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Brothers In Arms: Earned in Blood - PC

by Ubisoft
Mature
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews) 84 / 100

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Platform: PC
  • Delve deep into an authentic WWII experience with this military action game
  • Command 2 squads of American paratroopers with easy 1-button command system
  • Compelling story; close-quarter urban environments; next-generation A.I. system
  • Skirmish mode; challenging and dynamic combat; new weapons and vehicles
  • Single-player narrative, new cooperative multiplayer missions


Product Details

Platform: PC
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0009WH7C8
  • Item Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Release Date: October 4, 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,745 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Platform: PC

Product Description

As Sgt. Joe "Red" Hartsock, gamers will lead a new squad of men through a series of all new missions and urban environments as they liberate France and eliminate the last bastions of enemy resistance. Brothers In Arms Earned in Blood adds a new dimension of gameplay with new multiplayer modes

From the Manufacturer

With its unprecedented combination of authenticity, compelling story, and squad-based action, the Brothers in Arms franchise has established itself as a benchmark for military action games, receiving the highest average review scores of any WWII series to date (www.gamerankings.com). Brothers in Arms Earned in Blood adds new features and game modes and builds upon the elements that made Brothers in Arms Road to Hill 30 a runaway success. Featuring a new single-player narrative, new multiplayer missions, an all-new cooperative game mode, and new weapons and vehicles, Brothers in Arms Earned in Blood promises to lead the way.

Delve deeper into the most authentic WWII experience as you take the role of Sgt. Joe "Red" Hartsock, the new squad leader of 2nd Squad. You represent the best of the 101st Airborne, the Screaming Eagles. Command two new squads of American paratroopers, your fire team and assault team, through war-torn France's urban streets and villages.

On the verge of liberating the last regions of France, your missions will take you deep behind enemy lines, further and more dangerous than ever before. Your squad, your brothers, will look to you for leadership as you must overcome new urban environments and even more aggressive enemies. As squad leader, you will control your teams with a powerful and easy-to-use one-button command system. Suppress the enemy with a barrage of gunfire with your fire team, while you and your assault team move in for the kill.

Features:

  • Next chapter of Brothers in Arms: the award-winning WWII shooter returns with more of the action, story, and authenticity that has critics and fans raving.
  • New single-player narrative takes you beyond Hill 30: Play as Sergeant Joe Hartsock and lead your squad beyond Carentan. It will be up to you and your squad to defeat the last enemy bastions and bring freedom to Normandy.
  • New cooperative Multiplayer mode: Take on the enemy with a friend by your side. Work together and utilize each other's squads or face certain death.
  • Unrivaled authenticity: Fight actual Airborne Infantry battles of D-Day accurately recreated under the direction of author, historian, and Airborne Ranger Col. John Antal, using thousands of official photos, maps, After-Action Reports, and eyewitness accounts.
  • New multiplayer missions: taking online tactics to new heights, Brothers in Arms Earned in Blood offers more unique multiplayer missions and improved online support on PC and consoles.
  • Skirmish mode: Brothers in Arms Earned in Blood features an all-new Skirmish mode that allows players to take a tour of duty through a series of authentic and increasingly difficult custom combat missions.
  • New weapons and vehicles: arm yourself with new weapons like the M3 grease gun, and command new vehicles like the M10 "Wolverine" Tank Destroyer.
  • More challenging and dynamic combat: featuring close-quarter urban environments and a new, next-generation artificial intelligence system, Brothers in Arms Earned in Blood promises to take authentic military action to the next level.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars hmm May 24, 2006
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Having played through BIA: Road to Hill 30 not long ago and loving it, I gladly spent the money on EIB a couple months ago. I've read so many complaints about this sequel and I have to say, it's a bit confusing to me.

The only main issue I have with EIB is its similarity to RH30 in level design. The first half of the game is set in environments way too reminiscent of what I've already played through. The second half of the game makes up for this, however, by offering a nice array of urban combat.

I firmly believe all other gripes about this game are moot points (besides the ones who said their game wouldn't load...Ubisoft should be ashamed of themselves for that one.) As for the aiming scheme, it's more "realistic" than any other game I've seen. Though not all of the game designers were veterans, I think they do a veritable job of simulating the unsteadyness of the human hand. And if you don't like the weapon you have, find one that does suit you. The Kar 98 is extremely accurate, even from long distances, and is far superior to the Garand. I love the BAR for its firepower and accuracy, and the Thompson is the best for close quarters. The mp40 sucks from anywhere beyond five feet, and the FG42 is an extremely accurate automatic rifle which can double as a sniper rifle. If you don't like the weapon you have, kill a German and take his.

I read a complain about not being able to drop grenades down tank hatches anymore...I'm sort of wondering how it was that I managed to beat Carentan, because I'm pretty sure I shot the tank commancer when he opened the hatch, and then saw myself climb onto the tank and finish it off with a grenade...The only difference this time is realism.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I recently purchased Brothers in Arms and am genuinely impressed with the game. I am a veteran of many FPS and Brothers in Arms is something totally unique. You will spend more of your time managing your squad than actually engaging in combat. One of the first things I discovered is that alone, the player will not last long. Utilizing your fire and assault teams is essential to completing many of the missions. Rarely will the player find himself going solo on rambo-style missions, which is a nice change to other FPS's where computer-controlled players are fodder at best. All in all, this is a nice change from the normal "run into room and kill everyone" style of play from most WWII FPS.

