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Bedlam: The Game by Christopher Brookmyre

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Available on:PlayStation 4Sep 21, 2015
Xbox OneSep 21, 2015
PCSep 21, 2015
Xbox Series X/SNov 10, 2020
PlayStation 5Nov 12, 2020

Developer: RedBedlam

Publisher: KISS Ltd.

Genres: Adventure, First-Person Shooter

Bedlam is a unique FPS game based on a novel of the same name by cult Scottish author Christopher Brookmyre. Pitched as a shooter for those who survived online gaming in the 80s and 90s, Bedlam takes a look through an iconic time in online gaming and serves up some authentic gaming nostalgia with up-to-date graphics and gaming features. Bedlam is set entirely in the first-person but will explore other game genres from a first-person perspective.

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An ambitious and fascinating wander through gaming's history, but one that can't replicate the addictive gameplay of the forefathers it documents.

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Bedlam's concept is absolutely brilliant, and it's voiced very well too. Unfortunately, its stiff, unforgiving gameplay just isn't much fun, and what you're left with is a great idea whose potential just hasn't been fully realized.

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I genuinely did have some great laughs, and there are worse ways to kill an afternoon, but ironically Bedlam falls prey to many of the same issues of the games it apes.

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In the end Bedlam has an interesting premise at its core and dialogue that will amuse for a while, but it gets same-y very quickly in each environment. Perhaps if the game started more quickly and had you hopping genres a little earlier in the game, it wouldn't outstay its welcome quite so quickly. As it is, it can only really be recommended if the genre-hopping idea has you weak at the knees.

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