Published on February 27th, 2011 | by Charlie0
Review: BulletstormRelease Date: 22 February 2011 (US), 25 February 2011 (EU) Genre(s): First-Person Action Shooter Publisher(s): EA Games Developer: Epic Games, People Can Fly Rating: M+ (Mature), 18+
[Rating:9.0/10]It’s here. One of 2011’s most anticipated games… are you ready to Kill With Skill? Bulletstorm is a first-person action shooter filled with comedy, crudeness, blood and a damn load of swearing. Set in the 26th century, you meet Grayson Hunt, a space pirate, alongside his crew. He and his crew are on the run, as they have a huge bounty on their heads, all thanks to General Sarrano, who had them killing innocent civilians, whom they had thought were really murders, thieves etc. When Grayson spots Sarrano’s ship in the distance, he decides to attack it, knowing he could put his whole crew under jeopardy. He goes for it anyway, and doing so, manages to wreck his ship and Sarrano’s. Both ships crash land on Stygia, a baron wasteland where crazed people attack anything they see. Grayson’s crew manages to survive, but Ishi is losing his life… fast. The only way he can live is to obtain a piece of machinery that he is to be plugged into, knowingly turning him into an android. Grayson obtains the part, but obtains something else too, known as “The Leash”, a blue whip that combines with your DNA to allow you to creatively kill your opponents and be rewarded for it. Everyone of Grayson’s crew sadly dies, besides himself and Ishi, now turned into an android. Knowing that the planet will soon be their doom, they must find a woman named Trishka, and find a way off world, and hopefully kill Sarrano, for everything he has done. An understandable story, that takes a little while to get going. It is a little bit predictable here and there, but there are a few “oohs” and “ahhs” to be had. The plot is not mean’t to be taken seriously. A LOT of the game is not supposed to be taken seriously. I mean, you can slide up hill, for crying out loud! The whole game is based around killing with skill, where you need to kill your opponents as creatively as you can. The Leash combines with your DNA, and gives Grayson a points system. As Trishka states later on in the game, the points system would reward a person for killing creatively. Those who did were able to restock, allowing them to use new weapons and obtain upgrades. Those who didn’t… got nothing, and usually got themselves killed. There are well over 100 skill shots to obtain, so you will have lots of fun; you can be sure of that. Some examples of killing creatively (at the top of my head):
- Headshot – You need to kill your enemy by shooting them in the head.
- One Hit Wonder – Kill your enemy with one shot
- Chain Reaction – You need to kill an enemy with something that would end up killing another enemy.
- Rear Entry – Must I tell you? Fine. Kill an enemy by shooting them in the rear.
- Mercy – Shoot your enemy in the… gentle parts, forcing them to drop to their knees. Then kick them in the face.
- Not in Kansas – You need to throw an enemy into the tornado on the Dead Rock map.
- Tug-O-War – Two or more players use the leash on one enemy to rip them to shreds.
- Lengthy enough
- Tonnes of replay value
- Epicly fun
- Anarchy is fun with friends
- Explosions look brilliant
- Anarchy has only 6 maps
- Anarchy is a nightmare to find a match
- Story takes a little while to kick in