Brink Gets Free to Play Weekend on Steam

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Brink Gets Free to Play Weekend on Steam

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Why settle for just a demo, when you can try the whole game?

For the next few days there's a way of playing the entirety of the team-based shooter Brink for free, without having to steal it from GameStop or download it illegally. Publisher Bethesda has announced that in celebration of Quakecon, Brink will be free to play all weekend on Steam.

Brink is set in a dystopian future where two rival factions battle for supremacy on the Ark, a floating city in a flooded Earth. The game mixes objective-based gameplay, RPG elements like classes and experience points, a not insignificant assortment of customization options, and an ambitious parkour-style movement system.

As well as the main game, the free to play weekend includes recently released DLC pack, Agents of Change, which adds two extra maps, a higher level cap, and more costumes. You can head over to Steam right now, grab the game, and play it until 1PM PST on Sunday. For people who don't live on the West Coast of North America, that's 5PM EST, and 9PM GMT.

Developer Splash Damage has a long history making this kind of shooter, having created the Wolfenstein and Quake Wars Enemy Territory titles, both of which proved popular with reviewers. Brink has admittedly did get a slightly more mixed reception, but if you're curious and you have a PC that can run the game, it doesn't hurt to give it a try.

Source: Bethblog

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Alot of games go on free to play weekends all the time on steam... what makes Brink so much more different that it deserves a news article?

Yeah good that steam is keeping some part of the try before you buy tradition going on the PC. Now demos seem to be a console only thing, the one platform that does not need it as much, due to rental being a possibility.

Good that steam is filling in for devs now. And yes I know devs have to give the OK for Steam to offer this, but without Steam we would have no chance of getting things like this....

Edit: ignore my rant, Brink had a normal demo that odiously past me by....

tombman888:
Alot of games go on free to play weekends all the time on steam... what makes Brink so much more different that it deserves a news article?

Probably only since it's Quakecon.

OT: I tried it, not a bad game, not a great game either for that matter, but decent :p

But TF2 is F2P forever... WHy would you want a cheap imitation?

Logan Westbrook:
without having to [...] download it from the internet

[...]

You can head over to Steam right now, grab the game, and play it until 1PM PST on Sunday.

Wait a minute...

Sgt. Dante:
But TF2 is F2P forever... WHy would you want a cheap imitation?

Take a drink :3

I wouldn't call it just a cheap imitation of TF2, it has it's "differences" if you may, but ya. Might aswell play TF2 since it's F2P now...and it has lower requirements of your PC then Brink.

Nalgas D. Lemur:

Logan Westbrook:
without having to [...] download it from the internet

[...]

You can head over to Steam right now, grab the game, and play it until 1PM PST on Sunday.

Wait a minute...

I think he implied pirating with that "without having to download it from the internet" ;)

I loled though..skimmed past that part it seems xD

Good that BRINK is getting a free weekend, after the atrocity that is the brain dead critics bashing it so hard, I hope this brings some new people into the mix. An extremely underrated game.

Tried it out and... well, it wasn't very good.
Maybe it was the fact that my teammates were all "herpa derp let's only use the frontline and only be soldiers and operatives" or maybe it just wasn't very good.
Plus, for all the customisation that it bragged, there was hardly any.

therandombear:

Sgt. Dante:
But TF2 is F2P forever... WHy would you want a cheap imitation?

Take a drink :3

I wouldn't call it just a cheap imitation of TF2, it has it's "differences" if you may, but ya. Might aswell play TF2 since it's F2P now...and it has lower requirements of your PC then Brink.

In work so only hot chocolate or water atm, will save it for later.

But yeah, Tf2 is a simpler to run, more classes, better (imo) art style (disregarding hats etc) and is free forever. I don't see that there's a comaprison. It's like comaring a perfectly cooked steak to beef flavoured crisps.

I'm all for different gaming experiences, but Surely people would want to spend their time playing the best examples of a genre? Rather than anything that uses similar mechanics.

tombman888:
Alot of games go on free to play weekends all the time on steam... what makes Brink so much more different that it deserves a news article?

