Splash Damage CEO feels some single-player shooters can be a bit too restrictive

Wednesday, 11th May 2011 23:19 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Splash Damage CEO Paul Wedgewood feels that single-player shooters can be too restrictive, so with Brink, the studio tried to change things a bit.

Speaking with Gamasutra, Wedgewood said he hopes players will take the time to learn the mechanics of the game instead of just enjoying it as a ” run-and-gun.”

“If we put you on a minecart and play the same cinematics, it would feel more like a traditional single-player game,” he said. “But, to me, the definition of single-player is simply a game that you can have fun playing on your own. It’s the important thing that defines single-player gaming. To be single-player doesn’t mean you have to look and feel and breathe like every other linear, single-player shooter.

“Now, the thing is, RPGs don’t feel like big action cinema, and yet people have really great fun playing them. RTSs don’t feel like action cinema, but they’re great fun to play on your own against the AI.”

Wedgewood feels that the shooter genre is viewed in a more restrictive manner, and that “third-person action adventures and shooters,” can become stuck in “the mold of constant constraint and removal of player interactivity.”

Because of this opinion, Splash Damage designed Brink around “interactivity and emergent gameplay,” instead of with “orchestrated, scripted, canned cinematics,” which cannot be changed and only played the same way over and over again.

“A better comparison is to think of something like a racing game,” Wedgewood explained. “With the racing genre, you can have great fun playing on your own, and you can have great fun playing against other people. Obviously, the story mode — the campaign mode — is a lot lighter than a traditional story-driven game. We try to be somewhere mid-point.”

You can read the excerpt from the full feature here, or the full thing through here.

Brink is out in the US now, hits the UK on Friday, as has had its latest update detailed along with plans for one in the near future.



  1. Phoenixblight

    Or you can do it like Brink where its just a complete disorganized mess with horrible AI. Really its not single player but play with the retarded bots until your friends can sign in and play with you.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Xuchilbara

    Yea this guy should NOT be talking about single player AT ALL…. His game is a complete disaster, and has a COMPLETE JOKE of an excuse for single player.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. DGOJG

    This is rich coming from the guy whos game is being critical slammed

    #3 4 years ago
  4. AHA-Lambda

    “Splash Damage CEO Paul Wedgewood feels that single-player shooters can be too restrictive, so with Brink, the studio tried to change things a bit.”

    Change things up by not even trying with it, yea? -_-

    #4 4 years ago
  5. YoungZer0

    “Now, the thing is, RPGs don’t feel like big action cinema” Mhm, someone’s been living under a rock.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Hunam

    @3 But it’s not getting slammed. It’s got a few bad reviews and mostly positive reviews. 3 of 12 reviews doesn’t equal slammed. That’s just knee jerk reactionism to think so. I wish people would learn to understand facts instead of just jumping on the first thing they hear.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Phoenixblight


    Actually it is being pretty slammed look at the user reviews on metacritic.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Hunam

    The user reviews on metacritic are higher than the press reviews for the 360 and slightly lower than the press average for the PC and PS3. At worst you could describe the reviews as mixed. It’s still floating around the 70 mark, which isn’t slammed.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Phoenixblight


    THe game just came out yesterday for the US and its already floating at a 7, thats not exactly a good sign especially once everyone else gets their hands on it. It will be probably floating around 6 by next week.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Epic Fool



    *does not read*

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Epic Fool

    Oooh no it’s floating at

    who gives a fuck


    #11 4 years ago
  12. DaMan

    Metacritic user ratings are rampant lies, N4G is the definitive source of unbiased reviews, also their agree/disagree function can and should be trusted.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Hunam

    @9 I dunno, the European press has been markedly kinder to the game than the US has. Most of the negative press reviews are from the US after all. But I’m not defending the game. I’ve not played it yet because the UK doesn’t sell games till thursday/friday because they’re fucking stupid. But my point is just asking for people to look at the whole picture and not just the knee jerk reactionary comments that hit a game that fails to live up to the hype, even if the game itself might be half decent. I wouldn’t be surprised if half of the user reviews you read are from people who read on a forum that the game crashed on him then went and gave it a 0 trying to claim it happened to him.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Phoenixblight

    I got it from Gamefly yesterday and have beaten it and it has a lot of ideas but it just doesn’t deliver at all. SIngle Player is a complete joke and Wedgewood should not be talking about how a Singleplayer campaign should be handled if his company can not deliver. It does shine in the multiplayer and passes around awesome ideas and concept but if you were thinking of getting this game for SP I would say wait until its discounted half price at least.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. AHA-Lambda

    I admit i have not played brink yet i will rent it for ps3 once psn is back up but just from everything i hear if you only want to play brink offline and not for the multiplayer

    This point really can not be stressed enough and on the campaigns merits alone you can see where half of the terrrible reviews come from.

    Nevertheless i will rent to see what it is like, still disappointing to see how this game turned out in the end, so mch hope for it =(

    #15 4 years ago
  16. frostquake

    I really, REALLY wanted this game. I am a HUGE SP FPS player, I hate playing FPS MP, so the way they HYPED this game up, as being a blur between MP and SP, and that SP was just as Good as MP, because the Maps were the same I reserved the game.

    Then Friends, and GameTrailers confirmed, the AI Bots in SP offline, are so horrible to the point, where they may not be able to allow you to do some important tasks in the latter part of the Game.

