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4.00/5.00 January 29, 2008

Brothers In Arms For Xbox

When Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 was released earlier this year, it was lauded for its nearly seamless integration between first-person-shooter control and squad command mechanics. While clearly not as twitchy as most shooters, Brothers in Arms focused on the tactical aspect of small-squad infantry combat in World War II and packaged it with a cinema-quality presentation reminiscent of HBO's Band of Brothers. Fewer than seven months later, Gearbox has churned out a sequel. And as you'd expect from a sequel turned around so quickly, Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood offers a rather similar experience to its excellent predecessor, with improved enemy artificial intelligence and additional multiplayer options. The novelty has worn off just a bit, though. If you loved the first game, Earned in Blood offers a lot more of the same great gameplay. For those who aren't familiar with the first game, Earned in Blood puts you in the shoes of an American corporal in World War II named Joe "Red" Hartsock. Hartsock was one of the thousands of US Airborne troopers who dropped in behind enemy lines the night before the Normandy landing in France. The story and the campaign are based on the real-life stories of Hartsock and his mates as they fought across the French countryside in those critical first two weeks after the invasion. For those of you who did play Road to Hill 30, Hartsock's name might ring a bell. That's because he was a character in the first game. The storyline in Earned in Blood overlaps that of Road to Hill 30, so you'll get to see Hartsock's point of view, as well as his experiences during the same time frame. As you'd imagine, much of the game is played from a flashback perspective as Hartsock is debriefed on his experiences by a superior officer. The in-engine cutscenes used to advance the story before and after missions are as heartfelt and impactful as they were in the first game, with the voice actor depicting Hartsock doing a fantastic job of conveying the emotion you'd expect from a war-weary soldier. The interface of Earned in Blood is pretty much the same as it was in Road to Hill 30. You play as Hartsock from a first-person perspective and have the ability to walk, kneel, fire, aim down the iron sight of your gun, and throw grenades. You'll also have up to two different fireteams, or one fireteam and a tank, at your command. You can direct each team to follow you, move to an area, open fire on enemies, or charge enemies in an all-out assault. In general, your teammates are intelligent about contextually evaluating their surroundings and finding the proper cover in a given situation. If you direct them near a low wall or log, for example, they'll take up cover behind it. Move them to the side of a building with windows and they'll sidle up between the openings and peer through the windows so they don't leave themselves vulnerable. Once in a while they'll do something stupid, like take themselves out of cover or set up in a bad place. Usually this happens if you plant yourself in the spot you told them to move to. Though improvements have been made to the AI, and you've got additional multiplayer modes available, it's somewhat difficult to call Earned in Blood a true sequel. In the end, it delivers a pretty similar experience to the first game, even going so far as to tell an overlapping story. Of course, if you enjoyed Road to Hill 30, then Earned in Blood is definitely worth picking up!

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1.00/5.00 August 7, 2014



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4.00/5.00 November 29, 2006

Amazing 1st person shooter

This is a great first person shooter game that's backdrop is set after the drop in Normandy during WW2. I've never played a squad-based game before, so I was extremely happy with the fact that I could command my squad to flank an enemy gunman while I layered bullets upon bullets on his location. However, there are a couple flaws when sending your squad to a certain location. The first problem is that if they engage in combat while going to my desired location, they most likely end up getting slaughtered since they stay out in the open. You have to command them to duck for cover or pull back if the firefight is too heavy for them. Also, when they're hiding behind a wall, the AI tanks seem to know that, and end up blasting them to smithareens leaving me alone to fight the tanks and krauts. Another flaw that's really no big deal is the lag that takes place if the firefight gets too extreme. Everyone ends up shooting in slow motion and it gets kind of annoying if you're trying to kill an AI enemy. Besides, these small flaws, the gameplay is excellent. I loved the storylines, I loved the graphics, but above all else, I loved my squad. The aiming could be a bit better, but I guess the gamemakers didn't want to make it easy for you to just snipe an AI from 100 yards away. You have to really get up close and personal if you want to get the kill for yourself. The game could have been longer, but it makes up for it if you replay it again in the Hard setting.

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4.00/5.00 September 9, 2009

Not bad FPS - video interludes a little boring

Brothers in Arms is a pretty good FPS. Focusses more on you managing your squads, than actual FPS action. But still plenty of action for your trigger fingers. I will admit the sighting for this games weapons is a little goofy, and it takes several kill shots to get the enemy to die. But hey if all the war FPS's were written the same way they would get boring. SO hats off to the BIA franchise for keeping things interesting. Aw come on try it - just keep your thinking cap on when playing and you will have a great time. Ran great on my Vista 64 OS and the Sony Vaio FW370 laptop.

