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.

Brothers in Arms was developed specifically to take advantage of Microsoft's Xbox Live online gaming service.

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.


Brothers in Arms is based on the true story of the 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment of the famed 101st Airborne Division who were dropped behind German Lines on D-Day.

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.


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.


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:

Fire Team: Made up of soldiers with the M1 Garand and the Browning Automatic Rifle and should be used for fixing the enemy with suppressive fire.

Assault Team: Made up of soldiers usually with the M1 Carbine and the Thompson Submachine Gun and is good for flanking the enemy while they are pinned down by the players fire team.

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.

Controls Edit

These are the controls for the game you are playing:

PC Edit

Movement Edit

  • W - Go Forward
  • S - Go Back
  • A - Strafe Left
  • D - Strafe Right
  • Spacebar - Jump
  • Ctrl/C - Crouch

Action Edit

  • Left Click - Shoot
  • G - Throw Grenade
  • Tab - Switch Weapon
  • Middle Mouse/E - Zoom Toggle
  • F/R - Interact/Reload
  • V - Situational Awareness View

Squad/Tank Commands Edit

  • Hold Right Click - Command Team
  • Hold Right Click then Left Click - Assault
  • Z/Hold Shift - Fall In
  • X - Fall Out
  • Shift - Switch Team
  • 1 - Select Assault Team
  • 2 - Select Fire Team

Situational Awareness Edit

  • Left Arrow - Left
  • Right Arrow - Right
  • E - Zoom
  • G - Select Next
  • F - Select Previous
  • O - Select Objective
  • B - Select Baker

Multiplayer/Menu Edit

  • T - Chat
  • Y - Team Chat
  • P - Pause



  • Left Thumbstick - Moves/Strafe
  • Left Thumbstick Click - Crouch
  • Right Thumbstick - Turn/Aim
  • Right Thumbstick Click - Zoom Weapon
  • R - Fire Weapon
  • Start Button - Pause Menu
  • Back Button - Situational Awareness
  • A - Jump
  • B - Melee
  • X - Reload/Interact
  • Y - Switch Weapon

Squad CommandsEdit

  • L Button - Command Team
  • L Button and R Button - Assault
  • Down Directional Button - Fall In
  • Up Directional Button - Fall Out

PS2 Edit

Movement/Action Edit

  • Left Analog Stick - Move/Strafe
  • Right Analog Stick - Turn/Aim
  • L3 Button (Push Left Analog Stick) - Crouch
  • Square Button - Reload
  • R1 Button - Fire Weapon
  • R3 Button (Push Right Analog Stick) - Zoom Weapon
  • R2 Button - Switch Weapon
  • Triangle Button - Throw Grenade
  • Start Button - Pause Menu
  • Select Button - Situation Awarness
  • Circle Button - Melee
  • X Button - Interact/Jump

Squad/Tank Commands Edit

  • L1 Button and Move with Right Analog Stick - Command Team
  • L1 Button and Press R1 Button - Assault
  • Down Directional Button - Fall in
  • Up Directional Button - Fall out
  • L2 Button - Switch Team

Situational Awareness Edit

  • Left and Right Directional Button - Cycle
  • R3 Button - Zoom in
  • Left Analog Stick - Move Around

List of Chapters Edit

This here detail the list of chapters in the game, There are 18 Chapters in the game:

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.
  • The graphics and textures are significantly downgraded from the much more advanced graphics of both the PC and Xbox versions. As seen here:
  • 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.



Main Cover Edit

The cover shows Sgt. Baker holding the dead body of Pfc. Leggett while covering himself at the same time. This is probably after the battle of Hill 30, when the squad make their way back to Carentan Cathedral.

External linksEdit

Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.