Bethesda’s parkour-FPS combo Brink released on multiple platforms on May 10 to largely average reviews, with very laggy multiplayer and just so-so matchmaking called out as its initial problems holding the game back. On May 13, developer Splash Damage and publisher Bethesda made a couple of announcements that every Brink player should love–a quick update to correct those multiplayer problems, and free DLC.
If you bought Brink, chances are good that you have already automatically downloaded and are (hopefully) enjoying the configuration changes (on the 360 and PS3, now that Sony’s PSN is returning to service). The update allows “…those connecting to and hosting matches (particularly those with lower upstream bandwidth) to more reliably find and connect to quality hosts…” via Brink‘s matchmaking. PC players should also be enjoying an update addressing AI (another major complaint), GPU, and server issues.
So far however, comments on the Bethesda Blog indicate that the update is great for some but useless for others, with some gamers with reportedly excellent net connections still experiencing lag that makes the game unplayable online. So, if you passed on Brink because of so-so reviews and reported lag issues, or maybe you’re looking for another cooperative FPS to play, it may be time to give it another look (or at least a rental).
Considering the reviews, Bethesda and Splash Damage’s announcement to provide the first DLC pack for free makes a lot of sense–reinvigorate the investment current fans have made and provide those on the fence with a more compelling reason to check it out. Brink‘s first DLC pack is just around the corner with a June release and will include more maps, and we hope even more options for character customization or unlockable weapon mods (though details are scarce for now).
If you’re playing Brink, what has the update done for you?
Source: Bethesda Blog