Blazing Chrome review – Steamdrunk

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Watch at: 00:00 / 00:00:20steam drunk a week ago I looked at SeoulSeraph a game advertised as a spiritualsequel to actraiser but unfortunately itonly amounts to a half-assed platformermashed together with a tower defensegame you might find in the Google PlayStore for a dollar here we have anotherquote-unquote spiritual sequel inblazing chrome available for PC ps4Watch at: 00:20 / 00:40switch and Xbox one which very clearlyand obviously takes influence from the16-bit era contra games like contra 3the alien wars for Super Nintendo andcontra hardcore for Sega Genesis andfirst of all right away if the visualsare spot-on it leans a lot closer to theGenesis visual style in fact it evencalls to mind some treasure games likeWatch at: 00:40 / 01:00alien soldier as well especially withhow some of the bosses look but yeahwe've got blood red skies smashed upbuildings tons of fire and brimstonecarnage everywhere and some reallyinspired enemy design one majorstrengths those older contra games hadgoing for them were the bosses and themini bosses too for that matter andblazing chrome nails it with somespectacular looking battles and it's notWatch at: 01:00 / 01:20just the visual aspect of it either thepatterns that you have to deal with arewell done and I particularly enjoy howsome of the bosses are revealed insegments like this guy here you startout just fighting it's weird elongatedneck then shortly after you got to dealwith the whole thing it's almost likethis dude couldn't wait to try and killyou so it's stuck its neck out before itwas ready I love stuff like that as farWatch at: 01:20 / 01:40as the actual gameplay goes it's purecontra through and through one-hitdeaths and all there's four playablecharacters although two have to beunlocked you can carry three additionalweapons alongside your regular machinegun those being a laser a grenadelauncher and kind of a plasma beam thingthere's also vehicles you can commandeerthat add to your firepower calling tomind games like Metal Slug and there'sWatch at: 01:40 / 02:00other additional stuff here too likesegments where you're zipping around ina jet pack I should also mention thatyou can hold the right trigger buttonand it'll lock your aim while keepingyour character standing still so that'scool there's also a roll maneuver youcan do to avoid enemies there's fourlevels to choose from Mega Man styles soyou can play them in whatever orderyou'd like and I always appreciate thatWatch at: 02:00 / 02:20because if you get frustrated with thisone you can still see a good portion ofthe game there's at least one more aftercompleting those four levels and I'mhonestly not sure if there's anythingafter that because holy crap this gameis hard and that brings me to thedifficulty settings easy gives you sevenlives normal five and heart three withheart mode unlocking only if you're ableto beat the game on normal easy andWatch at: 02:20 / 02:40normal have unlimited continues and hardonly has one when you die you keep righton truck and right where you left offbut if you have to continue you start atthe last checkpoint and yeah like I saidand like you might expect blazing chromeis a really tough challenge even on easyit is not easy what helps mitigate thedifficulty a bit is that this game isWatch at: 02:40 / 03:00two-player co-op but not online onlyold-school couch co-op for now andthat's perfectly fine with me but yeaheven with the second player this game istough any way you slice it I like torefer to these kinds of games as pickupand die games meaning that they have acertain accessibility and immediacy tothem but the difficulty curve is suchthat you only learn the game by dyingyou pick up on patterns you see whatWatch at: 03:00 / 03:20killed you and you remember it for thenext time I understand that's noteveryone's cup of tea but just bear inmind that's the kind of experienceyou're getting yourself into herethe thing is though this game can bejust flat-out unfair at times like forexample this monster that spewed stuffinto the air you have to really beprecise when you predict eachprojectiles trajectory because it fliesWatch at: 03:20 / 03:40off-screen and stays off-screen for likea second and a half an eternity in thisgame before it reappears again seeminglyfrom nowhere I'm just saying there's thegood kind of frustrating and there'scertain patterns here that arefrustrating for the wrong reasonsdespite that though blazing chrome is atremendous game the gameplay is wellbalanced for the most part and all theWatch at: 03:40 / 04:00weapons are useful in their own way thecontrols are spot-on I played this gameon PC and played it on a variety ofdifferent controllers and it workedgreat with all of them individuals andsound here are top-notch as you can seealthough just a personal preference Ireally get tired of the shaky camerastuff it's just unnecessary I wishthey'd do away with that I mean you'd beable to see the awesome backgrounds andWatch at: 04:00 / 04:20sprite work that much more clearly butyeah if you dig games like contra then Imean you've already got this game andyou've already played it so you don'tneed to listen to some guy on theinternet to tell you to play it but ifyou've just got this one on your wishlist and you're just waiting for it togo on sale then I hope you can see thatthis game is well worth checking outit's a well made game that's high onboth style and substanceWatch at: 04:20 / 04:40and I want to thank you for watching andI hope you have a great rest of your day[Applause]Watch at: 04:40 / 05:00[Music]

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  1. I'm actually surprised you thought the game was this hard. I managed to finish it on Normal without much difficulty, yet I can't play a space shoot-em-up for the life of me – I just think they're so much harder!

    I'm friends with the devs and have known them for a long time. It was great to see all the positive reaction to Blazing Chrome. It's a pretty great game.

  2. There's only one big flaw in this game…WHERE IS THE COOL ROLLING JUMP?? I mean if you have the speed drone you can do it but is so werid to play(basically)real a Contra sequel without the rolling jump.

  3. I really appreciate when games like these show up, because it seems like there are a LOT of indie games that claim to be made to look like they're from NES/SNES/Mega Drive but don't look that legit. I know pixelart isn't easy but it gets tiring to see the same weird flat visuals in so many indie games. So the visuals and animations were what lured me into this one. Glad it also turned out to be fun to play.

  4. I am very happy with my Nintendo Switch (physical) purchase of Blazing Chrome, but if Blazing Chrome 2 were to be considered, I hope the game is more inspired by Super Nintendo’s Contra III: The Alien Wars, the SNES color palette, exclusive features such as Mode 7 and the superior 16-bit audio. These are the types of games I love to play either alone or partnered up and the Super Nintendo system is a great template for retro-style games in a modern era.

    Developers/Publishers, PLEASE keep them coming!!!!!


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