Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 is a first-person shooter video game created by Gearbox Software for the PC, PlayStation 2, and Xbox. It is published by Ubisoft and was released in early 2005. The game takes place during World War II and focuses on team strategy rather than the faster paced run and gun tactics of the Medal of Honor series.
On Thursday, February 24, 2005, Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 went gold and was shipped the following week. The Xbox version arrived at stores on March 1 and the PS2 and PC versions released later on March 15.
Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 was also used to re-create scenarios in a 2005 History Channel special.
In most levels of Brothers in Arms, the player is in command of one or two separate 2-3 man teams, with the exception of several sections in which the player is not in command of any unit. There are two types of teams, which are automatically provided before each mission:
Additionally, some levels provide the player with a Tank in lieu of a team, providing players with heavy firepower and mobile cover. The player can also man the pintle-mounted M2HB .50cal machine gun or a M1919 .30cal on the tank for additional suppression.
Brothers in Arms is notable for its intuitive command system. Teams and tanks can be ordered to move, lay suppressive fire, rally, find cover, and charge the enemy. The game stresses at multiple points the effectiveness of fire and maneuver tactics, known as the Four Fs, expressed in the game tutorial as "Find, Fix, Flank, Finish" describing the steps in suppressing and flanking an enemy. It is impossible to run and gun your way through the missions and using the tactics is necessary, which some players found to be repetitive.
The focus on team command is emphasized by providing the player with a highly unstable firing capability. Instead of having perfect accuracy with weapons in games like Call of Duty, Brothers in Arms models weapons with erratic accuracy, and enemy fire can heavily interfere with a player's aim to simulate the effects of suppressive fire. The relative lack of accuracy is designed to simulate the difficulty in hitting targets in a combat situation as well as forcing the player to use team members to engage enemy units and provide better tactical opportunities.
The game is based on the historical mission Albany (misnomered as "Operation Chicago" in the game), in which the player has to complete true to life missions of the 101st. From securing Exit 4 to the capture of Saint Côme-Du-Mont, Brothers in Arms delivers one of the most authentic WWII experiences to date. The sequel Earned in Blood is also based on the last missions of the 101st, such as link up with 82nd Airborne Division and capture of Saint-Sauveur-le-Vicomte (which historically did not involve the 101st A/B). The player takes the role of Sergeant Matt Baker, a paratrooper (based on Harrison C. Summers and various other people), and the leader of an airborne squad from Fox Company. The missions range from dropping into France on June 6th to the final defense of Hill 30 eight days later. Baker must lead his men through troubled times and make decisions that may result in the death of a paratrooper, which causes him much heartache.
It follows a 101st Airborne soldier from 502nd PIR named Sergeant Matt Baker who just promoted to Sergeant to lead his squad which dubbed "Baker's Dozen" which had 13 soldiers in the squad. The 101st main objectives is to help the beachhead attack in Utah Beach and capture Carentan, a key town to the whole operation as it connects between Omaha Beach and Utah Beach. He usually take orders from his platoon sergeant Mac. As Baker move towards their target, he lost his men and friends on the way. One special case is when Leggett, the platoon radioman got Allen & Garnett killed in a battle and the whole squad blamed him for their death. This made Leggett depressed and suicidal and asking death from a Panzer that got him killed in the Battle of Hill 30.
This here detail the list of chapters in the game, There are 18 Chapters in the game:
- Brothers in Arms (Chapter)
- Rendezvous with Destiny
- Silence the Guns
- Ambush at Exit 4
- Objective XYZ
- Foucarville Blockade
- Rommel's Asparagus
- Action at Vierville
- Dead Man's Corner
- The Crack of Dawn
- The Fall of St Come
- Buying the Farm
- Alternate Route
- Purple Heart Lane
- Cole's Charge
- Ripe Pickings
- Push Into Carentan
- Tom and Jerry
- No Better Spot to Die
- Victory in Carentan
Brothers in Arms uses the Unreal Engine 2.0, albeit with heavy modification. It makes heavy use of pixel shaders. It also uses a form of Soft Lighting bloom effect. All the characters have much more visible facial hair than in Hell's Highway, giving them a grizzled look.
Differences in the PS2 Version Edit
- Private Boyd is a Lieutenant.
- The Player cannot heal him/herself or his/her squad.
- Joseph Hartsock is having black hair instead of orange.
- Another Paratrooper is present in some Levels: Private First Class John Kings.
- Some of the NPCs are using different weapons in some Levels.
- The "Leaves" on some of the characters' helmets are absent.
- If anyone in the Squad "Fell",The Medic sign appears instead of an red x.
- When the Player dies a sad song starts to play.
- The graphics and textures are significantly downgraded from the much more advanced graphics of both the PC and Xbox versions. As seen here:
- Brothers in Arms official website
- 'Brothers in Arms - Gearboxed' - community of fans with current news and forums
- Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 at MobyGames
- FilesNetwork launches a network fansite for 'Brothers in Arms'
- An Original Playthrough of the Game on Brighthub.com
Brothers in Arms series
|Main Games||Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 · Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood · Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway (2008)|
|Phone games||Brothers in Arms: Hour of Heroes · Brothers in Arms 2: Global Front · Brothers in Arms 3: Sons of War|
|Spin-off Games||Brothers in Arms: DS · Brothers in Arms: D-Day · Brothers in Arms: Double Time · Brothers in Arms: Art Of War · Brothers in Arms (N-Gage)|
|Printed Media||Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway · Brothers in Arms Journal · Brothers in Arms Comic|