Blue Estate: The Game is a on rails shooter based in the universe of the Blue Estate created by Viktor Kalvachev and Kosta Yanev. In the game you play as mobster and buffoon Tony Luciano and ex-Navy SEAL gun for hire Clarence.
The game makes it blatantly obvious what the player is getting into as soon as they start up, with a disclaimer stating that the characters are terrible people, followed by a menu that follows a stripper’s ass as she struts towards a dancing pole. Blue Estate: The Game is politically incorrect and is at times extremely racist and sexist. That said it’s also very tongue in cheek and shouldn’t be taken at face value. It’s not for everyone, but I really enjoy how crazy this game gets.
The game itself feels like it should have come out in the 90’s. That’s not to say it’s bad, but not only were rail shooters like Time Crisis very popular back then, story-wise this does have a similar feel to movies like Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs and Guy Richie’s Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels with a dose of Family Guy.
The gameplay is pretty simple. You’re lead through the level as you shoot an army of various mobsters, occasionally dodging obstacles, collecting ammo and health items, flicking hair out of your face and kicking off chihuahuas as they hump your leg. Yes that is a sentence that applies to this game.
I find at times there can be a bit too much going on, especially on the highest difficulty. At times I’ve had to perform a quick time event, just as an enemy is about to shoot me, leading me to lose some health.
Another problem is the lack of weapons in the game. During each level you’ll have a pistol and access to one extra weapon, most of which are automatics. Other weapons include a shotgun, a magnum and a lever action rifle. For a game this eccentric, I’d have liked to have seen a more creative arsenal.
Some might find the levels repetitive, but I think they last long enough without overstaying there welcome. This isn’t something you’re going to binge on for hours on end. In fact the main story mode only lasts about 3 hours in total.
How much one will enjoy Blue Estate: The Game will entirely depend on how much you enjoy the humor. If you laughed or smiled during the trailer I’ve posted down below, you’ll probably get a kick out of it, otherwise I’d avoid. You can get the game for the low price of $13 US on Steam and it’s often on sale for an extreme discount.