Geeks who came a generation before gaming are still giddily dressing to the nines and LARPing away all over America in super-serious Civil War reenactments. The point is: You’re not over World War II, you just think you are. Yeah, yeah - the market was over saturated and Call of Duty 4 got with the times, but history never goes out of style. There are still plenty of us out there with a rabid hankering for all things WWII, an appetite that has not been satiated by Medal of Honor’s recent Vanguard and Airborne assaults. Enter Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway.
Brothers in Arms has never been the kind of franchise that could be rolled out in yearly intervals or sequelized into oblivion. It’s a more personal saga of characters Matt Baker, Joe Hartstock and real-life events surrounding the 101st Airborne division. Since the gameplay is centered on the tactics carried out by you and your squad, even the supporting characters have a story to tell.
Many of you have been caught up in BiA’s story for years, and it should go without saying that Gearbox is continuing the tale. But they’re also tying up a couple of loose ends from the past. Ever wonder exactly how Allen and Garnett met their end while Leggett survived? Well, we finally found out through a flashback in Hell’s Highway. We won’t spoil it, but... heartbreaking. Look closely at the newest trailer for brief glimpses of the ordeal.
Hell's Highway has a new plot to unfold, though the timeline jumps around as if Tarantino were at the helm. You start out in the familiar role of Matt Baker. But just as he’s miraculously spared from an explosive shell dangling feet from his face, Nazis emerge and really put a damper on things by shooting him directly in the face. And that’s just the opening tutorial!