Focus Home Interactive
Blue Estate is a game about where Smurfs live.
OK then, it’s about an azure station wagon.
Oh alright, it’s about a racehorse.
The titular Blue Estate is a racehorse at the centre of this
comedy-tinged, noir-soaked on-rails shooter, vaguely akin to
Time Crisis or
The House of the Dead.
But funnier, and more noiristic. Kinda like The Big Lebowski,
but lots dumber.
At this juncture you’re likely either
wondering how you control it, or thinking, “Shit, analog stick
crosshairs” or “Damn, wish I’d picked up that Move for $10 when I
saw it”. But neither are relevant. Instead, control comes via the
clever little gyrocopter doohickeys flying about inside your
DualShock 4. You just waggle it in the air pointing where you want
While Blue Estate, based on a series of
grownup comics of the same name by Viktor Kalvachev, is a blast both
literally and figuratively, and chock-full of cheekiness that could
have anybody from the North Koreans to Colonel Sanders’ ghost
declaring war upon those responsible, it’s that control method
that’s at first intriguing, but soon becomes a bit of a bane. No,
not the Batman type.
You see, its calibration wanders.
Wildly. You can tap L1 or up to recalibrate on-the-fly (poor Louie)
– and you’ll get into the habit of doing it almost constantly - but
it can distract when you’ve a roomful of fuckers aiming for your
head and you’re frantically reloading whichever weapon you’ve
currently engaged. Options for analog or Move control should have
been included. Really.
Bits requiring touchpad swipes –
including floppy hair and Chuhuahua soccer - also sidetrack.
Still, any determined fan of this gloriously mindless genre should
find much to love regardless, especially if you’re not offended by
If you are then you’ll end up blue.