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Brothers In Arms: Furious 4

Debuts at E3

Start listing your favourite World War Two shooters. The early Call Of Duty games will no doubt feature. As will a number of Medal Of Honors. And the correct era Battlefields. And probably Wolfenstein 3D. Then what? Surely only now will the overly worthy Brothers In Arms series get a look in.

That's set to change with Furious 4 which channels the spirit of Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds and takes onboard more than a few pointers from recent four player co-op FPS Borderlands.

The game is set in a slightly fictionalised 1944. Imagine some of the deranged Nazi experiments had paid off. We're not in talking dog spies territory here, but Hitler's forces have made some serious technological leaps forward.

There are four characters to play as - Stitch, Crockett, Chok and Montana - all with different qualities that suitable different playing styles.

The mission demoed at E3 sees your team of four stage a daring raid on a German mountainside town during Oktoberfest. The plan? To take the booze-addled enemy by surprise and kill the visiting Hitler.

As you make your way through the snow-covered streets you're rewarded for over the top violence, such as hurling an axe into a Nazi skull or separating a torso from its legs with a chainsaw.

Furious 4 is unlike any Brothers In Arms you've ever played before. And the Inglourious Basterds comparisons are entirely justified, but it goes even further. A Nazi with a jetpack wouldn't have helped Tarantino's film. Here it's a moment of genius. Overly worthy? Not anymore.

Brothers In Arms: Furious 4 is out on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 in early 2012

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