But when Sony offered the bingo via PlayStation Plus, I had to jump in. The result has become mad fun to me. I almost severed my ties with Digital Crack due to 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 following your action movie stalwarts of the 80s and 90s. What they are called are parodies of those well-known action heroes: Rambro, Brommando, B.A. Broracus, and also the not-masculine-but-still-badass Ellen Ripbro. You fight terrorists, rescue bro teammates, and destroy all things in sight in pursuit of your goals: liberating the world of baddies!
The overall game 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 every movement is fluid. Interactions with all the environment may seem unforgiving, but they are fair. If you fall of the edge or get crushed with a block, you were probably at fault.
Along the way, you reach checkpoints in which you raise the American flag (FUCK YEA!) and take on bosses. Every time you rescue a bro or POW, you assume the role of a different bro. Each bro has different abilities; Brominator features a minigun, while Bronan the Barbarian wields swords. The variability in bros and weapon sets is awesome.
Playing alone is a good experience, but it’s in multiplayer the place that the game becomes a truly visceral experience. There’s nothing like the “fun” of progressing by having a level, only to have one of your fellow bros to throw a grenade and break the bottom under you, or light a flamethrower and immolate my way through front of you - including those explosive barrels that you are standing next to. Friendships will likely be tested with this game!
What are the drawbacks? Well, few. People who don’t like platformers is sure to be turned off with that game. Also, many places will feel cheap having its kill areas if playing solo. Multiplayer for the PS4 is also pretty laggy, slowing the game down to a crawl at most inopportune moments.
Despite these niggles, Broforce can be a wonderfully chaotic experience. Devolver Digital is really a publisher that knows how to deliver a high-octane experience, and also this game is no exception. When the prospect of controlling Bro Dredd or Brobocop within a platform shooter can be your dream, this game is often a foregone conclusion. If you just like to play a great game, or 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