While I find online play somewhat lacking (I prefer EA's Battlefield series), the single player is a solid game with good (though not great) replay value.

I also have researched StarForce at length and have found no real problems with the actual software itself. It is merely a driver package that prevents your CD or DVD burner from writing while StarForce protected software (like Brothers in Arms) is in the drive. While this can cause some people with older CD-Roms a hard time, it is hard to imagine a well-maintained system having a problem with it. The only real problems I can conceive of are users with dirty CD/DVD-Roms, dirty disks or users of the Windows 9x series operating systems.

You can find an interview about StarForce here: [...]

My system is a 2.1GHz with 1Gb RAM, GeForce 6600 GT and I run this game with full detail at 1024x768 with only the slightest of video caching (chop) on my initial load.

If you are a big fan of Real Time Strategy and First Person Shooters, this game is with the fifty dollars. If you are more of the run and gun type, you might want to pass this title up or at least wait until the price drops below thirty dollars.

I hope this review was helpful.
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2 of 0 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun at first............. May 26, 2007
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Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
I bought this game because I've played and beat all the other WW2 games, so I thought I'd give this one a try. It's basically part strategy and part fps. You have a fire team and an assault team that you direct to outflank the enemy and suppress fire. You have a battlefield map that you can pull up that gives you an aerial view of the battlefield so you can decide where you can most efficiently utilize your teams to suppress fire. It was fun at first, but there isn't much variation from mission to mission. It's just outflank, suppress, move on, and after a while it got pretty repetitive. The graphics are decent, and the game is challenging, since there are checkpoints and no quick saves and the levels become more strategically complex as you go, but I found it got tedious and just wasn't that much fun. If you like more strategy oriented games, then you will probably like this one, but if you are into games like MOH and COD, then you will most likely be disappointed with this one.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Has its quirks, but still rocks December 26, 2005
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood, the sequel to Hill 30 turned out to be better (and harder) than I expected.

It still does have its minor quirks. The sound is a bit off, skipping some when maps and scenes are loaded. It's just a bit annoying when you're hearing this beautiful orchestra and then having it stutter and skip.

I'd still say the accuracy is a little wonky, it might even suffer from being TOO realistic. This is especially the case with the M1 Garand, where you will have the enemy dead-to-rights in your ironsights, pull the trigger and see your shot piff nowhere close to your target. The K98 doesn't seem to suffer much, so I'd suggest finding one of those rather than suffer with the Garand, heck, I can hit stuff better with the BAR on full auto than with the Garand. Any soldier with the weapons proficiency of Red Hartsock or Matt Baker from Hill 30 should never have made it to the U.S. Army, let alone the Airborne.

I would also liked to have seen more flanking routes, but it is an improvement over Hill 30, where there was only one.

On to the good...

- This game is multiple times harder than Hill 30. Germans actually have a brain, and use teamwork of their own. You could be sitting around with your teammates in a defensive position when a German 2-man team either flanks you or heaves a grenade into the middle of your team, killing you all. The enemy also turtles up if it finds a good cover spot, and scrambles when a pineapple lands near them, extremely realistic in the sense that they might actually run into the open to get themselves away from the grenade.

- Although its tough to hit Germans with some weapons, it is very gratifying watching them go down like a sack of bricks when shot.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Another fun PC game, have had hours of fun playing. I highly recommend.
Published 29 days ago by Douglas Olsen
5.0 out of 5 stars A real game of life.
it is so real I love it, being a vet. my self I can relate some of this game you just don`t know how close you came to the truth
Published 10 months ago by terry e medlin
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Without its Draw, But not as Polished as Call of Duty 2
I tend to compare this game with Call of Duty 2 (COD2) as they came out about the same time. Brothers In Arms: Earned in Blood (BIA:EIB) has some neat features, but as a whole it... Read more
Published 11 months ago by JH
4.0 out of 5 stars A good program for Win. XP
I have no doubt that this game works very well, But I have Windows 7 and window's 7 does not support this game and there is no way to correct this situation. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Gary A. Brinkerhoff
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game!
I ahve all of the Brothers in Arms series pc games & have enjoyed everyone of them. This edition of EIB is great & puts the whole story & experience in prospective. Read more
Published 23 months ago by gary sherman
1.0 out of 5 stars ***Alert*** This one is for XP ONLY***
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Published on February 28, 2012 by Sam Moss
1.0 out of 5 stars Windows 7
Great game until you buy a new computer with Win7. I called to tech support was informed they BIA2 won't work on Windows 7. Q: Do you have a work around? Read more
Published on June 26, 2011 by DeanCaul
3.0 out of 5 stars difficult game
takes quite a while to install..This game runs fine in windows xp..Do NOT try to run it in windows 7. If you do next boot windows 7 will no longer run. Read more
Published on February 7, 2011 by vaporizer
1.0 out of 5 stars Buyer beware: Does not work with Windows 7
My son requested this game for his birthday. I wish I had known that it does not work under Windows 7. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes! Hooah!!!
If you want a game with these elements:

-Band of Brothers
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-First person shooter with mission goals and tactics
-Historical battles... Read more
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