Your statement matches your avatar perfectly by the way. And maybe it's because there is no other news right now?

Sgt. Dante:

therandombear:

Sgt. Dante:
But TF2 is F2P forever... WHy would you want a cheap imitation?

Take a drink :3

I wouldn't call it just a cheap imitation of TF2, it has it's "differences" if you may, but ya. Might aswell play TF2 since it's F2P now...and it has lower requirements of your PC then Brink.

In work so only hot chocolate or water atm, will save it for later.

But yeah, Tf2 is a simpler to run, more classes, better (imo) art style (disregarding hats etc) and is free forever. I don't see that there's a comaprison. It's like comaring a perfectly cooked steak to beef flavoured crisps.

I'm all for different gaming experiences, but Surely people would want to spend their time playing the best examples of a genre? Rather than anything that uses similar mechanics.

Ya, true. Atm TF2 is one of the best FPS online games, and it's free. Gets constatnly updated with maps, weapons and ofc hats, and the balancing issues now then xD

TF2 also has more personality imo, with all the comics "Meet The...." videos and even the TF2 blogposts ;)

Thanks, The Escapist, I take my leave with the knowledge that Spiral Knights has PvP now.

I don't see why Brink should ever cost any amount of money, seeing as the game is absolutely terrible.

tombman888:
Alot of games go on free to play weekends all the time on steam... what makes Brink so much more different that it deserves a news article?

Well I think this place announces ALL free to play weekends,because I could've sworn that they talked about Dino D-Day being free for the weekend.

Eh, i could run it on my computer i might play it for the multi, but i rented it...and it was just so boring.
And some missions were impossible while playing by yourself.
Fucking "Hak dat Missul!".
If i cant get to the damn thing i cant freaking hack it.

But it was fun while it lasted, it had some cool ideas and the classes had some awesome abilities.

Sgt. Dante:
But TF2 is F2P forever... WHy would you want a cheap imitation?

Thats ever so slighty dismissive, just because BRINK is class based does not make it similar to TF2. Thats like saying STALKER is a cod clone just because its first person and has guns. I have played both of them and they play completley differently.

Nalgas D. Lemur:

Logan Westbrook:
without having to [...] download it from the internet

[...]

You can head over to Steam right now, grab the game, and play it until 1PM PST on Sunday.

Wait a minute...

Ha! Good point. I was referring to piracy there, but I can see how that might be unclear. I shall fix that post haste!

frederichvon:

Sgt. Dante:
But TF2 is F2P forever... WHy would you want a cheap imitation?

Thats ever so slighty dismissive, just because BRINK is class based does not make it similar to TF2. Thats like saying STALKER is a cod clone just because its first person and has guns. I have played both of them and they play completley differently.

Ah, but that's kinda my point, WHy did you suggest CoD as your example of FPS?

Because it's pretty much accepted as the best in it's genre.

The same as TF2, it's prettymuch the best class based shooter out there. Every genre has it's "goto" example of how things "should" be done, and any game of that type will and perhaps should inevitably be comapred to that gold-standard title.

The same way all sandbox games are compared to GTA and all MMORPG's are comapred to WoW.

Awesome. All my friends have said it wasn't very good, won't keep me from playing it. Was hyped for this before it got released.

Sgt. Dante:

frederichvon:

Sgt. Dante:
But TF2 is F2P forever... WHy would you want a cheap imitation?

Thats ever so slighty dismissive, just because BRINK is class based does not make it similar to TF2. Thats like saying STALKER is a cod clone just because its first person and has guns. I have played both of them and they play completley differently.

Ah, but that's kinda my point, WHy did you suggest CoD as your example of FPS?

Because it's pretty much accepted as the best in it's genre.

The same as TF2, it's prettymuch the best class based shooter out there. Every genre has it's "goto" example of how things "should" be done, and any game of that type will and perhaps should inevitably be comapred to that gold-standard title.

The same way all sandbox games are compared to GTA and all MMORPG's are comapred to WoW.

