Blues and Bullets - Episode 1

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Percentile Rank

Blues and Bullets - Episode 1 is ranked in the 60th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 31 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

74

Top Critic Average

41%

Critics Recommend

Based on 31 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

TotalBiscuit, The Cynical Brit
Unscored
Unscored
Jul 28, 2015
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ACG
Buy
ACG

Top Critic

Buy
Jul 23, 2015
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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Jul 30, 2015

I have no interest in finding out where the plot goes, because so far it's Arbitrary Events In The Lives Of Wooden Characters, but I do want to find out which dramatic places it will show me next.

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Scored Reviews

Digitally Downloaded
May 6, 2016

Blues and Bullets is without a doubt the most true, and also most effective, crime noir game we have to date, with a masterful understanding of the themes and visual motifs that comprise a noir tale, and an understanding on how to work within those without being clichéd or trite.

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Gamestyle
9 / 10
9 / 10
Aug 17, 2015

Blues and Bullets is a showcase in how to open the story of an episodic videogame.

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COGconnected
86 / 100
86 / 100
Aug 7, 2015

Despite the aforementioned flaws of the game, A Crowd of Monsters has created a strong starting point for this episodic series. I for one am quite eager to see where Eliot's story ends up leading and if you're a fan of Noir fiction, or have a taste for the gritty, Blues and Bullets will definitely scratch that itch for you.

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GameWatcher
8.5 / 10.0
GameWatcher
John Paul Jones

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Aug 7, 2015

Technical hiccups aside, Blues and Bullets is a raucous and relentlessly entertaining inaugural entry into the episodic adventure genre. The deft melding of historical characters and neo-noir stylings, together with a hefty dose of artistic license and appealing sleuthing gameplay mechanics all accrue to make Blues and Bullets one of the best surprises of the year so far.

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Readers Gambit
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 1, 2015

An engrossing Noir tale that uses colour effectively to drive home its enveloping crime drama.

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ZTGD
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Aug 5, 2015

Story elements in episode one don't miss a beat, and things get much darker and twisted then I ever expected. Before I knew it, I had already played and finished the game in 100 minutes, and it left me wanting more. Blues and Bullets was a title I had very little expectations of, and it blew me away with a fantastic first episode. Now I wait with baited breath, a glass of whiskey, and the hope that each episode here on out is only more of the same quality or better.

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Entertainment Buddha
83 / 100
83 / 100
Sep 2, 2015

If the game's accolades are of any indication, Blues and Bullets seems to have plans to build something incredible.

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GameSkinny
Sep 22, 2015

Venture to an alternate history full of secret societies and gumshoe detectives in Blues & Bullets.

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Impulsegamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Oct 3, 2015

Blues and Bullets gives you the rawness of the emotion that has parallels to L.A. Noire

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ComiConverse
Jul 31, 2016

Although it does have its limitations, the game is great overall. The artwork and the story are some of the strongest I've seen from a game in a while.

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Worth Playing
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 16, 2015

There's no word on when the next episode will hit, but for those willing to take a chance, Blues and Bullets is worth checking out.

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Examiner
Sep 10, 2015

Impactful decisions, great creative and stylish choices, and some truly memorable moments make this episode one to check out, and a bargain at that.

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PlayStation Universe
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Apr 21, 2016

A strong start for A Crowd of Monsters' Noir adventure. Stylish, dripping in atmosphere, and compelling enough to keep you on the hook for the next episode. It has its faults, not all of which may turn out to be a problem when the series is finished, but for now they are outshone by the things this first episode does right.

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GamingTrend
75 / 100
75 / 100
Sep 9, 2015

The first episode of Blues and Bullets has built up enough interest to keep players curious in a second installment. The game's story, confident art style, and engaging crime scene investigation puzzles give the game enough intrigue to stay around. Unfortunately, in its current state, hiccups such as long load times, empty environments, and weak shooting sections hold it back from being something great.

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CGMagazine
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Aug 5, 2015

A few bizarre twists and noted historical mutations left me equally confused and intrigued.

