Blues and Bullets is a game that sort of came out of nowhere for me, I remember seeing a trailer or short video for it at some point and thinking it look nice stylistically, but it wasn’t at the top of my must play list.
You see, as much as I loved The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us, I haven’t ever really got on with other games of this type from other developers, as they generally lack that spark that made those Telltale games so special to play. Hell even Telltale have failed to nail it with other attempts in my opinion.
However within 20 minutes of playing Blues and Bullets I was hooked, it had a wonderful setup and it pulled me in very early.
Now we have a policy here at Gamestyle that we will never write any specifics about a story, as we feel it is wrong to spoil it for our audience, so this will be no exception. However, I will say that a lot of care and attention has been put into the writing here and the path you take is exceptional and I never expected to be as engrossed as I was.
The game focuses on Elliot Ness, the former leader of The Untouchables, but in the realm of Blues and Bullets he is living out his retirement years running his own diner…yet it doesn’t end up as simple as that for him. It has a wonderful setting and pacing to provide a story that you never want to leave.
What impresses me most about Blues and Bullets, is how well it plays as a game. It follows many of the leads set out by Telltale, but somehow manages to feel a lot smoother, with transitions between cut-scenes and gameplay feeling very natural.
The dialogue between characters also feels very natural and not as wooden as you get in many of these games, with the few exceptions. The noir style makes seeing on screen prompts for interactive areas very easy and allows the game to flow, rather than feeling like you are being held back or forced to look for the less obvious parts.
This is an episodic game and this is only the first part, so it will be finished in a few short hours, but because of the wonderful pacing and how this first episode ends, you are left begging for more. Not many games have managed to nail that, but Blues and Bullets has once again managed to exceed all my expectations.
These episodic adventures are becoming more and more commonplace, but whereas many are really average at best, it is games like The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us, Life is Strange and now Blues and Bullets that rise to the very top.
This is only part one and how this fares overall will depend on just how well future episodes are written, but the pilot has set the scene for something wondrous and it is all in the story now, because the overall mechanics are spot on.
If you have any interest in fine storytelling, then you owe it to yourself to pick this up. If you are a little concerned about it, then episode 1 is just £3.99 and I promise at the very least you will get that value from it.