Posts Tagged ‘Bulletstorm’

Bulletstormgate: Analysing The “Evidence”

By John Walker on February 15th, 2011.

Imagine if I had any PS skills.

I think this shall likely be the last mention of the Fox News/Bulletstorm debacle. But it’s a pretty special one. If you followed the story you’ll know that the inestimable journalists at Fox News saw fit to run a story in which they carried claims that playing Bulletstorm would cause people to rape. Through investigating the story further we discovered that some had been misrepresented, others were completely ignored presumably because they contradicted with the desired angle, and a few people were given space to voice unevidenced and extraordinary claims. The main voice of this collection, Dr Carole Lieberman, has released a statement in which she states that she too was misrepresented by Fox News, and then goes on to restate exactly the same spurious claims. And as of yesterday got in touch with those who had emailed her for comment, this time linking to her evidence. Here we go then.

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Rips & Tears In Rain: Bulletstorm Hands On

By Quintin Smith on February 10th, 2011.

The sexual violence is happening just off-camera, I think.

Following the recent wash of ingenious marketing and controversy it’s a little tricky to remember that Bulletstorm is simply an FPS from the Painkiller developers, coming out in less than 2 weeks. Will it be any good? At EA’s invitation I sat down for a lengthy hands-on. That’s the perfect set-up for a dick joke, by the way. My restraint knows no bounds.
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Will Bulletstorm Murder Your Children? (No)

By John Walker on February 9th, 2011.

OMG I'm going to do a violence now!

Yesterday Fox News asked the headline question, “Is Bulletstorm the Worst Video Game in the World?” Which is spectacular. It’s a quite remarkable piece of writing, worthy of our own Daily Mail. And why is it the WORST GAME IN THE WORRRRLD? Because they’ve named some of the Skill Shots with sexual innuendos. Which, they absolutely astonishingly claim, causes rape.

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1.25 Million Download Parody AdverGame

By Jim Rossignol on February 7th, 2011.


The Bulletstorm tweeting-thing announced that People Can Fly’s free Call Of Duty parody, Duty Calls, has been download 1.25 million times over the weekend. The brief game, which mocks the “realistic” shooter genre, was an advert for Bulletstorm’s more science fictional approach on the macho manshoot. And, well, it was actually pretty funny. As adverts go, it was one of the more inventive ones we’ve seen. A kind of anti-demo. “Bulletstorm is not this,” being the message. It also, perhaps, goes some small way toward making up for the lack of an actual demo. Well, they say laughter is the best medicine. We’ll see about that.

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The Duty Calls: Bulletstorm Has A Mock

By Alec Meer on February 2nd, 2011.

UPDATE: full walkthrough video below. War never changes. War has changed.

I’m still downloading this, but I’ll point you at it while we all work out what it is. The origin: a tweet from EA reading “Stay Frosty @Bulletstorm fans. Download a FREE version of the most epically epic FPS ever: Duty Calls.” The destination: TheDutyCalls.com, a 765Mb download, a whole lot of cheeky references to Call Of Duty, and the below video.

BUT WHAT IS IT? I’ll tell you if this bloody download ever finishes. 765Mb? This is surely more than a cheap pun…
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Bulletstorm To Feature Constant Online DRM?

By Quintin Smith on January 30th, 2011.

EDIT: Stand down! People Can Fly’s Creative Director, Adrian Chmielarz, has tweeted saying that Bulletstorm only requires a constant internet connection for installation and online play. This simply looks like an incredibly poor choice of words on EA’s part, since none of the other “digital” versions on the disclosure page list a persistent internet connection as a requirement. Phew. For posterity, I’ve re-posted my original post after the jump.
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Bulletstorm Skillisodes Have A Stupid Name

By Quintin Smith on January 28th, 2011.

It has a gun which fires explosive cannonballs, you know. It's totally the Serious Sam of the '10s.

Bulletstorm isn’t getting a PC demo and we are ANGRY, yes, but then they release a trailer with a line like “pucker your butthole!” and all is forgiven. Now Epic have started releasing short videos detailing the various skillshots integral to the game, and they’re calling these skill-related episodes… skillisodes, a word that I can barely type without going and washing my hands. But then you actually watch them, and they’re awesome. Full game’s less than a month away now!
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Pucker Your Butthole: New Bulletstorm Trail

By John Walker on January 25th, 2011.

This is a rare screenshot in which no one is having their head sliced in two.

Of the spate of recent Bulletstorm trailers, while they’ve been incredibly funny, they’ve not shown a huge amount of the game itself. This latest, detailing the revenge moves a little more comprehensibly, as well as showing some of the characters’ natterings, lasts a decent length. Be warned, faint-eared readers! It contains some swears that your boss may disapprove of. Oh, and bodies being violently dismembered, but everyone’s cool with that.

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No PC Bulletstorm Demo, CliffyB Indifferent

By John Walker on January 17th, 2011.

No finding out whether this is the sort of thing you want.

Aw, that Cliffy B is such a sweetheart. With the news that Bulletstorm demos will be available for the 360 and PS3, but not the PC, clearly a few people with a big grey box are a little miffed. Is this in case of demo piracy? Er um. So the gaming’s Man Of Tact, as Blues report, has attempted to quell the storm with a thoughtful and thought-provoking tweet on the matter:

http://bit.ly/eTr0BR – BULLETSTORM DEMO COMING TO 360/PS3 JANUARY 25th. In other news, PC gamers are grumpy about this.”

Meanwhile, even though they don’t deserve it, there’s a couple of new videos below.

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Bulletstorm Diorama For Satirical Reference

By Jim Rossignol on January 12th, 2011.


I spent some time trying to figure out how to crowbar in my own reference to that bit in The Simpsons where Skinner declares there to be a “diorama-rama”, but it just didn’t work. Anyway, this is the Bulletstorm trailer where they get clever, because it’s a diorama scene that reference’s Halo’s one, and that is like a satire or something. Ah, “pastiche”. Yeah, that’s the stuff. Go watch it, and think about how well Epic know their audience. Pretty well, I reckon.
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Lo-Tech: Bulletstorm Specs Friendly

By John Walker on January 11th, 2011.

A man with a gun on a Thursday.

There was a time when a new game from Epic meant saving up the thousand or so pounds it would cost to get a machine that could play it. That sounds so alien now, so ludicrous, that people were upgrading at such vast expenses just to play the latest, greatest PC game. But of course it was an investment in the many dozens of games that would follow, until the next time id released something. But now, thanks to cross-platform publishing, the PC is idling. We’re already so far ahead of the current gen console tech that we can spin our wheels and enjoy our latest games on two-year-old rigs, with the graphics card we bought at the time. Madness. And to prove this point, the Bulletstorm specs look positively pedestrian. They’re below.

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Here’s To You, Pop-Pop

By Alec Meer on January 8th, 2011.

There’s a new Bulletstorm trailer, in which, Cliffy ‘Don’t Call Me CliffyB’ B describes his hopes, dreams and aspirations.

Good grief.

(Probably NSFW)
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Trigger-Happy Holidays From Bulletstorm

By Quintin Smith on December 21st, 2010.

I’ve just realised that Bulletstorm‘s above killer robot wheel might in fact have merely detached from an even bigger killer robot truck. Wouldn’t that be amazing? People Can Fly, feel free to drop me a job offer. I expect at least £5,000 per year plus unlimited access to the coffee machine. Also, I want the job title of Ludographer. You see, Ludo is ancient Greek for “play”, and “grapher” is ancient Greek for somebody who works with 3D graphics engines. Look, I’m even posting your funny little Happy Holidays video. I quite like it. It reminds me of Serious Sam.
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