Being a huge fan of the first game, I was ecstatic to play through Bleed 2. Our pink haired heroine returns to once again save the day and retain here title as the world’s greatest hero. This time around, Wryn not only is dual wielding pistols, but also has a katana that adds further depth to the wonderfully chaotic gameplay. When timed correctly, this allows players to deflect gunfire and even larger attacks. Think of a Jedi with their light saber in this regard. Some enemies and bosses will even require you to counter the blast back towards them, causing them considerable damage. These can be somewhat tricky with some of the quicker bosses, but the high pace challenge is one of the key components that makes the Bleed series so incredibly fun. Luckily the ability to slow down time briefly returns and this can buy that critical second needed to dodge enemy attacks and environmental hazards.
The layout and gaming formula found in the original is still present in Bleed 2. Gamers hits the ground running and the game absolutely never lets up. The intro starts off with Wryn chilling out and playing a video game. She is then interrupted by a substantial impact at her home and it’s due to an invasion taking place. The spiky blonde haired chap is back, but this time is assisting Wryn during some battles. There is more to the story here, but I want to avoid giving any spoilers.
This sequel spans across 7 levels with over 25 bosses. With 4 difficulty levels, the amount of challenge one faces is quite scalable. If you are new to the franchise, I suggest starting out on easy and then ramping it up once you get into the flow of things. There is a hardcore mode waiting for truly determined players once they beat the game. This requires you to beat the entire game on one life. The controls are outstanding and takes very little time to get familiar with. There is also a local co-op option that is a ton of fun. The projectiles fired at each player will consist of two colors, that match your specific character’s hair. This allows you and a friend to be all over the place within the chaos, but still be effectively fighting enemies and bosses by deflecting the correct projectiles back at them. It’s a clever way to keep the action at insane levels, while also ensuring both players have to pull their own weight in order to survive. As you beat each level, you’ll be awarded a rank based off your performance. To reach the top of the leaderboards, you’ll need to have near flawless playthroughs in each stage. It’s a good thing the gameplay is so addicting.
Bleed 2 from BootDisk Revolution turns up the level of action even further for this thrilling sequel. The pace, enemies and boss battles are simply relentless. While the game can be completed fairly quickly, there is plenty to do afterwards such as local couch co-op, unlockable weapons, characters and an Arcade mode for the pros. I’m already hopeful and eager to hear of the next installment.