Reviews for Bulletstorm
Bulletstorm is a dickload of fun.FlamingHobo | Oct. 30, 2013 | See all FlamingHobo's reviews »
During the past few years the FPS market has been dominated by one juggernaut franchise, Call of Duty. Ever since Infinity Ward released Call of Duty 4 back in 2007, the franchise has grown to be the biggest selling entertainment franchise of all time and widely acclaimed by players and critics worldwide. This lightning in a bottle that is Call of Duty’s success has been sought after by many a developer, some outright attempting to emulate it in their own games. People Can Fly however have no interest in making their own version of Call of Duty and instead stick up a massive middle finger in the direction of the franchise. Whilst this middle finger was prominent in the mini-demo released to promote Bulletstorm -‘Duty Calls’ a satire on the Call of Duty franchise- it is also prominent within Bulletstorm itself.
Bulletstorm places you in the role of Grayson Hunt, former leader of the elite black-ops squad ‘Dead Echo’ turned space pirate, out on a quest for revenge after discovering his boss, General Sarrano, used him and his squad to assassinate innocents, whom Hunt was told were otherwise. After making a less than sober decision to attack Sarrano’s flagship, both ships are left with massive damage and crash on the nearby planet of Stygia. Whilst Hunt’s crew survive the crash the locals are less than hospitable and kill two of his crew members, leaving Hunt and a part-cyborg Ishi, to find a way off world. The story doesn’t deviate too much from the standard revenge-to-redemption template with necessary character development being a little cliché at times but there are enough twists to keep you engaged with the storyline.
Arguably the best part about Bulletstorm is its script. It’s rude, witty, and simple juvenile, but due to its self-aware tone, and balance of genuine wit with over-use of curse words, that the game is able to pull this kind of humour off without coming across as a ‘fungal rimbjob.’ Whilst the game’s script is sold, its voice acting is as well, successfully bringing the script and characters to life. There were many times throughout the game where I would let out a good chuckle due to the absurdity of the conversations between Hunt and the supporting characters, as well as their comments about the situation they were currently in. Whilst this kind of humour probably won’t be for everyone, it made the experience of playing Bulletstorm all the more pleasurable for me.
The main selling-point of Bulletstorm is its frontline mechanic ‘Skillshots.’ The game rewards you for butchering your enemies creatively with ‘Skill Points’ which you can then use to purchase ammo, weapons and upgrades. There are a variety of SkillShots to accomplish, some weapon and/or environment specific, each with their own creative title which all fall in line with Bulletstorm’s tone; Premature, Dino-Sore, Fire In The Hole, to name a few. The weapons which you use to accomplish mass-murder offer a decent amount of variety and all feel satisfying to use. The telekinetic whip which you can also use to assist in your slaughter also has a great feel to it, with a great electric graphical effect to accompany it. The controls for the game also feel tight and responsive, allowing the game to maintain its moderately fast pace without control issues.
The aesthetic design of Bulletstorm seems to have been influenced by Gears of War and Unreal Tournament, which isn’t hard to imagine due to Epic Games’ involvement with the game’s development. However, the way in which the game brilliantly differentiates from the two franchises is by its extensive colour palette. Elysium, the resort on Stygia, is filled with a variety of vibrant colours with many levels straying as far away as possible from the typical grey-browny palette that is seen far too often in games using the Unreal Engine. Bulletstorm maintains this level of quality on the technical side of visuals. However, there were a number of poor textures that were noticeable both up close and afar, and there was also some mild texture pop-in.
In terms of replay value there are two other modes for you to indulge yourself with after finishing the campaign, Echoes and Anarchy. In the Echoes mode you replay through certain sections of the game and attempt to rack up as many Skillpoints as possible in the quickest amount of time in order to gain the highest star rating. Whilst I had fun with Echoes for an hour or so, after finishing each stage and reaching max rating, I see very little point in revisiting the mode. There is also a co-op mode ‘Anarchy’ in which you and up to three other players take on increasing waves of enemies and attempt to reach a certain amount of Skillpoints. Both of these modes feature a leaderboard system for you to compare and compete with friends and other players worldwide. The co-op mode is really fun to play, with some unique team Skillshots to accomplish, so long as you are playing with people with which you can communicate and play together with to a certain level of success. There were many times that me and my team would fail a wave due to someone not communicating and failing an easy challenge.
