Mother Russia Bleeds Is Hotline Miami Meets Beats Final Fight

By Nathan Grayson on May 6th, 2014 at 8:00 am.

Looks like, um, quite the establishment

I’m not sure if Mother Russia Bleeds will set the world on fire, but it sure looks cool. It’s a beat-’em-up that I can verify with utmost certainty contains Russia and sloshing, spattering gallons of blood. Maybe there are mothers as well, but I can’t say for sure just yet. What I do know is that this one looks stylish as all get-out and violent as all something else, because they already used up every last drop of get-out on the style. The Hotline Miami influence is pretty overt, what with all the drug usage, psychedelic imagery, and adoration of the color pink. Impressive (and frighteningly violent) trailer below.

The aesthetic and musical stylings definitely have Hotline Miami’s DNA coursing through their veins, but the game itself is an entirely different animal, a modern take on the likes of Final Fight and Streets of Rage.

“Mother Russia Bleeds is an unrelenting, ultra-violent Beat ‘Em Up, brimming with hard-hitting action and game altering psychedelic twists. The game will be playable by up to 4 players.Feelings of anxiety and unease are evoked by a soundscape that dynamically adjusts to match the gameplay, further immersing the player in the final death throes of the USSR.”

“Set in an alternate 1980s USSR, the story focuses on an imprisoned antihero with a crippling drug addiction as he breaks free and barrels down a journey of hate-filled vengeance.”

Developer The Cartel’s goal is to breathe life back into old-school beat-’em-ups, focusing on their flair for surprises and amping up the violence to a degree more befitting of our hardened modern minds.

They certainly seem to be on the right track, at least. It’ll be interesting to see if there’s a deeper point to all the drugs and ultra-murder, but I doubt we’ll be able to tell that until we can play the full game. The setting seems ripe for historical intrigue, though, so we shall see.

Mother Russia Bleeds will be out sometime next year. Will your wallet bleed for it?

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42 Comments »

  1. LionsPhil says:

    Looks at the background of that screenshot

    Come on RPS, it’s a work day. Beneath the fold, please.

    • swimming anime says:

      Between this article, Porpy’s weekly trans vore blog, s.exe, and the unrelenting stream of steaming hot nude teen strategy spaceships RPS has become quite the den of iniquity. Best to avoid when prying eyes might see.

      • tormos says:

        PORNOGRAPHY IN MY RPS?

      • tormos says:

        but actually boo on you for equating trans to a fetish

        • LordValiant says:

          In what way is he equating trans to a fetish?

          • pepperfez says:

            Yeah, I think he’s just (jokingly? “steaming hot nude teen strategy spaceships”?) lumping together all having-to-do-with-sex things about which onlookers might comment disparagingly. Might as well take a charitable reading where it’s possible.

        • swimming anime says:

          def joking although porp’s… particular… interests do shine through at times in the LFPH selection. that said I do wonder what all the bus drivers and asteroid miners and dota tweens (and/or their bosses) think when they “accidentally” click some twine game about teen girl werewolf slaves raping each other to death inside of a bdsm spaceship that is slowly digesting you. That’s all par for the course for my chrome history, however

      • Vodka, Crisps, Plutonium says:

        Man, I didn’t even noticed, until you, guys, have pointed that out.
        But seriously, is that okay to watch giant pixelated nosebleed puddles, but the tiny bits of fleshout – not so much?

        Come on, RPS commenter, I know you are better than this.

        • Phasma Felis says:

          Now, I personally don’t care either way, because I am fortunate/cunning enough to have a work desk with my back to a wall.

          But, sigh, it looks like it’s time for the NSFW argument again, so let’s just fast-forward it, shall we?

          A: I’d appreciate a NSFW warning on that.
          B: You Americans, such prudes! A little flesh won’t hurt you!
          A: It’s not about what I think. It’s about what my boss thinks. If he/she isn’t as enlightened as you, I could be out of a job.
          B: Well, you shouldn’t be websurfing at work anyway!
          A: Even in America we still have breaks. Or maybe my code’s compiling. Or I’m too frustrated to see a problem clearly and I need to step back and relax a little. Or I just completed a tricky project and I’m rewarding myself with a little leisure. Knowledge work isn’t like breaking rocks in a quarry.
          B: I’m going to ignore everything you just said and go back to calling you a prude.
          A: Whatever.

          • Vodka, Crisps, Plutonium says:

            Oh, I’m completely all for disclaimers and notifications to warn a person, what awaits them next door. Just no need to restrict the questionable topic completely from discussion or give a lesson to journalist on what topics should they cover or not (that goes to the comment I replied earlier)

            p.s. But I must notice particularly in this article your boss must have in possession an eagle eye to notice the half-dozen of pixelated junk with a.. top-hat on it?
            Dear Lord.

