[Beyond PlayStation] Broforce Review
Broforce from Free Lives and Devolver Digital is a sidescrolling run and gun action release now on Nintendo Switch. Learn more about it in our Broforce review!
You move around with the left analog stick or the D-Pad and can attack with the Y button or the ZR button. You can jump with the B button to avoid incoming enemy attacks or to climb up a wall or clear a gap. By holding down the L button, you’ll be able to run to gain some added momentum to clear the deadly bottomless pits you’ll run into. You can also do a short-range melee attack with the X button. The A button, as well as the ZL button, can be used to activate your special, which depends on what character you’re controlling – could be a powerful grenade, a targeting reticle, a call for a bombardment and more.
Everything around you can be destroyed, so if you do things right you can kill your enemies in a stealthy way by opening a path towards their location without them noticing you, or you could destroying the floor beneath them to send them falling to their death. The terrorists you will battle come in different sizes, and the general rule is that the bigger they are, the harder it will be to make them fall. Some will require more shots than others before they’re very much dead, and you’ll also run into bosses with health bars and everything that will use every weapon it has to kill you good.
You’re going to find characters that parody the great action movies and TV series of ages past. The more prisoners you free from the steel cages in each stage, the closer you will be to unlocking new bros to join your squad. You’re going to find parodies of Robocop, Rambo, Terminator, Predator, the A-Team, MacGyver, Indiana Jones, Men in Black, Walker, Texas Ranger, Army of Darkness, The Matrix, Dirty Harry, Blade, Die Hard, Alien, Tank Girl, and more. Every time you start a stage, the game will assign you a character from all the ones you’ve unlocked, and when you rescue a prisoner, you will be given an extra life by adding a random character to your group.
Along with the regular levels, you will take on, which are actually groups of stages you need to complete to defeat the terror of the terrorists, you will also get a chance to play challenge levels, marked with a handy C that lets you know that C is for challenge. For these, you’re actually on a sorta stealth mission since it’s just the one bro going up against the whole terrorist gang on the level, which changes how you go about shooting/attacking everything that moves or trying to keep some groups of enemies in the dark so that you can survive. Completing challenge levels will allow you to unlock handy items such as an ammo crate that will allow you to recover your used special attacks, a special vitamin that will make you hyper-powerful, and more.
Broforce is a fun 2D action platformer that pays homage to the classic action TV and movies we all know and love, all in a tight and entertaining package that will keep you coming back for more. Unlocking new characters as you rescue prisoners is a great mechanic that will keep you playing to see who else is going to pop up and join your crew.
This Broforce review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Devolver Digital.