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4.0 out of 5 stars Brash, foul mouthed, OTT, but a REAL game, not a string of gimmicks
Bulletstorm is a huge mash up of elements you have seen before. The environmental kills of 'Mad World', the bawdy un-pc script of Duke Nukem, the armour and weapon aesthetics of Gears of War, and something very similar to the gravity gun from Half-Life 2. When you break it down like this, you would be forgiven for feeling less than excited about the prospect of playing...
Published on 26 Feb 2011 by D. Lloyd

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3.0 out of 5 stars Takes a while to get going...
The style of this game was a little jarring at first. It's very in-your-face macho with a not very well written script. However, the gameplay is fun and engaging and will satisfy anyone looking for an achievement-rich game.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brash, foul mouthed, OTT, but a REAL game, not a string of gimmicks, 26 Feb 2011
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D. Lloyd "Riddick" (U.K.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Bulletstorm (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
Bulletstorm is a huge mash up of elements you have seen before. The environmental kills of 'Mad World', the bawdy un-pc script of Duke Nukem, the armour and weapon aesthetics of Gears of War, and something very similar to the gravity gun from Half-Life 2. When you break it down like this, you would be forgiven for feeling less than excited about the prospect of playing such a derivative title - But wearing its influences on its sleeve does not prevent this FPS from feeling like a breath of fresh air.

Most importantly this is a well designed game. The guns feel solid, they are balanced in terms of power, and have excellent uprades and second functions. The Levels in Campaign mode are well put together, and the environments, whilst not jaw droppingly rendered, are still pretty enough to create a 'real' world in which to tell the story, which is well voice acted, wittily scripted, and about as intricate as a brick :-D

The gameplay is a blast. Essentialy, 'just' killing an enemy gleans you little reward, this game demands that you combine weapon, environment, and melee attacks into a devastating combination. This is where the 'leash' comes into its own - leashing and kicking enemies sends them flying through the air in 'bullet time' allowing you time to aim precisely at their bodies and play out some pretty evil combinations of violence. For example, leash a distant enemy and as he hurtles towards you, target his neck with the flail gun (it fires explosive bolas), now kick him back into the crowd of his friends from whence he was plucked, just in time for the bolas to explode, taking out his friends with him. And that is one of the more mundane and simple possibilties presented by this game. Add remote control explosive sniper rounds, maneating plants, and a wealth of other nastiness into the mix, and the carnage becomes unrivaled by any other game available. This game will only become repetetive to those without the ability to take the time to experiment, and just rely on 'leash-kick-headshot' which will take care of 80% of enemies you encounter, but later levels do force you to use more imagination, so best break that mindset in earlier, easier times. With imagination, come rewards, in the guise of exp points, which can be spent at 'pods' that you find as you go through the game. Here you can buy ammo, unlock secondary fire options, and upgrade power and capacity of all weaponry. Doing this unlocks greater kill-combo's and so the cycle goes.

Things are not perfect though - In campaign, aside from the mandatory 'heavy gun on the back of a vehicle' escape set piece, and a couple of helicopter segments, there is no vehicle usage (and in none of those scenes do you control the vehicle, only the guns), which is a shame, because the vehicles that appear in the game look very good indeed. Maybe something for the sequel?
Also, the graphics are pretty, and imaginative, with good animations, but lack that amazing HD detail that we have come to expect from top-end titles. Thus they are only 'very good' not 'unbelievable'.

Multiplayer is a whole world of laughs, and, as you would expect from the creators of the 'Gears' series, has its own version of 'Horde', pitting you and your friends against ever more challenging waves of AI. HaloODST stole the concept and called it 'Firefight', and as this is FPS not TPS, comparison to FF is more relevant, and here it feels superior in every way, with a chance to spend exp points between rounds upgrading and changing load out to your taste for the oncoming carnage.

I have yet to try the other multiplayer options (It only came out yesterday, and I wanted to complete the campaign before writing the review), but with game mechanics this solid, and such an outrageous concept, I cannot see anything but fun coming from all multiplayer options.

