5th August 2018: If It Bleeds, We Can Kill It
Hot on the heels of Party Hard, we just got through another game with old style pixel graphics. There sure are a lot of games that look like this out these days...
This one is very much inspired by 80s, side-scrolling beat-em-ups like Double Dragon and Streets Of Rage, and that is why Scoob in particular really wanted to try it. In the game, which is called Mother Russia Bleeds, players take control of several characters who have been imprisoned in an alternate history Russia, where they have been turned into test subjects for a new drug called Nekro.
It's up to the players to escape, overthrow the evil government, and break their addiction to the drug.
Man, this game was dark, brutal and bloody. You can beat the absolute snot out of the bad guys, and they you, and it was not uncommon to see people getting their limbs or heads blown off or cut off.
There were a few irritating parts, and none more so than the end boss. After taking out the government stooges, the characters experience a vivid hallucination where they must fight a representation of the Nekro drug. The fight takes place over three progressively more frustrating stages. It probably took us 20-25 attempts to beat this guy on normal difficulty, until on the last try, everything just clicked into place and we took him down in very short order.
Overall, the gameplay was fairly solid, and probably the best game of this type I can remember playing. Not that I've played all that many, mind. As for the story though, it was pretty much your typical affair, with only the addition of the drug addiction making it stand out as anything different.
Mostly a fun game though, and one we were glad to have played.