It took me a while to get round to Bulletstorm, but I did finally manage to get a few hours in and I'm sort of enjoying how blatantly stupid it all is. And BlueMaxima, who has written this reader review, seems to feel the same way.
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Bulletstorm Can a game be too immature? I was left asking this question after my playthrough of Bulletstorm by People Can Fly and Epic Games. The game is filled with cursing, genital jokes, and all sorts of violent, bloody kills that can be achieved. At the point I asked myself that question, I realized I didn’t care, because I was having too much fun.
Loved Kill With Skill: The game’s main attraction is the 'skill kills', special types of kills that are performed in different ways with different weapons (for example, kicking someone off an edge or shooting them in the sack). There are over 150 of these in the game, and they are an absolute awesome fun time to find, especially when you get the better weapons, like the giant hammer or the suicide-vest-shooting-gun. Yes, you can shoot someone with a gun that makes them blow themselves up. With the ability to slide, whip and kick the crap out of everything on top; you have a lot of ways to kill.
A Joke About A Man Named Dick: This game could not be more immature if it was written by a bunch of 12-year olds. There’s explosions. There’s gore. There’s intoxication. There’s plenty of jokes about manhood piled on top of it all. And yet it’s all such a relaxing break from the comparable “serious” shooters of today like CoD or Halo – breaking the mold of the FPS is surprisingly fresh.
Skyboxes: Each and every level has an absolutely fantastic horizon. You’ll spend five minutes in each chapter just looking at the faraway sights.
Hated Shrunken Balls: Just as the immaturity is sometimes fun, at other times it faceplants the ground so hard it leaves a noticeable indent. Some of the jokes simply aren’t funny enough to laugh at, or extreme enough to be worth the odd awkward laugh.
Only 2 Balls: Echoes mode is basically re-running parts of the campaign for high-scores and the most varied skill kills. Want more? Sorry, the main campaign and Echoes is all you’re getting in terms of single-player game.
Midget Jokes: Bulletstorm is short. Really short. The campaign only lasts for a few hours, and Echoes mode only a few hours more. Sure, there’s the online multiplayer, but killing with skill isn’t really fun when you’ve got intelligent opponents to fight – doesn’t give you much time to look for the skill kills.
While Bulletstorm did make me cringe and lose a few brain cells to awful jokes, the good jokes and the ability to kill an enemy nearly any way I wanted to made this a particularly fun game to play through, even though it only lasted a few hours. If you have the extra money, feel free to pick up Bulletstorm, but casual players may want a rental or a price drop to come by first.