Author: Bob Buskirk
We here at ThinkComputers are very avid gamers. So each Friday we will be covering a game that should help you get through the weekend. The games will range from new games to classics that we still love to play. They also are not limited to just PC games either. If you have a game you think we should cover check out the Gaming Friday thread in the forums.
I know most of our Gaming Friday articles have been about games that are just fun, but hey that’s what Gaming Friday is all about! Bulletstorm is no exception to that! The game is all about killing enemies, but not just that performing moves in combos when killing enemies to get a higher score. Bulletstorm is from the same people who did the Gears of War series so you know it is going to be a great game. Read on to find out all about it!
Bulletstorm is not only available on PC, but Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 as well. My experience with the game has mostly been on Xbox 360. I was mainly interested in the game because buying the Epic Edition allowed you to get in to the Gear of War 3 beta, but after playing it, it was well worth my purchase.
So what is Bulletstorm all about. Let’s talk about the story first. Set in a futuristic utopia, an elite peacekeeping force thwarts the rumblings of civil war. But deception within the ranks has caused two members of the most feared unit to strike out on their own. Now stranded on an abandoned paradise, Grayson Hunt and Ishi Sato find themselves surrounded by hordes of mutants and flesh eating gangs. They survive on two objectives: get off the planet alive and extract revenge on the man who sent them there. You of course play as Grayson Hunt, who is quite the character.
Your main objective is to get off the planet alive and kill General Sarrano. The story is actually not that bad if you plan on playing the campaign. I actually completed the campaign in a couple of week of playing casually. The levels are very detailed and some of them are just beautiful.
Your arsenal is filled with quite a few guns that you eventually get as the campaign goes on. Each gun can be upgraded along the way. Each gun also has a charge shot, or special shot as people like to call it. The charge shot all depends on the gun, but many of them are pretty cool. You are able to hold have 2 guns active. My favorite combo is the PeaceMaker Carbine and the Flail Gun. You are also get the Energy Leash along your journey. This is an energy whip that can grab enemies from a distance and can also activate area affects.
The really fun part of Bulletstorm comes from the “skillshot” system. As I said you are awarded different points on how you kill an enemy. So if you kick someone then kill them, it’s called a “bullet kick” and you get a certain amount of points for that kill. You can also use the Energy Leash to grab an enemy and throw them into say a cactus, this kill is called “Pricked”. There are quite a few different skillshots, you can check out a full list here.
If you beat the campaign there is a mode called “Echos” where you play certain spots in each level and try to get the highest score by doing all different types of skillshots. It is a lot of fun and I’ve played many Echos over and over again just to beat a friends highscore.
There is no real competitive multiplayer, but there is as a multiplayer mode called Anarchy, where enemies continuously spawn. This mode is much like the Horde mode in Gears of War, but it is a little bit different.
All in all this game is a lot of fun, whether you are playing the Campain, Echos, or Anarchy mode you are bound to have a lot of fun. If you buy this game today your weekend should be set!