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#BLUD Review

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Blud is an awesome game, with some flaws. The story is cool and the artwork is top-notch. However, as an achievement hunter, the game is quite a nightmare and the combat might benefit from some tweaking.


Approximate amount of time to 100%: 20h
Estimated achievement difficulty: 3/10
Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 1
Is there a good guide available: Not yet a full guide, but this topic list a lot of the information needed.
Multiplayer achievements: No
Missable achievements: YES, a lot of achievements are missable
Grinding Achievements: No
DLC-Only achievements: No
Speedrun achievements: No
Time-gated achievements: No
RNG-achievements: No
Does difficulty affect achievements: No difficulty option
Unobtainable/glitched achievements: No

#BLUD is awesome. The artwork and humor are great and remind me so much of the old cartoons like Dexter and The Power Puff Girls. I did enjoy the story a lot. You play as this young girl who just moved and this is your first day at school. However, you’re not a normal girl and this little town isn’t a normal town… I found it nice how you being new fitted the gameplay where you at first also don’t know your way around.

For me, the highlight of this game is how different the boss fights are. In some, you’ll walk and dodge around and hit the boss with your hockey stick, but in others, you are on vehicles and fight them in a different way. Sometimes it took a bit of trial and error to figure out how to damage a boss. Most of the time when I struggled at the start was in fights where you couldn’t use brute force, but had to defend for a little to create an opening to attack. That is all on me, I’m more the kind of girl who keeps attacking in games and doesn’t defend.

Sadly combat is one of the more raw edges of #Blud. It felt clumsy and challenging, but not in the way that you expect. Your roll doesn’t have any invisibility frames, so you can still get hit when rolling away. Also during your finisher move you can still get hit, as the enemies will keep going while you show off an awesome move for a second or so. Maybe even harder is that when you get hit your character is stunned for a second or so, but again the enemies still can hit you.. that means that if you’re surrounded by enemies there is a high chance that they keep hitting you while you don’t have a way out. I got better in combat just by playing more and getting used to it, but this takes some time to get adjusted to. I did enjoy how the different enemies need different attacks to get killed, but that can also be overly complicated when dealing with different enemies at the same time. And let’s not talk about the last phase of the last boss, that was so frustrating that I almost quit, but I didn’t want to give up at the end.

I want to highlight how important it is to start looking for the health upgrades as soon as you can because the combat is so challenging that you won’t stay at 5 hearts if you don’t have to and I think that the later bosses are a real nightmare if you don’t get those health upgrades. Check out the topic linked above to know where to find them.

About the achievements in #BLUD, I don’t think I recommend hunting them down at all. I expected missable achievements when starting this game on the release day, but there were no guides yet. There are achievements for taking a photo of every person but also every enemy. So I started with the first hour not going to my objective but trying to find everybody in all the other locations in the hopes of not missing out on somebody but in the end, I still did miss out on people. This first hour was boring because you don’t interact with the story at all this way and you get too much of the same humor all at once which makes it less funny also. so I don’t recommend doing this at all. And while I did do my best to get everything, there were so many achievements I still missed some things in the end without a way to still get them. So in order to get all the achievements, you really have to work with checklists or a guide that tells you step by step what to do and in which way to not miss out on a single item, which sucks out all the fun of playing a game. So just don’t try to complete #BLUD and maybe only try to go for them in a second playthrough if you really did enjoy the game.

I give #BLUD 3 out of 5 stars.

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This review for #BLUD was written on 25 June 2024, based on the current Steam version of the game which has 43 achievements at the time of writing this review. This information can be outdated, for example, when the developer adds or removes achievements or releases (new) DLC.

The key for this game was provided by Humble Games.

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