Despite the few noticeable technical issues I suffered during my playthrough, and featuring humour that won't be to every person's tastes, I had a dickload of fun with Bulletstorm. The ending to the game provides comfortable room for a sequel and I wholeheartedly wait with titty-fucking excitement for the next instalment in this promising franchise. (This review is dedicated to Waggleton P. Tallylicker, may he rest in peace.)
GrEAt titleTGAlan | July 7, 2013 | See all TGAlan's reviews »
This is a great, mindless, good looking game. The skill point system works very well and is rather satisfying. The game has its flaws but since it tries some new things, it really doesn't matter.
As much as this game has been maligned, I finally found it for <$10 a while back and found it to be very fun. It's a shooter and doesn't try to be anything but a shooter. It was fun, had gratuitous violence, interesting and slightly intricate combat mechanics. It was easily worth my time and money and when I just want to kill it is a good game to fire up and have some shameless fun. The only thing I found annoying was the over the top vulgarity and graphic, senseless gore. I know what I'm playing. I don't need it rammed down my throat every two seconds. Other than that though a solid shooter.
If you like FPS, this really won't let you down so long as you turn your brain off while playing it.
A welcome introduction!ctp94wakko | June 24, 2013 | See all ctp94wakko's reviews »
A game that looks great, plays great, lacks immersion, but is a heck of a lot of fun to play! Bulletstorm is a first person shooter that brings an arcade like feel with it as the player disposes of his foes in creative ways and the more combos that are pulled off, the higher you score. The scoring system is simply put in place to test the players creativeness in his kills and to see how many combos can be executed to gain an even higher score. The combat mechanics work great as the numerous weapons are introduced with their basic and alternate firing modes to dispose of your enemies in diverse and exciting ways. The shooting explains itself as you aim at the bad guy(s) and fire away, and when the enemies close in on you a nice kick to the chest helps push them back and can lead to some interesting death traps with cactuses . The story seems like it's pulled from the eighties, which is nothing to complain about, just don't expect a story of the century to unfold before you. Bulletstorm looks great, sounds great, even if the corny jokes do get a little old, but it is defiantly worth a try if you just want to shoot some baddies and have fun while doing it. Check it out!
Mega-kill with alot of skill.AlbusDlx | June 19, 2013 | See all AlbusDlx's reviews »
Few games have me coming back year after year, but this is one of the titles I just can´t get bored with. And even if it has a few years on it´s neck, it still looks really good. The extensive skill menu is easy to navigate. Controls are easy to use. With the 360 controller, the skill factor grows even more. I have played this once a year for the last 4. And I will keep clearing it for alot of years to come. Since it is a UR3-engine powred game you can twaek the visuals in the cfg´s as well. =) A strong 8!
I like itkalil | June 14, 2013 | See all kalil's reviews »
A FPS something other than what we have seen in recent years, faster gameplay and more dynamic, a game recommended.
Just another FPS Bulletstorm is what we are used to, except that it has a somewhat different pattern to fashion FPS (CoD, Halo, BF), this game has something that hits you pretty and has many ways to kill the enemy, either melee or with your whip or the few but brutal weapons in game and of course you can also use the environment.
The gameplay of this game is common like everyone, what I mean by dynamic is that you have to do Skillshots and find a unique way to kill an enemy with either the famous bullets Headshot or put him in the butt or just pierce the throat and many others and the environment. Both the keyboard and the mouse do a role, quite comfortable playability and accurate as I need ability to how to kill the enemy. The command is also comfortable for those who like to play more with your XBOX360 control is also a good choice.
The game is very well optimized unlike other games but if you have a very good optimization in my case the game moves fluid at a rate of more than 60 FPS without any slump, the particle effect is well done and well done.
In the area of graphics the game has good graphic quality, a fairly well-made textures and effects in water or blood, smoke, toxic fumes are well done, the quality of shadows are well done also the same as the explosions, but as I said the graphics are not important.
The sound, the more fascinated I really play it in English, one hears better swearing, insults etc, tastes are tastes, bullets, sounds and music enemies or environment play well, the effects of when you stick a Headshot an enemy or throat heard of disgust (in a good way, very filthy stuff themselves).
