Tuesday Night Indie Spotlight #77.5: Bleed | PS4 Gameplay
Tuesday night is indie night! This week, on the second half of our Indie Spotlight double-header, I (@piccolo930) fired up developer Bootdisk Revolution's high-octane run-and-gun shooter, Bleed.
I hadn't heard of Bleed until a few weeks ago, but it looked like something that was going to be right up my alley. Fun, 8-bit graphics, intense arcade-style twin-stick action, big-time boss battles, a catchy chiptune soundtrack, it's all here. Bleed was speaking to me in a way few games do, and it delivered on that initial promise as I played through it last night. While the run-and-gun arcade action was a ton of good old-fashioned fun, the game really sets itself apart with its use of the unique Bullet Time mechanic that main protagonist Wryn has at her disposal. At any moment, as long as your special guage is full, you can activate Bullet Time and slow down everything on the screen. What makes Bleed's implementation of Bullet Time different, besides the fact that you're using Bullet Time in an 8-bit side-scrolling shooter, is that it's used here for defensive purposes and strategic movement more than anything else. If you waste your Bullet Time strictly in the name of offense and damage, you won't last long. The key to surviving this game is to utilize your Bullet Time and triple jump to out-maneuver your foes and get the drop on them. Much like Matterfall last week, once you've spent a few minutes with the game and started to wrap your head around the controls, you're in for a balletic side-scrolling action experience. When it all clicks, you feel like quite the bad-ass flipping through the air, shooting your dual pistols behind you, and stopping time. I've had a ton of fun with Bleed so far, and I'm looking forward to trying my skills on some of the higher difficulties in the near future. If you've yet to check out Bleed for yourself, take a look at the video below and see what it's all about!
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Bleed is available now on PS4, Xbox One, and PC!