Bulletstorm Is Rude, Gigantic Death Wheel

Bulletstorm is due to turn up in February next year, and it’s probably going to put smiles on a few faces. Not because it’s clever, but because, well… there’s a point in this trailer where it’s not clear which way it’s going to go, and then someone says “Son of a dick!” and all is revealed. There are things videogames do well, and there are things that they do really, really well. See if you can spot some of them, below.

And what the hell is that giant wheel thing?


  1. Rich says:

    “Son of a dick”. Well I suppose it’s technically correct.

    Edit: The force-powers has me thinking of Bioshock in a Borderlands environment… with a bit of Quake thrown in.
    Also, I approve of the glowing overheating mini gun.

  2. Brumisator says:

    I don’t know how to feel about this game.
    It seems like fun.
    It also seems like it’s trying too hard.

    I guess I’ll remain cautiously optimistic.

  3. Okami says:

    This is the most mind boggingly stupid and offensive video game I’ve ever seen.

    I also want to play it right now.

    • Flatfingers says:

      I’m guessing you never played Redneck Rampage.

      I’ll skip the bits about the belching and farting and the downloadable Cuss Pack. I won’t even mention the Turd Minions. I’ll just mention that the way to end each level was by whacking your pal Bubba upside the head with a tire iron.

  4. Robert says:

    I think someone in this video has a wee one and needs to compensate.

  5. Jason Moyer says:

    If I were Randy Pitchford I’d be shitting my pants right now.

  6. battles_atlas says:

    Ooooh someone put me out of my misery and remind me who the band on the trailer is? Fuel?

  7. Mike Blackney says:

    This game looks like an insane amount of fun.

    I’m getting the feeling that Epic are best at taking a sweet, but underused game idea and polishing it into something amazing. Gears was like a super sweet version of kill.switch, and now this is a super sweet (looking) version of The Club.

    • DH says:

      From what I’ve read, Epic is actually staying pretty hands-off on this one and trying not to interfere with what People Can Fly is doing. They’re just saying “this studio has a vision, and we’ll give them whatever help and money they need.”

  8. Tridec says:

    Looks like fun.

  9. planet xxx says:

    ain’t it always the same, you wait 10 years for a duke nukem game to turn up and then…

    • megaman says:

      Exactly my thoughts – that looks like the Duke Nukem I was waiting for forever!

      On a non-related note: Now I have to type two hardly readable, non-english words? OMG

  10. Rei Onryou says:

    I think the Giant Wheel might be a spinning blade of a Bagger like machine. Gigantic strip mine diggers are all the rage nowadays, donchaknow.

    EDIT: Loving the new comments setup!

  11. planet xxx says:

    Ain’t it always the same, you wait 10 years for a duke nukem game and then…

  12. Mahmoth says:

    This looks like Duke Nukem times Serious Sam to the power of GUN.

  13. noobnob says:

    As someone who loves to mash the ‘kick’ button in FPS games that allow me to do so, I approve.

  14. Schmung says:

    Exactly the sort of shallow, wilfully stupid, over the top nonsense that modern technology allows us to concoct. I heartily approve.

  15. muki says:

    Made by those who did Painkiller. That’s good enough reason for me….

  16. Choca says:

    I’ve played this in 4-player coop at the last EA showcase and it was tons of fun.

    The only problem was that sometime you had to execute a precise combo (like a slide kick + headshot, etc) to gain points and the game was only giving you the name of the combo (Brotherhood = multiple kicks, Pin Cushion = impale on spikes, etc) , not the moves required, which was a little frustrating.

  17. VelvetFistIronGlove says:

    That gigantic death wheel scared the dick off me!

  18. outoffeelinsobad says:

    GOTY 2011. I’m calling it.

  19. Dominic White says:

    This looks really, really dumb. Also really fun. Not sure if it’s the kinda thing that’ll hold my attention through multiple playthroughs, though. I’ll be very surprised and happy if it has enough replay value to make it worth a purchase instead of a rental.

    You can be pretty sure that, being a western shooter, the only thing that’ll change between difficulty levels is the damage done/taken, which is incredibly lazy and really cripples a games long-term value.

  20. bleeters says:

    As deaths go, being gunned down, kicked and insulted by Steve Blum seems pretty high on the list.

  21. Frosty says:

    This looks more fun then Duke Nukem but I suppose I’m not old and wizened enough to have the Duke nostalgia kick in.

  22. sbs says:

    Ooooh, People Can Fly! Thats the guys behind Painkiller innit? Please tell me they are designing the hardcore Deathmatch multiplayer component, pleaaaaaase??

    • Tilla says:

      Not so much the deathmatch as /the whole thing/, Epic and co are just sorta funding it I think. maybe providing tech.

  23. Yes says:

    some of it looks like fun, but the main character voice is retarded as hell. I don’t want to risk becoming a retard by listening to that retard talking.

  24. Tusque d'Ivoire says:

    Any game where the protagonist (the in-game-ego) has a voice has me on its side, and if that voice says stuff like “booyah”, “badoosh” and “full on” (and I’m sure they will add “straight up beastin'” to the vocabulary before release) the game already has my money.

  25. Urthman says:

    Sold. Especially if I can buy a version with dialogue localized to German or Japanese or some other language I don’t know.

  26. Dreamhacker says:

    Giant death wheel? I wonder what the heck is the deal with the giant death lizard!

  27. Solario says:

    Thank you, Rick Remender.

