Version Reviewed: 1.0.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5
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It might be mostly on rails and perhaps not as innovative as one could hope, but Brothers in Arms 3: Sons of War is actually pretty fun to play. It’s just unfortunate that such enjoyment is hampered by its persistence to either make you spend real money or wait patiently for a selection of timers to complete. It won't be long before that really grates on you.
You and your team of highly trained brothers in arms (oh, yes) work your way through a series of missions, taking out mostly everything that moves. Brothers in Arms 3 is geared towards mobile play, meaning each level doesn’t take too long to complete. Short but satisfying works well for it, as I suspect longer levels would turn repetitive. Controls are a matter of sliding to look around, using a virtual d-pad to run, and virtual buttons for shooting and switching weapons.
Running around is a little awkward but as Brothers in Arms 3 is more of a corridor shooter (with a false sense of openness), you rarely have to run too far. Shooting, although simple, is pretty satisfying - mostly because head shots are easy to come by and you can even take down planes with bazookas, which is always a welcome option.
What’s not so great about Brothers in Arms 3 is outside of those missions. You can upgrade your allies, as well as your weapons, and it’s all a matter of timer bars and various currencies that can be earned slowly or bought quickly. There are plenty of consumables too, making it that much easier to complete tricky missions. As well as that, there’s an energy bar, meaning you’re only going to be able to play for so long at any one time. And of course, there are ways of bypassing this with real money, and Brothers in Arms 3 loves to remind you of what you could have had.
How much you enjoy Brothers in Arms 3: Sons of War is going to depend on how much patience you have. It’s a little bit too overblown at times, leaving you feeling as if Gameloft wants you to spend money above all else. There’s some fun to be had here, for sure, but don’t be surprised if it all leaves a bitter taste in your mouth in the end.