Bow to Blood: Last Captain Standing DEALS
After hearing about this game and not knowing too much about it, I was awarded a product key through a competition I won in, I thought “ wow, amazing that I actually won something and that it sounds quite interesting.” Well interesting is definitely a good point for this game.
Bow to Blood was purposely built to be played through a Virtual Reality Headset or VR. But not having a VR headset myself and this being a console edition, the creators should have made some adjustments to movements of cameras or ships etc. right?
Well they have but not drastically as you would think. It’s not terrible but it does take some getting used to. You command a ship in what is based as a game show in the game. Battling through different areas and competing against other Captains to come out on top.
Traversing through different areas doing little event rounds to gain as many points as you can to stay out of the bottom 2 Captains. Entering this area is the danger zone. After each round you enter what is called The Culling. All Captains in the arena place their vote on the bottom two Captains on who should stay and who should go. Generally it’s usually the person with the lowest points. However, due to interactions with other Captains during this time, this can be swayed.
Interactions with the Overseers and other Captains is played out through a more text based screen. You are presented with dialog options which you can either agree or disagree with them depending on what they are conversing with you about. For instance; “I’ve put a bomb on your ship and if you hand over 1000 points I won’t blow up a part of it.” This then gives you 3 options to choose from. Either give the 1000 points, refuse or call their bluff. *Hint* hitting the Sure option will save your ship from losing a hefty chunk from its Hull.
Depending on how you want to play during a season will depend on what allies you gain. However, no matter how safe you are with your dialog options, you will never befriend all captains. Some will become your enemy. This could be because you voted for the person they are ally to or because you didn’t give them some points. Or worse off, you agreed to help them then went back on what you said to get all the points for yourself. That is always fun to do but you’ve got to make sure you make enough points to stay out in front.
Making Allies is a good way to get sponsorships. Accepting a sponsorship from an ally will add the ability to gain new weapons to use by giving you ammunition for the weapon you want to choose. There are only 3 additional weapons as well as the stock AC Cannon in which you can gain ammunition for. The AC cannon has unlimited bullets.
Your ship is broken up into 5 different segments with an additional 2 helpers which you can move around each sector on your ship to enhance it slightly. The sectors are Engines, Shields, Sensors, Drones and Weapons. You get a brief tutorial at the beginning of the Season on what each part does and how to best manage your ship as that has a health bar of sorts.
There isn’t much to learn in the basics of fighting other ships, basically another point and shoot but this can be made easier with the lock-on feature which makes quick work of anything in your path. Mastering the movement of the ship and the camera is key to success I found in the game. Continuing to move whilst shooting can lessen the amount of damage you take.
Bow to Blood is a simple and quick game to grasp. With its simplistic art and level design, makes for a pleasant and joyful game to play. Like I said before, if played through a VR headset, anything too overwhelming for the eye could make things worse for the player. Seeing how they have managed to keep the graphics and colour palette neutral makes the game easy on the eye and not overwhelming with different bits of detail that naturally your eyes are drawn to.
Bow to Blood: Last Captain Standing
The sound design is very low key but accompanies the game well and makes it feel more immersive. Even though there are things I would change, Bow to Blood is a game with a lot of replay-ability. With its differences in seasons so each one is played differently meaning different allies and enemies, your quest to be season champion grows whether you win or lose your previous season.
- Simplistic art and level design
- Easy to play
- Dialog options get stale after multiple play-through
- Camera angle can be frustrating
- Tutorial does give enough details
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