Based on a true story. Set during the famous airdrop before the invasion at Normandy, where Sgt. Matt Baker and his squad of 101st Airborne Paratroopers were scattered over the French countryside. As the story unfolds, you must choose between the success of your mission and the lives of your men - your brothers in arms.
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Release Date: 15 Mar, 2005

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Based on a true story. Set during the famous airdrop before the invasion at Normandy, where Sgt. Matt Baker and his squad of 101st Airborne Paratroopers were scattered over the French countryside.
As the story unfolds, you must choose between the success of your mission and the lives of your men - your brothers in arms.
Brothers In Arms: Road to Hill 30 will immerse players in the historic, eight-day invasion of Normandy - with unparalleled imagery, authenticity, sound, and gameplay.
  • One of a kind: Brothers In Arms Road to Hill 30 is the only first-person tactical shooter set in WWII.
  • Real military tactics: Intuitive and easy-to-use squad controls appeal to both the hardcore and mainstream gaming audience.
  • Real soldiers: Featuring a cast of more than 20 characters, each with a unique personality, appearance, and style.
  • Revolutionary AI system: Allies and enemies use the standard operating procedures of fire and maneuver to flank and kill their foes.
  • Unprecedented authenticity: Historically accurate and detailed battlefields, events, and equipment re-created from Army Signal Corps photos, aerial reconnaissance imagery, and eyewitness accounts.
  • Innovative multiplayer: Players command three-man AI teams in a battle of wits and skill to accomplish exciting objectives.
  • Award-winning team: Gearbox Software, creators of Half-Life Opposing Force and developers of James Bond: Nightfire, Counter-Strike, and Halo (PC).

System Requirements

    • Supported OS: Windows® 2000/XP (only)
    • Processor: 1 GHz Pentium® III or AMD Athlon™ (2.5 GHz Pentium IV or AMD recommended)
    • Memory: 512 MB (1 GB recommended)
    • Graphics: 32 MB DirectX® 9.0c compliant (see supported list*)
    • DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (included)
    • Sound: 16-bit DirectX 9.0c compliant sound card
    • Hard Drive: 5 GB
    • Peripherals: Windows keyboard and mouse only
    • *Video cards supported at time of release: ATI® Radeon® 8500/9000/X series, NVIDIA® GeForce™ 4/FX/6 series (GeForce 4 MX not supported)
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[НКВД] Dead Inside
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: 24 May
I remember playing this on the original Xbox and I absolutely loved every second of this game I have played all the Brother in Arms saga. I would recommend this to anyone who loves a FPS. Very amazing game!!
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Ethridge
( 11.2 hrs on record )
Posted: 20 May
I've played these games since the start of me playing video games, Road to Hill 30 was one of the very first games I ever got for a PC. I then played Earned in Blood on PS2, and Hell Highway on PS3. And I was blown away every time and still am.
These games are what military shooters should be. It basically Band Of Brothers, the video game. Brothers in arms is one of the only games to actually get me to shed a tear. The story is great and very historically accurate and realistic, as with the gameplay. The music is amazing, the voice acting is fantastic, the graphics are great. But the main focus here is the experience and the story. The story of these games in my opinion is bar-none. No other military shooter has had a story like these games. And its the only non-horror military shooter that can be scary at times.

