Ubisoft Brothers in Arms: D-Day
- Tactical map is a cool idea
- Controls, clipping
WWII buffs most likely know that the D-Day airborne landings didn't work so well. The operation was unfocused, badly scattered, and not nearly as effective as it was meant to be. Unfortunately, this particular videogame was a little too faithful to history.
Price$ 79.95 (AUD)
A few games have proven that first-person shooters can work on the PSP. Ubisoft's new World War II shooter is not one of them.
Brothers in Arms: D-Day tries too hard to keep too much of the series' famous squad-based strategy on a platform that can't support it.
The game's main problem boils down to control, as in too much and not quite enough of it. The console games require two analog sticks to take care of movement, but on the PSP, you're limited to one analog nub. The game clearly needs more buttons for viewing, advancing, and strafing, but Brothers in Arms uses those buttons for other things like squad commands and toggles for the overhead tactical map view.
There are two pre-set control schemes available, neither of which work. "Basic" is too limited, since you can't look and strafe at the same time. "Advanced" is too confusing, splitting the look and strafe commands across the wrong sides of the controller. The only way to smoothly circle around an enemy means relying on a twitchy lock-on control.
"Twitchy" is a word that could get a lot of mileage when it comes to describing this game. Ubisoft Shanghai tried hard with the visuals, relying on the PSP version of Epic's Unreal tech, but they still couldn't patch up every gap.
Clipping is a big problem; the edges of objects project out further than it appears that they should. You can plant your gun sight right on a bad guy with what looks like a perfectly clear line of sight, but the bullet may still bounce off an invisible edge. That's bad news in a game where the main combat tactics require hiding around corners and ducking behind hedgerows.
If the clumsy controls and glitchy graphics hadn't already killed it, there might have been some game left to salvage. The tactical map view — which uses an overhead view that lays out the whole battlefield so you can split up your squad and pry loose a dug-in target — is a pretty cool idea. Once in a while, if you get it just right, its fun to pull off that perfect flanking manoeuvre.
When Do We Go Home, Sarge?
That's not going to happen too often, though. If you do try it, don't expect much satisfaction from D-Day. Instead, plan on watching the framerate skip past you and swearing at the controls. The two-player co-op mode simply doubles the pain.
Join the newsletter!
Dyson Supersonic™ Hair Dryer Fuchsia/Iron
WD MY PASSPORT™ X Gaming Storage
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-77EZ1000U
WD MY PASSPORT™ Gaming Storage
Apple iPhone X
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-55EZ950U
cloudandco Smart Cane
Nespresso Creatista Coffee Machine
SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™
Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44
Toys for Boys
Leica M10 Digital Rangefinder Camera
LaCie Rugged USB-C Portable Hard Drive
Google Daydream View VR Headset
Onyx Smart Walkie Talkie
UBTech First Order Stormtrooper Robot
Lego Mindstorms EV3
Ubiquiti Network’s Front Row Camera
Bose SoundLink Micro
Propel Star Wars T-65 X-Wing Drone
Amazon Echo Bluetooth Speaker
PETKIG Go Smart Dog Leash
Dearear Endear In-ear Wireless Earphones
WD MY CLOUD™ HOME Personal Cloud Storage
Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K
Belkin Pocket Power 10,000mAh
Nest Protect Smart Smoke Alarm
Panasonic Hi-Fi - SC-UA7GS-K
Xbox One X
Toffee Bags Commuter Satchel
iRobot Roomba 980 Vaccum Cleaning Robot
Logitech Doodle Collection Wireless Mouse
Lexon Flip Alarm Clock
Urbanworx Full HD Action Camera
Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracker
Raspberry Pi Starter Kit
3SIXT 3-in-1 Smartphone Lens Kit
Fallout Geeki Tikis
Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse
Panasonic Portable Splashproof Fun - RF-D20U
Ikea NORDMÄRKE Wireless Charging Pad
Kogan Bluetooth Soundbar
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Hisense takes the fight to home entertainment heavyweights with flagship Series 8 and 9 ULED TVs
- 2 Sony's latest Ultra HD OLED debuts in Australia
- 3 Panasonic Ultra HD OLED TV Review
- 4 D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD DSH-C310 review
- 5 Oppo A77 smartphone: Full in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Australian Destroyer joins in World of Warships
- Acer attempts to woo Australian gamers with reveal of its new Predator range
- Nintendo Switch software update: What does 4.0.0 feature and how to install it?
- Robot House announce vacuum-bot adventure game ahead of PAX Australia
- Wargaming launches ANZ servers for World of Tanks
PCW Evaluation Team
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
- LG V30+ review: The videographer's smartphone arrives
- Fitbit Ionic review: Impressive but not quite iconic
- Xbox One X review: Brave new world
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- CCData ArchitectACT
- TPIT OfficerVIC
- FTChange ManagerOther
- CCProject Manager (Junior-Mid Level)QLD
- FTITSM Senior Business AnalystOther
- TPSenior Project Manager | LIS Program | IntegrationQLD
- FTSoftware EngineerSA
- CCLead Pega Systems ArchitectACT
- FTSolution DesignerOther
- CCBusiness AnalystNSW
- FTJunior CRM Support AnalystOther
- FTSolutions ArchitectsOther
- TPSenior Business Analyst - ieMR - Digital Health ProgramQLD
- FTSenior Sales Executive ? Technology ConsultingQLD
- FTTest ManagerOther
- FTSystems SpecialistSA
- FTApplication Support Analyst (Healthcare)Other
- FTCyber Security Program ManagerACT
- FTSenior Data Warehouse Developer, Power BIOther
- FTBusiness AnalystACT
- CCLead Technical Specialist ? SQL Lead -DBAVIC
- CCSenior Project Manager - Office 365QLD
- FTTechnical Integration LeadOther
- CCTechnical Specialist - Government OrganisationVIC
- FTBusiness Analysts Wanted!Other