  2. Capt. Eduardo del Mango says:

    Could be entertaining, and worth a purchase if the price is low enough. The game mechanics themselves look almost identical to Streets of Rage to me.

    • El_Emmental says:

      Aye, got a good vibe of Street of Rage with the art design and moves, and the whole background scene.

      Let’s just hope the composer will not screw it up, Yuzo Koshiro’s OST is a real masterpiece (linky: http://youtu.be/kfCw4tx5AME – nothing compares to “Beatnik on the Ship” when it comes to getting you ready for a fight).

  3. altum videtur says:

    So nobody noticed that there’s a comma in there somewhere and the actual title is Motther Russia Bleed’s?

    • Philomelle says:

      Probably because there isn’t a comma. I assume you’re referring to the black spots on the S, but those are simply there to make the title look like it was written on the wall of a filthy Russian subway.

  4. Themadcow says:

    Pfff… Streets of Rage? That video is pure Target: Renegade which predated Streets of Rage by 3 years.

    Bloody kids, get off my lawn!

    • El_Emmental says:

      That’s actually… pretty accurate. I just watched some footage of Target: Renegade, it has guns and finishing enemies while they’re lying on the ground (unlike SoR).

      I guess MRB will be a ‘Target: Renegade meets Streets of Rage meets Hotline Miami’.

      • Themadcow says:

        Yeah, and for what it’s worth Target: Renegade was probably one of the finest beat-em-up’s of it’s era but somewhat ignored because it didn’t have the arcade heritage of Double Dragon / Bad Dudes or the mass console market of Final Fight / SoR.

        The attacks, weapons, finishing moves, locations… massively similar to Target Renegade in this example.

    • shyguy badman says:

      Target Renegade only predated final Fight by one year and Final fight was infinitely better, probably due to being a fully fledged arcade machine rather than a console game…. Target Renegade looks as bad as Double Dragon…Double Dragon was always a terrible game…clunky as hell. Final Fight was and still is pretty epic….and then Capcom continued that excellence by giving us Streets of Rage and SoR 2 as a dedicated console side scrolling beat em up….Probably the finest examples of side scrolling beat em ups from the 90s.

      Anyway this game looks shit… old hat… move on….terribad
      They have a LOT of work to do…if they even want to make it good by 90s standards

      • Themadcow says:

        Infinitely better? Well, I’m not sure how that slipped me by then. I really should have realised that having an arcade heritige would make Final Fight so much better than a (computer, not console apart from a bad NES port) game that received scores like 9/10 (Your sinclair), 10/10 (Sinclair user) and 90% (Crash). Also, just predating Final Fight by merely 1 year and early indications showing it being far more akin to Target:Renegade than Final Fight totally invalidate my comments.

        Incidentally, Final Fight was a very decent game. That line wasn’t sarcasm btw.

        It’s also worth pointing out to you (as you clearly need educating in the history of gaming) that Double Dragon was probably one of the best side scrolling beat-em-ups around in 1987. Obviously the genre saw great improvements in the following years but describing it as clunky displays a woeful lack of perspective on the era. It’s like describing Operation Wolf as clunky compared to Time Crisis.

        • shyguy badman says:

          Well these are all very subjective opinions here….

          I didn’t mean to get your ruffles up! You are probably 1 or 2 yrs older than me (I am spawn of 1980) and actually lived through the first releases of the games and so have fonder memories. I prob played them retrospectively and spat on them with disgust ;)

          Arcade heritage hasn’t really much to do with it…. the very fact it was an arcade machine meant it had many less limitations compared with console games…. It could have dedicated video and sound hardware for example rather than having to use off the shelf components included in consoles.

          I never trust game reviews…. I have seen some awful games get extremely high ratings….

          To say Double Dragon was the best beat em up of 1987 is like saying World War 2 was the best war between 1939 and 1945…. There wasn’t much else happening…. Double Dragon was pretty much the first beat em up in its category. It was also a successor to Renegade…and prob a predecessor to Target Renegade.

          I would suggest Time Crisis IS more clunky than Operation Wolf.

          My real point was that MRB looks distinctly average.

        • shyguy badman says:

          Well these are all very subjective opinions here….

          I didn’t mean to get your ruffles up! You are probably 1 or 2 yrs older than me (I am spawn of 1980) and actually lived through the first releases of the games and so have fonder memories. I prob played them retrospectively and spat on them with disgust ;)

          Arcade heritage hasn’t really much to do with it…. the very fact it was an arcade machine meant it had many less limitations compared with console games…. It could have dedicated video and sound hardware for example rather than having to use off the shelf components included in consoles.

          I never trust game reviews…. I have seen some awful games get extremely high ratings….

          To say Double Dragon was the best beat em up of 1987 is like saying World War 2 was the best war between 1939 and 1945…. There wasn’t much else happening…. Double Dragon was pretty much the first beat em up in its category. It was also a successor to Renegade…and prob a predecessor to Target Renegade.

          I would suggest Time Crisis IS more clunky than Operation Wolf.

          My real point was that MRB looks distinctly average.

      • SoylentPEZ says:

        Arcade HW still edged out PCs and consoles at the time at least in terms of visuals because those things were built to do one thing and do it well. So yeah, Final Fight had a lot of advantages because of that…..pardon me while I wipe a tear for those golden years. The game actually reminds me more of Technos’ Renegade in the arcade (or the huge body of ports it spawned…Target: Renegade being an improvement), but I can see where the SoR comparison comes from at least from the pixel art.

        And Double Dragon clunky? In comparison to later beat ‘em ups, okay. But at the time, Technos’ Double Dragon drank tokens/quarters like nothing else. Two-player co-op (holy crap!), unique final boss fight, weapons and ground attacks…good stuff. Heck, Capcom’s Okamoto played Double Dragon II and felt challenged to one up it giving the world Final Fight.

        Also, Capcom had nothing to do with Streets of Rage… That was Sega all the way. And a great beat ‘em up series that was and still is thanks to the free fan-led remake.

        • shyguy badman says:

          Thank you for putting me straight about SoR…. Damn, Sega did an excellent rip off job on Capcom and Final Fight!

          Arcade HW totally shat on console HW of the time.

          Unfortunately you have to be retrospective about these things. If a game is good, it is good. If it was good and is now bad then…hey ho…. This doesn’t mean it should spoil those beautiful memories…. you just have to be realistic.

          I have to admit I never played the arcade version of Double Dragon and only the numerous shitty ports…. looking at the online material the coin op version looks seriously better than all the ports ever did.

          Oh …. here is a tissue btw… Don’t hold back those tears :)

  5. The Hairy Bear says:

    I don’t wish to sound negative here but I’m getting a little fed up of games that look like they came straight from my NES. I suppose if it’s very cheap that’s ok but a scrolling beat ‘em up isn’t really exciting me that much, the gameplay doesn’t look particularly new or unique.

  6. rustybroomhandle says:

    Grayson, please stop describing nearly every game as “X meets Y”. My mental image of you is slowly transforming into Les Grossman.

  7. PopeRatzo says:

    Violence and misogyny are OK as long as it’s lo-res.

  8. Felixader says:

    I …. idon’t know if i should type that here.
    They should probably be aware, at least a bit, of current events when making a trailer that concentrates solely on the scenes of a russian guy killing dudes in what is obviously a gay club…. perhabs… at least a little?

    I am NOT saying that they have a specific agenda or anything JUST that they should be aware of what is going on.

    • swimming anime says:

      Maybe not the most elegant way of discussing it but having a gay club run by the mafia and full of communist soldiers (i.e. the most conservative elements of society and those generally the most anti-gay) does point some kind of finger at the hypocrisy of those conservative elements…

    • deadly.by.design says:

      Probably just trying to be “edgy.”

    • El_Emmental says:

      Well, there’s also the idea that gay people have the right to kill each others, and be killed, and be villains… It’s like female characters not being stuck into damsel-in-distress roles, and being able to be good/evil people (without the femme fatale/she-devil bullshit cliche over again, just simply evil).

      Also: Russia, where no one is gay, like totally no homo.

    • Phasma Felis says:

      Hmm. It didn’t trip my sensors at all, actually. Maybe because the protagonist appears to be only beating up bouncers a and paramilitary dudes and leaving the patrons alone.

      There’s probably a good argument to be made that using “gay sex club” as visual shorthand for “decadent and depraved” is tiresome; but I think you’d get the same image with “straight sex club,” really, and Swimming Anime has a good point about using it to illuminate the hypocrisy of conservative power structures.

      (It’s so refreshing that I can write a post like this here and probably no more than one or two people will call me a fag)

  9. Frank says:

    “modern take on the likes of Final Fight and Streets of Rage.”

    Impossible. That’s like saying “a modern take on Pong”. That genre is hopelessly archaic.

    • pepperfez says:

      I…can’t figure out if this is sarcasm or an invitation to give up the last of my hope for humanity.

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  11. Vodka, Crisps, Plutonium says:

    Can’t wait for russian government/vocal ‘majority’ react to this title with ballistic outburst of “who will think of the children!?” rage or something.

  12. The Random One says:

    This looks interesting, and also reminds me that Treachery in Beatdown City is so close to being funded, you guys.

  13. fuggles says:

    The genre had a brief revival, which was great as it is one of my favourites – alas PC Gamers never got the fantastic Scott Pilgrim for no good reason even if we did finally get Double Dragon Neon (which is great). The genre for me peaked with Streets of Rage Remake (or Sorrv5.zip to is friends) which is the fanmade Sor that combines all 3 games and adds every piece of lost content and adds a whole load more. SoR has such an elegant complexity to the combat which is not matched by things such as golden axe or double dragon or even final fight.