10/10 Extremely Recommended
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Knifey Mcstabstab
( 5.5 hrs on record )
Posted: 19 May
Fantastic blend of FPS, realistic tactics and weaponry. Only three chapters in and loving it! The ability to command a squad while in an FPS is a wonderful augmentation to the genre.
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j0ny_brav0
( 11.9 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: 16 May
A Good Game.
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Trez75
( 56.2 hrs on record )
Posted: 7 May
I don't know why, but I've always like WW2 / historical shooters more than sci-fi type FPS games, BIA:RtH30 is no exception either. It's dated a little which is to be reasonably expected for a game thats over 10 years old, but it's still really enjoyable. There's a decent storyline (considering how limited WW2 is in terms of plot) and has a good range of level formats. The script and voice acting are decent and the music is well composed and fittingly marshal. The AI is a little awkward at times, and the squads don't quite seem to understand what you want them to do. "I can't shoot over there Sarge" was a common occurrence, and I had an interesting experience with my screen rotating 90 degrees on one occasion. But its not a bad game at all. Worth picking up when its on sale. Time to try the sequels now. My score is a comfortable 7/10
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Saint Aaron
( 8.6 hrs on record )
Posted: 2 May
The game that started one of the best series/ game stories in the WWII era!!! A great tactical FPS with a variety in content and quite challenging too. So suprise the gaprics are good for its age along with mulitplayer still working!!

Pros:
Great game.
Good story line.
Tactical shooter (Control your men and flank if possible)
Great details/Atmosphere for its time!
Multiplayer/ ONLINE/LAN!!
Gameplay great
skirmish

Cons:
Graphical bugs.
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Whitson
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: 30 April
True 10/10 story
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Warlod1981
( 12.5 hrs on record )
Posted: 30 April
Interesting albeit short tactical ww2 shooter. Your gun waivers and you will get killed in this game. The difficulty combined with the frustrating checkpoint system will be a turn off for many. Overall recommend although not as highly as many others have rated
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baconprison
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: 30 April
im not gonna lie this is a great game the only problem i have with it is the health system its not supposed to heal but even with dying it dosen't heal even partially after reloading the checkpoint
this can get annoying when your at a really hard part in the game and your on your last gunshot before death
it could be borderline game breaking even
but hey i like hard games and this game is pretty good
also it has the best saying of the year
Allen:Garnett if you get me killed i will fu**ing kill you
best quote ever
rating of this game 8.5/10
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Axelrad
( 8.6 hrs on record )
Posted: 29 April
One of the best WW2 shooters, it offers a rare, realistic take on the conflict. With a story reminiscnet of Band of Brothers and a cover-based, squad tactics combat system, it absolutely nails the tactical WW2 FPS.
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✠ GHOST DIVISION ✠
( 24.5 hrs on record )
Posted: 17 April
Brothers in Arms: RTH30

This game is near to perfect in everyway, the combat is done perfect, capturing the horrors of war when your put in charge of a squad. The graphics even from todays standards when maxed out at 1080p ultra, holds up extremely well.
I can't describe how much if you have not played this game, it's an essential purchase!
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Dogishappy
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: 16 April
This game is a little on the tactical side for my personal taste. If you are looking for an old school WW2 Call of Duty type game, this isn't for you. Still a lot of fun though if it's your thing.
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Dr.Lime
( 7.2 hrs on record )
Posted: 13 April
Brothers in Arms Road to Hill 30 is an WW2 , FPS and Tactical shooter , and a great combonation. This game stands out from other tactical games , most of them you are given a straticic veiw of the map and you command various different units to take out enemy units. But in this game you jump into the role of squad leader of a paratrooper regiment taking part in the 1944 DDay operation , and the aftermath to take Normandy. Instead of the stratigic overveiw , your in First person , commanding your men realisticly throughout the battlefeild , trying to keep your units alive and yourself. Not only is the there out of this world gameplay style different from normal tactical games , There is an actul story line , where each unit has a name , a backstory and a personality and when certain characters die in the story , you might atuly feel upset over what just happend. Also the story line is presented in a unique way which was pulled off with pure class , The protagonist of the story (Sgt.MattBaker) narates and tells backtories and stories of characters inbetween missions , and how he feels about them , and this can change throughout the story. Overall i think this game has a Brillaint and unique gameplay style , using to concept of miilitristic , tactical shooter , with a story plot we actuly care about , unlike most shooters we shove the storyline in the corner and rush through the game then complain the game was too short. This game changes that. Also i think this game is the thinking man's shooter , where he must plan his aproach through the harsh battefeilds then watch as his plan is executed and see if it works or doesn't. Only one complaint can be made about this game , that is the artificial Intelligance can somtimes (not always) be worse that a goldfish. Overall i think this is an exelent game. 9/10
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Virtuoso1
( 7.9 hrs on record )
Posted: 7 April
The game is good.. I mean really good. You play as the squad leader of an elite airborne division. There is a good balance of tactics and that "keep your head down" WWII shooting that I loved since I played the first Call of Duty. This is not a Call of Duty game though. If you are expecting to be supressed with the deafening sound of gunfire and mortars exploding around you as you run from cover to cover, you might be dissapointed.

This is a great game and it does well to capture the spirit of WWII, but you command a small airborne squad. So instead of raiding the beaches of Normandy or trying your best to keep the overwhelming German forces out of stalingrad, you are behind enemy lines raiding small towns and ultimately making your way to Hill 30, where you will repel a German counter attack against all odds.
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fgr33n
( 4.5 hrs on record )
Posted: 3 April
The developers must have some internal property or setting that only a percentage of your shots will actually hit, even when the crosshairs are on target. Be prepared to "spray and pray", because aiming seems pretty useless. While this aiming issue was apparent in Hell's Highway, it still seemed within the realm of possibility. given the recoil on real automatic weapons. However, in Road To Hill 30 the aiming seems much worse and more like a defect.

For example, I came out from cover right beside a couple of enemies after flankiing them, and unloaded a full Thompson mag from point blank range. One was lined up perfectly behind the other with the crosshairs center mass, yet neither one went down.

This aiming problem is really too bad, as otherwise the game is pretty good-- especially for an obscure title.

I haven't tried the third game yet, but hope it is more like Hell's Highway, than Road To Hill 30.

If you can get this game on sale for a couple of bucks, then it is worth trying-- just be forewarned that you will be fighting WW2 with the marksmanship skills of a blind, drunk guy with a degenerative nerve condition..
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Alisae
( 6.8 hrs on record )
Posted: 2 April
10/10
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Be... Quiet...
( 5.6 hrs on record )
Posted: 30 March
great game for ♥♥♥♥ laptops XD
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Lewd
( 5.5 hrs on record )
Posted: 27 March
I remember when this first came out. I was in 1944 Germany.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: 2 May
The game that started one of the best series/ game stories in the WWII era!!! A great tactical FPS with a variety in content and quite challenging too. So suprise the gaprics are good for its age along with mulitplayer still working!!

Pros:
Great game.
Good story line.
Tactical shooter (Control your men and flank if possible)
Great details/Atmosphere for its time!
Multiplayer/ ONLINE/LAN!!
Gameplay great
skirmish

Cons:
Graphical bugs.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: 20 May
I've played these games since the start of me playing video games, Road to Hill 30 was one of the very first games I ever got for a PC. I then played Earned in Blood on PS2, and Hell Highway on PS3. And I was blown away every time and still am.
These games are what military shooters should be. It basically Band Of Brothers, the video game. Brothers in arms is one of the only games to actually get me to shed a tear. The story is great and very historically accurate and realistic, as with the gameplay. The music is amazing, the voice acting is fantastic, the graphics are great. But the main focus here is the experience and the story. The story of these games in my opinion is bar-none. No other military shooter has had a story like these games. And its the only non-horror military shooter that can be scary at times.

10/10 Extremely Recommended
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: 27 March
I am a full time soldier in the Canadian Army. I love my job, I work with some terrific people, get to do some really cool things and there really is no life like it. The military is also what helped bring me out of side scrollers and into the world of 3D gaming that we play in today, As a teenager I was raised by military parents, and retired military Grandparents. I watched movies about The Great War, World War II, Vietnam, went to the War Museum in Ottawa, Ontario and listened to my Dad as he told me about my Great Grandfather and his role in Vimy Ridge.

It only made sense that, eventually I’d find myself purchasing a copy of Gearbox’s Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30, when I bought my first Xbox. I’d played other World War shooters on the Playstation and PC prior to this, but it never really stuck. While it was cool to play as an Allied soldier working undercover for the OSS, I was never convinced it was a very good representation of the life of a soldier.

Brothers in Arms had me from the start. When I first popped in the disk and heard the Brothers in Arms theme, the music just hit me right to my core. The beautiful, sad but powerful marching music in the menus made me pause and sit for a few minutes to just soak it in, and I realized right then that I was going to be in for a journey that I’d never been in before.

However, I’m going to skip forward a few years. See after being in the military for a few years, I found myself coming back to Brothers in Arms. This time when I started the game, the haunting words of Sergeant Matt Baker struck me and really made me feel and understand why this game had me from the start. I find that most military shooters are just “bang bang explosion, pow pow Nazi!” Brothers in Arms makes you feel the soldiers pain, joy and regrets as they evolve from gung-ho soldiers at the start of D-Day to their final showdown at Hill 30.

As Soldiers in the field, every decision made can have horrible consequences. Many of us have lost friends, have our loved ones leave us to come home to empty houses and many of us have even lost limbs or the ability to have a good nights sleep, all in the name of our flag and freedom. Most of us do not regret these decisions as we recognize that they must be done in order for others to enjoy the freedoms and rights that we have. The life of the soldier is almost never glamorous. It’s a job and we do the very best we can with whatever scenario that is given to us. This is shown in Brothers in Arms several times over the course of the series. One character at one point in the game loses his mind over the grief of losing two squadmates under his command. Another character finds himself running into a burning building to rescue a soldier who himself was trying to rescue an innocent. Characters are killed, others hurt to the point of having to be sent home, and yet the rest soldier on. They do what needs to be done and that makes this game very special.

The words that open the first game in the Brothers in Arms series still give me pause whenever I hear them. They are the words of a man who has lost his friends and lost his sense of youth and vigor to get the job done. Matthew Baker is tired of this damn war and everything that led to where he is and just wants it to be over. Read these words and imagine you’d been in hell for over a week, each day feeling longer than the last.

“My dad said something to me after the divorce. He said that every soldier has two families, those you raise and those you raise Hell with. I’ve spent eight days here, eight days commanding a squad I wasn’t ready to lead, eight days watching my men – my family – kill and be killed. Eight days wishing it would stop.”

From there you open up to a Brutal shootout with Matt’s squad pinned down by enemy fire and tanks. The screams of squad mates calling for support on the radio with no reply. The shouts of the company First Sergeant barely keeping the fear out of his voice as he tried to keep his men calm and focused. The disbelief of a soldier as he tries to rouse his fire team partner who has suddenly dropped dead. Finally, mercifully a tank shell explodes near you and everything gets hazy. The last thing you see before everything goes black is a soldier – having finally snapped from the pressure – expose himself to enemy fire, calling for death, and taking a blast from a tank as a result. It’s a very shocking and sudden introduction to a game that introduces you to amazing characters. Then one by one they are taken away from you as you begin to feel like they are holding your sanity together while you fight your way through hell.

Camaraderie is a big thing in military life. The constant razzing of your buddies, supporting them when they are down and picking on them when they goof up. There are several moments like this in the Brothers in Arms series that really cement that feeling of camaraderie for the player. In the first game, two of the most memorable characters are some guys named Allan and Garnet, who met up in boot camp and became inseparable. The chatter that they have between (and sometimes during) missions is some of the best dialogue I’ve heard in a military shooter, and it would be a great loss to lose these guys in a firefight. In particular there’s an awesome argument between them and another soldier about Batman VS Superman that cemented their awesomeness in my mind forever.

Of course I’m getting away from myself with comparing my life to that of characters in what is still in the end just a videogame. In my opinion it’s a damn good one too. One which spawned two other games that were great as well. Aside from authenticity, one of the big things that I really enjoyed about these games was the challenge and the tactical gameplay. Your squadmates were very smart and did their best to keep you alive, they followed direction but also knew better than to let you get them killed by ordering them to do something silly like attack a tank head on. The enemy functioned the same way making strategy key to victory. You had to be very careful with this as well because your men and you were very vulnerable. In Brothers in Arms, one very well placed shot could kill you in an instant, there are no magic health packs or regenerating health and running out in the open was suicidal. This made it the first shooter I ever played where making use of cover not only made sense, but was essential to survival.

Brothers in Arms has been without a new entry for some time now, with Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway hitting stores in 2008 and ending in a bit of a cliffhanger. Gearbox Software announced a spinoff called Furious Four a while ago which was supposed to make the series similar to Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds. This enraged a rather large number of BIA fans though and Gearbox ended up removing it from the Brothers in Arms name. A couple years ago Gearbox’s Randy Pitchford told IGN that another authentic Brothers in Arms game was on it’s way but that the wait could be up to five years. However, my hopes are high that we will see something in the near future , as I personally think that Brothers in Arms is the best shooter series I’ve ever played and I am looking forward to seeing what’s next for these characters.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: 13 April
Brothers in Arms Road to Hill 30 is an WW2 , FPS and Tactical shooter , and a great combonation. This game stands out from other tactical games , most of them you are given a straticic veiw of the map and you command various different units to take out enemy units. But in this game you jump into the role of squad leader of a paratrooper regiment taking part in the 1944 DDay operation , and the aftermath to take Normandy. Instead of the stratigic overveiw , your in First person , commanding your men realisticly throughout the battlefeild , trying to keep your units alive and yourself. Not only is the there out of this world gameplay style different from normal tactical games , There is an actul story line , where each unit has a name , a backstory and a personality and when certain characters die in the story , you might atuly feel upset over what just happend. Also the story line is presented in a unique way which was pulled off with pure class , The protagonist of the story (Sgt.MattBaker) narates and tells backtories and stories of characters inbetween missions , and how he feels about them , and this can change throughout the story. Overall i think this game has a Brillaint and unique gameplay style , using to concept of miilitristic , tactical shooter , with a story plot we actuly care about , unlike most shooters we shove the storyline in the corner and rush through the game then complain the game was too short. This game changes that. Also i think this game is the thinking man's shooter , where he must plan his aproach through the harsh battefeilds then watch as his plan is executed and see if it works or doesn't. Only one complaint can be made about this game , that is the artificial Intelligance can somtimes (not always) be worse that a goldfish. Overall i think this is an exelent game. 9/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
24.5 hrs on record
Posted: 17 April
Brothers in Arms: RTH30

This game is near to perfect in everyway, the combat is done perfect, capturing the horrors of war when your put in charge of a squad. The graphics even from todays standards when maxed out at 1080p ultra, holds up extremely well.
I can't describe how much if you have not played this game, it's an essential purchase!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: 16 April
This game is a little on the tactical side for my personal taste. If you are looking for an old school WW2 Call of Duty type game, this isn't for you. Still a lot of fun though if it's your thing.
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32 of 35 people (91%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: 17 January
One of the most memorable, yet forgotten WW2 games, if you like tactical shooters, you have to play this, its really that good.
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29 of 31 people (94%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: 2 February
"A rational army would just run away"

- Montesquieu
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: 2 January
I learned more about D-Day from the extras menu then I have ever learned from High School History Class.

But honestly, this game is a sublime gem for a history nut like me.

Going back to 2005, I picked it up on the old Xbox and got my ♥♥♥ kicked on the first few levels. It was unlike any WW2 shooter at the time and even now it's something of a special snowflake amongst a horde of FPS's on steam. Seeing it on sale I decided to pick it up again, this being the THIRD time I have purchased Brothers In Arms in some manner (got a beat-up CD-box set from amazon. I think the guy who sold it to me sat on it).

So how does Brothers in Arms stand out from the crowd, especially from a time when we were once tired of WW2 shooters?

Deploying tactical charges and employing cunning tactics are your only surefire way to make it to the end of the level with yourself and your men intact. Everything from rifle sway, debris and the unforgiving difficulty keep you from reliving memories from Wolfenstein or Medal of Honor and force you to focus and pin enemies down with relentless fire.

This method of gameplay has been a turnoff for some, as it is very hard to actually get through some skirmishes, but I find it fascinating. I can't recall many games utilizing supression fire to achieve victory over an enemy, who come at you in increasingly large numbers. Through this method of gameplay I've found it to be oddly satisfying to land a kill-shot on a Jerry and send his body ragdolling across the pavement. Landing that final blow is far more rewarding then in most games, where the enemy stands out in the open doing little in terms of self preservation.

Of course, another major selling-point for BIA is the story. Unlike MoH or CoD, the fighting is a lot more personal and evocative. the main character, Sgt Matt Baker, is fleshed out, poetic, caring and loyal. Not to mention the characters of your friends and squad-mates are equally endering. Going back, I was astonished by how much character was present in this game compared to games at the time and even today. None of these soldiers are cigar-chomping, hardened veterans. They are optimistic young men, brash yet friendly, stressed yet humorous. They feel like genuine human beings, a refreshing take on Soldiers compared to the nihilistic shouting and brooding from many Modern-Military shooters of today. Sgt Matt Baker and friends see through the patriotism and have first-hand experiences of the horrors of war, yet they strive forward with wit, humor and optimism to reach the end of the day.

However, even at the time, BIA falters on the graphical front. Many textures are muddy and blurry, especially up-close. The levels are rather drab as well. Even at the time they weren't exactly eye-candy. However, they serve the gameplay well, and some special effects such as dirt clogging your vision and muzzle-flashes help reel you into the atmosphere.

Speaking of which, much of the game is played against a silent soundtrack with nothing but machine-gun beats, wind and bullet-impacts riddling your ears. The sound design is top-notch for a game like BIA and creates a fantastic atmosphere against the set-pieces of D-Day and skirmishes that followed.

With all that being said, I can't exactly say I can recommend BIA to everyone. Those looking for a challenge might be pleased but a few may be turned off by the cumbersome controls and lack of modern FPS features like sprinting, prone positions or cover-vaulting. For someone like me, who is a bit of a history nut, I was ecstatic to play this once more on steam and experience the story again.

If this game is right up your alley and are itching to get your ♥♥♥ kicked by rifle-totting krauts, then look no further then Brothers in Arms and it's fantastic sequel!

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24 of 36 people (67%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: 8 December, 2015
2005, The year when the game did first released. I was around 8th grade back then and befriend with a boy who did really into "WWII" history. One evening after I did a bit of bartering for the copy of Call of Duty 2 from him, I came back home pop that sucker in my DVD drive ..........and this game was risen up instead........ Well to cut it short, I still pressed on the installation and playing it........................................ This game introduce me to a new kind of genre of shooting back then, Instead of running wild alone in stalingrad I was instead play as a dogface on the very first D-Day and boy..... I'm so glad.

Pro
+Superb music score
+Superb storyline (well, considering it ran on the very accurate history so far)
+Superb Audio, I do felt immerse to the battle field because of that.
+Innovative commanding squad system (back then in a least)
+Superb voice acting and the character. (Damn it Risner!!)

Con
- AI AI AI AI!!!!!
-For it try to be realistic, especially on gunplay, Never I did cursed and scream like a ♥♥♥♥♥♥ just for shooting an enemy....Why?..... I can't hit ♥♥♥♥ at all with a god damn rifle. The gun with hipfire never going to hit a target ... so forget CoD tactic like pray and spray.... And also even with iron sight the percent still only around 70% since your ironsight never steady at all.
- Sometime the route and map really did it cheap, Cheap enough to kill the illusion of the comand you could done on battlefield.

By far... I'm still recommended this game. It was one of the pinnacle of FPS history and also a WWII game by far.
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7.8 hrs on record
Posted: 19 December, 2015
just .... wow
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Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: 27 January
Overview

The first of an absolutley amazing series, following newly promoted Sgt. Matt Baker as he fights his way across Normandy, from the near the beaches to right into Carentan.

