For those unfamiliar with the game Blues and Bullets, it's an episodic crime noir adventure set in the era of Al Capone. Many people might pass this kind of game up because of its heavy story component. However, they would be missing out because this game has a lot to offer besides just an extensive story.
It's Cinematic But You're Making The Decisions
Don't lie, like me, you've probably shouted at your TV before because that character you were rooting for made the wrong decision when the clear one was right in front of them. You've spent your nights awake wondering how the story would have ended up differently had they been able to listen to your advice.
Blues and Bullets gives you that option. The game looks and feels exactly like Sin City mixed with The Untouchables. Right off the bat, you're immersed into the story and are left with tough decisions you didn't think you'd have to make within the first act. It sets up the rest of the story and keeps you interested throughout the rest of the acts. You're not only able to make decisions based on how you would respond emotionally, but also how you'd morally respond to a situation.
The Perfect Balance Of Story And Action
I personally have a problem with games that are too heavy on the story and don't allow a lot of room for free roaming and exploration, so I was hesitant at first to get into this game. Would it be worth my time?
Thankfully, they know when to add in elements of action to keep you engaged in the game. It works in the right amount of story while also giving you a little free reign. Often times, you're allowed to walk freely within the game searching for clues or shooting up the mafia.
The story isn't just about catching a serial killer, though that part of it alone is pretty intense. The story is also about the character, Eliot Ness, the guy who took down Al Capone. After his failure to solve the mystery of disappearing children, Eliot resigned from the police force and started a diner called the Blues and Bullets.
Right away you can relate to the character. I mean, who hasn't experienced failure before? (Especially, the gut-wrenching kind that forces you to rethink your life). No, just me? Well, you'll get there one day if you haven't already, I promise.
Throughout the episodes, you go through Eliot's increasingly disturbed past and present looking for clues and solving the mystery. Big fans of Netflix's Jessica Jones series might enjoy Eliot's somewhat melancholy outlook on life and drinking problem. The feel of the world is very rich and lived in which is necessary in slower parts of the game because it ignites your curiosity. To get a real feel for the game, check out the trailer below:
Blues and Bullets is one of those games that leaves you thinking long after you're done playing and keeps you up at night wondering if you made the right choices. It keeps you coming back and wondering whether you're ever going to figure out the mystery and save Al Capone's granddaughter. This dark, alternate retelling of The Untouchables is certainly an emotional rollercoaster that you won't want to miss.