Bleed (Xbox One) Review

By Gabriel Jones 07.03.2018

Review for Bleed on Xbox One

In the year 21XX, the heroes of legend aren't what anyone expected. Gone are the days of that kid in the green tunic, or the vampire hunter and his trusty whip. Nowadays, people look up to Guppy… a blob that resides in a haunted mansion. Then there's Gibby and Stu. They live in the Earth's core and devour anyone that wanders into their lair. It seems that these heroes aren't all that heroic. Wryn, not content with watching a bunch of jerks sully the meaning of heroism, grabs her guns and prepares for war. It's time to see if these monsters Bleed.

Short games never get enough love. In the time it takes Okami to finish it's laborious intro, anyone can play through the entirety of Bleed. Here's a run 'n gun that's guaranteed not to waste time. From the first second to the last, players get all of the intense action they need, without compromising their schedule. It's a game designed for instant accessibility, yet contains enough challenge to intrigue genre veterans. Boasting four levels of difficulty and several unlockable rewards, there are no worries about a lack of replay value, either.

The two constants are speed and manoeuvrability. Wryn has a high level of control in her mid-air dash, which can be chained up to three times. This allows her to cross long distances without touching the ground, quickly escape danger, or slickly dodge between projectiles. The heroine also has control over time itself. At any point, provided she has the meter, she can slow everything around her. It's perfect for avoiding exceptionally fast attacks, or weaving in-between multiple adversities. The controls are effortless, almost an extension of the player's own body. Escaping certain death by inches is as simple as turning one's palm.

Screenshot for Bleed on Xbox One

Oh right! Nearly forgot about all of the shooting that has to be done. Seeing as how Wryn has unlimited ammo, there aren't many reasons to ever stop firing. Her pistols chew through enemies and bosses alike in record time. Despite the fact that there are multiple weapons to unlock and purchase, there's rarely an incentive to ever use them. Basically, Bleed is one of those games where the best weapon is the one the protag starts off with. Sure, it's great not having to farm for better equipment, just to have a fighting chance. However, it's unfortunate that the other weapons are either situational in their usage, or underpowered. Opting to use any of them is essentially creating added challenge for the player.

One of the more annoying aspects is that enemy bullets tend to move a little too quickly. Although the slowdown mechanic is a handy workaround, it eventually becomes a dependency. It gets to the point where as soon as noticing an enemy is about to fire, it is time to hit that button. The constant slowdown starts to become a drag on the pacing. It's rather odd to complain about pacing issues in a 20-minute long title, but it's an issue worth noting.

Screenshot for Bleed on Xbox One

Cubed3 Rating

Rated 6 out of 10


Really, there's little else that needs to be said. Bleed is a short and entertaining romp that will keep anyone glued to their screen. Each stage is packed with fiends to destroy, and the bosses are suitably engaging. The difficulty never reaches a point of needless frustration. Even on the harder settings, checkpoints are generous. There's also a one-life mode for those seeking the ultimate challenge. However, this has largely been rendered obsolete by its sequel, Bleed 2. That's not to say that run 'n gun fans should pass this over, as it is fun and well-designed, but the successor is simply the better pick.




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C3 Score

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