    Friends who tried it,said towards the end, your Team Bots, are so stupid that it keeps you from beating the game, and they had to wait till someone signed in to play it with them!

    Why HYPE up such a HUGE SP experience and then not deliver???? Did they not think people would notice?

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Epic Fool


    stop dissing minecarts


    #17 4 years ago
  18. Nozz

    @14 thanks for the heads up, was watching a few live streams of it and got the same impression that you gave.

    Bargain buy for me. Hope the community lasts long enough though!!

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Phoenixblight


    Initial sales thats what this industry tries to push its all about getting as much as possible within the first week thats why the developers try to hype it up to make their money back at least.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. frostquake


    I understand that, but they were Hyping how this was Sooooo different then the other 4 hour, dumb and broken AI bots, FPS games and that people who love SP FPS games but have gotten bored with them, this would bring us back into the fold, when really this is still a 4 hour, dumb and broken AI bot game, that really should be a Bargain Priced MP FPS shooter at $40 USA not $65 USA!!!

    Hearing that it is a BLAST as a MP FPS with friends, but that was not what they were Hyping..Really Big SIGH!!!

    #20 4 years ago
  21. Phoenixblight

    “but they were Hyping how this was Sooooo different

    Well it is different but that doesn’t mean it is good. :P

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Epic Fool


    try harder ;)

    #22 4 years ago
  23. Epic Fool


    #23 4 years ago
  24. ASBI

    u see guys, for a AAA title that was “supposed to” be breathtaking, it is slammed, dont get me wrong I was all over this game, it had the potential to be a 90+ game, but a buggy 8 maps and no campaign game at a full retail price ?!!!! No thanks

    #24 4 years ago
  25. Hunam

    I think you are using the word slammed wrong.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. darrito

    is the MP any good?

    #26 4 years ago
  27. Robo_1

    So just to be clear, is the single player similar to the bot matches with cut scenes that UT3 went for? If so, this one’s completely off the buy list.

    #27 4 years ago
  28. Phoenixblight


    Minus the cut scenes everything else yes.

    #28 4 years ago
  29. M. K.

    Same shit everywhere. People are buying a multiplayer shooter and complain about the “singlerplayer” campaign, which they should already know, is not existent.

    Oh internet you make me laugh every day :D

    ps: still waiting for my copy .____________________________________.

    #29 4 years ago
  30. Edo

    Did they just buried themselves even more!?

    #30 4 years ago
  31. Phoenixblight


    Well if Wedgewood wouldn’t be talking about his game acting as if there is a single player maybe people wouldn’t be complaining. He has not come out and said this is a pure Multiplayer game, all they have said is Brink is different.Hell, Wedgewood is even talking about what FPS should do with Single Player as he knows what the hell he is talking about. SO maybe you should troll somewhere else.

    #31 4 years ago
  32. frostquake

    @ 31

    Agree…If Wedgewood wouldn’t have come out and said how great, different, and “Blurring the Lines” in SP it would be, I wouldn’t have reserved it, and wouldn’t be “complaining.” They were the ones bragging how this would bring back the SP to the FPS genre!! When in truth is is nothing more then a MP game, and a ridiculously high price!

    #32 4 years ago
  33. M. K.

    I’m not trolling, I’m just curious how a person could expect a great singleplayer experience from a game that is blurring the lines between SP and MP.

    #33 4 years ago
  34. TheWulf


    It was also slammed on GiantBomb via their video review and quick look videos, and you could actually see the flaws as they were playing and describing them. It was pretty damned convincing. The game is fairly shit from the trustworthy review sources.

    There are a few review sources (such as Eurogamer) which I wouldn’t trust as far as I could throw. Their review scores tend to way too often depend on how big of a marketing push surrounds a game rather than how good it is, and I’ve seen that time and time again, it’s gotten to the point where I can’t not be dubious.

    If my trusted sites like GiantBomb and 1UP had been behind it then I could’ve bought into this game being good, but they had some fairly good reasons for slamming it. Take a look at the Giantbomb stuff and you’ll see for yourself.

    #34 4 years ago
  35. TheWulf


    The bots in UT3 were actually not at all bad because of how they were designed. However, the bots in Brink are of the ‘run repeatedly into a wall’, ‘stand around and get shot’, and ‘ignore the escort that’s about to die as a medic’ sort.

    #35 4 years ago
  36. viralshag

    I’m really disappointed that this game seems to be getting somewhat slated. User reviews seem to be less generous than critic’s reviews. I just don’t understand how they could release the game in such a state.

    It makes me think the whole week early release was just a marketing scam to make people think it would be worth the purchase. How on earth can they expect anyone to listen to what they have to say after bringing a release date forward when the game is an unfinished and buggy mess? I mean, what the F have they been doing all this time?

    I was going to pick this up tomorrow but I’m really considering not bothering. This does nothing to change my opinion that every new game is destined to be some unfinished load of crap where devs/publishers think it’s ok because they can just make a patch for it.


    #36 4 years ago
  37. mathare92

    Well besides 1up, Giant Bomb, Joystiq and IGN (all coincidentally US sites), the consensus from all the other major sites (even if you exclude EG) was good-very good. Nothing spectacular, of course, but certainly not shit. Although, I think we can all agree, all the hype was pretty much unwarranted.

    #37 4 years ago

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