After playing â€œBulletstormâ€ for a few hours, I needed a shower.
This game is so gory, I felt a little dirty. On top of that, I had an urge to open a few beers while I played because the main character, Grayson Hunt, is a drunk ex-solider that can find booze throughout the game and get drunk.
It just seems right to join in on Huntâ€™s fun. Donâ€™t be mistaken, this game is not for any child.
With blood cascading out of every bad guy, Epic Games creates a first-person shooter version of their popular third-person shooter franchise, â€œGears of War.â€
Â The only real differences between â€œGearsâ€ and â€œBulletstormâ€ is how fast the game plays. This difference comes from the fact that the game is in the first-person, and the soldiers in your squad arenâ€™t jacked up on about five thousand times too many anabolic steroids. Other than that, it feels like an arcadier version of â€œGears.â€
Â There arenâ€™t too many multiplayer features for â€œBulletstorm,â€ but it reaches back to the old-school single-player games where the only point is to earn as many points as possible. The other game mode is a four person bad-guy gore-fest similar to the â€œHordeâ€ game in â€œGears of Warâ€ and â€œZombiesâ€ in â€œCall of Dutyâ€ fighting wave after wave of enemies.
These two game modes will keep the game pretty entertaining for a while, but the single player game doesnâ€™t seem to have too much replay value to it unfortunately.
I didnâ€™t enjoy the view control swaps â€œBulletstormâ€ has compared to basically every other first-person shooter on the market because I couldnâ€™t stop crouching when Iâ€™d try to do something simple like run.
Other than that big, irritating mistake, I had fun running around and using all of the intense, thrilling ways to kill enemies. My favorite is using the leash to pull a foe close to me, kicking him away and then shooting him in the head for a glorious, sprawling bad guy with blood flying out of where his head used to be.
Blood-showers aside, â€œBulletstormâ€ is very striking to look at. I was amazed at how good the game looked. Even with all of the explosions, bullets and bodies flying everywhere, I never saw the game have problems rendering all of the action once.
Even when I was kicking bad guys into electrified buildings and watching them be fried like chickens, â€œBulletstormâ€ played like a movie.Â
The sound effects and music for the game are up to par with all of the videogames out on the market right now. The voice actors were exceptionally good though; it is an all-star cast talking in this game. Â
One last note, the script is very immature and funny, but I love it. I said this game is too much for children to handle, and donâ€™t let them hear it either; â€œBulletstormâ€ is the filthiest game Iâ€™ve ever heard. I canâ€™t think of one line that is publishable â€“â€“ thatâ€™s how bad it is.
Video game reviewer Ian Hopkins can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.