I love comics. My TMNT collection is verging on embarrassing and I adore everything from Sweet Tooth to Thief of Thieves, Chew to The Walking Dead…the list goes on. So when I heard 2 of my biggest loves were coming together, I was beyond excited. Merging comics and gaming? What next, donut flavour pizza and Katy Perry naked? Bizarrely though, I’d never actually heard of Blue Estate in comic form. Saying that, I still haven’t finished Y The Last Man and have still never read Scalped, so that’s not saying much. Either way, I was hugely intrigued.
The page turning, blood spurning Blue Estate fires new meaning into a lot of comic related terminology. First off, it’s comical. Literally. In theme and in humour. The game, although silly and living on stereotypes, is a hugely fun, cool and explosive game. It also brings new meaning to the term ‘graphic’ novel. Literally every woman in the game is pretty much naked. Why? It’s not really clear. Maybe they took the phrase comic strip a bit too literally.
Blue Estate is an on rails shooter and uses the DS4 to great effect. Using the motion controls, you tilt the controller to aim and then fire with the R1 button. Unfortunately this is hit and miss at times, and I’m not talking figuratively. It’s mostly excellent, but you will have to reset the reticle into the centre of the screen a lot. Sometimes it can disappear or go wayward, especially on the later levels as you are hanging from ceilings and so on. You’ll be calibrating more than shooting. To be fair, my adrenaline fuelled nerves most likely played a hand in this. Oh and you know when I said earlier it brings new meaning to certain words? Well it gives us new words too. Blue Estate could be described as funstration. Despite its relative shortness (the game is 8 levels long) the game will have you replaying constantly for 2 reasons. One, because of how brutally hard and frustrating it is. And two, because of how ridiculously fun it is. Who knew you could have so much fun getting continually shot at?! Blue Estate is a challenging but hugely enjoyable romp through dark humoured violence. I mean you even shoot beehive’s to attack enemies! Despite the difficulty, Blue Estate is fair. The more times you die, the more lives you get. This stops at 9 and trust us, you’ll need those 9 lives. Especially with the painfully hard boss fights. You also have the option of shooting Slow Motion targets, which slow time down so you can serve up some serious gunishment on your slower moving targets.
The game also incorporates the touchpad seamlessly. You’ll use it to swipe doors open, pick up money, even wipe hair out of your face. It’s touches like this that make Blue Estate truly a PS4 experience. It wouldn’t work with anything but the DS4. Additionally, the art direction is hugely creative and elegantly executed. Blue Estate really is a great looking game. Actually scrap that, it’s a great game full stop.
Blue Estate is a challenging but excellent addition to the PS4. Charge up the DS4 now, you’ll be on this for hours. Let the funstration begin.
Punk rating: 8/10