This is the perfect antidote to the 'realism' of the recent glut of military shooters, and will have shooter fans grinning from ear to ear. Highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent mindless fun, 31 Oct 2011
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J. A. Woodcock (Norwich, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Bulletstorm (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
There has been a lot of bad publicity about this game, concentrating on its graphic violence and dreadful bad language, however having played all the way through the game I don't understand why. Yes there is a lot of bloody violence and bad language, but it is so over the top that it is laughable rather than offensive. For me this is also why Bulletstorm works so well, it is just mindless bloody fun and a great game to boot.

The story line is stupid, the violence is ridiculously over the top, the language is dreadful and all of this serve to create a hilariously fun game to play. Add to this great visuals and superb shooting mechnics and this is a superb game to loose yourself in for some great fun.

If you want a game that is fun to play, and does not take itself to seriously then bulletstorm is a superb choice!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy, Explosvie and jam packed with action!, 1 Mar 2011
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Kevin White (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Bulletstorm (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
Presentation 9.5

Bulletstorm does a great job of establishing a reality and sticking to it. The story is fun right up until the end, and the Leash sells the point system.

Graphics 9
Bulletstorm sets a new standard for Unreal Engine 3 games, with some great models and texture work complimented by brilliant colour and great lighting.

Sound 8.5
Bulletstorm's soundtrack is a mix between orchestral bombast and cliche'd shooter industrial, but the voicework is fun and well acted - assuming you can deal with the toilet humor.

Gameplay 9.5
Bulletstorm plays very well, with great responsive shooting. A wide variety of ways to kill your enemies and extra cool 'weapons' e.g. alcohol make this game awesome. The combo system is also great probably the best i've seen in my life as it really gets you hooked into improving your score by replaying. Unfortunately, Bulletstorm gets a bit repetitive in its last act and the ending is a bad shock but overall a fantastic unique game.

Lasting Appeal 9
Bulletstorm is seriously short as it only took me 5-7 hours to get through the campaign but with the different gameplay this game offers you will come back to the campaign for more, echoes mode is good fun, and anarchy mode is great and will keep you hooked till the eagerly anticipated gears 3 beta.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bullet Storm, 18 Feb 2012
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Mr. L. Walker - See all my reviews
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= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Bulletstorm (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
Pretty good game if you want to play a FPS that doesn't take itself to seriously and it is very fun to play.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gears of War, but funny, 28 Jan 2012
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Gary Marshall (Glasgow, UK) - See all my reviews
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= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Bulletstorm (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
Imagine if Gears of War was *supposed* to be funny. Bulletstorm takes a while to hit its stride, but when it does it's a properly funny and hugely enjoyable shooter. I've no idea why it's been overlooked, but that does mean you can get it for a rock-bottom price. And you should, because it's a hoot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gears Of War With Knobs On, 23 Jan 2012
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N Thompson (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Bulletstorm (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
When I played the first level of this game my immediate impression was "Oh dear". Basically, been there done that, here we are with a run of the mill shooter. Then, after about 30 minutes into the game, I obtained the leash, and that is where the fun began!

The game reminded me a lot of Gears of War, but is by no means just a Gears of War clone thanks to the highly inventive leash. Now, you longer just shoot the enemies. You leash them, shoot them in mid-air, kick them into a nearby cactus, lob them into an electric fence and basically pull off the most elaborate kills possible. The reason for this is because the more elaborate the kill, the points you earn, and the more points you earn the better weapons and upgrades you unlock, which then allows you to pull off even more elaborate kills! It turns what would be a run-of-the mill shooter into utter lunacy and a massive playground of fun.

The campaign is a decent length - a solid 10 hours gameplay, but it doesn't end there. There is another mode where you can play various levels based on different sections of the game. These levels last between 2-6 minutes and the idea is to rack up the biggest score possible through elaborate kills and combos. It is old school gaming at it's best - playing games purely to get the highest score possible with loads of replay value. You will find yourself replaying those same levels over and over again determined to get the maximum rating possible, and it is that type of addictive appeal that adds endless more hours of enjoyment out of the game.

A game like this should not take itself too seriously, and that is more than evident here with constant one-liners, none of which can be repeated here as the game is as foul-mouthed as they come. It's perfectly fitting with the over-the-top violence though, and it is rare that a game has made me laugh out loud for all the right reasons.

