Blues and Bullets - Episode 1

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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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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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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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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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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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Jul 28, 2015
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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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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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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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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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ACG

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Jul 23, 2015
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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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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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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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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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6.9 / 10.0
Aug 29, 2015

Technical issues mar an otherwise competent investigation

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John Paul Jones

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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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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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7 / 10.0
Aug 5, 2015

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

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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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