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Bleed 2's shot-parrying platforming coming to February

I adore a good parry/counterattack combo. Perhaps it’s from careful Black Knight duels in Dark Souls, or maybe absurd fights with robotic dinosaurs in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, but I adore actively turning enemies’ attacks against them. So aah sure, go on, I’ll peek at upcoming arcade shoot-o-jumper Bleed 2 [official site] now I’ve heard it’s got neat-o parries. Creator Ian Campbell today announced it’ll launch on February 8th so here, let’s coo at a trailer:

Yeah, I reckon I’m up for that. I’ve not played the first Bleed but I see now it has a demo so I’ll have a pop at that when I get time. Reviews on Steam look mighty positive too.

Anyway! As for Bleed 2, let’s recap. It’s a twin-stick shoot-o-platformer with an alien-busting hero who can air-dodge, slow time, and parry certain attacks (the purple ones). Knocking those shots back looks a lark in the trailer. The other player in its two-player co-op can knock back the other (yellow) shots and all. All of this sounds great.

As does the sound! It’s got noises by Joonas Turner, who made bleepybloops for Vlambeer’s Nuclear Throne, and tunes from Jukio Kallio, a musician who’s also worked on Nuclear Throne and Luftrausers.

Bleed 2 is coming February 8th to Windows, Mac, and Linux via Steam and Humble, priced at $9.99.

[Disclosure: Jukio Kallio has performed at Wild Rumpus events.]

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