Story

Road to Hill 30 follows Sgt. Matthew Baker, the "shy and poetic young man" who doesn't want to lead his 'Baker's Dozen' across the French countryside. The story is told from Baker's perspective as he progresses through living hell in France, watching his friends die all around him with nothing he can do about it. Unlike most games, it really focuses on how much hell war is and how much it effected those who were/are encapsulated by it's claws. It is told in a believable manor and is quite powerful and emotional at times. The story follows the real campaign during the second world war very closely and a lot if not all of the major battles fought, acutally did happen. There are also some realistic minor details such as SPOILER:(George Risner's tank when he dies. It has the same number on it and it was left in an area exactly the same as a photo taken of a broken down tank during the fight in Normandy) It's stuff like that I love in games.

Gameplay

The main tactics of this game are the Four F's (Find, Fix, Flank and Finish.) You can order your men to move with you, move to a certain location, suppress the enemy or charge the enemy. The enemies have suppression indicators on top of their heads, red meaning unsuppressed and grey meaning suppressed and ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ themselves. This simple idea works fluidly and 99% of the time is not a nuisance to deal with during tense firefights. These orders are carried out by the two squads you have under your command, (not all the time, especially towards the beginning, you only have a few men) the Fire team, and the Assualt team. The 'ideal' way the game encourages you to defeat enemies is with the Four F's and the 2 squads:

1. Put your Fire team in sensible cover and have them suppress the enemy.
2. Take you Assault team and flank the enemies.
3. When you are at the enemies' exposed flank, kill them then regroup and move on to the next group of enemies.

Unfortunately, a lot of the time it isn't that simple. Your weapon sway is crazy so you won't be able to go rambo all the time, thus encouraging the utilization of your squad/s. Although the core gameplay is very good, the AI occassionally lets itself down with decisions such as choosing air particles rather than a barricade for cover against an MG42, or some squad members become rebellious and no longer respond to orders for a period of time. Other than that, the gameplay is engaging, fun and challenging at times.

Graphics, Animations and Sound

Although the graphics and animations are not fantastic in this game, the sound is very good and has the right balance between chaotic war and bursted eardrums. The soundtrack in all of the Brothers in Arms games including this one are fantastic and add fuel to the burning pyre of emotion in the credits and cutscenes. It's so well done that I feel like crying even as I adjust the resolutions and anti-aliasing settings. Graphics and animations are not this game's strong point but that should not be a problem as long as you're not one of those people who only plays games for the realistic visuals and not the great gameplay and story.

Map Design

Road to Hill 30 does a good job in general when it comes to map design although it is quite linear (hard not to be in this type of game) and the areas become quite repetative after long play sessions (the game is so good that I usually play most of the game in one sitting) Nearly all of the game is in similar looking French countryside. It's not that big of a deal really and is fixed decently in the next title in the series. (Earned in Blood).

Extras

The game has various unlockables that you get for completing missions on certain difficulty levels. (The higher the difficulty, the more extras you get). Some of the extras available are pictures, documents (some de-classified), more detail/story to characters and even cheats such as infinite ammo etc. The extra difficulty is well worth the reward in my opinion.

Verdict

Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 is a fantastic game with solid functions and precise gameplay that puts you on the edge of your seat for hours. Although it may not be the best game in terms of graphics, animations and silly AI, it more than makes up for itself with it's gritty story that had me riveted throughout the whole playthrough. If you want a realistic WW2 shooter that shows the real gore and terror of war, this game is for you!
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: 5 February
Wait what? What the hell? Where are all the tough American buffed up badasses that take can take all the bullets and keep trucking? Why do all the voices actors sound like teenagers? Oh... right...

