Blue Estate was developed and published on Xbox One by HESAW. It will be released on February 18, 2015 for $12.99. A copy was provided for review purposes.
Four letters can easily sum up my thoughts about Blue Estate: “YMMV.” It’s an acronym used in many internet forums to shorthand the phrase, “Your Mileage May Vary.” Little other explanation is needed for anyone who understands that phrase. Truly, it’s been a long time since I’ve played a game that I had such a hard time commenting on and has also left me both indifferent and satisfied at the same time. Blue Estate is a dark humor rail shooter based on the Eisner Award-nominated Blue Estate comic books from Viktor Kalvachev. While I don’t know the storyline or details within the comic, I can kind of imagine them after playing through this game.
There is one easy way to tell if you’ll like this game or not, and that’s watching a gameplay trailer. After about two or three minutes, you’ll have a good idea whether or not you’ll like the gameplay and can tolerate the humor. If you like rail shooters, chances are you’ll enjoy this game. If you don’t like rail shooters, Blue Estate won’t win you over. Blue Estate never strays far from its core concept throughout the entire game. The game objectifies women, goes through many racial stereotypes and essentially makes fun of everyone and everything. It also doesn’t take itself very seriously, so why should you? As a game that presents itself as humorous, it is very hit or miss.
Sometimes, ordinary isn’t enough.
If that is something you find yourself saying when playing a game, how about fighting against “the most absurd and dangerous enemies” that Blue Estate has to offer, such as scar-covered champions, your character’s own hair and some very happy Chihuahuas?
Blue Estate is an upcoming rail shooter arriving February 18 on Xbox One for $12.99. Its story is about Tony Luciano, the homicidal manic son of an LA mob boss, and Clarence, who is a broke ex-Navy Seal out to clean up Tony’s mess. Tony sets out to rescue his dancer, Cherry Popz, from the Silk Brothers’ gang, and Clarence is out to stop gang war.
Developer HESAW has stated that the game was designed from the ground up to fully integrate the Xbox One Kinect for motion detection, but the game can also be played with a controller. Blue Estate promises dark and funny humor to go along with gameplay based on the Eisner Award-nominated Blue Estate comic books from Viktor Kalvachev. The game will also feature a local co-operative mode, so a second player will be able to join in on the fun.
HESAW adds that “All Xbox Live Gold members can also take advantage of a special discount of 20%!” But it’s unknown whether $12.99 is the price before or after the discount.
Continue below to check out a teaser of Blue Estate in action.