Some games are brutally difficult, some are brutal in their depiction of violence, and then there’s Le Cartel Studio‘s arcade brawler Mother Russia Bleeds that is both.
Devolver Digital is known to be a publisher with original ideas, but also some controversial themes in their indie games catalogue. Dropsy is weird and disturbing, Hotline Miami is violent and disturbing while being tough as nails. Now with the newest addition, the company might just have another hit on their hands, if one has the stomach and endurance to go through the ordeal of beating up enemies to a bloody pulp.
The plot about a prison inmate who has a drug problem and breaks out in order to take bloody revenge is as mindblowingly straightforward as it’s over-the-top silly, with the backdrop of an alternate U.S.S.R adding to the sense of playing something that can’t be taken that seriously. However, the violence on display will turn some people away. Of course it’s intentional with heads smashed in or decapitations going on, while torture scenes aren’t the most subtle ways to show that something’s definitely wrong with Russia and that it will bleed as much as the pixel art can show.
Up to 4 players can join the party, and it seems to be the way to go, considering how many enemies populate the screen. Maybe this is the spiritual successor to the Streets of Rage or Final Fight series. Maybe it ends up to be too much bloodshed without any reason behind it (although the psychedelic twists are intriguing). But it looks like a lot of fun with some great backgrounds and even better cut-scenes that could already be an awesome anime movie with no strings attached.
The game is now available on PC, but will also be ported to PS4 later this year. Those who want to listen to the great soundtrack or watch a mini-documentary can do so with the Dealer Edition.
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