An early access preview.
Heavy Bullets My ordnance has some girth to it..
Well, after spending what Steam says is 3h. I believe i can deliver a reasonable review. In that 3-hours i have managed to die about 5 times and the best run led me to level 7. Then i got blindsided by a walking turret, that might have no-clipped through a wall... That has happened before, i have my livestream VoD as evidence.
Anyway about the game.
Heavy Bullets is an FPS Roguelike, that is hard as f*@%ing nails. Sporting some rather simplistic, but strangely enthralling graphical style. I don't know why i feel that way, might be because of the strange neon-gradient hues. Which remind me greatly of Hotline:Miami.
Speaking of things that are great, the games soundtrack, again simple but the strange melodic beat of the main-menu is easily one of the more memorable opening themes i've heard in a while. And there seems to be a soundtrack for sale as well, so i might as well go pick it up since it is just that GOOD. There is also another game thats music is equally amazing, i must remind myself of playing it enough for a preview (because its in early access).
The main mechanic of the game is that bullets are recoverable, which is a great idea. Because it forces you to go and collect them back, this forces you to think and time every shot, as optimally as humanly possible. Which creates some tension, as bullets are somewhat scarce. Like any roguelike there are items, rather good ones at that. including a knife. Although after using it a few times i found it, both a bit awkward with the possibility of rather overpowered usage. Since it seems to kill (at least the little doglike things and batteries on turrets) one shot, not sure whether that's a plus or a minus..
Now, although i enjoy the game immensely. I must note some criticism i have for it, mostly on the side of optimization. Since even after i dropped all the special-FX, the game had strange small hiccups now and again. Now this has said to be a common accurance, however since there is no real reguirement set for the amount of graphical memory you need to run the game, i cannot say anything more about it.
Now the game still has some bugs in it, this is very evident since i managed to find two occurances where an enemy no-clipped through a solid wall and killed me. And just so you know, i got evidence of that.. It was one of the violent cranberry-creatures.
I cannot really say more of the game, it's still in early access. But since Steam up and changed everything, so the logo is not visible on the page. Make a note of this..
But to summarize:
- Simplistic, but effective visual style.
- A roguelike, in all the sense of the word.
- Interesting mechanic.
- Great music.
I would recommend Heavy Bullets, because it is one of the tougher and dare i say suspensefull roguelike experience. Not the best by any means, but it gets pretty close.