No Emotions, Just Explosions: Broforce!

By Adam Smith on June 25th, 2013 at 2:00 pm.

The headline refers to the trend for overwhelming emotional experiences in modern man-shoots. In Broforce! there is none of that. Brosplosions create ex-bros, decimating chunks of scenery and causing enemies to bounce, bleed and bellow as they perish in a fountain of red pixels. The millennia’s worth of the 1980s that have been packed into the game is nothing more than a distraction because beyond the silly characters – Rambro, the Brominator – and daft title, Broforce! is a beautifully designed game. Think of it as Contra with destructible scenery and increased mobility, or a side-scrolling Cannon Fodder, or even Spelunky except with exploding everything. Barrels burst, bridges tumble into chasms, giant vehicles fall from the sky. Watch the trailer, play the free brototype and you will become a believer.

Eurogamer reckon “Broforce is what The Expendables game should have been” but that’s not going far enough. This is what The Expendables films should have been.

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  1. frightlever says:

    I am reminded, for no good reason, of the “pony” cart pursuit in Saints Row the Third.

    • phelix says:

      A ballgagged autotuned man holds more emotional value for me than the plot of the average manshoot. Oh, videogames!

      • frightlever says:

        I was just thinking about the way the “pony” carts exploded.

        • The Random One says:

          Yeah, even on the crazy world of SR3 that’s the kind of Mel Blanc style gag you don’t see often in games.

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    distantlurker says:

    Brolieve it brah!

  3. int says:

    Lieroesque! Needs a Wormbro.

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    lowprices says:

    “Brototype”. Oh my god. I feel like I need a lie down just having read that word.

    • top8cat says:

      lol, I was thinking that same thing. Even rewound it to check.

    • Jerppa says:

      Say that five times in a Brow in front of the mirror and suddenly you have chest hair.

  5. LennyLeonardo says:

    I can’t believe they didn’t go for “Brobrocop”. Overkill, maybe?

    Broverkill.

  6. Tei says:

    “Cool guys don’t look at explosions”.

    Theres so many explosions, this don’t look playable. How can you play a game where you die ever 0.5 seconds, and the whole scenery is destroyed in 1.4 seconds?

    • Viroso says:

      The real question is, how can you NOT play it?

    • Adam Smith says:

      It’s actually quite possible, at least early on, to stealth through levels. Honestly! Granted, stabbing people launches them into the air and it’s tempting to chase after the body, juggling it until it lands in a fire, but it’s not all explosions.

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        fredcadete says:

        But of course! One of the advertised features is “Nuanced and strategic combat, explosive action and deadly stealth.”

        Stealth is, of course, the better way to play this brain teaser.

    • somnolentsurfer says:

      The Brototype runs in a browser, so try it at work or on your Mac and see for yourself. Is best web game I’ve played in a while.

    • DragonTech says:

      You actually don’t die nearly as much as they do in the video. They just end every intro with a death because that’s how they like to do it. The older trailer was like that too. And scenery destruction usually pretty manageable, unless you never take your finger off the fire button as one of the more destructive characters.

    • KirbyEvan says:

      So Hotline Miami?

    • SomeDuder says:

      Actually, I enjoyed how everything can be done with bullets – Shooting terrorists, opening cages, checking crates, digging tunnels, having polite conversations. This is the universe I want to live in.

  7. Viroso says:

    Some of the features advertised

    “Capybaras.
    For every terrorist killed in Broforce, a terrorist will die in real life.”

  8. LevelHeaded says:

    The gameplay is pretty broring, actually.

  9. Synesthesia says:

    I laughed way too much through this. Sold.

  10. Bobtree says:

    Screen shaking sucks.

  11. Bhazor says:

    American flags to celebrate all those classic American action heroes like Stallone, Van Damme, Schwarzenegger and Lundgren

    • jonahcutter says:

      Hey, that’s the American Dream at work. Immigrants becoming superhero action stars.

      Just don’t point it out to our conservatives. They like BIG FENCES.

      • Grygus says:

        …and the men who climb those fences are most likely qualified to be action stars! So it’s really just a full-time audition with armed guards.

  12. Dog Pants says:

    That top screenshot looks remarkably like the opening level of Bionic Commando. The original, that is. Bionic CommanBro, if you will.

  13. Tomatoboxer says:

    If Blade is old enough to get in, can we have The Brodesmaid from Kill Broll?

  14. Ztox says:

    Looks amazing to me on that showing. Metal Slug with a bit of (as Adam said) Spelunky. The particle effects also make me think Metal Slug/Liero.

  15. Rolly says:

    True bromance!

  16. honuk says:

    This starts slow, but god damn does it ever pick up. Would definitely buy the full version.

  17. Archroy says:

    ALSO!

    http://www.freelives.net/BROFORCE/OnlineAlpha/OnlineAlpha.html

    I can’t remember how i found this (can never find the link to it), but it’s a multiplayer version. SO now you can bro-op Broforce.

  18. oldfart says:

    What, no Broddock ? Chuck Norris is not happy.

  19. Wedge says:

    Needs Vin Diesel as Brodick.

  20. Blue_Lemming says:

    Lunch:ruined.
    This is a keeper, best browser game in a while.

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    Samuelson says:

    This is great!

  22. Josh W says:

    This is a multiplayer game if ever I saw one; the way that getting new lives forces you to randomly change character means that you can keep trading off who should be what, given what just killed you in your last run through, although enemies seem to randomise slightly. Having more than one character makes that a real choice.

    It’s also hilarious when one of you is rocket launcher arnie, the other is blade, and you keep destroying the ground that the other one is standing on, or when you pull off a perfect undermining of some enemy spawner, only to be jumped by a dog when congratulating each other. (On that note, try using melee on each other)