BEDLAM - THE GENRE JUMPING SHOOTER
Bedlam is a unique FPS game based on a novel of the same name by cult Scottish author Christopher Brookmyre.
Pitched as a shooter for those who survived online gaming in the 80s and 90s, Bedlam takes a look through an iconic time in online gaming and serves up some authentic gaming nostalgia with up-to-date graphics and gaming features. Bedlam is set entirely in the first-person but will explore other game genres from a first-person perspective.
In the game you play Heather Quinn (aka Athena) a colleague of Ross Baker (aka Bedlam). Heather is an overworked and underpaid scientist developing medical technology for corporate giant Neurosphere. One rainy Monday morning Heather volunteers as a test candidate for the new Neurosphere brain scanning tech - anything to get out of the office for a few hours.
But when she gets out of the scanner she discovers she's not only escaped the office, but possibly escaped real life for good! Heather finds herself trapped in Starfire - the violent sci-fi game she spent her teenage years playing - with no explanation, no backup and, most terrifyingly, no way out!
The description below was written by Christopher Brookmyre for the release of the novel in 2013
Heaven is a prison. Hell is a playground.
Would it be your ultimate fantasy to enter the world of a video game?
A realm where you don’t have to go to work or worry about your health; where you can look like a hero or a goddess; where you can fly space-ships, slay dragons, visit any period in history, any realm in fiction, yet all of it feels completely real. A realm where there are no consequences and no responsibilities, to the extent that even if you die, you can just respawn and start again.
Or would it be your worst nightmare?
Trapped in a place where every demon ever conjured by the human mind can be made flesh. Cut off from the real world, unable to see your family or friends ever again. Stuck in an endless state of war and chaos where the pain and fear feels real and from which not even death can offer an escape.
Prison or playground. Heaven or hell.
This is where you find out
Check out the first hands on preview of Bedlam by Rock, Paper, Shotgun - http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2014/07/25/bedlam-game/
And coverage about our female lead character Heather Quinn by BBC News - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-27695235
I bought this game when it was in early access. The developers were very active with fixing problems and usually had them fixed within a day or two. There were a lot of problems with the game when I first bought it, but throughout the later part of the EA period, and since it's eventual exit from early access, I haven't had a single problem or crash with it anymore. As for the game itself, it turned out better than I was expecting it to be. While the graphics aren't great, they really do a fantastic job of emulating all the different eras and genres that the developers were paying homage to. You will visit a war torn city, a sci-fi world, a medieval village, and various other locales that pay homage to everything from Pac-Man, to Call of Duty, to Halo, and Quake, among many others. There's even a side-scrolling space shooter level and an online deathmatch inspired level that was very fun. There is just so much love and variety packed into this game, and it only gets better as the game progresses onward. If you grew up in the 90s, love retro games, or FPS games in general, you owe it to yourself to play this nostalgic gem.
This is a fun little game but definitely not perfect. The graphics are not great as shown above. They are reminiscent of 90's games which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Just take into account if that's what your looking for before you buy because at $20 you might be let down. Overall though it is a fun, entertaining game.
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