Broforce is a hysterical and fun pixel based shoot ‘em up sidescroller. I have to emphasize just how funny this game is, it doesn’t take itself seriously at all and it’s one of the funniest games I’ve played in a long time, there’s plenty of laugh out loud moments. Besides consisting of well-done sophomoric humor/par
In Broforce you frenetically wreak fierce havoc upon terrorists and two enemies that come out of left field much later in the game. This frantic gameplay style mixed with destructible environments leads to very exciting moments. Not only is the gameplay exciting due to the mayhem that you can possibly create, it could also be used as a viable strategy to get through tough situations.
Speaking of tough situations, there are plenty of moments that will test your skills. Many people dislike tough video games for many reasons, but Broforce offers tough but fair gameplay. Despite being fair, there are many levels in which you will have to trial and error your way through it, you will die a lot. The deaths aren’t really a problem as long as you have more lives. After you die you’ll essentially respawn as a different character in the exact spot where you died, which is especially helpful during boss fights.
The boss fights in Broforce are interesting not only because of the variety of bosses that are encountered, but also because they all vary in difficulty. Some are quite easy to get through and some are frustratingly hard, it all depends on your playstyle and which character you feel best fits the situation.
You mainly play as a multitude of characters that are throwback references to popular 80s/90s action movie stars with the occasional 2000s hero thrown in. I honestly don’t know how many characters there are, but it’s interesting just how many playstyles are offered. Some of these characters consist of Rambo, The Terminator, Dirty Harry, Neo/Mr. Anderson and Indiana Jones. The funny gimmick in regards to the names of these characters is that their names are altered to fit “bro”. For example, Rambo is Rambro and Leon the professional is simply “The Brofessional“.
Though many may view this game as infantile, playing through this game will show you just how well thought out it truly was, based on the overall gameplay. I’ve played through other games that include popular characters from movies/cartoons, but it’s obvious that much thought didn’t go into truly depicting how the character is in their source material. The characters in Broforce all have three attacks, a main attack, a special attack, and a melee attack. As previously stated, all of the attacks fit well with the character that’s being used. For example, Dirty Harry uses a powerful revolver like he does in the movies, the terminator uses a large/recoil heavy minigun, and Indiana Jones uses a whip along with a piercing revolver.
Despite having a multitude of characters in this game, they’re essentially chosen at random, it’s a bit of a double-edged sword. At the start of the levels you don’t know who you’ll play as and as you save imprisoned “bros”, the equivalent of getting an extra life, your character is switched and you begin to play as another. There are pros and cons when it comes to this, do you ignore the necessary extra life, or do you stick to the character that you’re currently playing as because you favor their playstyle? That is one question you’ll most likely ask yourself while playing through this game.
Overall, I greatly enjoyed Broforce due to its highly entertaining gameplay and humorous story. If I had to summarize what Broforce is in one picture, it’d be the above image. I give it a 4.5/5 and I recommend it if you’re a fan of pixel based side-scrolling shoot ‘em ups.