Feeling a little fatigued with first-person shooters? Well, we'd recommend a dose of Bulletstorm. This arcade-style shooter sees you racking up combos with creative kills by booting enemies into traps, throwing them with an electrical lasso, chaining kills and shooting them where it hurts. It gets repetitive over long sessions, but play it in 30 minute bursts and you're bound to have lots of fun. Also, it introduced the word 'dicktits' to my vocabulary. It's the little things.
Bulletstorm tried really hard to inject some fun into the FPS genre and to some extent it succeeded. Racking up stylish kill combos is the backbone of the game. You can kick enemies into spikes, or use an electric tether to yank them around the battlefield while riddling them with bullets in slow motion. Ironically, it get's a little boring after a while, mainly because the variety of executions isn't particularly impressive. Play in short bursts though and combat fatigue shouldn't turn up as fast.
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Oooh, now that's an incentive to purchase an annual subscription, am I right? Sony continue to deliver with Playstation Plus, offering up tangible rewards for investing in their yearly membership and this month sees two blockbusters and a completely bizarre, colourful action-platformer added to the Instant Game Collection.
PlayStation Plus subscribers will get free access to Bulletstorm, Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition and Hell Yeah! Wrath of Dead Rabbit during October.Click here to read more...
According to Epic Games's president, Mike Capps, a sequel to OTT shooter Bulletstorm was in the works, but it eventually got shelved as they moved Polish developer People Can Fly onto a new, soon-to-be-announced project.Click here to read more...
Was Bulletstorm the COD-crushing, game changer that everyone hoped for? Well not exactly, in fact it didn't really break the mould at all. But it was fairly mindless fun and the skillshots added a little bit of flavour to the mix. If you find the phrase 'dick-tits', or indeed any colloquial mention of genitalia offensive, then you might not enjoy it, but for under £8it's worth a shout if you've been on the fence before. Nice one Frasr.
Towards the end of development, with the release date looming large, Epic's design director Cliff Bleszinski told fans the third Gears game would be the last Marcus Fenix adventure. But not the last set in the Gears' universe, we gather. Despite its poor in-game storytelling, Gears has a rather rich back-story Epic could call upon for a fourth title. Not to mention Gears of War 3 made a lot of money, which is usually enough justification for a sequel for publishers. And it would appear Epic and Microsoft have big plans in store, with no less than three all new Gears games in the pipeline.Click here to read more...
The developers of expletive-heavy FPS Bulletstorm were somewhat surprised by the reaction to the swearing contained in the game, only realising the extent of profanity when it was eventually translated into their native Polish.Click here to read more...
When you just want to sit down for a bit of action, Bulletstorm's your ideal companion. Bullets'll fly all over the place, bodies'll quickly litter the environments, and you'll also shed an ample amount of blood. Trying to master obscure trick shots is pretty good fun, plus you'll be rewarded with a fair amount of points too. You can get your hands on the PS3 version from Game for £19.99, which'll save you a fiver on the next best offer coming in from Amazon. If you want to know more about the game, then why not check out David's review.
We can expect Bulletstorm prices to plummet now that the end of the Gears 3 beta is nigh... but hey, it's really not a bad little game. In fact, the core action is a lot of fun, despite the fact that it's hyper-linear and bogged down by needlessly irritating angst. More open spaces and less open mouths would have led to a much more interesting (and much less hypocritical) game, but for twenty quid, it's probably worth picking up. Unless you want to see how far it tumbles over this next month...
PC Gamers will be able to enjoy significantly less bugs today thanks to two major updates going live on Steam over the weekend.
First up is Portal 2, which has received a major patch that sorts out problems related to Alt-Tabbing, changing video settings mid-game, game-killing bugs (in chapter six especially), joystick support and an overflow bug. We can expect Valve to continually tweak the experience over the coming weeks and months - as well as releasing a major free DLC pack in the summer.
A big Bulletstorm patch has also rolled out today, which reportedly shoots a number of nasty bugs in the dick. Most of these problems were related to the multiplayer Anarchy mode, and you can swot up on the changelog here.
Both updates will download and install automatically once you boot up the Steam client.
Yes, I know this edition of the game has been cheaper in the past, but at the moment it's the lowest price on the market and'll save you exactly £7 on the next best offer coming in from 365 Games. Bulletstorm is great fun to blast your way through and the Epic Edition also comes with 25,000 in-game experience points, visual upgrades to the leash, a peace maker carbine, and best of all access to the Gears of War 3 public beta. Just bear in mind that you'll need to be quick if you want to play the Gears beta because it end on May 15th. Thanks to Boz @ HUKD.
Epic have gone and released the soundtrack to skill-kill shooter Bulletstorm absolutely free over on their site as a 'thank you' to their fans. Check it out here.
'They call it a blood symphony for a reason. If you love Bulletstorm like we do, you’ll have noticed the awesome soundtrack. And since our fans are pretty much the best in the whole universe — space pirates included — we thought we’d provide a free download of the Bulletstorm soundtrack in all its glory.
'That’s right. Free. No skillshots required. You’re welcome.'
Now you can dream about dick-tits down the gym or while walking the dog. [Thanks, Joystiq]
So let's spice things up with a little cheer and optimism, as we list the most badass, lovable and just plain good protagonists who've arrived this generation. Introducing, The Top Ten 7th Gen Protagonists!
