BLUES AND BULLETS (EPISODE 1)
By Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee on August 17, 2015
Sometimes you just want to play a game, because of its title or description. For me, this was the case when first reading about a game called Blues and Bullets. When I saw this gameís title, combined with the phrase ďepisodic noir adventure gameĒ, I was certain this was going to be good. So letís see if I was right.
I start up the game and a soon as I heard the music and saw the noir movie graphic style, I knew this was going to be a great game. So Iím just going to come out and say it right away; Blues and Bullets is a fantastic game and you should all play it! There, now that I got that out of the way, I shall explain why.
We begin in a dark cave-like environment where a little boy and girl are being held against their will and try to escape their cells. The plan fails miserably, providing us with the first cliffhanger of the game; the camera cuts away and the screen turns black. When the image flickers back into life, we meet Eliot Ness, former leader of the legendary Untouchables, who only wishes to spend the rest of his life working in his diner called Blues and Bullets. But on this faithful day, he is invited by his old nemesis Al Capone, who has a job for him. Caponeís granddaughter has been kidnapped and Al only wants the best detective working on this job. Especially because he thinks the kidnapper is someone within his own ranks.
Though it is a story-driven adventure game that features the usual decision making and storytelling, the developers added quite a bit more action than Iím used to from other games in the genre. Theyíve added a kind of third-person rail-shooter segments, where I actually get to shoot my enemies. And although itís only at set points in the game and Elliot will walk and take cover automatically, itís the first time I saw real shooting action in this genre of gameÖ and I liked it!
Being a detective means that youíll have to solve crimes. We, Ness and I, entered a crime scene, where we had to investigate and examine all the major and minor details in order to collect clues. With the click of a button, a kind of notice board appeared with photos depicting the various clues Iíd gathered. By using this notice board, I could start linking clues together and solve the mystery at hand. The game kind of takes you by the hand in this process, because it directly tells you when youíre trying to use the wrong clue. But thatís fine, because this way you wonít spend huge amounts of your precious crime solving time on looking at the wrong clues.
The graphics in this game are really nice. Everything is in black and white except for some red details like the tie of Eliot Ness. You can see that the developers loved working on this game and the black and white adds just the mysterious look and feel that suits this game perfectly. I really loved to the part where you had to shoot enemies while being in a kind of Ďdreamí environment with only letters and sentences to take cover behind.
At the end of this first episode, we got a preview of things yet to come in the series. But instead of showing us some trailer, we only heard parts of conversations. Call me crazy, but I think this is more thrilling then seeing exactly whatís coming your way.
Maybe itís no wonder Blues and Bullets turned out to be such a great game, because they have writer Josuť MonchŠn on board, who was behind the script for Runaway and Yesterday. The voice of Eliot Ness is performed by Doug Cockle (who you might know as Geralt of Rivia in The Witcher 2 and The Witcher 3), who is backed by Jules de Jongh (Faith from Mirror's Edge) as Delphine. Needless to say I loved playing Blues and Bullets. I hope the people of developer A Crowd of Monsters keep on delivering such great work. Personally, I canít wait till the next episode is released!
BLUES AND BULLETS
A Crowd of Monsters
July 23, 2015