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5.00/5.00 August 25, 2008

Most realistic FPS *ever* created - by former US Marine

Put simply, this game is the finest video game ever made. It goes without saying that it's the best FPS on the market - and that statement includes the time between here and its release date. It's amazing, because of the squad tactics and the unique system the game has for you to command your two fire times. The tactics are PRECISELY what I've *literally* used in the real world to survive urban firefights and the experience is so viscerally similar to actual combat that it illicits the fear-focus physical changes that you experience in real life. This is AS CLOSE as you will get to actual combat. I bought this eBay item to make sure I had a MINT condition 2nd copy of that game just in case my primary copy ever dies. THAT'S how good this game is.

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5.00/5.00 November 3, 2006

Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood.

HI. This is superegio, and this is my review of Brothers in Arms (BIA). I had previously played Earned In Blood as a rental and knew what I was getting when I placed my bid. X Box has good games: graphics and game play is awesome for BIA. I like the BIA saga because it is based on a real story and a real war. It may seem unlikely that anyone might learn anything positive from a game that hinges upon a brutal and bloody war--the gore and violence in the game can offer a glimpse of what happened in WWII--but the truth is that you can also learn some History and have an idea of how tragic wars can be. I also have the first installment of this story. BIA: Road to Hill 30, which also bought on Ebay. The first game left me wanting for more WWII action and BIA: Earned in Blood did just that. The game does a great job at revealing some key plot events from the first game. The two game stories are very closely interwoven and the characters truly feel like real people. Overall, I recommend this game for people who do not mind playing shooters with the simple yet deadly weapons of WWII, like the American Browning Automatic Rifle, BAR, and Tommy assault rifle and the German F42 and the STG 44 assault rifles, just to name a few. If you play Earned In Blood you are in for a lot of fun and surprises and may be a lesson or two in WWII History. Play on!

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5.00/5.00 February 21, 2017

Great game, great service, great value!!!

This is a great game, I got great service at great value... what else could I possibly ask for?! Graphics are good and the gameplay is very compelling.... Love it!!!

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5.00/5.00 January 13, 2017


Great game! Even better story and character's. More than just a run and gun first person shooter this game requires strategy. One of my all time favorite WWll shooters.

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3.00/5.00 July 5, 2007

Excellent graphics. Too hard to command team in combat

I have enjoyed the game but trying to command the team members while in a battle is too difficult, especially when they do not do as instructed. They fact that the player has to be on the attack while the fire team might cease the covering fire makes many situations impossible. For this reason I do not play this game nearly as much as two others that I have. At least the game has the cursing in it for me. The game would be just as realistic without this and more enjoyable for me. It was worth the five bucks I paid. I would not recommend paying full retail unless you enjoy frustration.

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5.00/5.00 March 1, 2012

Perfect as expected game as all bia series . . .

FANTASTIC !!! My son loves it and this seller is absolutely trustable. Brad Bennett . . . The bin series has always been on of my sons favorites for its realism in actual american history . . .

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4.00/5.00 February 20, 2017

Great Concept... Poor Graphics...

I loved playing this game when I was younger and I always remembered that I could never complete some of the more difficult missions.... After replaying this game over 10 years later I realize how difficult it must have been considering how hard it is to to hit enemies with iron sights, let alone see your enemy... Great concept utilizing commands to successfully eliminate the Axis forces and traverse the enemy filled European countryside. Considering this game was on the precipice of some of the first multiplayer/co-op on consoles(even though I never got it working) it was a courageous choice of innovative game design before the massive surge of FPS shooters with the Call of Duty series...