Innovation, because for me it is the first game in which you use a lot of things to kill, but he added the whip although I have seen a game where we also handle a whip but do not remember.
To conclude the game is quite entertaining and very good at playing solo or coop. The truth is a recommended game if you want something other than FPS fashion Bulletstorm is a good choice.
Beautifully grotesque yet uber fun gamespycid | June 11, 2013 | See all spycid's reviews »
This was a sleeper hit of it's year. too bad the sequel was never made. Bulletstorm is a fresh take on fps genre and with it's 'Kill with skill' usp, the game really rewards players based upon their method of shooting. Storyline is also quite enjoyable and there is never a dull moment in the entire game. This game lacked MP which was compensated with 4player Co-Op mode. Bulletstorm is a must play for those who want a mindless fun fps.
Great fun FPS gamefurious_gamer | June 10, 2013 | See all furious_gamer's reviews »
Ridiculously fun and different FPS. I liked the shooting system as they put more ways to kill enemies. Graphics is not breath-taking or ground-breaking, but OK. The best thing about this game is it's story. No freaking plots that confuse you, it is clear as water. Character portrayal is excellent. This game is one endless freaking funny FPS one should play.
What you'd expect for the developers behind Painkillerbarniman | March 28, 2013 | See all barniman's reviews »
People Can Fly proved they worth in the industry with Painkiller, a great, action-heavy, mindless shooter. This game is really great when you just want to turn yourself off and put your brain in jar for a while. Shoot, shoot, airshot, kick, slide and lastly shoot. That's what it's all about, killing with skill, killing fast, killing everything that moves. If you ever played serious sam or painkiller and the likes you'll feel right at home. The graphics are still beautiful, the story is nothing to write home about, but that's not what this genre is about anyway. Sadly it can get a bit tedious towards the end, but apart from that a worthy timewaster.
killing with styleNeapolis47 | Feb. 17, 2013 | See all Neapolis47's reviews »
Bulletstorm succeeds in renewing the traditional formula of the shooter, offering a gameplay mechanics at the same time classic and innovative, based on the pure accumulation of points. This is supported by good ideas in terms of design and offer playful and irreverent humor and very enjoyable. The downside is composed of a non-exceptional longevity, supported in part by a cooperative destined not to last for more than a few sessions, and a second half of the single player campaign on several occasions that tends to slow down the frantic pace of 'start, losing its bite just before the final rebound. Despite these defects do not allow the title to reach the end of grade higher, the work of People Can Fly will offer you hours of pure fun and carefree, proposing a new philosophy for all fans of shooters, to which of course the product is recommended.
Great mindless funStebsis | Jan. 28, 2013 | See all Stebsis's reviews »
Bulletsorm just screams badass from the get go. Big men in big armor with big guns shooting down big bad guys. Blood flies, bodies explode, limbs get torn apart, all that good stuff.
You play as Grayson Hunt. Your ship get stranded on an uncharted planet and you just have to get out, that's it. There is some kind of plot thingy somewhere but in a game like this it's just not important. There's time for deep stories with memorable characters. And then there's time for killing as many bad guys as possible, as stylishly and gruesomely as possible, Bulletstorm is that kind of a game.
You have a big arsenal of weapons to use, your standard assault rifle... well not really standard, in fact no gun in this game is really standard for anything. Every gun has a secondary fire, assault rifle can shoot a high powered bullet that kills most of the enemies with one hit, revolver can shoot mini rockets that explode after a short while. Then my favorite, flailgun, which shoots two grenades chained together and they explode after few seconds, and the secondary fire shoots a chained grenades that cut through enemies like a butter and finally explode. It's so much fun to chain an enemy that runs towards you, then kick him in the middle of a group of baddies and see them all explode. There are bunch of other really fun weapons that can give you endless amount of fun.
A bit later you get a hold of an energy leash that you can use to quickly pull an enemy towards you or keep the energy leash button pressed a while, and it unleashes this kind of energy spike that sends all the enemies near it flying in the air in slow-mo. Then you just pick them up in the air with flailgun or whatever you want and just watch the fireworks.