    • Spacegirl says:

      This game (and everything) would be better if it starred Frankencastle.

  28. John Peat says:

    Awesome Awesome trailer – tho the fact the song is actually about a US Politician who shot himself live on camera is a little depressing I suppose…

    “Son of a dick” tho – I mean, who wouldn’t want to play that???

    • Dances to Podcasts says:

      According to wikipedia the band denied it was about that politician. I always thought it was about Kurt Cobain…

    • ERm says:

      According to Wikipedia a while ago it WAS about that politician.

      Edit: and people who kill themselves in general, actually. Which makes me unhappy for a lot of reasons.

    • John Peat says:

      According to Wikipedia at this very moment, it is about him

      The guy in question is R Bud Dwyer – details here

      link to en.wikipedia.org

  29. pignoli says:

    What I got from this was: Duke lands on Pandora, jazzes it up a bit, stuff gets shot. That’s closing on a sale. Man I’m shallow.

  30. Kefren says:

    I like the look of it apart from all the silly text saying ‘Trap shooting 100+’ etc. That’s the kind of thing that pulls me right out of any immersion. Hopefully there would be an option to turn off that kind of meta-commentary.
    As Father Ted would say, “Down with that sort of thing.”

    • Arathain says:

      While I would never wish to argue with someone pulling that most devastating of Father Ted quotes, I think immersion is not the point, and doing stupid stuff for high score kind of is. Sort of an FPS pinball machine.

    • DH says:

      Yeah, it’s surprisingly artistic for a willfully stupid FPS. The idea is that Creativity+Absurdity+Killing=Points, and that has been the basic premise of the game from the beginning. It’s not trying to take itself seriously at all (as opposed to the Gears series, which parades all sorts of idiocy with a straight face), and the game exists as a stage for the player’s “symphony of destruction”, as some of their promotional material so aptly put it.

      …I’m just hoping the multiplayer deathmatch is point-based. It’d be one of the first FPS games to actually reward being clever over simple shooting.

  31. gryffinp says:

    I think Steve Blum had a lot of fun doing the voicework for this game.

  32. Ted says:

    sounds like the guy whom does the voice for the american in nazi zombies.

  33. Lightbulb says:

    I must be getting old because there’s no way I could play that game…

    “Pull up your skirt and strap that dildo on” WTF is that about?

    Also looks like every other tedious FPS from the last 10 years. I guess I should just accept that fact that I no longer like FPS’s. 10 years of Counter-Strike will do that to you I guess.

    ps ARMA2 clearly isn’t an FPS because I DO like that…

    • DH says:

      The difference between this and every other FPS is that the game rewards players for killing things as spectacularly, absurdly, or cleverly as possible. The trailer is a bit misleading, since it only shows the points system at the very end — The game’s story and characters are entirely secondary to being a setup for the player to get the most spectacular kills possible (and the devs aren’t trying to force the story into something serious or something that thinks it’s profound, they just want it to be fun and funny).

      Also, the gravity-whip-thingy is an interesting twist on gravity-gun style mechanics, but that’s not nearly so important as the points-for-kills system.

    • Hmm-Hmm. says:


      Surely you realise that ARMA isn’t close to the same as a game like Battlefield, which isn’t the same as CODBLOPS, which isn’t the same as Unreal Tournament, which isn’t the same as this.

      In other words.. plenty of variety in the FPS genre. You don’t have to like them all. This is more in the over-the-top futuristic shooter where it’s not about whether you kill an enemy, but how stylish (gory), and how many enemies you can splatter simultaneously. Brings to mind games like Borderlands, Duke Nukem and Prototype.

  34. snv says:

    great vid
    first you got my expectations up, then i started the vid, started grinning, smiling and finally actually loling

  35. Navagon says:

    Being a fan of Painkiller, I’m liking the look of this one. I just hope the voice overs aren’t so damn constant as was typical of Painkiller engine games.

  36. MkHarris says:

    It refreshing to see a game that’s not afraid to embrace the fact that it’s a game; and let you do stupidly awesome and awesomely stupid shit.
    Makes a change from yet another oh-so-earnest and po-faced “adventures of Bigdick McGun”.

  37. Jack says:

    This looks like the game Duke Nukem forever should be.

    • MD says:

      I was about to say, if Painkiller was ‘the real Doom 3’, perhaps this’ll be ‘the real DNF’.

  38. Fuan says:

    Anyone else reminded of the video game Bonestorm from the Simpsons? The must-have video game of the Christmas season that Bart lusts over and eventually tries to shoplift.

    • Thants says:

      Ooo, I wonder if that means Lee Carvallo’s Putting Challenge is coming out as well.

  39. Corrupt_Tiki says:

    Do want this looks awesome!!! Stuff CoD

  40. blainestereo says:

    I hope pulling up your skirt and strapping that dildo on yields a high enough combo score, otherwise it’s just stupid

  41. My opinion is terrible and I'm sorry says:

    This is the role Steve Blum was born to play. Son of a dick indeed.

  42. ChosenOne54 says:

    Looks okay… but Epic really need to release the next UT.

  43. Spatvark says:

    Am I the only one who’d love to play a female character who voices the exact same lines?

  44. Used2LoveUDuke says:

    If Bulletstorm has more than 2-4 weapon slots it is already better than Duke Now Failing.

  45. Pantone says:

    I do hope the title is a reference to the Simpson’s BONESTORM