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Jul 3, 2013 - Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5

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Bleed - Launch Trailer | PS4 thumbnail

Bleed - Launch Trailer | PS4

Bleed - Announcement Trailer | PS4 thumbnail

Bleed - Announcement Trailer | PS4

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Critic Reviews for Bleed

There's little in Bleed that hasn't been seen before. But even though it hasn't reinvented how we kill baddies in two dimensions, it's still a fun and satisfying adventure.

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Overall, Bleed does a great job of providing a balance between brains and brawn, finesse and firepower. Initially jarring to get to grips with, practice and persistence will reap reward. Being able to nimbly navigate platforms as well as take out groups of enemies darting around the screen without as much as a scratch is both a mountain to climb and a gratifying sight to behold. There are new characters to unlock and even an arcade/challenge mode for high score hunters determined to achieve that perfect run. Bleed might be light on content and rough around the edges, but when the gameplay is this tight - and there are this many neat ideas and varied, cool set-pieces -  but it's still a sassy, funny ride that thoroughly respects your time and deserves your attention.

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Bleed is not the most ambitious game ever made but that's not really necessary when its gameplay is simple but action-packed and will grasp the players' attention immediately. Being a game that's been on the market for a few years now, Bleed's price tag seems too high but that doesn't mean that fans of action games will not be allured by its simple yet effective and fun gameplay.

Review in Portuguese | Read full review

All in all, it was a decent experience for the short 2-3 hours it lasted, but I wouldn't be happy with it if I had to pay $15 for it.

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Bleed offers a unique and fast-paced take on the run and gun genre with colorful and charming results that's sure to keep you entertained. However, it lacks in substantial postgame content alongside a story mode that is over before you know it.

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Bleed on Switch works fine and seems originally designed for this new console. After four years, the game is still engaging, but 15 euros for a game that can be bought at 99 cent on Steam is a very bad marketing choice.

Review in Italian | Read full review

Bleed's entertainment value is through the roof. Despite some nitpicks here and there, they're all overshadowed by the fast-paced, balls to the walls action that Bleed has to offer.

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undefined.Bleed mostly does a good job of making the most out of its relatively simple design, with the time slowing mechanic resulting in a unique feel that sets it apart from other run and gun games. The checkpoints and upgrades, as well as variable difficulty settings, make it very accessible in a way you don't always see in this genre. Bleed is yet another compelling indie experience on the Switch eShop.

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