That Brothers in Arms finds it difficult to hit the right tone has always been evident from the eccentric double-act that presents it to the press. On the one side you have Colonel John Antal, military advisor to Gearbox Software, commending the game's accuracy, detailing the extensive research into the exact weather conditions on September 22 1944 in the Dutch town of Veghel. "It rained that day," Antal says. "We have rain in our game."
Then on the other side you hear Gearbox president Randy Pitchford exclaim with glee: "Oh man! Did you see a piece of his head fly off there? That was gross!"