Last night Splash Damage posted a patch for the PC version which includes a fair number of bug fixes cleaning up many common issues with the game. You can read the changelog here, although the three key ones that have plagued many users are:
- Fixed sound dropping out when playing networked games
- Improved graphical performance, especially when using Ambient Occlusion
- Fixed memory leak/crash when alt-tabbed out
To extend the double meaning of this post title and to follow up my post last week, I can say that Brink does get better with time. While I don’t think I ever found that “Eureka!” moment, after more time spent with the game and playing with friends, the game does start to click. There is a bit of a learning curve to some of the game’s nuances, and unlocking abilities while leveling up your character improves the experience greatly. Since the game does rely heavily on team play (arguably, even more so than say, BFBC2) online matches can vary wildly in quality depending on how adept your pub teammates are. Brink does provide a nice change of pace from the latest round of cookie-cutter modern warfare shooters, and while it doesn’t get everything right, does a good enough job for those willing to stick around long enough to learn the ropes and find a groove.