Bulletstorm Review

With all of the controversy surrounding “Bulletstorm” I expected the game to be extreme over the top profanity all the time with no story; I was wrong. I am really enjoying the game, whether it is the story or the gunplay. This game is being made out to be the devil of all video games and that it makes people molest each other because of its infamous skillshot innuendos. The game itself is fun and interesting, but nothing we haven’t seen in regards to the mindless shooting. If you enjoy shooters similar to the original Doom, over the top gore like Mortal Kombat, and a mouth that only Duke Nukem could love then you will most likely enjoy this game. 

  The storyline of the game may be the biggest surprise. You take the role of Grayson Hunt, the now rogue leader of Dead Echo Squad. Throughout most of the game you’re accompanied by Ishi Sato, the only other surviving member of Dead Echo. Also by Trishka Novak, Hunt’s female version who is equally foul-mouthed, who has a dark past. You are on a quest for redemption against General Serrano who had Dead Echo killing civilians who were going to give him bad press. The only problem is that he told Dead Echo that these people were gun runners and murders.    

 Who's a pretty game? You are!

The game play has a lot of variety, from shooting guys in the balls or ass, to controlling a futuristic Godzilla with a small holographic device, even to quick time events from the likes of Gears of War except that these give you points based on how fast you press the button. The demo of the game threw a lot of people off because they thought that was simply all the game had to offer. The campaign is nothing like that. That mode is known as Echos and you run through small parts of the campaign and try to acquire as many skillshot points as possible, as fast as possible.  The game does a great job of explaining why there are points everywhere and what they’re for.

Bulletstorm also has a multiplayer mode that it reminiscent of horde mode from Gears of War. There are waves and different types of enemies to attack you for every different wave. The main difference is that in Bulletstorm your goal, of course, is to work with your three other Echo teammates to kill the enemies in extreme and awesome ways to rack up enough points to advance to the next round. It can become extremely hectic because you will constantly have to do different skillshots which become more difficult when everything is blowing up around you and you are trying to do it with three other players.

The weapons in the game feel great and the combat is fun and rewarding. You can chose to be lazy and only go for the easy headshot, or you can go all out and use the whip and kick some mofos up in the air then do with them what you please.   For example, later in the game you get a drill type weapon that if you shot somebody and they stick to a surface the will spin around until all of their limbs are ripped off; that skill shot is called break dance. 

   Suck on my Boom Stick!

In many cases it seems as if the game is trying to look bad, like zooming in to close to a characters to see some jagged edges and some badly drawn 2D backgrounds. Other than that the games engine runs solid with extremely rare cases of frame rate drop, even with a lot of crazy shit going on. 

The last two chapters of the game hold some of my few problems with the game. The spaces you are in are very small and the same (spaceships, long corridors, etc.), and it drags on for a little longer then maybe it should have. But, I think that is because they are ironing out the rest of the story and relationships between Hunt, Ishi, and Trishka. You even get to run around with Serrano for a few chapters which is one of the few highlights of the final two acts because his dialogue is very funny and he picks on Hunt and Ishi like there is no tomorrow. Another one of the big problems I have is that there is no new game plus, meaning that you cannot go back in to the campaign with all of the weapons unlocked and all of your stats from the beginning. I would have liked to use the special ability for some of the later unlocked guns a little more than I was able to.

In the end, Bulletstorm is a great game that I think anybody, of age, should go pick up. You will enjoy the shooting, hilarious dialogue, and over the top action. This game is a great change of pace from all of the popular twitch and tactical shooters that are crowding the market right now. So get your ass out there right now and buy this game or I’ll kill your dick!


Video Games: All Fun and Games, Right?

We all know somebody that plays videogames. Whether it be World of Warcraft or the next installment of Call of Duty. We people play these games for ours on end and are perfectly normal people when we are done, right?

According to the California State Senator Leland Yee, “California’s violent video game law properly seeks to protect children from the harmful effects of excessively violent, interactive video games,” said Yee, who is also a child psychologist.

The state of California proposed a law stating that the sale of “Mature” rated video games to minors would be made illegal because of the effects of violent video games on kids. They say that they studies that claim that children become more violent and aggressive after playing violent video games for an extended period of time.

On the other side of the argument is the games industry. They also claim to have studies that say there is no effect on a child’s behavior after playing a violent game. In an interview with BBC, Epic Games’ Cliff Blezinski says, "The majority of what we implement into the game we do for feedback and interactivity, not because we're strange sadistic people who want to see how much blood we can put on the screen when you shoot one of the lizard creatures.”

Blezinski sees the violence in his company’s “Mature” rated games as “cartoon-like” much like Looney Tunes. “But, rather than ACME hammers and anvils, we have machine guns and grenades,” he said. For example, in his upcoming, “Mature” rated,  game, Bulletstorm, players utilize a large arsenal of weapons and a “skillshot” system that rewards them for creating over the top mayhem in the most creative and destructive way possible.

I personally agree with the people in the games industry. I have played hundreds of video games for thousands of hours and I haven’t killed anybody and started a school massacre. But, to law makers that still aren’t yet full to speed on the digital age of entertainment, one kid in a million that lashes out is good enough. Even if the kids that do these crazy things have terrible lives, drugged out parents that don’t care, or ones that abuse them constantly, they blame it on the video games.

Many people don’t play video games for the violence; we play them to get a story or a new form of entertainment for a while. We see them as safe havens were we can just get away from all of ours problems, relax, and have fun with friends. Both Call of Duty and Halo, to some misinformed people, are extremely violent video games. But they pale in comparison to games like Gears of War or Dead Space which are never brought up.

In the end, we can all agree that violent video games do not make people do violent things. One in a million is just another statistic that, in reality, can be compared to anything else that makes people do violent things. Drugs, alcohol, and gangs are hundreds of times as worse than “violent” video games and people need to see that. They’re essentially interactive movies, which are becoming to many the main source of entertainment. It is our future; let us give our point of view and decide what we believe is right.