Blues and Bullets is a dark and violent crime thriller. Set in an alternative Eliot Ness & Al Capone story, Blues and Bullets blends a stunning script with detective work to deliver an amazing interactive experience.
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Mixed (41 reviews) - 63% of the 41 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (809 reviews) - 87% of the 809 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jul 23, 2015

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May 11

We've heard you guys. Episode 2 on sale, separately!

Yes, you were right.
You know we're taking our time to release each episode because we want to do it right. And offering you just the season pass for buying the next episodes might be a bit unfair.
So, that's why we've decided to offer you guys the possibility to buy it separately from the bundle :)

Thank you all for your feedback. We love Blues and Bullets and it won't be the same without you.

And as a reward for your patience, we've also decided to set a 25% discount on every Blues and Bullets product until May 22!

Thank you guys, we really appreciate it and see you in the next weeks with some news on Episode 3!

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March 18

Mac and Bullets!

Hello dear OSX users,

Blues & Bullets Episode 2 is now ready for Mac! So, if your download does not start automatically, restart the Steam client to start downloading Blues and Bullets Episode 2: Shaking the Hive.

We hope you enjoy it and, as always, we will be happy to receive your suggestions and feedback!

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Reviews

“Blues and Bullets is a showcase in how to open the story of an episodic videogame.”
90 – GameStyle

“Technically speaking, the first episode of Blues and Bullets is undeniably impressive.”
85 – GameWatcher

“Blues and Bullets is an excellent game, it is as simple as that. From the aesthetic, to the story, to the characters, it is designed with such care and attention to detail that you cannot help but admire the work of developers A Crowd of Monsters.”
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About This Game



Eliot Ness, the former leader of the legendary Untouchables, wished only to spend the rest of his days working in his diner, not dwelling too much on the cesspit of corruption his city, Santa Esperanza, had degenerated into.

But things rarely go as planned.

When children suddenly start to disappear and the police just simply a blind eye, Eliot decides to take the law into his own hands, track down the culprit and bring him to justice by any means necessary, even if he has to abandon his dreams of a peaceful life and again get embroiled in shootouts with the usual array of assassins and hoodlums.

Helped by various characters from some unexpected places, the player must guide Eliot through the increasingly morbid and decadent scenarios searching for clues to solve the cases in the five episodes of this season's Blues and Bullets.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.7
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
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Jyquentel
3.5 hrs
Posted: August 27
Turns out it's episodic. I'm an idiot for not realizing that sooner.
It's excellent, but incredibly too short though, and I wish the camera was less restrictive, and the movement was faster.
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Kei__Te__Pai
9.2 hrs
Posted: August 26
Terrible
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Valigane
7.3 hrs
Posted: August 25
THe first two episodes are great, but that's it : one year, two episodes and still no news about the developpementof the next episodes.
I would only advise buying the first two if they are on sale, but still, no closure yet.
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The Ultimate Kiwi-Damnation
5.8 hrs
Posted: August 22
This game is incredible, haunting and leaves you wanting more. I won't be providing an in-depth critique as I am still trying to shake off the feelings this game has elicited, but it is definitely worth getting.

10/10.
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Satyros
5.3 hrs
Posted: August 22
Get YOUR $H1T TOGETHER DEVS, FOR REAL? 1 YEAR 2 EPISODES ?
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Vella
0.1 hrs
Posted: August 17
Games looks great, and I want to recommend it......but I can not. Right now, the development of this game is abysmally slow. 1 episode per 6 or 8 months is not an ok pace, not for this, not for any game. So until this game is fully completed I can not in good faith recommend it. Should this game every actually finish development, I may change my review. For now, I can only tell you to keep your money until such time as the development is complete.
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Mr.Kimble [ TeamPyro ]
4.2 hrs
Posted: August 17
I regret everything I ever said about this game a few months ago.

It's sombre, chilling and funny. I REGRET EVERYTHING I SAID ABOUT IT!

If you were to ask me "Should I purchase this game?"
I would awnser you with a resounding "YES! YES! YES!". It is worth your time. Turn off the idiot box and play this game!

Buy it! Do it now! You wont regret it!

On the flip side, I still wish he would run and walk a *smidge* faster. And some of the animation is terripleb.
Besides that the game is well written and beautifully prepared. I can't wait to play more of it!

