Review: Bow to Blood: Last Captain Standing (PlayStation 4)

Become a Captain! Fly your ship and command your crew as you compete to become Champion in a winner-takes-all reality show. Build relationships and plot betrayals to avoid getting voted off the season and become the last captain standing. Optional VR support.

Pros:

  • Cool cell shaded graphics.
  • 2.55gb download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Game show presentation.
  • PSVR support.
  • Roguelike gameplay.
  • Opening the training event.
  • Game show presentation.
  • FPS view.
  • Plays out as a tournament with 7 events.
  • Arena based combat, you are free to roam and do as you please. You do get game types like designated targets or warp key collecting.
  • You play as a Captain of your ship and have to command your team.
  • Assign crew to areas of the ship to enable abilities like a shield, scanners, guns, etc.
  • Randomized characters and level layouts.
  • Earn sponsorships as you play for unique ship upgrades and abilities.
  • Best played in VR.
  • Captains quarters-between rounds you can admire unlock trophies/avatars.
  • Can see your crew moving around.
  • Interact with other captains that you can hate/team up with.
  • Pistol-as captain you have to use your gun to take out close quarters enemies. Plays out as a shooting gallery type game.
  • Clear hud and ship controls.

Cons:

  • Slow pace.
  • A lot to take in.
  • Slow controls.
  • Slow action.
  • Never feel like you know what’s going on.
  • Feels awkward and odd when outside of VR.

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
7.8/10

Summary

Bow to Blood: Last Captain Standing is a roguelike ship battle game. Originally it came out as a VR title and it shows clearly. Luckily the PlayStation 4 version does still support the VR so that’s cool. Anyway, Bow to blood is an alright game whereby you command a ship crew and assigning them to positions will determine what your ship can do. Think shields and guns and you are there. Its relatively easy to quickly assign crew members, turning the ship and adjusting the speed is all easy but it’s so slow and cumbersome. You have an obscured view of the screen, lock on is very light meaning combat can get fiddly and annoying. Seriously though, playing in VR is definitely the way forward as it fixes the whole view thing and makes it easier to track enemies and survey things. Outside of VR it just feels slow, messy and just infuriates me more than entertain me. It infuriates me more because I love the idea of one-run tournaments and making alliances and vendettas against other players but I cannot get over the slow pace and the combat.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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