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11 Oct 2020

REVIEW - ‘BPM: Bullets Per Minute’ on PC (Steam)

Review by Jon Donnis
BPM: Bullets Per Minute is a rhythm First Person Shooter, yes I have never heard of such a thing before either.

So what do you get if you cross a dungeon based FPS with a heavy rock sound track? You get BPM.
The main gimmick of the game, and what sets it apart from other similar dungeon based FPS, of which there are a few, is that everything you do, whether that is firing your weapon, jumping, dodging an enemy, you try to do it to the beat of the music that is playing, if you shoot on a beat, then that shot is more powerful. Get the jist?

Each dungeon is randomly generated, and are chock full of monsters, each more bizarre than the last, the end game is to kill everyone and take out the boss, and all to a wonderful rock soundtrack that literally will help or hinder your abilities. Of course there is a setting that allows you to enable auto beat matching, but that seems a bit pointless when that is the main gimmick of the game.

There are 7 bosses and then a final boss to beat, there are lots of weapons to collect, abilities to gain, and so on. You play as one of 5 choosable characters, each with their own strengths and weaknesses.

The Good

An interesting gimmick for what is a tired genre, does make it interesting. The music is great.

The Bad
As seems to often by the case, the controls could be better, when designing any game, if you don't get the controls perfect, everything else suffers. I was also not a fan of the graphics. I understand that they are going for a certain style here, but I found the graphics to be bland and uninspiring.

If Dungeon based FPS are your thing, and you want a different challenges to what you are used to, then I am sure you will enjoy this game. Personally I come to any game as a newbie, I look at the game as if I have never played this type of game before, and I decide how much it grabs me, and unfortunately this game to me is lacking.

I score BPM: Bullets Per Minute a 6/10

Review By Jon Donnis

BPM: Bullets Per Minute it out now on Steam for PC, with Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions following later.

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