Heroes come and go all the time. Either times change or people forget them, but Wryn, the heroine in Bootdisk Revolution’s Bleed, has not and will not forget about them, in fact, I would even suggest that she’s obsessed. Wryn wants nothing more than to become the ultimate video game hero. So, Bleed is the journey of Wryn as she jumps, shoots, and bullet times’ her way through seven stages to tackle the world’s best six heroes.
The mechanics are simple to understand. Jump over bullets, if you can’t jump, slow down time to find your opening, and if you’re not constantly shooting, you’re playing wrong. The button mapping on the PS4 is a little awkward with jump being assigned to R2 and it takes some getting used to. The level design is reminiscent of Megaman, short stages with mini-bosses, stage hazards that are unique to each level, and a boss at the end that can be easily beaten once you memorize their pattern. Bleed has a smooth difficulty arch, but from the start Bleed is rather difficult. Prepare to die, a lot. Wryn can’t take too many hits and bosses like to throw a barrage of bullets her way. The game gets easier with the players’ skill, but each time the player increases the difficulty, the enemy placement changes, and bosses gain new abilities.
Bleed is short; you can clear the story in about an hour, but it feels rewarding to play through it. If the story modes become tiresome, there is a challenge mode, and an arcade mode. Arcade mode is every level back to back and death means you start all the way over. Arcade and story mode offer four levels of difficulty, and challenge mode is for those players who feel like gods when they play. For the completionists out there, there are four unlockable characters, weapons, and health to max out. Bleed is a fun, quick romp that will definitely give you a sense of accomplishment.
Bleed isn’t without flaws, but knows exactly what it is and doesn’t stray from that. Every pixel in Bleed drips with love and care. Bootdisk Revolution poured everything they had into Bleed and it shows. I cannot recommend Bleed enough and there is something here for casual players, or hardcore player’s alike. The story is light, funny, and understands that it’s a video game. The controls are responsive and reward skilled players. Levels are quick and bosses offer unique challenges. At an MSRP of only $9.99, Bleed is a great value.
Bleed is available now on Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC. This review is based on a PS4 copy provided for that purpose.