Haven Review: Broforce


First up is our disclaimer. We received this game for review purposes only, and as such all opinions in this review are our own. No money has been exchanged for this review.

To protect freedom and democracy with extreme prejudice and big guns. When terrorists attack, America retaliates and sends in expendable heroes with big guns and questionable ethics. After all, only you can save freedom.

I chose to review this game because I had a great time playing it. It’s a deceptively simple platformer/side scrolling game. The player can jump, shoot, throw grenades, knife attack and hang on to walls. The challenge and fun comes from the explosives that litter the environment and chain reactions when something is lit on fire or explodes, such as the roof falling down. The most noticeable thing I mentioned earlier: virtually everything can be destroyed. This can become an issue when too much is destroyed and it’s impossible to get to the exfiltration spot.

Broforce_parachute_mooksEach hero is unique with a special ability and weapon style. There’s Neo who only punches things and slows time, while the Chuck Norris-type character uses a shotgun and calls in airstrikes. Due to copyright and the love of puns, there are heroes such as The Brodator and Bronan. I leave it up to you whom they are supposed to be. The most common way to win a level is to get to the top and kill a devil in a suit next to a flag or destroy the boss. An action hero is expendable and can only take a bullet once. So in order to succeed, you must release prisoners and reach checkpoints. Each time a hero dies a random hero takes his place, unless you are out of extra lives. Also, a new bro is unlocked after you get a certain number of rescues.


It’s at this point that I must mention that it’s violent, bloody and hammy. The graphics are pixelated and vibrant. For the most part it’s very easy to recognize everything, unless there are a lot of things blowing up. Aside from the main story levels, there are a lot of user-made ones and a level editor to make it more long-lived. To top it off, there is also the possibility to play co-op with random people or friends…both online and local. I have yet to try this function, but I can only imagine it will be chaotic and insane.

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However there are some issues with loading times, especially when playing it online. It just takes too much time. Also there are suicide bombers; I don’t like those at all. Some bosses have really annoying introductions that slow down the game and can often lead to untimely death. This is in part due to the game’s poor field of view and camera angles. I’m talking about you, Megacopter Boss!

The music is good but not memorable, mostly due to the stuff going on. The in-game sound effects fit perfectly and do not cause my eardrum to rupture. All in all, this is a title I would recommend for people who like platform games. It’s over-the-top action and mayhem. For extra ham, there’s a narrator at times with a growling voice. The end credits is both melodic and awesome.



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-Njål Sand-