GG.
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HollySane
5.4 hrs
Posted: August 14
This was good, no, hear me out. This was good, nothing more and certainly nothing less. The only other dev i've played with games that can be said to be within this genre, is Tell-tale, so, no complaints about the klunkiness coming from this game. Storywise, i'm intrigue. So, two episodes down, i'm really looking forward to the next ones -__-
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geiszlerian
7.0 hrs
Posted: August 9
The plot of the first two episodes is been great, the world building in episode one alone sets it up to be a really interesting game. The colour palette suits the genre and the soundtrack is really good. I will definitely be buying the next episodes as they come out.
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Galactic Spectacular
0.6 hrs
Posted: August 8
I have a low end PC from 2012 and this game works with lag but it is playable! I am enjoying the story so far, although there is a freezing problem at a certain scene that freezes everytime, I am trying to fix this issue but assume it is a bug because I've been playing the game fine with no crashes, just that one scene. The game is great, atmosphere is very Noire and this game even reminds me of L.A. Noire, Elliot Ness is a badass that reminds me of Bigby from TWAU. a Telltale games series. I bought the first episode and will continue to buy the episodes one at a time, due to the long wait times for new episodes, 2 are out at the moment.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
Writing this review as of the first two episodes so far. Will update it as more episodes come out.

I've had an enjoyable experience playing through the first two episodes so far. The game takes you on a story to uncover the disapperance of several kids, which leads you to some seriously harrowing situations, and presents you with some difficult decisions. The game has a strong and well-executed cinematic feel to it. It's almost like you're watching a movie or a TV show where you're in full control of the main character and his actions.

Gameplay is very varied across each episode. There are sections where you have to collect clues and play the detective so to uncover what gruesome event has occurred in that place, then there are dialogue and story-driven sections where you get to make choices and decisions, some of which require you to choose quickly as they're limited by time, and then there are gunfight sections too, where you find yourself in 3rd person shooter cover-based combat situations. Overall, each aspect of the gameplay is handled well. There are occasional quick-time events presented as well, which I personally don't like, but there aren't that many of them to ruin the game.

The presentation is stellar. Visuals are really stunning and unique, which fits the noir setting the game is going for perfectly, and the music is also phenomenal. I particularly like the main theme that has female vocals in it. Dialogue is well-written and well-voice-acted too.

A few minor things that felt like drawbacks. The control of the character can be a bit of a bother at times, because many areas have fixed camera angles and won't let you rotate, so sometimes when exploring it's a bit difficult to see where you're going. There's also no manual saving that I've found. The game is only saved in between scenes, which serve as checkpoints, but some of these scenes are quite lengthy, so if you need to quit mid-scene, you'll lose progress and will have to rewatch any cutscenes when you come back since those seem to be unskippable. There were a couple of glitches too, but nothing too serious.

Overall, I'm very much engrossed in the game's plot and hoping that the next episode will come out soon. Episode 1 started off well, and episode 2 really took it up a notch in terms of the stakes and the intensity. The episodes aren't overly long, unfortunately. Episode 1 took me about 2 hours to get through, and episode 2 about 3 hours. But it's well worth it despite the length. The episodes are packed with action and good story, and I hope the devs do not give up on this game.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
Games looks great, and I want to recommend it......but I can not. Right now, the development of this game is abysmally slow. 1 episode per 6 or 8 months is not an ok pace, not for this, not for any game. So until this game is fully completed I can not in good faith recommend it. Should this game every actually finish development, I may change my review. For now, I can only tell you to keep your money until such time as the development is complete.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
Product received for free
A generous friend gifted me this game, and I was very interested to try it because I liked the noir art style and anything to do with the old school gangster era. I was quite satisfied with my gameplay experience. If you like the Prohibition era, beautiful visual design, interactive point-and-click adventure, noir art style, and a good story, then you will definitely enjoy this game.

The aesthetics are great - the amount of detail in the game world is high. The color palette used is differing shades of grey and red, adding to the noir atmosphere and feel. The sounds and music are both good, and the visual effects make for an extremely cinematic experience - there is one particular scene that is well-executed, using what the main character is narrating to create physical cover. The voice acting is excellent - Doug Cockle (Geralt in the Witcher series) voices Eliot Ness. The story is engaging in draws you in right from the start. You play Eliot Ness and are asked for help from your old nemesis Al Capone.

Controls are simple and typical to your point-and-click interactive game. The learning curve is minimal - the game is meant to be a cinematic experience, so it is difficult for you to get lost or not understand what to do next. The game plays fine with either a controller or keyboard and mouse, but I personally prefer the former.