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2.00/5.00 February 29, 2008

Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood Playstation 2 Review

The original game in the series (road to hill 30?) is not too different from this sequel, so the review applies to that game as well. The core concept is the use of 1 or 2 squads (depending on the mission): a fire (support) team that's to be used to suppress an enemy, and an assault team to be used to move closer to the enemy and finish them off. It is a 1st person game, so you're free to run around and do whatever you want. This makes it a cross between "Full spectrum warrior" with suppression indicators and an enemy that hides/sometimes flanks and "Ghost Recon" in which you're directly involved in the action. This idea is initially successful and the game enjoyable, as it gets you used to gradually improving enemy AI and the use of your squad tactics. However, the game ultimately becomes more of a logic puzzle in which you must figure out where to place a squad at each moment. And though they tend to find some cover when under fire, the sqaud members can often stand out in the open long enough to get mowed down, which means you often end up with 1 or 2 other team-mates to help you out. Sometimes it gets more intense with running and gunning, leap-frogging, etc, which adds some freshness. But mostly, it seems to become the stale logic puzzle. So it only seems to be enjoyable for short amounts of time. As a final note, there are missions in both games in which there is nowhere to use the two squads you've been given; they just get mowed down if you try. These points drag the game down as you play them over and over trying to understand how you're supposed to go about things, without going off on your own and sniping enemies behind cover (and thus defeating the point of the game). Overall, I enjoyed both games as rentals, but I wouldn't buy them.

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5.00/5.00 July 5, 2007

Brothers in Arms EIB - Most authentic WWII game made!!!

Brothers in Arms Earned in Blood is as I described in the title, THE most authentic WWII game you can buy. When I first played this game I was too used to playing Call of Duty and the Medal of Honor games and tried to play it like a first person shooter. Needless to say I died, alot. After some frustrating missions I finally began to understand how to play this game and I haven't put it down since. If you want a game that puts you into WWII like no other game on the market, then this game and series is for you. Pros - The story is engaging and the presentation is superbly done to the point where it's like you're watching and participating in a movie - Your squad members are smarter and will take cover and return fire when needed - The noises of the battles are well done and enhance your WWII experience from the yelling of the Germans to the explosions of mortars and grenades - Controls are easy to pick up and giving orders to your squad is made simple by the press of a button - The enemy isn't dumb, as they will try to flank you if you sit behind cover too long Cons - Framerate while better than the previous game is still clunky when there is alot of action happening at once - The weapon sounds leave a little to be desired. An M1 Garand should sound more powerful than in this game - Sometimes your squad members will leave themselves exposed in a firefight and you have to reposition them to get them to cover

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4.00/5.00 November 7, 2007

An OK shooter

Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood is a fun, slightly captivating shooter. It does have some good squad elements. Your ally AI are often helpful and inaccurate, but the enemy AI is terrible. They will fire when they're behind cover, but if you flank them, they will start running away to no cover or stay where they are and die. They do have their smart moments so don't underestimate them. Overall, the game is someone choppy and slow-paced, but has some nice gunfights and good supporting allies.

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3.00/5.00 May 29, 2007

Brothers In Arms Earned In Blood PS2

Brothers In Arms Earned In Blood on the PS2 is better than the last B.I.A. Slightly improoved graphics, good controls, good story, more game options and better title screen music thats better than that crummy drumming that repeats it'self to much. The cons are if you get hit or killed you sound like Baker when you are supposed to be Hartsock and the graphics still kinda make you feel like you are playing the PSP version. I would recomend this title if you only have PS2 and if you can get it for $15.00 or less. But if you have an Xbox get it for Xbox. Notes: This review is for the PS2 version.

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5.00/5.00 October 12, 2005

Great Game a Must Buy

Brothers to Arms:Earned in Blood is a great game that challenges you as a gamer. This new Brothers to Arms is online and can play with one or two players. The game is also rated M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence and Strong Language. Unlike the first one, the german soilders will try to flank you, assult you and they will move from cover to cover to get a better shot at you. The game also has a new co-op skirmish mode. But, the game is like a copy of the original with some new guns, smart germans and the skirmish mode, but, you play as Hartsock not Baker. But, the game is one of the best WWII games I have ever played.

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3.00/5.00 July 8, 2007

Solo Play

It is a game like the movie. Guess what you cant change history or this game. You are stuck following the paths the game wants you to go and not the best way to go. So it gets you in to stupid pin down situations or going arround multible buildings instead of just going accross the street! Kinda lame but if you want a bang bang shoot it up this is for you.

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5.00/5.00 February 8, 2009

Great war games

Great war action game. Good story line. I have really enjoyed playing this game. Helps teach you to take your time and think before you go in for the victory. And it teaches you great team work.

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4.00/5.00 December 21, 2008

Brother in Arms:Earned in Blood

I love most WW11 games and this might be one of the best ones for me. The ability to take control of your own squad really was impressive for me. The only thing that lacked for me was the ability to actually hit your targets.

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4.00/5.00 June 24, 2010

My husband loves it!

The only thing he's not too big on is the training sessions you have to go thriugh before actually PLAYING the game. There's no way to bypass it and he's impation. He's in a hurry to "kill" people...

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