In case you haven't noticed, TF2 and COD are in the same genre. They are both class-based, competitive, team-orientated (sometimes for COD) first-person shooters. In my opinion, TF2 is the much better designed game, but Activision has billions of dollars in revenue that say some people say otherwise.

In any case, Brink is MUCH closer to COD than it is to TF2, (and probably most similar to Bad Company 2 without vehicles), but killing people takes longer in Brink so you have more time to react to getting shot, and choke points can be maintained for a good long while before people break out.

drizztmainsword:

In case you haven't noticed, TF2 and COD are in the same genre. They are both class-based, competitive, team-orientated (sometimes for COD) first-person shooters. In my opinion, TF2 is the much better designed game, but Activision has billions of dollars in revenue that say some people say otherwise.

Yes, but that's liek saying Gran Turismo and Mario Kart are both racing games. They are but the way they approach the genre is completely different... Anyway customising your loadout =/= class based. Medic heals, heavy does/takes damage, scout gets on your tits = class based.

Also i'm sorry but,

but killing people takes longer [...] so you have more time to react to getting shot, and choke points can be maintained for a good long while before people break out.

That almost exactly describes 2Fort, as opposed to COD where it's 1HK from the snipers, 1HK from the knife, 1HK from the shotgun, 1HK from the grenades etc, not to mention comparitively little in the way of holding an area or strategic use of class.

Not really all that big a deal. Brink is really just a TF2 knock off and TF2 recently became free so I don't know why one would bother.

Sgt. Dante:

drizztmainsword:

In case you haven't noticed, TF2 and COD are in the same genre. They are both class-based, competitive, team-orientated (sometimes for COD) first-person shooters. In my opinion, TF2 is the much better designed game, but Activision has billions of dollars in revenue that say some people say otherwise.

Yes, but that's liek saying Gran Turismo and Mario Kart are both racing games. They are but the way they approach the genre is completely different... Anyway customising your loadout =/= class based. Medic heals, heavy does/takes damage, scout gets on your tits = class based.

Also i'm sorry but,

but killing people takes longer [...] so you have more time to react to getting shot, and choke points can be maintained for a good long while before people break out.

That almost exactly describes 2Fort, as opposed to COD where it's 1HK from the snipers, 1HK from the knife, 1HK from the shotgun, 1HK from the grenades etc, not to mention comparitively little in the way of holding an area or strategic use of class.

That's fair. That's why I said the game is most similar to Bad Company 2. It has classes that perform roles, but they aren't as highly structured as the classes in TF2, and there's a lot of leeway in how you play them. I can grab a machine gun as an operative in Brink and stand on the front lines doing exactly what all of the soldiers are doing. That doesn't happen in TF2, as every class has a VERY distinct play style.

I would also argue that the customization of the loadouts in COD does create a class system. Players are effectively choosing what they're going to be good at, whether that is sprinting forever with increased knifing range, wielding shotguns and being a short-range specialist, playing as a sniper, etc. It's not a deep or hard-coded class system, but it exists nonetheless.

drizztmainsword:
That's fair. That's why I said the game is most similar to Bad Company 2. It has classes that perform roles, but they aren't as highly structured as the classes in TF2, and there's a lot of leeway in how you play them. I can grab a machine gun as an operative in Brink and stand on the front lines doing exactly what all of the soldiers are doing. That doesn't happen in TF2, as every class has a VERY distinct play style.

I would also argue that the customization of the loadouts in COD does create a class system. Players are effectively choosing what they're going to be good at, whether that is sprinting forever with increased knifing range, wielding shotguns and being a short-range specialist, playing as a sniper, etc. It's not a deep or hard-coded class system, but it exists nonetheless.

I will agree to an extent. Whilst the customisation basically decides how you want to play, it's no indicator of how you have to play. Each Character in Tf2 has very specific bonuses and detriments, whereas in CoD every player may as well be the same guy, but with differnt weapons.

TF2 is also considerably more balanced in this regard and a team in CoD won't suffer {much} if everyone goes a "soldier", whereas in TF2 your success basically depends on the team taking a nice spread of characters, and using their unique skills appropriately. And while you can fairly accuratly re-create many of the roles in TF2 I don't think that there any real support roles you can take. CoD seems much more about the individual where as the point of Team Fortress 2 is in the title.

