Brute Force The leaping innovation in this shooter is that players can control all four main characters, switching from one to the other throughout the game. Position… Brute Force The leaping innovation in this shooter is that players can control all four main characters, switching from one to the other throughout the game. Position…
Review

Brute Force (1999)

MPAA Rating: Unrated
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Feb 02, 1999; Movie Rated: Unrated; Genres: Drama, Mystery and Thriller; With: Burt Lancaster; Distributor: Kino Home Video

The leaping innovation in this shooter is that players can control all four main characters, switching from one to the other throughout the game. Position the sniper in a lookout tower, then activate the assault trooper, and the game's artificial intelligence instructs the sharpshooter to supply ground cover while the trooper goes about his business. Leading men into combat was never so easy. So why is Brute Force such a dud? Well, the elite unit's top secret missions are as one-dimensional and repetitive as their foes. And the four commandos -- two shapely women, one burly man, and a frog beast, cloned anew each time they die -- utter lines that would have sounded cheesy even on a '70s cop show. Let's hope someone takes Brute Force's DNA and clones it into a better game.

Originally posted Jul 18, 2003 Published in issue #719 Jul 18, 2003 Order article reprints
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