BLEEDING EDGE ALPHA
This one has hoverboards.
HANDS ON PREVIEW
By JAY TEE
CHOOSE YOUR POISON -
MURDER DOESN’T PAY -
Bleeding Edge is Ninja Theory’s first brand new IP since their surprising Microsoft buyout, and a huge step away from their most recent success, Hellblade. You won’t find any nuanced commentary on mental health. This is a broadly slapstick, hero action title that rewards clever positioning and quick thinking on the fly. Prepare yourself to be overwhelmed by a fairly steep learning curve; the included training mode does a good job with the basics, but once you jump into public matchmaking, you should be ready to eat a slice of humble pie. Or three. Combining a cel shaded visual design, with a whole mess of character specific abilities, Bleeding Edge has personality in spades, and certainly made a strong first impression. Given that it’s multiplayer only, an eventual full release via Game Pass makes a world of sense. A game like this will live and die by the strength of its recurring player base.
THE BACKSTORY -
BACK TO BASICS -
ALPHA SITE -
Team Fortress 2 and Overwatch did a wonderful job popularising hero shooters. Apex Legends and Bleeding Edge owe a lot to them!
SMOOTH MOVES -
PERSONALITY ABOUND -
THE BASICS -
DOWNLOADABLE CONTENT -
THE CURRENT WORD
Bleeding Edge shows heaps of promise, with superb character design and a strong visual aesthetic.
*Alpha Access on Xbox, with a copy provided by Ninja Theory*
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