Bleed 2 is the work of just one man from Bootdisk Revolution, AKA Ian Campbell. He knows how to pack a punchy budget title with just about everything you want from a 2D side-scrolling action platformer. Like a good boss fight too? Then welcome to Bleed 2.
You play as pink haired heroine Wryn, the world’s greatest and only remaining hero. She already battled and defeated super heroes in Bleed, and this time it’s an alien threat that kicks starts her into more ass whipping.
The first thing to realise if you’ve not played the first instalment is that Bleed 2 has the most simple control system. Because of this Bleed 2 provides instant thrills from the start. Guiding her is a breeze – she can triple air dodge, reflect bullets and even slow down time. Complete with an endless supply of bullets, you have the perfect set up for a side scrolling platform shooter.
Set across 7 levels, the outrageous action never lets up. If it does, then it’s probably getting you ready for a boss fight. There are over 25 of them packed into the game. Yes, it’s boss fight after boss fight, but thankfully Easy Mode can take the sting out of them if you’re finding it all too challenging. As well as these huge brawls, the game throws an onslaught of villains and bullets at you as the fast paced scenery wizzes before your eyes. Did someone say relentless?
As I mentioned earlier, the use of your shield pays a big part in survival. Deflecting bullets and reflecting them back to the enemy turns out to be a great weapon. As for extras, at your disposal is a nifty trick of slowing down time. Once in this mode pummeling bosses and bad guys is satisfying to say the least.
There’s little going on other that what you see on screen. You do get running commentary from the local newsreader when levels are completed. This showreal adds a humorous touch and some well earned rest bite too.
Bleed 2 can be completed in one sitting. There are a further 3 difficulty settings (if like me you opted for easy mode), so there’s a big challenge ahead for hardcore players. Plus you have a 2-player local co-op and unlockable weapons, characters and abilities to gain as well. Oh and not forgetting the Endless Mode that wraps up the package.
Bleed 2 hits the mark and brings a fast and fluid shooter to Nintendo Switch without any bruises.
Lizard Rating: 8/10