Hot Brass – PC (Review)
Hot Brass is a top-down tactical shooter which allows you to control an elite SWAT team that can be played with up to three of your friends or with other players of the community via its in-game servers. You’re introduced with a tutorial that shows you simple movements from shooting, jumping through windows, and using tactical weapons such as charges or tasers.
As you load up in each mission, you’re given a briefing so you can understand the situation and are also given some bonus objectives. Before you start, you can change your loadout which gets unlocked as you progress through the game completing various objectives. You’ll unlock more firepower like better pistols, shotguns, and automatic rifles. You can also unlock various tactical weapons such as night vision goggles.
Each character you come across in Hot Brass, good or bad, will have a character state. This shows how hostile the person is towards you. The character state is identified with colors, green, yellow, and red. Green characters are usually civilians that are caught up in the situation. Yellow characters can be suspects that aren’t quite ready to fight. Watch out for the red characters, they’re most likely ready to attack and will not go down without a fight. Clicking your right mouse button will cause your operator to shout various commands that will hopefully de-escalate the situation. If they surrender, be sure to put them in handcuffs and confiscate their weapons or they may pick them up and attack you as soon as you turn your back to them.
Entering rooms or buildings can be a blast, literally. Setting charges on walls to create your own point of entry can be as hectic as it sounds especially when you’re met with gunfire. Blow open the wall and hold down the left mouse button until it’s clear. Things don’t always have to be 100 mph. You can use your UDC, under-door camera, to scout out the room ahead of time and plan out a coordinated attack. The UDC also has night vision just in case the power is out or the suspects shut off the lights.
Hot Brass is an awesome game to play and I only ran duos with Klutzleo. I can only imagine that it would have been even more enjoyable if we had a full team. The graphics are simple yet do the job perfectly. There were some small details we noticed that made the game that much better. For example, we pushed into a room where a suspect was hiding behind a desk. He wasn’t giving up so we did what anyone would have done in our situation and unloaded on him. After inspecting the body we noticed there were bullet holes in the wall behind him and when we turned on our flashlights, the lights shined through allowing us to see on the other side. Effects like these are pretty awesome and show the amount of work and thought that went into this game. Overall this game is a must-play if you’re interested in tactical shooters.
Note: GameOctane received a digital code from the publisher for the purpose of reviewing this game. Any code or product intended for review is distributed to the team to review and stream for our audience.
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+ Fun teamwork focused gameplay
+ Intense situations
+ Amazing little details like bullet holes shining light through walls
+ Replayability in unlocking all achievements for each level to gain more equipment
- Not too many players on