You get points for every way you kill baddies, and if you want some great points you need to get creative with weapons and enviroments which are hazardous with pits, spikes, man eating plants, electric cords and all other kinds of stuff.
Graphically the game is pretty good, it's not anything noteworthy but not bad in any way. Locales tend to look a bit same, there's not really any variation. The game is nice lenght, took me about 8 hours to finish and there's lots of replayability if you're competetive type and want to get best scores.
If you want just some fun, mindless shooting and not wanting to bother with plot once in a while, Bulletstorm is great distraction from that.
Fun and memorable journey on the Planet StygiaGuardian412 | Jan. 28, 2013 | See all Guardian412's reviews »
Bulletstorm is one of the most stylish and unique FPS game of today, and its one of my favorites in the genre. While it has the standard elements of the genre it is one of the very-very few which dared to present something new what no one else did before, namely the Skillshot System which is not just a nice decorative element of the game, what you use as you play, but it also has its interesting background and tiny storyline, what I really appreaciated. As in every shooter game, you have to kill a lot, but here you have to take down your enemies with style, elegance and skill to have a chance to acquire ammo and new upgrades.
The visuals of the planet Stygia are great and detailed and the levels are well designed, even if they're linear. But the skillshot system is turning the linearity to endless fun as you'll try to discover better and more twisted ways to take down your enemies. The background story, while it's a standard revenge story, it's one of the best in years, regardless it won't spoil you with major twists or surprises. But Bulletstorm is telling a story you will like, with unique, truly badass characters you won't forget. The main characters, Grayson, Ishi, Trishka and the protagnoist, General Serrano have really memorable personalities. They're not your typical nice, good or evil guys, but each of them are true soldiers who use harsh words where they have to... and many times when they don't have to, but they'll. :) But all of it is giving a lifelike style for the characters, their personalities and their dialogues. And if you like humor, the dialogues also will make you laugh few times, I can guarantee that. The game is not long, about 7-8 hours, but special thanks for the great story, the characters, the fun gameplay its a very memorable journey where you'll spend your time fighting mutants, while you must find a way to take revenge and you also learn the deadly secrets of the once so beautiful paradise, the deadly planet Stygia.
If you're looking for something new, something unique in the genre, I highly recommend Bulletstorm as it won't dissapoint you. Grab your ticket and take a ride on planet Stygia to explore its unique flora and nice population.
One of the best fps of this genCavalieroscuro | Jan. 14, 2013 | See all Cavalieroscuro's reviews »
When I first tried this game, I was thinking "Meh, another fps from Epic." Then I played it, and I discovered one of the best and funniest fps of this generation. First of all, the plot game is nothing special (it was written by Rick Remender), but it will make you several laughs thanks to his borderline character.It's like a Quentin Tarantino game, and this is good. Second, People Can Fly are under this, and this is good too, because Painkiller was one of the best old school arena fps. Basically the goal of this game is killing enemies using different ways. You can shoot them, you can kick them, you can throw them into the air using your lace or eliminate them using location's elements nearby. In fact, you must kill them with skill, as one of the main feature say. Graphic and character design is very similar to Gears of War series, but it's ok. If you wanna play a good game (but not too difficult, it is easy even on hardest difficulty setting), play Bulletstorm.
Bulletstorm - reviewcarlyle | Jan. 11, 2013 | See all carlyle's reviews »
Bulletstorm is an original and funny, an action that is based on the Skill Shot: executions that mixing the use of arms to that of the whip, the environmental interaction to the possibility of slipping and kicking in the air. A sandbox combat, as they say lately, where the killing is just an excuse to entertain. When you pick up an enemy in the air, however you decide to do it, he just goes into a sort of stasis that slows it down, and the player and the rest of the world - then the rest of the challenge - moving at normal speed, to prevent of all levels a simple choreography here before you need to be able, not stylish. The weapon upgrade system itself, through which to buy even the most powerful strokes secondary is instant understanding but makes you think about the Skill Shot in the database that have not been completed, still full of bonus plus restricted to each first run. From the technical side Bulletstorm manages to mix effectively sessions more traditional, in moments of delirium true: steps such as those inside a skyscraper collapsed on one side, in a discotheque or indoor of a building but with a storm lethal lightning outside. Except for some minor shortcomings, the experience of individual proves to be a frantic race through insane levels to complete using a combat system conceptually simple but difficult to master the best. Shame then that the multiplayer Bulletstorm is a bit 'anonymous, something more could have been done in this direction.
Awesome!Lekes | Jan. 3, 2013 | See all Lekes's reviews »
I had a lot of fun playing through the single-player. The humor was actually good in an over-the-top way, the voice acting was some of the best I've heard in a game. The scenery is gorgeous, if people are complaining about the graphics being bad, their computer isn't good enough to handle the higher graphics. Game took me about 7 hours to beat on Normal difficulty, a little too short IMO. Those that say the game got repetitive clearly didn't explore all the ways to kill people, and are used too COD type shooters, there are 200 some different "skillkills". The only thing I can fault the game on (other than being too short) is having a repetitive multiplayer, it is essentially horde mode from Gears of War 2, but with an emphasis on getting good scores.
One of the most undervalued FPSabelfs | Dec. 17, 2012 | See all abelfs's reviews »
Bulletstorm is the most BADASS game ever made by human being, even more than Borderlands. Really crazy killings, in which the main mechanic is based, good story and beautiful graphics based on Unreal Engine 3. What else do you want? Kill with skill baby!
Fun and addictive shooteroginer | Nov. 9, 2012 | See all oginer's reviews »
Really fun game, with nice visuals and decent length. The best of the game is probably the amount of different ways you have to kill enemies, and not only that, a score system based on that. So you basically get more points (which you can latter spend on upgrades) the more "original you're when killing enemies (variety is the key here, since you get extra points the first time you kill an enemy in a certain way, and get less if you repeat it).
Levels are quite big, and different, although they're also very linear with very little room for exploration. Bosses are generally very impressive, that require a certain tactic to beat, although they're not very difficult to figure out.
A breath of fresh airV2lentin | Oct. 24, 2012 | See all V2lentin's reviews »
Bulletstorm is a hate it or love it game, that's for sure. A lot of people complained about the story or the characters, but I found the gameplay to be a very addictive experience. You play the role of a mercenary, Grayson Hunt, chasing a former employer seeking revenge for a mission where he killed innocent people because he was told they are dangerous.
What sets Bulletstorm apart from all the other shooters on the market is mostly the graphics. When all other FPSs are gray and boring, Bulletstorm is colourful and bright, almost childish. Blood is finally red, not grayish red, leaves are bright green, not grayish green, and so on. Also, everything is nicely drawn and richly detailed. The gameplay is just as anyone would expect from any standard FPS, with a twist. Yes, you shoot everything that moves, but you can also use your electric leash for more spectacular kills that will earn you points for upgrading your weapons and leash.
What turned most people off from this is the immaturity of the language. Out of 5 words, 3 are curses, and that doesn't do any good to the game. Also, the multiplayer is not very good, because there is only a Horde mode, where you must work together with yout teammates in order to get higher and higher scores. Even though is pretty well done, is not enough. A deathmatch mode or team deathmatch would have been a nice addition. At least the game is not very expensive and it's well worth its money.
Storm of bulletspozmu | Sept. 27, 2012 | See all pozmu's reviews »
Cheesy take on sci-fi shooter by Polish developer People Can Fly known for Painkiller. You play role of big man with a big gun and fight trough epic levels full of monsters. Yeah, that and cheesy humour - a lot of it - in fact, too much for some people including myself. Putting constant cursing and simplistic story aside you will find Bulletstorm pretty fun but short arcade FPP experience with really beautiful environments. There are plenty of interesting guns to use, each with multiple firing modes (my favorite is Bouncer which fires bouncing cannonballs) but in fact all of them look bland when compared to energy leash, which is, well, very powerful leash that you will often prefer over any other gun... Graphics are good, game-time long enough - looking for alternative to Duke Nuke? - play Bulletstorm.
Good and funny fpsZinzun | Sept. 24, 2012 | See all Zinzun's reviews »
This game made by 'People Can Fly' (the first and original Painkiller's developer) and Epic (Gears of War) is all about fun.The plot is nice,of course,but the gameplay is focused on killing enemies in different ways,achieving high points. The single player campaign can be finished in 6 or 7 hours,but is very funny and you will never be bored by the game.
Great Shootersanyi777 | Sept. 23, 2012 | See all sanyi777's reviews »
Bulletstorm is a brutal game, with good graphics, and forgettable story. The kill-counters, and the bloody executions makes the game memorable. The game-time is about 7 hours, but the time you spend with Bulletstorm is fantastic.
A gorgeus and fun FPS shooterFreeMan85 | April 26, 2012 | See all FreeMan85's reviews »
Firstly BulletStorm isn't a serious game, it doesn't have a strong story or lifelike characters. It's a fun game with mature humor and many-many F words. So the main story is simple. We play as Grayson Hunt, a Dead Echo leader, who worked for General Sarrano - I long time hated a game evil like him. But his comrade, Ishi found out when they eliminated another Sarrano's target, all those people who's been killed are innocent and personal enemies of Sarrano. Hunt make an oath to kill his boss for that - he's been tolted they targets are slavers and criminals. Of course the 4 team group life goes to hell, many years later they confront Sarrano's ship, but both ship is crashlanding on Stygia. A former vacation planet. Sadly, this plece is full of mutants, madmans, man eating fauna, giant carnivores and similar life threatning things. Hunt and his friend Ishi who has been upgraded with cybernetics survived his ship crash, but Sarrano also survived. So they hunt him down through the desert, the lost city to Sarrano crashed ship. The gameplay a bit console like, mostly one button has multiple functions. The game has some problem to identify some graphics card and it's use low-res textures at any settings (I wrote this down in the forum and the solution). But above these the game runs well at max settings even at a Geforce 8600 GT! The graphics is gorgeus! We got huge lands, cityscapes, dams, desert and beautiful sky with the nicest HDR effects I ever saw! The colors are vivid. Green, orange, yellow, onyx, light blue. And maybe the first Unreal3 game where the characters hair are really well rendered. You can count Hunt hairlines. Oh, and Trishka... Yeah, she's the cool and sexy girl of Bulletstorm, voiced by the famous Jennifer Hale! She looks sweet! And her hair is amazing, and everything else on her. And about the game machanic. You got the Leash, which can grab almost any opponent at a certain range or you can upgrade to use thumpers, which is blast the near enemies to the sky. You can kick enemies to spiky things like a cactus or other deadly enviroments. More skilled your kills, more the score you got. You can spend these score for ammo or weapon upgrades. It's fun and integrated to the game story well enough. Oh and the sniping! It's uses bullet time like Sniper: Ghost Warrior, but you can change, modify the bullet way with your mouse! The game also has an Echo mode, where you can replay some places from the campaign without cut-scenes and dialogues. The goal is get more skillpoints. The Anarchy mode is a co-op surivor like multiplayer. But here you can't die, you need a certain score to advance to the next wave. Very hard, need work together to maximize your score.
BulletStorm is a nice and fun game with gorgeus graphics and good humor. Of course I don't recommend everyone, who' like sci-fi FPS or paradise lost themed game, it's for you - the deserted city of Stygia is remind me Rapture. The game contains explicit language and violence!
Not for everyoneChibithor | Jan. 8, 2012 | See all Chibithor's reviews »
Bulletstorm manages to innovate in as bloated a genre as FPS, but not everyone will be able to see beyond it's crude humor and relatively brief campaign. The gameplay is, to put it simply, fun. The guns are all different, fun to use and effective, and the leash and kick mechanics work further to make it one of the most innovative titles of 2011. The whole game is over the top and ridiculous, but the humor requires a correct mindset to appreciate. It's intentionally ridiculous. On the surface, it looks like yet another Gears of War, but it's so much more, and the demo really doesn't do it justice.
Multiplayer's limited to a simple horde mode, which I found decent and enjoyable, but the campaign is really the main attraction here, with echoes as a bonus for those who like score attacks. All in all, if you like the looks of it, chances are you'll enjoy it. Easily worth the ridiculously low price.
(Note that something a lot of people seem to miss is the ability to turn off the profanities, not just replacing them with beeps either, but some lines were rerecorded. Keep that in mind if the trailers or footage turns you off for that reason.)