You might also note there's a 50% off deal on Brink and a Quakecon bundle pack that contains such epic classics that are freaking hard to pass by.Even just getting Oblivion,ES3,F3 and F:NV with all dlcs is worth the deal put out.

Not that I'm complaining with my free dlc and all.

Sgt. Dante:

I will agree to an extent. Whilst the customisation basically decides how you want to play, it's no indicator of how you have to play. Each Character in Tf2 has very specific bonuses and detriments, whereas in CoD every player may as well be the same guy, but with differnt weapons.

TF2 is also considerably more balanced in this regard and a team in CoD won't suffer {much} if everyone goes a "soldier", whereas in TF2 your success basically depends on the team taking a nice spread of characters, and using their unique skills appropriately. And while you can fairly accuratly re-create many of the roles in TF2 I don't think that there any real support roles you can take. CoD seems much more about the individual where as the point of Team Fortress 2 is in the title.

Absolutely correct. I think we're in agreement here.

It is good to see the servers actually populated for a change, but since many of the people don't understand what is required of them in the game it still can feel like the veterans do a lot of the heavy lifting.

drizztmainsword:

Sgt. Dante:

I will agree to an extent. Whilst the customisation basically decides how you want to play, it's no indicator of how you have to play. Each Character in Tf2 has very specific bonuses and detriments, whereas in CoD every player may as well be the same guy, but with differnt weapons.

TF2 is also considerably more balanced in this regard and a team in CoD won't suffer {much} if everyone goes a "soldier", whereas in TF2 your success basically depends on the team taking a nice spread of characters, and using their unique skills appropriately. And while you can fairly accuratly re-create many of the roles in TF2 I don't think that there any real support roles you can take. CoD seems much more about the individual where as the point of Team Fortress 2 is in the title.

Absolutely correct. I think we're in agreement here.

Huh, I wonder how often that happens in online debates... Certainly the exception anyway. xD

[quote="ph0b0s123" post="7.304989.12241994"]Yeah good that steam is keeping some part of the try before you buy tradition going on the PC. Now demos seem to be a console only thing, the one platform that does not need it as much, due to rental being a possibility.

/quote]

I would of ignored your rant, but steam has a lot of demos and consoles dont only have access to em.

OT : Download brink - 30mins. Beat brink - 30mins Enjoy-o-meter - 10%

really wasnt that good

And the collective number of fucks the internet gives about this can be fit in a single shot glass. I have a feeling it probably wouldn't even fill the shot glass up.

Brink isn't even three months old, is it? It must be pretty bad to have flopped this hard.

tombman888:
Alot

You do realize that by internet law, I have to do this, right?

*Ahem* ALOT IS NOT A WORD!

OT: I'll have to pass this info along to a friend. Thank you

Sgt. Dante:

therandombear:

Sgt. Dante:
But TF2 is F2P forever... WHy would you want a cheap imitation?

Take a drink :3

I wouldn't call it just a cheap imitation of TF2, it has it's "differences" if you may, but ya. Might aswell play TF2 since it's F2P now...and it has lower requirements of your PC then Brink.

In work so only hot chocolate or water atm, will save it for later.

But yeah, Tf2 is a simpler to run, more classes, better (imo) art style (disregarding hats etc) and is free forever. I don't see that there's a comaprison. It's like comaring a perfectly cooked steak to beef flavoured crisps.

I'm all for different gaming experiences, but Surely people would want to spend their time playing the best examples of a genre? Rather than anything that uses similar mechanics.

One of the best examples of a powerful, reliable, and stylish cruiser style motorcycle is the Honda VTX1800. Now try telling all of the Harley-Davidson riders that they're idiots for liking their (obviously inferior) bikes. See how well that works out for you. Logic and reason often factor little into personal tastes.

Stall:
Brink isn't even three months old, is it? It must be pretty bad to have flopped this hard.

It was decent, not as bad as people said it was. It's just that price of 60$ was an absolute joke for the amount of content they had in the game.

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