The little-known FPS title Bedlam: The Game by Christopher Brookmyre has found some attention on consoles today through its release on PS4.
The brainchild between UK studio RedBedlam and well-known author Christopher Brookmyre, Bedlam originally found a decent bit of popularity upon its original launch on Steam’s Early Access program back in August of 2014 for its rather unique atmosphere. It takes its ideas from Brookmyre’s novel of the same name released in early 2013, whereupon scientist Ross Baker (also known as Bedlam) gets involved in the creation of a brain scanning device and ends up trapped in a fast-paced shooter from his youth entitled Starfire. He is forced to fight his way through that and many other game worlds in order to determine what went wrong with his invention and how to escape and return home.
It was a clever novel, and Brookmyre turned to RedBedlam in order to create a video game adaptation that he would write. After a little over a year on Early Access the game has finally found a full release on both PC and the PS4. Spanning the entirety of gaming culture since the late 1980s, the player is tasked with progressing through many major game genres from a first-person perspective, from DOOM-style FPS games to RTS, shmups, and even a bizarre first-person version of a Pac-Man maze. While the Early Access version has found some criticisms for some technical errors and some poor voice acting, it has been praised for its unique form of storytelling, strong writing, and unique characters, along with fun and fast-paced gameplay tying the game together.
Bedlam: The Game by Christopher Brookmyre released today on Steam for $16.99 and on PS4 for $19.99. Give it a try if you’re a fan of the fast-paced gunplay made popular in the 90s. It’s chock full of strange humor and disturbing imagery.