For those easily offended, approach with caution. For those who want to put the fun back into their shooters I just cannot recommend it enough.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 21 Jan 2012
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This review is from: Bulletstorm (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
This game is truly brilliant with its breathtaking graphics and stunning views. This game can be played for ours without boredom.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shocked by how much fun it was, 5 Dec 2011
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Rob (London, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Bulletstorm (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
A real fun game. Not overly difficult but you can change the difficulty setting whilst playing, encouraging one to play on the harder settings. Scripting enjoyable too. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Fun, Fun...., 1 Nov 2011
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This review is from: Bulletstorm (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
Buy the game, sit yourself down and shoot, blow up or kick these crazies running towards you with machete's and guns. This is a fun and not a serious game. There's a array of weapons to choose from, the more ways you find to kill these kreeps the more points and even more weapons to buy. It is very foul mouthed i'm 39 and there were expressions in there that turned my cheeks a bit red not for the kiddies it's an 18 for a reason. I havent played online so i cant comment on that. Just have fun with the game.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just a plethora of Gory, foul-mouthed fun., 25 May 2011
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J. Harvey "360 Gamer" (Taunton, Somerset) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Bulletstorm (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
When I play a demo and want to buy the game afterwards, I expect the final product to live up to the standard of the demo, but with Bulletstorm, my expectations were blown somewhat into the air.

The game drops you in the deep end, of possibly one of the most entertaining, gripping and creative First person shooters out there. As you slowly progress through the earlier levels of the campaign, you slowly discover the core elements and weapons of the game, two of which take this game out of the standard FPS pool and drop it into something a little more distinguished.

An electric leash of sorts, is given to the player during the early stages of the game, this allows them to use it in a variety of different ways to dispatch enemies, by wrapping it around them and dragging them closer, using it on the environment in order to open a blocked area, or blow up some enemies with environmental explosions. This is just one of the many features which will compel players to come back for more. The characters in the campaign are likeable, and as usual, the Epic boys have provided us with an entertaining script, with some memorable one liners.

Certainly the most important aspect of the game is the Skill-shot Archive. Throughout the game, points are needed to purchase new weapons and upgrades, such as a bigger magazine capacity, or more "charge shot" ammunition. When enemies are found, it is up to the player to use their creativity to blast through the enemies, gaining as many points as possible, whether it be shooting the enemy in the crown jewels and then kicking his head off, kicking him off a cliff, blowing them up, sticking them to giant cacti or onto metal spikes or just handing out some good old fashioned punishment. When the leash is used, or the boot, and an enemy has been hit, they will slow down making it much easier for the player to target the more tricky skillshots. End of level bosses are also a nice addition to the game, using a combination of shooting and melee attacks to dispatch of them, for example, kicking an enemy into a helicopter blade, or off a hill.

Multiplayer has been structured in the right way, careful consideration has obviously been paid to what would happen if players were pitted against each other with leashes, mayhem would insue, and we would ultimately end up with an unplayable multiplayer. Not good. Epic have realized this, and made the multiplayer team based, where four players have to work together to obtain a target score by dispatching enemies with style, as mentioned above. In some instances, the fun in this mode can wear thin, as often online players will leash your kills away from you to steal them, or purposefully mess up a team kill, which rewards with more points if a certain skill shot is performed with the team, If the team is short of points at the end of the round, it can be quite frustrating when the final points needed are missed because someone has ruined the team kill.

Finally, Echoes adds yet more replay value to the game, allowing the player to re-visit areas from the campaign, and play them again, trying to achieve a high score, which is then pitted online against other friends you might have to play the game, again, coming back and trying to better your score adds a considerable amount of play time to this scenario, and there are always other ways to dispatch of enemies, some of which may not be realized on the first play through the levels.

Bulletstorm is the ideal game for anyone with an appetite for carnage, gore, a great story and a unique concept, and it provides a well-needed break from the standard run and gun FPS's out there. Smile as you cut your way through the enemies using whatever means you see necessary, body parts, flesh and blood will fly, the points will rack up, and by god, by the end of it all, you'll want more. Fortunately, Bulletstorm has enough to keep you satisfied.
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