Blue Estate Review
Blue Estate was a game that I was very excited about when I first heard about it. A Duke Nukem style rail shooter. Ultra violent, some over the top jokes and graphics that look really nice. I was even excited about the anti-hero Tony Luciano, who is the first person that you get to play as. The game is based off of the Image Comics series, which is a gritty crime comic based in Los Angeles. For those unfamiliar with the comic (as I was, did some research) the story is still easy to understand. Tony is the son of a Don in LA and his favorite stripper has been kidnapped by a rival gang, seriously you don’t need to know much more than that. The second character that you get to play as is a guy named Clarence. He is hired to put a stop to Tony’s rampage. Now that you know the story, lets get into the meat and potatoes of this game. With the DualShock4 controller this game is not even playable. Every 15 seconds or so you will need to recalibrate with the D-Pad in order for your PS4 to know where your reticle should be. This game is fast paced making this issue a complete deal breaker for me. Your hair will also fall in front of you face from time to time and you will need to swipe up on the touch pad to get it out of you vision. Blocking you vision is one thing, the real problem is that you cant even shoot while it is down, it makes no sense. You are being attacked consistently and your hair is your biggest enemy. I’m sorry to all that read this and don’t have a PS4 camera. I honestly cant even review this game with the DualShock 4. Fortunately I bought a camera a couple of days later (an unrelated purchase) and gave this game another shot, and let me tell you it is night and day. The reticule is rarely off target, shooting is automatic and wiping your annoying hair out of the way is not even an issue. All you have to do to reload is point your finger down towards the ground and you begin to reload. Now the game is not only playable but very enjoyable. Combination kills add a bit to the game play as you try and get as many as possible. While the jokes and the story fall a little flat I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised with what I got out of the game after the camera was hooked up. For those without the PS4 camera I wouldn’t recommend even looking this game’s way, I also wouldn’t recommend buying a camera for the purpose of playing it. However, if you happen to have one it is worth the money and the time. PSN also likes to throw around random discounts from time to time so if you happen to see Blue Estate for a bargain, buy it without worry. I give Blue Estate for the PS4 a 6/10.