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Pure Xbox
7 / 10
7 / 10
Sep 21, 2015

Blues and Bullets isn't perfect, but Episode 1 definitely left a positive impression on us. The visual style is infectious and atmospheric, and while it takes more than a few cues from Sin City, it adds a surprising amount of immersion to the storytelling. The first episode is also nicely balanced between casual exploring, action scenes, and a lengthy but satisfying crime scene investigation. There certainly seems to be a lot of adventure games around these days, and we're happy to state that Blues and Bullets is yet another one you should keep your eyes on.

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Victory Point
7 / 10
7 / 10
Sep 15, 2015

Only time will tell if the story manages to cash in on its intriguing premise, but right now this is an entertaining way to spend a few hours.

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GameSpot
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jul 28, 2015

Blues and Bullets makes its debut with a stylish first episode that sets a striking—if slightly uneven and glitchy—crime noir tone.

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TheSixthAxis
7 / 10
7 / 10
Aug 6, 2015

Blues & Bullets has a lot of potential and The End Of Peace is a glimpse of that. There is a foundation for a very good mystery thriller, as well as a basis for well thought out characters. The first episode comes across as being too eager to show you everything all at once, instead of taking things slower and allowing you to absorb what just happened. The script is good but has moments that don't seem that logical, but in spite of this The End Of Peace is a decent start to the series.

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USgamer
Sep 8, 2015

[I]ts well-crafted film noir atmosphere—along with some honest-to-god puzzles—make this adventure more than just another copycat.

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Pixel Dynamo
6.9 / 10.0
6.9 / 10.0
Aug 29, 2015

Technical issues mar an otherwise competent investigation

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ActionTrip
6.8 / 10.0
6.8 / 10.0
Sep 4, 2015

Blues and Bullets has a very rough start, but it has enough shining moments to keep players intrigued to see where Ness's story will roll. If the developers work more with the gameplay, fine tune the controls and add some difficulty with the sleuthing sequences, and continue to ramp up the story, then they will have an indie sleeper hit, even with the low quality character models. They also need to prove that the choices players make for Ness mean anything, because it's hard to say how any of it at this point matters at all. Even as it is now, however, it's well worth the $5 an episode.

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GameCrate
6.3 / 10.0
6.3 / 10.0
Sep 11, 2015

It's hard to recommend Blues and Bullets Episode 1 because it feels like two games in one. The first half feels tedious, confusing and poorly paced, but then the second really shows the promise that A Crowd of Monsters has put into the game. If Episode 2 can really keep up the momentum that the second half of Episode 1 had, we're in for a treat. Otherwise, this is one cold case you probably shouldn't open again.

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DarkZero
6 / 10
6 / 10
Oct 30, 2015

With one episode behind me, I feel like the series may be too rough in far too many areas to heartily recommend to all, but regardless there is something compelling about it. Whilst it is not always wise to gamble on future events, now that introductions are out of the way, hopefully the series can grow, and learn to better present its unique offerings in future episodes. I am happy to stick with it to see where it goes.

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Destructoid
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Jul 29, 2015

The first episode ended on a truly gripping exchange that sold me on trying the second episode, but the first episode in a vacuum is at times more painful to play through that any new IP can afford to be. Definitely keep an eye on Blues and Bullets. If Episode 2 can start off with the same pacing and tone that Episode 1 ended on, we might have a really strong point and click adventure series on our hands.

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PushStartPlay
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Aug 2, 2015

I think the game has some unique spins on the episodic adventure genre. The shooting is a bit simplistic, but definitely adds some excitement; and I cannot wait to do some more investigating. It's just a shame the rest of the game is a little bland.

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Cubed3
6 / 10
6 / 10
May 11, 2016

A lot of the issues with Blues and Bullets come down to the pacing, both that of the story, and the gameplay itself. While it manages to execute them both well, it hasn't really grasped the best way to structure itself. There's a lot of information to take in, and piecing the information together along with Elliot doesn't always end up feeling satisfying. Despite its problems, however, it's a truly gripping story, and the style will definitely leave those interested looking for more.

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We Got This Covered
Aug 28, 2015

A neo-noir aesthetic, gruesome investigations, and pending showdown between Eliot Ness and superhuman cultists separate "The End of Peace" from its genre rivals. However, awkward dialogue pauses, no worthwhile choices, and an inexplicable alternate timeline stop this episode from surpassing them.

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