Breach review

  • Destroyable environments
  • Slick gadgetry
  • Great price
  • Ordinary-at-best visuals
  • Only 4 maps
  • May get repetitive fast

It would be easy – and also very wrong – to immediately dismiss Breach out of hand as another generic online shooter. Looks can be deceiving; yes, it borrows generously from the best games of the genre, but Breach’s twists on the oh-so-commonplace FPS model will give many a Modern Warfare-weary virtual soldier an addictive new way to create online mayhem.

It takes a mouthful to define Breach. Officially, it’s a downloadable, online-only, multiplayer-only military simulator from developer Atomic Games. There’s no single-player mode, so you’re thrown into the fray right from the get-go. All the typical accoutrements you’d expect in a modern-day shooter are here, including standard game modes (deathmatch, stronghold, and escort), multiple soldier classes to encourage team-based play, character “perks” you unlock as your experience levels increase, and a variety of map styles that lend themselves to the different modes.

However, Breach really shines as you start to become familiar with the four maps (with one nighttime variant), all of which are layered and full of nooks and crannies that invite exploration, exploitation, and utter destruction. Much of the environment can be blown to bits, including walls, bridges, and floors. This isn’t just for show, either, as bringing a bridge down on top of an enemy is a great way to kill them, or blasting a tiny hole in a brick wall creates a superb sniper spot. Of course, your cubbyhole doesn’t stand a chance against the business end of a rocket launcher – another great tool to alter the environment.

Plentiful gadgetry also alters the balance of power between the warring groups in Breach; investing in nifty items like sticky bombs or sniper detectors as you move up the experience chain goes a long way in helping you win skirmishes. Even better, when you go from the standard settings to Hardcore, radar disappears and you’re left to work with your teammates in an incredibly tense atmosphere.

OK, so it’s not the best-looking title out there, the relatively small number of maps could get tiresome after awhile, and any long-term enjoyment hinges mightily on the establishment of a strong online community. However, at $15, Breach is a great value. Sporting plenty of weapons, upgrades, and gobs of stuff to blow up, it’s an undeniably fun way to get out of your current FPS rut – or get back into one.

Feb 1, 2011

More Info

Release date: Jan 26 2011 - PC, Xbox 360 (US)
Jan 26 2011 - PC, Xbox 360 (UK)
Available Platforms: PC, Xbox 360
Genre: Shooter
Published by: Atomic Games
Developed by: Atomic Games
ESRB Rating:
Teen: Blood, Violence, Mild Language
PEGI Rating:


  • bschroth - February 8, 2011 5:29 p.m.

    Played the demo. Horrible game. Every kill results in a noticeable hitch that is downright something I cannot forgive in an online only shooter. I don't wanna be one of "those guys", but an 8 for this crap? I'm gonna go all Seth Meyers and say, REALLY! To call this fucking pile of dog shit enjoyable is to say you loved getting kicked in the balls by every steeled towed boot wearing worker on the face of the Earth. Only way I might've been able to overlook even some of the major issues with this game were if it was either free or $5. And to think I was looking forward to this game about 6 months ago. Richard Grisham, I hope you're happy that you fucking duped too many readers of this site into buying this (too many in my eyes is 1).
  • JADENkOTOR - February 4, 2011 7:03 p.m.

    No one compare this to BC2... just don't
  • johnnywutang - February 2, 2011 6:06 p.m.

    it's on sale on Steam right now for $11.99
  • batmanboy11 - February 2, 2011 4:31 a.m.

    For $15, I will most certainly get this.
  • AMayer - February 2, 2011 4:09 a.m.

    I actually played this in its, like, ultra-beta version at PAX East last year and I see that it's still wicked buggy. I still have the temporary tattoos. When I played it was still so intense knowing that whatever you're hiding behind could be gone in a second.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - February 2, 2011 3:56 a.m.

    Here's hoping it comes to PS3.
  • D0CCON - February 2, 2011 3:46 a.m.

    It's weird that MW2 map packs sold millions even though there were only 3 new maps and yet a complete new game for the same price goes unplayed. However, I can understand why its so deserted. This game is one of the laggiest, glitchiest titles I have played in years. The destruction in it is awesome, but that isn't enough to save it from being unplayable about half the freakin' time. It's sad too because I've been waiting for this since last summer. Good thing I only downloaded the trial.
  • nadrewod - February 2, 2011 3:22 a.m.

    I tried to play the trial version of this, and, after waiting half an hour, it STILL hadn't found a SINGLE game to connect with.
  • celticsfan645 - February 2, 2011 3:18 a.m.

    Like Bender says, sounds like a downloadable BC2.
  • Crimmy - February 2, 2011 2:46 a.m.

    "Relatively small number of maps could get tiresome after awhile..." Monday Night Combat isn't boring for me (and many others), and there are five Crossfire maps.
  • Larinah - February 2, 2011 2:23 a.m.

    I downloaded the demo for this, because I was considering buying it, but honestly, if I want a war game with lots of choices, I'll stick with Modern Warfare 2, or if I want a war game with destructible environments, I'll pick up Bad Company 2. You have so many "OMFG HOW DID I JUST DIE" moments on this game it's not even funny, and their respawn system blows ass. You respawn in 1 area, and you're in invulnerable while in it. What this ends up creating is a stupid situation where the entire team sits in their spawn the whole time. In addition to this, the controls are wonky if you're used to either of the aforementioned titles. I wouldn't suggest this game to anyone, and I was thoroughly excited for it before it came out.
  • shadowreaper72 - February 2, 2011 2:20 a.m.

    From what I heard there is hardly anybody playing this game. Besides I alreay have enough mutiplayer shooters so I think ill pass.
  • icedoesnthelp - February 2, 2011 1:58 a.m.

    I was thinking of grabbing this on steam, but I already have Bad Company 2. I may grab it eventually (steam sale)

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