great game
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.8 hrs on record
Posted: 7 February
I remember me used to play this on the PS2 and i remember how hard it was and i rage like so crazy and when i saw this on steam i was like :O OH i soo going to get this the game has good story you should go try it out yourself
Is so good really good and plus is based on a true story
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107 of 116 people (92%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
20.8 hrs on record
Posted: 15 October, 2014
Best WW2 game of all time. Ubisoft make a HD remaster PLEASE I BEG YOU
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67 of 74 people (91%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: 26 November, 2013
I am SO glad to see you guys! - Jospeh Hartsock, Brothers In Arms Road To Hill 30

THE GOOD
Authentic environments range from visually stunning (In the sense of scope) to downright ugly. Some of the character animations are a bit awkward, and one particular glitch sent a German rifleman across the map where he promptly caught himself on barbed wire and ruined the mood. The textures could be worse, but that's like saying that Duke Nukem Flopped could've been more hyped. For 2005, graphically speaking, it's mediocre. Not great, not terrible, not a benchmark for games and not something you'll want to recycle for toilet paper. While being failry realistic, it suffers from having people die very quickly, which can be frustrating when you need that person for a particular job, as shown perfectly by Objective XYZ. The multiplayer has two players who each command two teams to try and eliminate the other team. While not a straight up shooter, it would be nice to see some other objectives rather than just kill everyone else. This is BiA, not Quake.

THE GREAT
The story is fantastic. Not Half Life fantastic mind you, you do not have a wide range of ways to be attached to the game. Be that as it is, BiA is still worth playing just for it's story. Gritty, depressing and a bit too real at times, BiA is not for children, those with a weak stomach or those who get attached to characters quickly. The gameplay is solid and fair, giving you advantages when you constantly fail, but also giving you the choice wheather or not you take that extra. You will get attached to characters, some quicker than others, and if they die in combat, or via scripted event, it can be a real pain, due to the fact that you cannot save whenever you want. This can be good though, it pushes the story along and makes character deaths even more shocking than in games such as Halo: Combat Evolved.

THE UGLY
Most players will die a few times during this game, myself included. The introduction of a few characters can feel a bit strange when they either die or are never mentioned again during later missions. One death in particular was shocking, although it did seem a bit pointless, as I had been involved in the game quite a bit and hadn't gotten a grasp on who he was or why he was there. The following mission had you sniping from a tower while you sent your soldiers to work down below, but this personally felt like it wanted to be an RTS for a mission. For half the mission, either the enemy soldiers are too far away or the bloody tanks get in the way which make it feel less team oriented, and more like a straight up FPS while still keeping the same mechanics, which means that getting killed instantly by a tank shell is not impossible. Thankfully it only lasted one mission and was not seen again.

THE VERDICT
This is the best game in the series so far. Earned in Blood shows a different perspective, which is fine, but storywise the third game Hell's Highway has an intro cutscene which basically sums up Road to Hill 30 and Earned in Blood, which may make you wonder why you bought RtH30 and EiB, but you bought them because you are a good boy and played the first ones because they were better games.

SIMILAR GAMES
-Earned in Blood, Hell's Highway to a lesser extent
-Star Wars Republic Commando

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53 of 58 people (91%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: 26 January, 2014
Historically accurate : Yes
Fun: Yes
Do you need to use your brain : Yes
Contains Lolz : Yes

Its in my top 5 favourite games of all time.
BUY THIS GAME!
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38 of 43 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: 7 June, 2015
This game really makes you feel like a soldier.
The storyline is good...when you realize that you care more about your men than yourself is a signal that you got the spirit of the game.Would be awesome a remastered version but this is the perfect example that graphics is not the most important.Brothers In Arms beat every Call Of Duty or Battlefield out there.

And god damn!The best soundtrack I've ever heard in a game.
That ending theme brought tears to my eyes,no kiddin.

10/10
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29 of 30 people (97%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: 1 July, 2015
Everything I knew about WW2 shooters have changed.

This game broke my heart in every way it can. I may have a few hours, but knowing that these are real people that die, it really hurts man.

I love this game. It changes your perspective in every FPS game you will ever play.
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