Gameplay consists of you walking around and talking to characters/interacting with background objects to uncover the story. There are firefights peppered in between, and these are fairly easy and not the main sticking point of Blues and Bullets. During these segments, you must kill your enemies from behind fixed cover (you can move out of cover to shoot, but you may not move your character anywhere else, as this is done automatically). You regenerate health and have infinite ammunition (but must reload). The gunplay is mediocre, however, this is not the main element of game.

In one chapter, there is some detective work you must do, and this was my favorite part. You must examine different rooms and piece together what happened - using a branching evidence tree - by investigating objects in the area. There will be items relevant and irrelevant to the crime, and completing one branch will open up another region, until you have a full picture of what occurred.

During dialogue scenes there are a number of times where you are presented with two options - so far, I have seen some consequences for my choices. I have only played episode 1, so I do not know how far these choices carry over in the story. There are also reaction dialogue options (ex: violence, brag, celebrate), but this seems to mostly be extra flavor for the particular scene, and does not carry any significance in the overall story.

I am extremely picky with my interactive adventure games, but I was very happy with my experience playing Blues and Bullets. It reminded me of Telltale's Tales of the Borderlands - minimal amount of filler in each scene and constant action and, or movement of the story. Compared to recent Telltale Games and Life is Strange, the first episode felt a little short (I completed it within 3 hours, and that was with me taking a lot of time), however, I would need to try the next few episodes to see how the rest of the series unfolds.

Overall, Blues and Bullets played very well and I enjoyed every moment of it. I look forward to how the rest of the series will progress. If you are looking for a good interactive thriller, then definitely give this title a try.

Highly recommend!

Cheers,
DJSF @DJSF's Rogue Reviews
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Get YOUR $H1T TOGETHER DEVS, FOR REAL? 1 YEAR 2 EPISODES ?
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
150 of 183 people (82%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 26, 2015
Faulty's scorecard :-

1) Essential purchase
2) Recommended purchase
3) Recommended purchase during a sale
4) Not recommended unless heavily discounted
5) Not even recommended for Steam game collectors

Crime Noire

While it might be easy to criticize Blues and Bullets (a suitably "noirish" title in its own right) for trying too hard when it comes to getting its Noire stamp of approval there is no denying that what A Crowd of Monsters have lovingly crafted with their first episode of a five episode season - a format that has become increasingly popular for the adventure game genre - is a suitably stylish and visually splendid recreation of the crime genre. Featuring a real life tough-as-nails protagonist who was literally cut from the cloth of the Noire genre, Elliot Ness, the man responsible for bringing down the notorious mob boss Al Capone with his group of untouchables.

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The Noire genre is often characterized by wise-cracking cynical tough guys who often find themselves embroiled in incredibly bleak situations and Blues and Bullets hits the ground running right from its opening moments which feature missing children locked up in what looks like someones underground dungeon. With one of the children managing to escape from their holding cell the gamer is then given the opportunity of trying to save one of the other children or make a bolt for it. Suffice to say it doesn't end particularly well and sets up a disturbing and dismally bleak opening for what is looking like 2015 slow burn for the year.

While the Noire genre is often criminally under-looked when it comes to gaming what does exist in this cannon is all of top notch quality. Some of the best games ever released come from this genre - Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Father, Grim Fandago and L.A. Noire immediately spring to mind - so it would appear A Crowd of Monsters have their work cut out for them if they wish to join this esteemed club but based on the first episode of Blues and Bullets I have no doubt whatsoever that they won't achieve the same kind of critical plaudits the above mentioned games all received if they can keep this kind of momentum going in future episodes.

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Taking on the role of retired cop Elliot Ness the player is pulled into a world of kidnapping and sacrificial murder when he accepts the job from his former nemesis Al Capone, whose granddaughter has been one of the children kidnapped. While the first episode starts out slowly things soon pick up when you come across the first murder victim whose life has been brutally snuffed out and it is left up to you to scour the site for clues that tell you exactly what happened and hopefully lead you further down the rabbit hole. The investigation portions of the game play out very much like MURDER: SOUL SUSPECT where you search for clues and then arrange them into a sequence that makes sense. It's a simple process of investigation but effective. The game also does spice things up every now and then by plunging our former hero into gun-battle situations but thankfully these are not overused since this is the kind of game where the narrative needs to remain within focus and not get bogged down by its own game mechanics.