Let's kick things off with Platinum Games' shape-shifting, alluringly-proportioned witch, Bayonetta. She might not be the most well-written character - although it's much better to be so-bad-it's-good rather than just plain bad - but when you can summon dragons made of mystical hair and beat ten shades of holiness from demonic cherubs, you deserve a place on our list!
inFamous' crackling protagonist won over many a gamer's heart in 2009, with his so-gravelly-I-make-Christian-Bale-sound-like-a-schoolgirl voice and bald noggin. Despite his design being plucked from Superheroes 101, Cole was an eminently likable character whose journey you truly felt a part of. When Cole discovered a new power, fizzing in his palms, you experienced the same electrifying rush of possibility and potential.Click here to see which other sparkling central characters made Felix's top ten...
We all have our pet hates: little things that make us uncontrollably and unreasonably angry every time they rear their ugly heads. And now, dear readers, it's high time I shared mine with you. I hate launch day DLC. I don't understand avatar outfits. I'm not a huge fan of auto-levelled enemies in RPGs. And I'm utterly, completely bored of Zombies. But there's one thing a game can do, above all else, that makes my blood boil.
Making fun of genre conventions... and then gleefully falling prey to them at every opportunity.
It's hypocrisy, pure and simple - and to illustrate my point, I'd like to shed some light on a few games that managed to put my back up over these last few months. We'll also make the case for Bulletstorm being the most hypocritical game to have ever hit store shelves.
Ron Gilbert's Deathspank was designed to be an anarchic, humorous and quirky adventure that promised to crush traditional RPG tropes under its weighty purple thong. To this end, the dialogue frequently references the absurdity of engaging in fetch quests for people you barely know, and even goes as far as calling one of the characters an "Arbitrary NPC."
This would have been fine if it had happened just once. Doing a single arbitrary fetch quest for an arbitrary stock character would have been a great way to provide contrast for an imaginative new structure... but Deathspank then proceeded to rely on this key concept for the rest of the game. Fetch quest after fetch quest after fetch quest. There are other major contradictions as well, from the clunky inventory system being just as irritating as every other action RPG and the action itself being as shallow and button-mashy as it's possible to get... despite promising us the exact opposite!
Click here for more examples of hypocrisy and pretentiousness of the highest order >>
Time to lock and load! You can now get hold of Bulletstorm for just over £2 cheaper than the next best offer and I suggest you give it a go if you like a bit of variety when it comes to dispatching your enemies. The vast number of skill shots that you can achieve'll keep you plugged into the single player for a while and if you want to test your abilities against a tougher opponent just head on into the multiplayer. Also, blood's not the only thing to splash across your screen during the course of the game, the colours of the environment are vibrant to say the least.
EA know that any publicity is good publicity... and whilst their marketing campaigns undoubtedly cheapen us all and everything we stand for, they certainly know how to hype a game beyond all reason. However, EA Games Head Frank Gibeau has spoken out to say that the controversy over Mass Effect, Bulletstorm and Medal Of Honor is better than any advertising run - and that there's nothing wrong with "courting controversy."Click here to read more...
Bulletstorm was always going to be a hard sell. It has no established fanbase, the humor is incredible divisive and the FPS genre is extremely competitive. I, on the other hand, loved the game, and honestly believe it's the biggest step forward in the genre since Halo: Combat Evolved. I seem to be in the minority, however, as according to Doug Creutz, an analyst for Cowan and Company, Bulletstorm's figures in the US have been "disappointing".
How disappointing, you ask? Click here to find out
As we speak, thousands of men, women and children of all ages are forcing elemental critters to do gladiatorial battle, with Pokemon Black and White releasing last Friday and taking first and second place in the UK All-Formats Top 40. This leaves EA's eagerly anticipated Fight Night Champion licking its wounds in third, reeling from Nintendo's stunning one-two punch. Just below, Bulletstorm slips two places to fourth, it's 46% drop in sales edging it just above last week's chart topper, Killzone 3, which sinks to fifth with a 58% drop. The rest of the top ten is as follows; 6. Black Ops (3rd last week), 7. Just Dance 2 (5th), 8. Fifa 11 (4th), 9. Dead Space 2 (6th), 10. Wii Party (9th).The rest of the top 40 and juicy statistics inside!
Bulletstorm and Killzone 3 have gone head to head in their first week on UK shelves, and you might have expected the controversy surrounding Bulletstorm's content to propel it into a mighty lead. However, the numbers tell a very different story. Does either franchise have what it takes to unseat Black Ops from its mighty throne?Click here for more details...
If you're of an artistic temperament, someone who likes to create or to experiment, and you're also partial to blowing chunks of flesh off bad guys, Bulletstorm should be right up your proverbial alley. For those willing to go beyond the obvious, it rewards curiosity in the kill, something you'll be doing a lot of.
You'll be taking on the role of one Grayson Hunt, a wanted mercenary who is partial to the odd alcoholic tipple. Accused of heinous crimes and chased around the galaxy by his ex-boss, Hunt and his team of low-down interstellar desperadoes end up crash-landing on a pleasure planet that's now mysteriously deserted.
An action game with nobody to blast wouldn't be of much interest, so naturally appearances are deceptive and the planet's anything but deserted, full of ghastly plants and even ghastlier humans and mutants. Some will use crude mechanical devices against you, others are nimble and some are big brutes that use the traditional rushing in head first mode of attack.