Review – BDSM: Big Drunk Satanic Massacre

I have to admit, I may have underestimated what BDSM: Big Drunk Satanic Massacre (from here on called BDSM) was shooting for while I was scoping it out on Steam. I did have it on my Steam wish list for about a year, so I was fairly interested in the title. However, I must not have done enough research because I thought I was getting what was mostly a solid isometric twin-stick shooter with a sexual satirical twist to it. Which is essentially what I got, but with a bit more sex than anticipated. I’m no prude and I don’t mind a game going the full sex route as long as the gameplay is still solid. Does BDSM find that motion of the ocean or does it shrivel up under the pressure?

In BDSM you play as Lou, son of the Devil himself. The game takes place in Hell, which has been taken over by a corporation named “Big Wac”; lead by Big Wac himself, the clown. His goal is to get everyone fat and complacent, but what makes this act inexcusable in Hell is that he is grinding up Demons to make the food. BDSM takes you through various levels that range from a Red Light District to a skeletal slum to save the hottest Demoness that was taken by Big Wac. Fueled by booze and horniness, and no I don’t mean the horns on his head, Lou must fight through four different chapters to save his dream mistress.

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The edited version introduces even more pop culture referrences, if you feel you didn’t get enough from the full version.

I’ll just be upfront here and say that if you’re playing the edited version of BDSM on PC or console, then you’re getting the worst version. If you’re uncomfortable with sex, then you probably shouldn’t bother playing this at all. Because even the edited version still has plenty of lewd and crude things. Regardless if it’s edited, it’s still not “Safe for Work”, so you may as well get the game the developers intended. In the case of this review, however, I will show images from the edited version, but my score and review will reflect its full version.

From the very first cutscene, BDSM sets its tone with how much its going to lean on pop culture icons and jokes, and this is even more prevalent in the edited version. BDSM is filled to the brim with pop culture jokes and references to the point where it gets a bit tiring. The shock factor and constant references is cute and cheeky at first, but after the hundredth joke within the first thirty minutes, it gets a bit old. It also doesn’t help that some of these feel a bit forced, as if the studio team had a competition to see who could cram the most in. And I wish that sentence was referring to sexual acts.

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I guess I need to bang my gun to get an upgrade?

Unfortunately, the sexual activities are very limited in the edited version and don’t even get that ridiculous in the full version. The edited version is essentially a couple of boob and other sexual references like a three breasted statue, and an upgrade minigame that has you basically bang your weapon to upgrade it. In the full version you need to bang the succubus that then will upgrade your weapon, but I guess stroking your gun until it levels up works also. But even in the full version you don’t even really bang the succubus. The minigame comes up with a topless card of her and you need to alternate pressing “W” and “E” following “Faster” and “Slower” prompts until you get the meter to the top. There are some moaning sound effects, which makes it even more awkward in the edited version where the succubus is replaced with your gun.

Besides disappointing minigames, BDSM does offer somewhat competent top-down isometric twin stick shooting gameplay. This is the main portion of the game, and like the sex, never reaches its climax. It feels mostly all together, but lacks a satisfying punch. There are some light RPG mechanics where you can buy perks and upgrades, as well as banging succubus for main attribute upgrades. There are also a decent amount of weapons that each have alternate firing options and all of them can be upgraded. You essentially just get flooded from one kill room to the next, which usually has you kill all enemies or headbutt the three breasted statues to continue.

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From the UI to the particle effects to the blurred edges that are always present; it’s sometimes hard to tell what’s going on.

I think what lets me down the most, also has somewhat to do with the visual design also. The bosses and enemies aren’t very interesting outside of a small handful that get a chuckle. Boss fights are usually a cluster of visual effects from stage traps and enemy fire that you can easily get lost in or not know what’s hitting you due to all the particle effects. That isn’t exactly a negative, as they are nice looking as are the gore chunks, but the general enemy design is lacking. The levels, however, are nicely detailed besides some lower res items, but I feel they could have been a bit more unique.

There isn’t all that much to the audio besides some very brief lines of dialogue, rock tunes, and combat sounds effects. The soundtrack of rock music does fit nicely with the hectic combat and Hell theme, I just wish there was a larger variety. The various sound effects are also decent, but nothing really stands out. Some weapons sound better than others, and luckily the gore splatter effects do have a nice chunky sound to them. Besides some brief cutscene dialogue and the sex moans, there isn’t really anything to mention about voice acting.

BDSM is a serviceable game that tries to blend in the sexual game genre with actual gameplay, and for the most part it does achieve that. However, it never fully reaches the full quality of either genre and instead offers somewhat of a blue ball experience for players who want more nudity or want a good twin stick shooter. Even for my grade school level of humor, the jokes here feel overwhelming and forced in making it cringey, like a naughty uncle who is trying to relate to a younger YouTube generation.

 

Graphics: 7.0

Levels have a decent amount of details to them, but some objects and environments are a bit low resolution. Character models are not great either, but the gore effects are nice at least.

Gameplay: 6.5

The main portion of BDSM is played as a twin-stick shooter isometric game with some light RPG elements for leveling up. Unfortunately, the gameplay rarely feels satisfying.

Sound: 6.0

There is a decent rock and metal soundtrack that goes nicely with the Hell theme, but various other sound effects fall short.

Fun Factor: 5.0

BDSM never fully reaches a height with either its gameplay or sexual content. Jokes are rapid fire here and heavily lean on pop culture icons, unfortunately, they don’t land well outside of a small handful.

Final Verdict: 6.0

BDSM: Big Drunk Satanic Massacre is available now on PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Switch.

Reviewed on PC at 1440p max settings with an i7-9700k, GTX 2070, and 16gb of RAM.

A copy of BDSM: Big Drunk Satanic Massacre was provided by the publisher.