Review: Bleeding Edge – SENSES

Bleeding Edge is imaginative and crazy, but quickly becomes pretty monotonous.

When I reviewed Alita: Battle Angel some time ago I really liked the imaginatively designed cyborg fighters with whom the heroine fought and competed. I thought that that would easily become a game sometime in the future. Now was not exactly Alita: Battle Angel a game, but if you – like me – dig cyborgs that fight with each other then you will like Bleeding Edge.

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First off, you have to run a tutorial course where you learn the fighters’ different abilities and strengths. It is important to work together, otherwise you are smoked. There are several different types of assignments; everything from classic capture-the-flag to recharge energy sources on time. The game is for online games only and when you enter into a battle you are matched against three other players. It is easy to keep track of where to go and what to do, via a simple interface. However, staying alive is not easy. Especially not at the beginning, as you have not been able to unlock very many advantages or strengths. Quickly, the musical-hard rock character became my favorite. Felt that he was the one who suited my style of play best.

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The first mission is to keep an area from the enemy. I’m jumping there. There are three other players in my team who are involved and they are silent. Shouts a little cautiously in the headset … but gets no answer. Jumping to the place we should keep. Is alone. Then all four of them come in the other team and make the process short. Travel for a while, try again. Same thing again. This time, a player comes into my group and the rest have jumped off so we are two to four. 600 points takes a long way for the other group to get in and my interest diminishes. Finally over. Went on big rapids. New attempt. Same thing again …

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Just playing online with people you don’t know becomes very boring and frustrating for me very quickly. Remember when I was driving Halo to the friends, that you could last for hours. Because then it was with people you knew – now it is faceless people out in cyberspace who are jumping off if it is a boring session.

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Then I think it’s a pity you can’t design your own character. It is very strange that there is no such situation when the game is online. It struck me every time I played against an avatar that looked exactly the same as mine. Sure you can fix new clothes and some details, but there is no way to create your own avatar. It would have been really fun.

Bleeding Edge - Copyright 2020 - Ninja Theory - Screenshot Xbox One X

In summary, so be it Bleeding Edge definitely a well-made game with nice graphics and imaginative characters, but it quickly becomes very one-handed and empty as you are stuck with just playing online and you can’t even design your own character. So the grade is approved with praise, but no more.

Note: Bleeding Edge is part of the Xbox Game Pass.