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  • Summary: Classic First Person Shooter style game. Like the good old days. An action game focused on speed, gore, guns, and metal music. Inspired by the 90s’ classics with modern visuals and audio.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 21
  2. Negative: 2 out of 21
  1. Aug 14, 2020
    84
    Overall Hellbound meets expectations as a retro style 90’s Shooter. Whilst it does not innovate as much as some people would like, this game has enough about it to be worth the pickup.
  2. Aug 6, 2020
    70
    If you’re hankering for more of that simple, unfettered Doom action, Hellbound may well scratch your itch.
  3. Aug 27, 2020
    70
    The team at Saibot Studios have made exactly what they promised to their Kickstarter backers, but I was left wanting more. This doesn't make Hellbound a bad game, but it certainly feels like there were a few things left on the cutting room floor as I finished the game. After a somewhat slow start in the campaign, I was happy to finish the fight, and any fan of 1990s FPS fans could do worse than slaying demons in Hellbound.
  4. Aug 6, 2020
    65
    Hellbound is based around recreating the classic first-person shooter game experience of the 90s, which it does succeed in doing. If you were a fan of those games or wanted to experience what they were like in a modern package, then the developers at Saibot Studios have delivered, for the most part. Unfortunately, the game falls short of a great experience.
  5. Aug 4, 2020
    60
    The saving grace is Hellbound‘s price. At just £11.39/$14.99, it’s not terrible value for money. But there are better old-school first-person shooters available for not much more. Still, there’s a good few hours of fun to get from Hellbound‘s campaign. Maybe even more if you’re the type that wants to discover every secret and beat every par time. And the game’s survival maps offer yet more hours of gameplay. It’s just a shame that it feels more like a starter than a main course.
  6. Aug 11, 2020
    50
    Hellbound has been in development for quite some time, and it's surprising to see that it has been polished so little since then. The main problem is that the game's shortages, paradoxically, are very easy to find in those games, from the golden age of shooters, that Hellbound is paying tribute to.
  7. Aug 4, 2020
    40
    Ultimately, Hellbound isn't going to leave a sour taste in any player's mouth, but that's only because it leaves no taste at all. It's a bland retread of a bygone era of gaming that has no understanding of why people want to return to it. Hellbound carelessly mashes up concepts and mechanics with no thought and no craft, creating an end product that's serviceable only because of the strength of its foundation. Fighting demons with a shotgun is fun. It always was fun, and it always will be fun, and there's nothing wrong with Hellbound's interpretation of that. It's just that there are a thousand other games that do all this so much better, so it's hard to see why anyone would pick up this particularly shotgun.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. Aug 12, 2020
    10
    Hellbound is a short experience. but that doesn't mean it's a bad one. When a game leaves you wanting for more it's because it clicked on theHellbound is a short experience. but that doesn't mean it's a bad one. When a game leaves you wanting for more it's because it clicked on the right spots. Made by a small studio in the always upcoming Argentinian game dev scene, it's definitely the top effort the country has produced so far. I definitely want to support the game as I had fun with it and it delivered on what it promised, action, blood, excellent music.

    I want more from Saibot studios, Support them because it does seem like their future is very bright with the talent they have.
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  2. Aug 11, 2020
    9
    Super Fun game, as it is said, Kill monsters and have fun, I think that they respect that premise.
    If you are looking a good 90´s game made
    Super Fun game, as it is said, Kill monsters and have fun, I think that they respect that premise.
    If you are looking a good 90´s game made today, this is it. Well Done. Regarding the comparisons, yes people, they even told you on the description on the game, a 90´s shooter made today, it will obviously look like doom, Quake or Serious Sam, almost as Every Assassins creed look like the previous assassins creed, like fifa 20 looks like fifa 19, 18, 17 etc. You do not judge games on how they look like other games, you judge games by how fun is to play and this is really fun.
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  3. Aug 21, 2020
    8
    Hellbound puede no ser genial, pero es un paseo corto y dulce mientras dure. La acción es agradable y rápida con las armas empacando un golpeHellbound puede no ser genial, pero es un paseo corto y dulce mientras dure. La acción es agradable y rápida con las armas empacando un golpe sólido, y todas las armas ganan su lugar en el arsenal. La duración del juego significa que sus límites no tienen la oportunidad de sentir rallado y la igualidad de los enemigos está muy bien compensada por la personalidad de los niveles. Incluso después de que el juego ha terminado todavía hay un puñado de niveles de arena para jugar, tratando de sobrevivir el mayor tiempo posible para reclamar un lugar en sus tablas de clasificación. Hellbound puede estar restringido por sus límites, pero no hay duda de que hace mucho dentro de ellos y es muy divertido mientras dure el viaje. Expand
  4. Aug 6, 2020
    6
    The gunplay is enjoyable, it's definitely fun to just shoot stuff but there's not much else going for Hellbound sadly. The biggest issue isThe gunplay is enjoyable, it's definitely fun to just shoot stuff but there's not much else going for Hellbound sadly. The biggest issue is it's extremely short, about 2 - 3 hours at most. There are also only about 3 or 4 different enemy types so they get old fast. The performance was solid for 99% of the game, I was hitting 144fps no problem until the last (and only) boss fight which seemed very broken as the frame rate was dropping as low as 15fps and never recovered, even after closing the game and reopening it. Expand
  5. Aug 6, 2020
    5
    Average game in all respects. You won't miss anything if you miss this game. I recommend going back to the old games of the genre (PainkillerAverage game in all respects. You won't miss anything if you miss this game. I recommend going back to the old games of the genre (Painkiller or Serious Sam). For the price of a game on Steam, grab more worthy chairmen of the genre on sale.
    7 levels from 5 to 10 minutes long, 5 weapons in total (including a melee bat), 7 types of enemies. Variety and originality are what the game lacks.

