Reservoir Dogs: Bloody Days
Even though Bloody Days tries to walk the walk and talk the talk, ultimately it feels less like a creative homage to a cult film classic and more like a shallow imitation with a hint of Tarantino flair.
There are good ideas at work in Reservoir Dogs: Bloody Days, but it's a shame that one of the most intense and shocking indie movies ever made has spawned a game that's neither. At its best, it's a tight, engaging twin-stick shooter with an element of strategy and a cool rewind mechanic, but it never manages to be anything more than that.
A neat mechanic that gets old quickly in this otherwise forgettable twin stick shooter.
Reservoir Dogs is a classic movie that deserves a better homage than Bloody Days for its 25th anniversary.
Bloody Days’ constant references won’t make sense to anyone who hasn’t seen Reservoir Dogs, and fans of the film will loathe it with a seething intensity.
If you're a fan of the original film series of Reservoir Dogs, then let me set you straight, go and play something better. And if by the chance you have not seen the movie till now, then I'll highly recommend you to watch as soon as you can. And I'm warning you, do NOT ever think of playing Bloody Days
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Reservoir Dogs: Bloody Days is a confused game. The license seems wasted, since the game fails to use its source material in a meaningful way. Ignore the license, and what you get is a top-down shooter that favors precision over bullet spray but adds a badly implemented time-rewind mechanic that squanders any potential it may have had. A few people can get some enjoyment out Bloody Days, but many will only need a quick glance to realize that this just isn't going to work out.
While it may superficially retread a similarly desensitised violence found in the original film, little else could be compared from one to the other. In fact, Reservoir Dogs: Bloody Days is better an example of Lionsgate's misuse of the original property, shelling it out every so often for some quick cash here-and-there.
Reservoir Dogs: Bloody Days is a top-down shooter that excels at the minimum. The replayability may be lacking, but it's definitely worth at least one playthrough.
There's something Faustian about it: in striking a deal to carry such a powerful banner, it's gotten attention that games of its class would never get. Ironically, it's that banner that invites the most bitter criticism for a game that certainly could have done a lot worse.