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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.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
Bleed is an entertaining 2D action game with lots of replay value. The more you play, the better stuff you can get for your arsenal – not to mention the upgrades you can get to increase your odds of survival. The game is perfect for speedrunners, but it also offers something for those who don't mind not worrying about shaving a second or two to their overall completion time. If you're looking for a fast-paced, action-packed and (in the higher difficulty settings) challenging release, then be sure to check this one from Bootdisk Revolution and Digerati!
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.
Beyond that, however, I see Bleed's appeal, but it's a game that just isn't for me, at least not right now. It's a distinct experience in that it's a modern game dressed in a retro game's skin, with a substantial learning curve built into it before you're even competent. I don't think it's bad at all, but playing it feels like I've found myself in the cockpit of some vehicle that I don't know how to drive, five seconds before a crash. I figure there's a decent audience for this sort of game out there, but I'm not in it.
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.