Imagine mixing these things:
+ " Max Payne / Vanquish(xb/ps3) " Slo Mo Bullet Time
+ " Contra " 2D arcade style with high speeds
+ " Geometry wars " tight controls and evasion
+ retro faith
When I first played this game I was so excited after only the first level that I rather repeated the first level on a higher difficulty because I never wanted this game to end. After 10 minutes I got used to the game pad controls and trust me, the controls are so tight that you can develop a very high level of skill in this game.
The game will force you to pay high attention to evading a huge amount of projectiles flying at you and by making good use of the rechargeable bullet time (slo mo moments) you will be amazed by what crazy situations you can get out of. This is where my heart starts to beat really fast and I just think "did I just... omg... holy sh*t... I don't even..." The Boss fight are very hard and fair and a challenge mode lets you play against most bosses quickly without playing the level (even 3 at a time, good for short sessions). Story mode gives you unlimited continuous and lots of checkpoints. Arcade mode lets you play the whole game in one life and damn, it was probably the most satisfying moment in my gaming life to beat the final boss with my minimum health.
there are 7 levels and 4 difficulties with 12 unique boss fights.
I do recommend to play this with an xbox360 Controller (native support).
Left stick to move. right stick to aim (and automatically shoot with infinite ammo)
LT (hold) activate slo mo. RT jump + dash up to 3 times per jump in any direction.
with dashes and slo mo you can wiggle your way out of many situations.
- Local multi player is not awesome but it makes the game harder since both drain the same slo mo time and the camera only follows one person. I guess it was experimental.
- Also the story is just there to justify the scenes. Don't expect too much there.
- Semi Automatic weapons are not good for the game pad. This could be fixed by a laser pointer (do it plz)
- It is short, but considering that this is a one man dev team game for 5 bucks it is still awesome.
If you like the above mentioned games, then you can be sure that bleed will give you a nice gameplay experience.