The rail-shooter game genre, which came to fame in the arcades, will soon find a home on the next-gen consoles as well. Focus Home Interactive has announced it’s working on a new PS4 rail shooter and Xbox One rail shooter based on the Blue Estate comics.
The Blue Estate game is billed as a “darkly funny rail shooter” based on the Blue Estate comic books from Viktor Kalvachev. Gamers play as Tony Luciano, the homicidal maniac son of LA crime boss Don Luciano, and Clarence, a broke ex-navy SEAL hired to clean up Tony’s mess. While Tony wages war with the Sik gang to get back his kidnapped “Helen of Troy,” Clarence has to try to end that war against increasing odds.
All that rail-shooting action and slick wit takes place in a technicolor mob world.
Blue Estate won’t be a simple 2D shooter like the rail shooters from arcades of yore. Gone are the days of light guns, as the game has been designed specifically for Kinect for Xbox One and the gyroscopic PlayStation 4 controller.
Focus Home Interactive says the Blue Estate motion controls offers a “smoothness” not previously seen in a rail shooter. It also affords an intuitive control system, as more than just the gunshots can be picked-up by the Kinect on Xbox One and PS4 controller’s motion control capabilities.
Players will encounter some pretty absurd enemies such as scar-covered champions, Tony’s own hair and Chihuahuas that are too happy to see you. Death by leg humping sounds pretty funny, to be honest.
Players have a series of primary and secondary weapons to help make their way through the hilariously perilous missions. Each main stage will conclude with a big boss battle. But sometimes firepower isn’t enough, so think before shooting and use cover to prepare your strategy, reload often, and try not to get turned into grated cheese.
A killing spree is always better when shared, especially in rail shooters. Fortunately, Blue Estate offers a same-screen cooperative mode for a second player. In this cooperative mode, every headshot counts so players can compete to show who’s the best trigger in the house.
Here’s the first trailer for Blue Estate: