I’ve got a confession to make: I never played the original Bleed. I should fix that at some point. Especially after playing Bleed 2. I mean where else are you going to play a game that is part bullet hell, part hack-n-slash that also includes a time slowdown mechanic?
Bleed 2 is AWESOME. I will come right out and say it. In fact, I’ll make Marcia’s job easier and end my review now:
Bleed 2 – Get it.
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You play as Wryn, a purple haired hero who uses her gun, katanas, and triple jumps as she bolts across levels. She can use her katanas to reflect bullets of the same color back at her enemies. This makes for some interesting gameplay choices as Wryn needs to time her shots and her katana swipes to ensure she maximizes her damage. Bullets fill the screen and seem to come from all angles but it never feels overwhelming. The fact that Wryn can slow down time for a short period of time makes navigating the onscreen bullets incredibly fun. The game takes on a whole new gameplay aspect with the slowdown.
Controls are slick and will take a little getting used to at first. The jump and shoot buttons aren’t where you normally would expect them to be but at the same time, it seems to work well for this game. Once you wrap your head around the controls you will be able to tear your way through enemies in a snap.
Bleed 2 isn’t a very long game. Levels are short and bosses are epic. In true retro fashion bosses follow a pattern that you’ll need to figure out and attack. Speed-runners are going to have a field day with this title and I wouldn’t be surprised if we see this make an appearance at a Games Done Quick event soon.
Fast-paced, great looking, great playing, Bleed 2 manages to encompass varying levels of different game archetypes and mash them together in one beautiful, retro looking package.
*The reviewer was given a copy of Bleed 2 for review