Blues and Bullets is also one of the most visually arresting games to come along in a long while. Captured entirely in black and white with splashes of red that literally cause many of the scenes to pop immediately reminded me of Sin City. I absolutely adored the art style and as Elliot Ness moves from one location to the next there are enough "WOW" moments to keep the player pushing on for more. I particularly loved the gun battle where Ness's thoughts where visualized as words dropping from the sky in which he could take cover from behind while shooting a host of baddies. This was without a doubt one of the absolute highlights of the first episode and something that almost left me speechless in the way it was delivered. Blues and Bullets also comes with a stirring bluesy soundtrack that is worth picking up alone. Having the voice actor who reprised Geralt of Rivia in all The Witcher games taking on the role of Elliot Ness was also a stroke of genius because his voice seems tailor made to fit that of the legendary law man.

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Not everything is perfect though. Elliot Ness's pacing seems a little off and it takes some getting used to his walking speed which feels like you are controlling the worlds oldest turtle. Animations can also come off as incredibly stiff and the lipsync feels like it needs a bit more work but honestly these are just nitpicks because Blues and Bullets is shaping up finely to be one of this years greatest adventures. Who knows - maybe one day when the whole season has run its course it can sit proudly with the likes of Gabriel Knight and Grim Fandango. Here is holding thumbs it does. Fans of episodic adventure games rejoice because there is a new possible classic on the horizon!

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80 of 86 people (93%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 23, 2015
This review has no spoilers of the game or story


If you enjoy story-driven games of the kind of Life is Strange, Telltale games, or David Cage games you will probably love this game to death. This is a Noir/Detective game that has similar gameplay to Life is Strange and LA Noire. What you do is that you are a detective by the name of Eliot Ness, the former leader of the Untouchables as you look for clues as you uconver the mysteries of a missing girl.

VISUALS

The visuals are amazing in a indie Unity title. You might of never even knew it was a Unity game until you saw this post because even I had to do some digging to find this out. The game has a black/white look to it with a splash of red just like the movie Sin City. The game's overall design really reminds me of Bioshock 1 with its classic look but with it's own originality. The enviornment down to the models have been done beautifully. You would of never thought this was made by such a small team. This game is true art.


Story

The story is riddled with the mafia, murder, and mystery. What can I say? It is simply amazing. The first episode of the game as stated by developers took "150 pages" to write up. The story lets you chose what you want to say and how you want to act during certain situations giving the player choice and to be able to put themselves in the shoes of Eliot Ness. The story is filled with refrences to Film and video games, its just brilliant to me how well this was put together. You will be surprised what this mystery turns into as you play Episode 1.




SOUND

The voice actors do an amazing job in this game, never did I sit there laughing at a bad performance. The actors do a great job representing their role within the game world. The soundtrack is actually exclusively written by a blues muscian from my research into the game which is really cool. The opening track was written just for this game and honestly it sounds AMAZING.


Honestly I give it a 9/10 for Episode 1


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72 of 85 people (85%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
Blues and Bullets is an episodic alternative history noir game developed by A Crowd of Monsters. The first episode was released in July 2015 with the second due to be released in March of 2016.

I will keep this review updated with each chapter I complete.

Gameplay takes place in third person as you control Eliot Ness, the police officer who caught and locked up the great, Al Capone. Eliot has now retired from being a cop and runs his own diner, called Blues and Bullets. This game reminded me quite a bit of L.A Noire as you search for clues for a crime. There is only one crime scene to investigate in this episode but it is a gruesome one at that. There is a small element of gun play, which is very basic at best; it is done via an “on rails” mechanic similar to that of Time Crisis or Blue Estate. The gun play so far has a very small part to play in the game overall.

Graphically, the game is represented in a black and white noir style visual. This art style just looks awesome, whilst the graphics themselves aren’t stunningly good, the black and white tricks your eyes into thinking it is better looking than it actually it. The animation is slightly on the poor side, but nothing that can’t be ignored. Eliot is voiced by none other than Doug Cockle (the voice of Geralt from the Witcher franchise), and the rest of the voice acting is all done to a very high quality.

I was completely hooked onto the story right from the start of the game, there isn’t a slow ramp in excitement like most adventure games like this, and you get right into the nitty-gritty from the get-go. The ending of episode 1 leaves you wanting more as the plot takes a huge turn of events. There are plans for there to be another 4 episodes released, I am hoping they speed up the development cycle of them, as I think 9 months between episodes is a bit too much in my opinion.

