Bleed 2 on the Nintendo Switch is the sequel to Bootdisk Revolutions 2012 title Bleed, not a clever name for the sequel but it does the job. Bleed was released as part of the ill-fated Xbox Live indies range but thankfully later it was released on a whole host of formats including Xbox one and Switch.
Once again we find ourselves thrust into an exhilarating non-stop rip-roaring action arcade slasher & shooter. Bleed 2 sees the return of Wryn, the world’s last great hero whose mission is to defend us from an invading force of supervillains. This isn’t a story-heavy title but gives enough. It is split over seven missions which can be played on various difficulty settings. There’s the usual set of unlockable weapons, characters and abilities to obtain. Add to the mix a number of different play options which all help to keep the game fresh, long after the main game is done, and keep us coming back for more.
Levels are well designed and offer enough for the platformer heads out there to be entertained. The big set pieces in Bleed 2, like its predecessor, revolve around its many boss fights. We clock up 25 over the course of the game, all of which have their own unique attack patterns that can be devilish to remember let alone master.
From the off Bleed 2 is stylish, with its retro graphical style really hitting the spot. I really appreciated what the team have set out to do here because it truly works. The game looks absolutely great on the Switch screen and runs super smooth, it’s a perfect match. Another area in which the games excels is its sound, the soundtrack has a thumping retro vibe and all of the sound effects are crisp and beefy. Those thuds really connect!
The game controls are tight, although it took me a while to get used to the setup but that could just be me. The second stick is used to direct or repel gunfire and the right shoulder allows for a triple jump to be executed with relative ease. An interesting touch is the addition of a slow-motion mechanic which comes in very handy for those difficult boss battles or if you just need a moment to catch up with the furious on-screen antics.
The game often makes you feel like an amateur but you know with dedication and practice you can boost that end of level ranking all the way to the top. Something of the likes I felt when playing Hotline Miami back on my Vita. Frustrating as anything, taking you right to the edge but with a true sense of reward when being awarded that next rank up.
Bleed 2 is a great little game and should be considered for anyone’s collection. I for one will be seeking out the original and waiting in hope for the next instalment.
Beard Score: 8/10
Genre: Action, Arcade, Platformer
Release: 08/03/2018 (Switch)
Format: Steam, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch