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54 / 100
Sep 12, 2016

This savage brawler has its moments, but swiftly moves from brutal to boring.

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No Recommendation / Blank
Sep 5, 2016

This edgy revival of the scrolling brawler inherits the problems of its influences, and is both boorish and boring as a result.

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8 / 10.0
Sep 15, 2016

Playing by yourself is a fun time, but Mother Russia Bleeds shines as a co-op experience

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7 / 10
Sep 5, 2016

Mother Russia Bleeds brings an older genre back into the limelight, with clever boss fights, intricate stage design, and complicated storytelling themes.

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Destructoid

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2016

Mother Russia Bleeds is a bloody and charming affair. It is Splatterhouse by way of David Fincher. I wanted more when it was done. Devolver Digital and Le Cartel studio have laid the groundwork for a stylish and brutal world. Whether you are a fan of beat em ups or just good old fashioned violence, this is sure to scratch that itch for you. I went into this thinking it would be like Hotline Miami but in a different genre. Then I beat a pig to death with my bare hands. What I came away with was an experience produced by a company that knows its strengths without being afraid to try something new and for the most part, it works very well.

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7 / 10.0
Oct 12, 2016

Mother Russia Bleeds reaches its entertainment goals. Even though there are some issues in its gameplay that affect the game negatively, we find ourselves with a great beat 'em up videogame.

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5 / 10
Sep 5, 2016

It's somewhat difficult to recommend Mother Russia Bleeds, as the dystopian setting and drug-filled plot are at odds with the conventions of the side-scrolling beat-em-up genre. While the sprite work is overall quite ugly, the level of detail is astounding in depicting this game's disturbing imagery. With limited replay value, couch only coop, and not much diversity among the playable roster, these issues outweigh the promise of Le Cartel Studio's debut game.

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7.1 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2016

Mother Russia Bleeds is full of drugs and flaws. Its art direction is over the top, but there are frustrating sections that ultimately break the flow.

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8 / 10
Sep 5, 2016

Mother Russia Bleeds is like melting Takashi Miike cinema with tumblr and Hotline Miami. A nice beat'em up with a bloody aesthetic and a nice gameplay.

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9 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2016

A debauchery-fueled beat 'em up with plenty of ways to cripple your enemies, its excessive violence never overshadows the smart and intuitive combat.

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Unscored
Sep 7, 2016

If you're the kind of person who wishes it still was the eighties and likes the idea of revisiting a button-mashing romp, warts and all, you'll find a lot to like about this one. But even so, you might find it wearing thin after a while. After all, even the Age of Nostalgia must come to an end.

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Ken McKown

Top Critic

6.5 / 10.0
Dec 20, 2016

Mother Russia Bleeds is a great game with some truly oppressive decisions, with the lack of online co-op being the most obvious. Still, those looking for that Streets of Rage itch to scratch, this does it, and does it well. I just wish there was a bit more to it, of and of course online co-op. Not sure I mentioned how much this game suffers from not having that option.

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7 / 10.0
Dec 3, 2016

Mother Russia Bleeds is a welcome addition to a genre that has been forgotten for decades. Its combat is fun and brutal but be warned It's a game that will drive you up the walls and probably see you break your controller, hopefully you won't break it of your friends head if he's sitting next to you.

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ZTGD

Top Critic

6.5 / 10.0
Sep 23, 2016

Mother Russia Bleeds has a great title and a unique look with its ugly and yet beautiful 2D sprites. Unfortunately, the combat gets dull rather quickly, and with the lack of online multiplayer, it's a difficult game to recommend to anyone but the true enthusiasts of the genre.

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70 / 100
Sep 14, 2016

When punch, punch, launcher kick, jump, insane piledriver is an option, I tend to get creative whenever possible.

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8 / 10.0
Sep 14, 2016

Despite being a little over the top at times, violence-wise, Mother Russia Bleeds is a fantastic brawler at it's core. Addicting gameplay with a classic look, this one should keep you and your friends entertained time and time again, just like the classic beat'em ups of the past.

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5 / 10
Nov 27, 2018

Mother Russia Bleeds is a proficiently-made side-scrolling beat 'em up that ultimately fails to drag this already limited genre forwards with any great new ideas of its own. Add in a wearyingly mature aesthetic and you're left with an oddly downbeat button-mashing action game; fans of the genre should wait for the forthcoming Streets of Rage 4 or download Capcom's superb Beat 'Em Up Bundle.

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3 / 5.0
Sep 5, 2016

Mother Russia Bleeds is a rose-tinted callback to the genre's giants. Playing the game, you will be reminded of the time spent in youth playing Final Fight, and Streets of Rage.

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6.5 / 10.0
Dec 26, 2018

Mother Russia Bleeds is a unique beat 'em up with some clever ideas at work. This title falls short of realizing them due to, framerate issues and some childish plot devices.

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6 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2016

A potentially great game that is completely let down by its balancing and lacklustre enemy encounters.

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