Brink is a futuristic first-person shooter that pits a refugee resistance movement against a defensive security force for control over a floating city high above Earth. Each side offers a distinct campaign, with a role-playing-like character progression system that allows you to build your onscreen persona across multiple game modes. Unlike typical shooters, objectives and missions in Brink vary depending on a number of variables, including your location, the current battle situation, and your role. As you create a character, you'll be able to choose from a variety of customization options, such as body type, which affects how fast your character moves and how much damage he or she can absorb.
Experience points are awarded based on the amount of damage you inflict, allowing you to level up and earn credits to further personalize your character. Leveling up also grants characters new skills to choose from, with the option to equip up to three skills in combat. Completing various challenges will also unlock new outfits and weapons. Weapons can be customized with red dot sights, silencers, grenade launchers, upgraded magazines, and so forth to provide an edge on the battlefield. Brink also incorporates a streamlined movement system, dubbed "SMART," which maps context-sensitive actions to a single button press. You can mantel over objects, leap across walls, and more simply by tapping one button, with speed boosts given to those who press the button within a specific time frame. In addition to the single-player game, Brink offers co-op play and multiplayer support across a variety of game types.