There isn’t any aspect of difficulty in episode 1, the only real puzzle can be completed with just a matter of trial and error and the gun play scenes have checkpoints at every corner so even if you do die, you don’t have to replay a whole lot of content. I am looking forward to see how they make the gameplay elements of this game have more of a challenge in future episodes.

Episode 1 took me just about two hours to complete; this was with finding all interactable objects throughout the scenes to get an achievement. I found out at the end of the chapter, that finding all of these objects unlocks a “Bobble head” mode, which is always a classic cheat mode that used to be included in game. It will be interesting to see whether you can activate this mode in future episodes or whether it is only to be used in episodes you have already completed!

Sadly I did have a couple of technical problems with Blues and Bullets. I suffered two random crashes of the game that took me straight back to desktop, with no error message or warnings. There were no signs that the game was suffering performance issues, it did only happen when completing a scene, never mid gameplay. Thankfully the game saves at the end of each scene you complete, but this does leave room for game save file corruption. The game can be played with keyboard and mouse; normally for third person view games I opt for a keyboard and mouse controls, especially ones with any form of gunplay, sadly I could not do it with Blues and Bullets. Firstly the onscreen controls do not show any keyboard controls; only Xbox controls. Secondly, the cursor in game has a fairly big glitch where it just shows as a blank white square. You have to move your cursor to the bottom right hand corner of the screen for it not to be visible even when using a controller.

To sum up, Blues and Bullets is so far a very interesting adventure game that has a lot of potential. Hopefully the technical problems are cleaned up before the next release of the series comes out. If you are a fan of the Noire themed films and games, this game is definitely going to be for you. It’s a fairly quick paced game which is something that a lot of adventure games can’t boast about so even the casual players amongst you will definitely get some enjoyment here.

If you are on the fence about the game still, you can purchase just episode 1 for £3,99 which should give you a good amount of content to see whether you will enjoy the rest of the series, provided the developers don’t change it drastically or you can purchase the complete season for £14,99. Right now I would be completely happy paying £14,99 for this season, it does a lot of things right and the only negative points are technical problems which will hopefully be patched in the future.

Tom's Score Card
1) Stay away
2) Not Recommended
3) Only recommended when on sale
4) Recommended
5) Highly recommended
6) This is a must play

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74 of 90 people (82%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 27, 2015
Fantastic game. Very engaging and mature story. Youc an see the devs didn't have the biggest budget but they went above and beyond creatively to eclipse that obstacle. I highlgy recomend the game for likeable characters, very interesting story and mystery and I grealty await the second episode.
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51 of 57 people (89%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 23, 2015
Can I hug the developers, please?
Oh, the game, right.
TL;DR: Blues and Bullets plays like many recent (and not so recent) Telltale titles, but with less emphasis on being a movie with 3,5 buttons to press and more emphasis on poking around; and feels like Tex Murphy games that went easy on jokes and went hard on brooding. Oh, and there's some case solving with Murdered: Soul Suspect vibes.
Solid noir setting and appropriate visuals? Check.
Brisk characters coupled with nice voice acting? Check.
A compelling detective whodunit? Check.
Definitely worth checking out if you're into trenchcoat aesthetics.
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38 of 44 people (86%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 14, 2015
Blues and Bullets is an episodic noir-detective click-and-point game.Although the click and point is not as important as in many other games.

Graphics 8 of 10
The graphics fit the game like a glove.The only colors present in the game are black and white with sometimes a dash of red. Just perfect.

Music 8 of 10
The music is consistent with the era the setting takes place , think of 1920ies. Jazz tunes and so and classical suspense background music and sounds. Really nice. The voice acting was generally good although there are some characters that sound offbeat and kind of fake.

Gameplay 7.5 of 10
I have mixed feelings about the gameplay. Overall it's okay with quite some QTE taking place. But I wish there was an option to actually run and not stumbling forward , like slow motion and all. But I really do like the detective mode, where you have to find clues to solve some of the mysteries that take place in the event of the game.

Story 8.5 of 10
Without spoiling the story I must say that I truly enjoyed it and it's hard having to wait for the next episode to be released. Basically you are an ex- cop who's got quite some issues and still has one open case to solve before he can find peace. That's said enough.


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