Developed By: Rogueside Published By: ININ Games Categories: Shooter, Platformer Release Date: 10.20.22
Let’s get this out of the way. I don’t know the first thing about Warhammer or 40K. I am familiar with it, the tabletop, and plethora of videogames based off of it. But otherwise I’m very ignorant to this. So why did I want to play Shootas, Blood, and Teef? Orcs funny uhuhuhuh. And very much British.
Warhammer 40K: Shootas, Blood, and Teef has got me hooked even before you get into the gameplay. There’s wars on the land of Humies, the Emperium. You’re on your way to cause hell, but your fellow Orc takes your hat. See, this isn’t going to work. Now you need to take on everyone! All of this presented in a nice animated cutscenes, of which we see plenty during the story.
Shootas, Blood, and Teef is a twin stick side scrolling shooter. One that includes four player simultaneous play. Regardless of if you play alone or with friends, this is one hell of a chaotic experience. The title is honestly pretty accurate. There’s bullets and blood flying everywhere, with heavy metal as our background music. Which really sets the mood for all of the mayhem caused by either the war going on. Or you just shooting everything. As a matter of fact, if you see both Emperium and Orcs in a stage, you could just sit back for a bit, they’ll kill each other. Or if you want, shoot both and then have everyone trying to turn you into giblets.
It’s hard for me to say if I much like the actual gameplay loop. The game controls well enough, with your shoulder buttons doing most of the work for jumping, shooting, grenades, etc… My issue comes with the fidgety feeling of how aiming and shooting can be. Especially with how chaotic the game is. It leads to a lot of missed shots. At the very least, ammo is infinite, you just need to mind reload speeds. Another issue is that there’s a bit of bullet spongery going on, especially with bosses. I can’t exactly say the game is too challenging though. Throughout levels and boss fights, you’ll see little red robots. GRAB THOSE. They heal you. You’ll always see them just when you need them, always a treat.
You wouldn’t quite know at first, but boyyyy howdy does Shootas, Blood, and Teef have a lot of customization. Let’s start with your clan, color coding you . Bad Moon being what I had, which is yellow. You’ll find some Teef in levels, with your valuable resource, you can use it to get more guns or here’s one for the TF2 fans out there…hats! The guns are out in their style class like pistols, shotgun, rocket launcher, etc…but are all incredibly different. Go for that Shotgun that shouts of little lasers in a spread that bounce around and burn everything. With more players playing, having this kinda way to make a run your way is great. Everyone can be unique.
I didn’t mention your choice classes, did I? From Beast Snagga Boy to Flashgit, to my favorite Weirdboy. Each will grant you a unique grenade and special move. Weirdboy gives you a nice stunning melee attack, while Stormboy gives you some flamable dashes.
Presentation is great, I mentioned that earlier. Might be more a tastes thing, but the silly, war torn, metal vibe fits great and I love it. This is a silly game that doesn’t take itself serious. I like the 2D art for sprites look too. Helps match the cutscenes.
I need to find a big issue right? Load times, particularly the first one when playing a first session after opening the game can be LONG. Not exactly sure why, as it’s a huge load time to much shorter ones and you don’t just jump into gameplay.
If you like 40K, and don’t exactly take it absurdly serious like some fans online, this’ll be a fun little game to play with friends. Making such a chaotic game even more of a mess is a blast. Also WAUGHHHHHHHB. Also, also, Strictly Limited/Games Rocket has a rad collectors edition.
Buy Now: $19.99 Digital – $34.99 Physical (Standard) – $65.99 (Collectors)
*Game Download Code graciously provided for the purpose of review