And here my long answer: I have read a lot of reviews, I have seen a lot of YouTube videos that reviewed the game. I am also aware of the review of Gamespot who gave it a 2 of 10 and also IGN Romania who gave it a 9 of 10 refering to it as "amazing".
So what's the truth and why the discrepancy?
Well, first of all, it's interesting to see different standpoints of the reviewer. While IGN Romania explains he started out with the SNES and was always a fan boy of Duke Nukem and he loves Shelly being like him and the game really action packed and adventurous while the GameSpot reviewer mainly focuses on dull story writing, bugs and glitches, etc.
Even if you look at Steam reviews and youtube reviews, most negative ones rely on press previews. I honestly bought the game 1 day after release and after the 1st day patch that was automatically applied, I found no show stopper bugs that would crash my game during playing.
In contrast to other "The Crew Wild Run" who crashed on me constantly. I wrote UbiSoft this and now 3 weeks later, I still got no statement from Ubi Support. Too bad. They released a patch a few days ago which makes the game more stable, let's hope it won't suddenly crash again.
Having seen a lot of Previews, videos and such I was well aware what kind of a game I would expect. A Diablo with way less RPG (I really don't like RPGs) and more action and bad-ass attitude.
It's surely a good game, and I didn't feel bored or something at all and it's one of such games I am playing regularly at the moment. It's also to turn out, press didn't like the unbalanced difficulty but personally I have had no problems with that. I am an vintage game player, and I generally suck at them (except racing games and some adventure games, yes and I have played through the relatively easy Star Fox 2 on the SNES recently :) ) but what everybody forgets, I am used to old games from the C64, NES or from the arcades being rock bottom hard!
Also, some may wonder, but yes I actually buy every game I play. We receive steam codes now and then for review, but personally I prefer owning the paid boxed version (if available) :)
So ergo, the game is really cool, if you take into account that it isn't what some of you had expected. But the previews may it be playable or not where pretty much showing what you could expect from the final product. I am not disappointed at all and for me on Day 2 it had no show stopper unlike The Crew Wild Run and Batman Arkham Knight, which took me 6 months until I could start the game and another month till the graphic glitches were fully removed!
Here is our latest interview with 3D Realms and we are talking a lot about Bombshell as well:
So feel free to purchase the game, it's really worth it! And I think best bet for 3D Realms would be focusing with that game on the retro magazines. Maybe those reviewers - just like IGN Romania - will more likely find what they were looking for in a kick-ass action game
Bombshell on Steam
Bombshell on GOG
Q & A with 3D Realm on GOG
GOGCast#5 with 3D Realms
Our podcast episode with 3D Realms