    Средняя по всем параметрам игра. Вы ничего не упустите, если пропустите данную игру. Рекомендую вернуться к старым играм жанра (Painkiller or Serious Sam). По цене игры в Steam возьмите на распродаже более достойных председателей жанра.
    7 уровней длинной от 5 до 10 минут, всего 5 оружий (включая биту для ближнего боя), 7 видов врагов. Разнообразие и оригинальность - вот чего не хватает игре.
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  6. Aug 5, 2020
    4
    In the 90’s the term “DOOM Clone” was given to First Person Shooters following the runaway success of iD’s Demon Slaying Magnum Opus. ItIn the 90’s the term “DOOM Clone” was given to First Person Shooters following the runaway success of iD’s Demon Slaying Magnum Opus. It wasn’t always used negatively though as this era saw many great titles including Heretic, Blood and of course Duke Nukem 3D. Hellbound however is a DOOM Clone in the sense they actually tried to clone the game but something was contaminated in the test tube.

    Hellbound wants you to think that it is a game inspired by the shooters of the 90’s, with all the twitchy finger, devasting weapons and bloodlust they were known for. But playing the game, I felt as far away from the 90’s as possible and just saw a game that was seriously trying way too hard.

    It starts with the title screen that isn’t even pretending to be a ripoff of the DOOM logo, but I will give them one point, the game does play just like a 90’s game in one sense as there is no, I repeat NO CONTROLLER SUPPORT. In this day and age, especially with how cross platform game development is, there really is no reason whatsoever to exclude this feature.

    On the gameplay side of things, you have level design seemingly taken from the cutting room floor of DOOM Eternal, I’ll be with a little less jumping and a few uninspired one-liners, so digging into Duke’s rubbish bin while we are at it, seemingly dropping F-bombs as much as other people use a comma. If a game like Hellbound was released in the 90’s it would undoubtedly be promoting itself by calling DOOM weak, they have a Double Shotgun? well, we have a TRIPLE Shotgun!

    But that’s the thing, while promoting itself as a game inspired by the 90’s there is really nothing about this game that reminds me of that era. Shooters of that era were always fast paced with a trove of weaponry to play with, health and ammo littered everywhere so you could continue blazing through. Here, your main TWO guns really lack any sort of punch with them even having issues with the smallest enemies. The game promotes itself on its difficulty, but it is more cheap, with a lousy checkpoint system than difficult.

    Performance wise, the game is even more of a nightmare. I wouldn’t say I have the beefiest rig, but I’ve been playing games on it now for several years with barely any issues. But with Hellbound, the game is continuously pausing for moments at a time and I found the only way to make the game run properly on my rig was turning down the visuals wayyy down. I’m talking graphic quality that would make the Switch cringe, and that’s just the graphics, load times are a real hassle with the game taking forever to load a save file, might explain why the game doesn’t utilise a Quick Save button.

    That’s probably my biggest issue with Hellbound, just how much of a poser it wants to be. It wants to be DOOM so badly, it will give us the gruff protagonist but give him no personality whatsoever outside of saying **** a lot. Halfway decent hellish inspired levels that are marred with graphical and performance issues and just the most generic metal music playing over it all as you plough through one of 5 different enemies. It wants to think its from the 90’s, but what shooter from then had ironsights? The only saving grace this game has is that it’s over quickly with a wet fart of an ending.

    This game would like to think of itself as “Unapologetically 90’s” but really it just owes me an apology.
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  7. Aug 12, 2020
    1
    I was at uni when the original Doom games came out. This is quite frankly nothing like them. It vaguely apes the look and feel of the originalI was at uni when the original Doom games came out. This is quite frankly nothing like them. It vaguely apes the look and feel of the original but in terms of game play its got it all wrong.

    The original games were, for starters, not this hard. The game physics were generally better and there was always tons of health lying around if you took a pounding. They were fast run and gun shooters whereas this thing is has more in common with the new Doom (which I detest). It slows down the momentum of the original by making it too hard and inserting aggravating Super Mario Brothers style jump sequences.

    Weapons handling is loose and aiming is horrible. Everything requires distance when the original game was up close and personal.

    Newcomers may be fooled but vets like myself know better. Played for a short time and walked away. Thankfully it was not too expensive. My advice try a port of the original and see if you don't agree.
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