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Blue Estate (Xbox One) Review

 
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Formats: Xbox One, PC, PS4
 
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Final Score
3.0
3/ 10


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We Liked?


  • Ran OK and didn't crash the Xbox One!
  • Cartoonish style is at least pleasing and the levels are moderately well constructed

Not So Much?


  • Unfunny in almost all instances
  • Kinect controls barely functional and add nothing to the gameplay
  • Repetitious in the extreme


Final Fiendish Feelings?

I love on rail shooters, it’s a genre that I spent countless hours playing in the arcade with friends and family, so I always have time to check out any game looking to bring that category to the home console. The Xbox One’s Kinect is perfect for this type of game and Viktor Kalvachev’s Blue […]

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Posted February 27, 2015 by

 
Final Fiendish Feelings?
 
 

I love on rail shooters, it’s a genre that I spent countless hours playing in the arcade with friends and family, so I always have time to check out any game looking to bring that category to the home console. The Xbox One’s Kinect is perfect for this type of game and Viktor Kalvachev’s Blue Estate is here to take advantage of that wonderful motion tracking device.

I have to admit, I was fairly intrigued when I first heard it was taking advantage of Xbox One’s Kinect motion sensor, as even though I’ve owned the One since launch, I’m still yet to use it for anything other than shouting at Netflix, hopefully it pauses it. The concept is simple, use one arm to aim and shoot and the other to perform actions and gestures to progress through the game. Unfortunately, my high hopes were shattered within an hour of playing because of several gesture-related fuck ups. After this, I switched back to the controller which was oddly more fun than the Kinect due to how crisp the aiming controls are.

 

It doesn’t take long for you to understand the level of crude humour behind Blue Estate and if you aren’t a fan of dark comedy, you’ll definitely want to skip this game. I’ve always enjoyed the genre as long as it’s done right but Blue Estate just isn’t funny, the jokes seem forced throughout. It doesn’t take long for the player to realise what sort of ridiculous game they’re getting involved in as they’re greeted by a barely clothed lady pole dancing right on the main menu.

Blue Estate’s story isn’t exactly anything special and is definitely skippable, it revolves around two different playable characters who are each on their own murderous rampage; Tony who is in desperate need of some hair gel and Clarence who constantly has a Chihuahua attempting to mount his leg. They both have their own gimmicky gesture to remove these problems and it very quickly gets old. The game takes place in a range of different locations and you’ll eventually stumble across extremely strange bosses every few levels which are unbearable bullet sponges, forcing the player to repeat the same actions over and over again until they eventually die.

Blue Estate the Game 2

Each level on average only takes ~15-25 minutes to complete but when you’re repeating the exact same actions, over and over again, it feels so much longer. I truly struggled to complete more than two levels at a time because of just how dull and repetitive it was throughout. Overall, the game will only take 3-4 hours to complete, so you aren’t getting much for your money either.

Blue Estate’s gameplay is also about as generic as it comes, it’s just an on rail shooter where every now and then the player has to perform a gesture of some kind to avoid an obstacle or brush your hair out of your eyes (which I will admit, is hilarious the first time it happens). Every time you kill someone, you’ll be rewarded a handful of points which depend on how long you can keep your combo multiplier going. These points will then reward you with a rating out of five at the end of each level in a range of different categories such as melee kills, highest multiplier and time to kill each enemy that appears on the screen.

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The worst part about the general gunplay in this game is just how even on the hardest difficulties, it’s still just a shooting gallery. The opposing AI just stands out in the open, barely ever going for cover, it’s just the same process every time the player moves forward a few metres; reload, awkwardly shoot everyone stood in front of you in the face, repeat. Occasionally you’ll stumble across different weapons to use other than the handgun but even they struggle to break up this snooze fest.

The only slight positive I can associate with Blue Estate is the cartoony art style which I’m a massive fan of but even then but even in this, it’s not exactly anything special. The majority of locations are relatively well detailed and I may hate the dialogue and ‘comedy’ in the game but hey, at least it’s well voice acted, as cheesy and stupid as it may be.

Final Thoughts

Blue Estate is an extremely unfunny and unbearably boring from start to finish, I often try to look for positives in even the worst of games but I really did struggle with this one as playing it feels like a chore. It’s filled with dull gameplay mechanics, bloody awful dialogue and levels that drag on way to long. I enjoy the odd dick joke here and there like the next person but this is just terrible, some of the worst story telling I’ve ever experienced.

 

Guest Review: Leigh Groocock / @leigh_bg


Zeth

 
Zeth is our EU ninja and Editor in Chief. He's been writing about video games since 2008 when he started on BrutalGamer. He's pretty old and has been a gamer since he played Space Invaders as a young boy in the 80's. His genre tastes lean towards platformers, point-and-click adventure, action-adventure and shooters but he'll turn his hand to anything.