Add another indie game to the list. This time its Deadbolt - a 2d stealthy/hotline miami mashup. You play as a reaper who cleans up the criminal (undead) underworld on behalf of his mysterious employer; the candles.
What starts off as simply killing zombie gangbangers quickly escalates when a mysterious drug called ash appears on the scene. Things spiral out of control and soon you're sent to clean house destroying drug stashes, cleansing hideout/strongholds and good old espionage to uncover info on your next lead for the truth. Players will be pitted against the vampire mobsters of the 1000 yr royals, the highly trained dredged (skeletons with a passion for military weapons) and even the (yakuza-eque) demons who for some reason have gone behind their demonic leader to do a job on the side for the dredged....
Needlessly to say i'm a big fan of the lore. What tidbits of it lore is great and its filled with sadness and irony.
Gameplay wise its standard fare but its well done and very playable as you can take a stealthy approach hiding in the shadows and using melee weapons for the job or you could go in guns blazing and hope for the best. Knowing when to employ sneaky tactics and when to go all out will serve you well.
There's some pretty varied gameplay, enemy types and you get tasked a variety of jobs and scenarios. Sure you might be tasked to investigate a nightclub, but soon you realize its an ambush and the 1000yr royals have sent their vampire wetwork squad to take you out. Another you're tasked to kill the dredge's chief engineer and discover what they're building. The only problem is that the paranoid nutjob has bobby trapped his entire home and you have to navigate through it all to get to him....
Another highlight is the soundtrack, the guy who did the risk of rain OST also did deadbolts and its a varied mix. Highlight being the rock music when you fight the devils.
I do have a few niggles with the game, its not 100% perfect gameplay wise the main one being over lapping item hell. Want to escape in a vent but instead of getting in, you pick up a weapon and its too late. Secondly, collecting tapes is a chore as enemies give you a chance to drop tapes. So it might take multi plays to get the tape finally. thirdly, don't bother trying to buy all the weapons; you don't have enough souls to buy every item. To be fair, you don't need to, but make a wrong move and you might be in trouble. and makes your life that bit harder.
The game didn't take me too long to beat, just clocking in 6 hours but i didn't collect all the goodies didn't bother to 5 star all the maps or unlock all the achievements. Whether you want to play the game again on hardmode to unlock the final hidden tape is up to you. But to its credit, there are mod tools and custom maps to play so if you need more deadbolt, you can have it.
So would i recommend it? For the price i got it for i say it was worth it.