If you look at action movies from the 1980's, you'll notice a trend. Big action, big explosions, and non-stop action. This is the core of the experience in Broforce. Armed with a team of inspired action heroes from movies of this era, each with their own "Bro" name, you fight to defeat terrorists and save the world.
Action all the time
Armed with one of currently 19 Bros, all inspired from films like Rambo, Terminator, and Robocop, along with recent heroes like Mr. Anderbro (The Matrix) and Brochete (Machete), you barrel your way through different levels. Levels are designed after a jungle and cityscape, but you spend most of the time destroying everything around you.
Broforce has different enemy types, from the simple assault rifle soldier, to mini-gun enforcers, nut you have different Bros, each with different weapons and abilities you use to defeat them. The variety in the Bros allows for a lot of replayability because you unlock different Bros as you rescue them in each stage.
Broforce is available on Steam Early Access, so it's not the complete game and still a work-in-progress. This also means there are game crashing bugs and some glitches during stages. Although this doesn't break the experience, it can lead to some frustration when the game crashes to desktop.
Free Lives is continually releasing updates to make new content available. The available multiplayer modes are fun, but also lack stability, although the developer is open to feedback.
A work in progress
Since Broforce is an Early Access game, it's prone to crashes and bugs. The single player campaign is generally stable, but there are issues which can cause the game to crash to desktop.
When playing the game, using a controller is preferred to using a keyboard because the action can get very intense, to the point where you have to navigate through a lot of bullets and explosions.
The campaign is great and on the first playthrough, you a lot of the Bros. It takes a lot of rescues to unlock all of them, but it's worth it. Each time you rescue a Bro from capture, you will transform into a random Bro with their attacks and abilities.
Broforce features other online multiplayer modes, but the majority are still in alpha stages and aren't fully developed. The game works excellently in local co-op though.
Action and explosions all in 16 bit form
Broforce uses a 16 bit graphic style. Characters and levels are designed from a combination of colored blocks to create the game. This also allows tons of action to be displayed on the screen.
Characters are easily recognized through specific player models and the frame rate generally stays very smooth. The initial loading of a level might take a few extra seconds, but the game never needs to load once it's going.
Audio in the game is all about keeping up the tempo. Honestly, you might forget about the music once you're blowing up everything you see, but it does provide an excellent support for each stage. The sound effects in each level are amazing, as weapons all have specific sounds. The explosions, on the other hand, are some of the best in any game.
Free Lives has created an excellent package of old school action combined with stellar sound.
Worth it to play early
A lot of Early Access games aren't ready for a lot of people to play. Broforce is different. Even in this early stage, the core of the game is already amazing. As Free Lives add more content and fix bugs, Broforce will only get better.
The single player of the game is solid, and the multiplayer looks like it's going to improve a lot before the official release.
If you like 80s action movies, Broforce is a game you need to play.