Posts Tagged ‘Free Lives’

Impressions: Broforce

By Marsh Davies on April 17th, 2014.

Broforce is a run-and-gun platformer which joyously spoofs the bellicose masculinity of action cinema. It’s available on Steam Early Access for £12/$15, but its featureset punches above its alpha status: singleplayer, online co-op, deathmatch, time trials, a level editor and more are already in a fairly well-polished state with more tweaks and content planned.

Here are three uncharitable assumptions you might have made about Broforce: it’s a ten-a-penny mindless blaster; the whole “bro” thing makes it more ironic meme than game; it’s snoresomely reverent of bygone shooters like Contra. Happily, Broforce dodges all these bullets like a spry Sly Stallone weaving through a hail of preposterously inaccurate Kalashnikov fire. On the evidence of its Early Access release, it’s actually a game of breezy invention and energetic pace which deploys both its nostalgia for action films and pixellated shooters with a lightness of touch. And, though there’s a very good deal of carnage, it enforces some degree of tactical caution – partly because even a single bullet will kill you, but mostly because the levels are wholly and very readily destructible, quickly evaporating over-eager bros in devastating chain detonations or squashing them with falling detritus.

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Broforce Explodes Onto Steam Early Access

By Alice O'Connor on April 7th, 2014.

Even if you're doing something ironically, you're still doing it.

Hey bro, wanna bro out with some video games? Like any real bro, I love my VGs and I love them even more when I can get my bro on with my bros! The lesson here is: even if you’re doing something ironically, you are still doing it and should feel bad (I certainly do). So look, Broforce really is named Broforce and it does star 1980s and ’90s action heroes with bro-ised names like MacBrover, B.A. Broracus, and Brobocop.

If references to popular culture from when you were younger sets you off into fits of giggles, you’ll adore it. However, if you can get past the questionable bro spin, it is some pretty pleasant shooty platformer fun, and something you may wish to cast an eye over now it’s on Steam Early Access.

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Bromantic: Devolver To Publish Broforce

By Adam Smith on February 12th, 2014.

Broforce is the smartest game with the dumbest name. Eighties action movies are the thematic springboard from which it leaps through the air – in slow-motion, away from an exploding nuclear power station, with a knife between its teeth – but its design is as retro as a 3d printed sculpture of the future. The blocky graphics might suggest otherwise but developers Free Lives have taken the run ‘n’ gun basics of Contra and spliced them with the full force of modern trends and techniques. Along with a gloriously effective arsenal, Broforce contains fully destructible scenery, variable attack patterns, exquisite particle effects and a dash of Spelunky-like compulsion. It’s heading to Steam Early Access this March under the guidance of publisher Devolver and if that news doesn’t make your mullet stand on end, you clearly haven’t played the free Brototype. Do so immediately.

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Ready, Steady, Bro: Broforce Muscles In Again

By Alec Meer on November 6th, 2013.

don't splode me, bro

A selection of YouTube comments on the latest trailer for Contra-inspired, 80s action hero-riffing, shooty platformer Broforce:

“I masturbate to this… shut up…”
“Ma balls ma balls. HELL YEAH !:D”
“Thats a preaty fricken epic trailor!”

And my personal favourite, “This is fuckin amazing. Hello from Russia.” Hello!
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No Emotions, Just Explosions: Broforce!

By Adam Smith on June 25th, 2013.

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.

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