Wednesday, 8 June 2011
E3 Brothers in Arms: Furious 4
Gearbox's austere /dull Brothers in Arms is another series ripe for a volte-face, semi-colon rebranding. Brothers in Arms: Furious 4 is a trashy muddle that aims for Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, and ends up closer to 70s British war comics. Not the worst miss in the world by any means. An interactive approximation of Garth Ennis's recent sweary hairy Battlefields comics could work. Maximum optimism aside, it is rather rubbish to note that Furious 4 is yet another World War II title that attempts to white-wash the symbols of the Nazi regime from history. I know it eases distribution in several European countries if you replace the swastika with a stylised iron cross, but surely if you're aiming for maximum pulp fiction larks, and perhaps an ethical stance on sanctioned video game murder, it's better to be killing Nazis rather than just Germans?