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  • Summary: Eliot Ness, the former leader of the legendary Untouchables, wished only to spend the rest of his days working in his diner, not dwelling too much on the cesspit of corruption his city, Santa Esperanza, had degenerated into. But things rarely go as planned.

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Blues and Bullets - Dev Diary: Elliot Ness
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Sep 14, 2015
    90
    Blues Bullets shows how to open the episodic series. Amazing story opener, distinctive atmosphere, interesting detective gameplay and especially the film concept make this adventure a must have for all thrill lovers.
  2. Aug 8, 2015
    86
    A strong starting point for this episodic series. I for one am quite eager to see where Eliot’s story ends up leading and if you’re a fan of Noir fiction, or have a taste for the gritty, Blues and Bullets will definitely scratch that itch for you.
  3. Aug 5, 2015
    85
    Blues and Bullets was a title I had very little expectations of, and it blew me away with a fantastic first episode.
  4. Aug 3, 2015
    70
    If you are interested in this type of narrative games, you're here to telling you a story, and the one that offers A Crowd of Monsters is well shaped and has enough incentives to want to continue it in the next chapters.
  5. Oct 23, 2015
    70
    We want to give the benefit of doubt to this first episode of Blues and Bullets. It brings back a noir atmosphere that has been missing for quite a while in videogames, but it's also an adventure with well defined rails where the player can only slightly change direction. Now we just want to see where the story goes, and if the developers really deserve our trust.
  6. Aug 7, 2015
    70
    The first episode comes across as being too eager to show you everything all at once, instead of taking things slower and allowing you to absorb what just happened. The script is good but has moments that don’t seem that logical, but in spite of this The End Of Peace is a decent start to the series.
  7. Jul 29, 2015
    60
    The first episode ended on a truly gripping exchange that sold me on trying the second episode, but the first episode in a vacuum is at times more painful to play through that any new IP can afford to be.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Jul 29, 2015
    10
    This games offers a really interesting take on the telltale style of game. It has a great noir story and some rather interesting and coolThis games offers a really interesting take on the telltale style of game. It has a great noir story and some rather interesting and cool investigation mechanics. It also has a bit of shooting which was cool since shooting really isn't something you see a lot in these types of games. The noir style is really cool and well used in this game. I've got to say I think this is a excellent start for this series. Quality graphics, superb sound, music and voice action (main hero is the voice of Geralt from Witcher 3) and outstanding story. I am very much awaiting the next episode. Expand
  2. Jul 7, 2020
    9
    I love it, the dark & red makes me feel so satisfied, the storyline is great, but it needs to improve some more playable part I think,I love it, the dark & red makes me feel so satisfied, the storyline is great, but it needs to improve some more playable part I think, unfortunately the game never ends. Expand
  3. Aug 21, 2015
    9
    Blues And Bullets, at least its first episode, is a pretty nice game. Is an episodic history about Elliot Ness, with a noir style, goodBlues And Bullets, at least its first episode, is a pretty nice game. Is an episodic history about Elliot Ness, with a noir style, good script, nice graphics, wonderful music, and the most important thing, a game that you cannot begin without finish it. I am waiting the second chapter like no one. Expand
  4. Aug 21, 2015
    8
    Good game , despite the mediocre graphics.The plot is intriguing you , though not completely , and neighing . The most interesting , severe,Good game , despite the mediocre graphics.The plot is intriguing you , though not completely , and neighing . The most interesting , severe, episodic game this year.
    I am waiting for their next episode.
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  5. May 13, 2016
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. It's a very interesting game when we start to talking about the story. It flows in a very nice way. But in the other hand, the gameplay it isn't so good. After sometime of game play, the game makes you fight with some ghosts that it just Elliot's imagination. It was totally unnecessary.
    The game is made by a small studio, so the gameplay is something that can be apologize.
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  6. Rem
    Aug 24, 2015
    7
    Blues and Bullets already screams crime noir from the title alone, but does it really have the guts to delve into its inspired roots or is theBlues and Bullets already screams crime noir from the title alone, but does it really have the guts to delve into its inspired roots or is the title simply misleading? Rest assured that this episodic adventure game from a Spanish team really picks up and shows promise in a genre long forgotten by gamers. Right off the bat in the first scene alone, the game has this stark contrast between black and white with touches of red dotting in once in a while. It's poignant and nostalgic and serves the setting well but mostly it's to mask the really crude texture work hidden in the darkness and the poor shadow work, though this isn't made with a big budget, so it's understandable. What the game gets right in the first few minutes it's the score. It's noir soul basically but the tracks in this game are very powerful and more fitting with the dark undertones of the game. The protagonist, Elliot Ness (who seemingly sounds too much like Geralt of Rivia) is your typical down on his luck detective with a love for violence and whiskey. It's typical in films and tv but seeing this sort of character in gaming with as plenty of backstory is rare and it's breath of fresh air to walk in his shoes. The writing also follows up on the positive side with it being relative to the genre once more. Sardonic quips and comebacks mixed with self hatred and dark comic saturate this game, and it works fantastic. Each character has their own identity though they have yet to be fully fleshed out since this is the first episode. The dark nature of crime noir gets a notch up in this game with one particular sequence being bathed in blood and gore so caution for those weak in the heart, this is not a game for fun. The mechanics in contrast to this game however reveal the weakest aspect of the game. I understand that there are limitations given the small company, but even moving the character felt sluggish, shooting (while not an important aspect) was incredibly stilted and uneventful, and the animations range from passable to awkwardly stilted. The choices made in this game have yet to bear fruit, but I doubt I will be making a second run till the next episode fans out since you pretty much play the same scenes through and through. The games I can compare this most to are Life is Strange and The Walking Dead since they too were episodic and focused on your choices. Blues and Bullets is instantly captivating and compelling from the start and rears you into an adult tale of missing children and violence that has me excited for the next episode. Expand
  7. Aug 11, 2015
    4
    When you do episodic games one of the first, or rather, main objectives is to create a story compelling enough to make you want to play theWhen you do episodic games one of the first, or rather, main objectives is to create a story compelling enough to make you want to play the rest of the season. "Blues and Bullets" fails on this account but still manages to pull some intrigue for me to want to see if the next episode can be better. Indeed, this episode is bad. The writing is pretty darn lacking, the character models look awful and the tone tries to compel the noir film style, failing terribly to the point that seems a farce. There is a solid sequence that uses very, very well the noir movie style, which is a simple expository scene but done in an interesting way. Still, I feel that they botched the way it's presented. It would probably benefited a lot to the narrative if it was used at the beginning of the game. On the negative side, apart from what I already said there are more specific complaints that I have that might be just petty: At one point you have a sort of recreation of a murder scene and the model of the assassin is clearly and without a doubt the same model that a prominent character uses, so there goes the whole whodunnit. But I just may be wrong about that, I hope. There is another thing that bothered me when presented with a photographic camera Elliot Ness shows surprise. "What is that?" says Ness at a moment in time where cameras not only had been invented but where very much perfected. In fact, the camera that is shown is so outdated for that moment in time that makes me think that the producers of this game didn't do much of investigation. And to conclude, the ending, the very last sequence of the episode, is utterly absurd. I won't spoil it, of course, but truly trust me when I tell you that is totally B movie stuff. In closing, as I said before, I will play the second episode but not out of love for the first, I will play it out of curiosity if it can be a good game overall. Let's keep those fingers crossed. Expand

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