Clifford Bleszinski On Bulletstorm “Creativity”

South of our clicky bit is a video in which Epic Games lead singer Clifford Bleszinski claims that Bulletstorm’s manshooting isn’t simply shooting men, but a lot of other creative stuff, much of which appears to involve smacking people around using “physics” and killing them with “explosions” and stuff. You’re apparently going to want to toy with them, to farm them for points. This says something about the world we live in, but I dare not hazard an interpretation. Go see him say stuff and then, ultimately, go do something else.


  1. jake says:

    This looks more like Clifford on the merits of medical marijuana.

    • Wulf says:

      …I’m not the only one who thinks that he looks like he’s in some kind of permanently stoned state, then?

      Either he’s got some kind of automatic opiate top-up system wired into his body, or… he’s had a lobotomy and he’s now just blissfully empty. He actually scares me a little.

      (It’s not just this video/picture either. In fact, in the last five years or so, if you look up a picture of CliffyB, he’s… empty. There’s just nothing there. D:)

    • DarkNoghri says:

      It’s the fruit pies, obviously.

      link to

    • Jahkaivah says:

      “Dude…. look at all the colours…. oh man I can see…. grey…. and brown…. woah”

    • Ted says:

      Actually, when he plays gears of war, he sees ALL the colours of the rainbow.
      that’s how far he’s gone!

  2. Navagon says:

    In Painkiller I used the namesake weapon to repeatedly thwack corpses keeping them airborne for bonus golden trinket things of indeterminable worth. So I suppose this game will appeal to me.

    • Optimaximal says:

      It’s made by People Can Fly or whoever they are now since Epic bought them. It’s essentially Painkiller 2.

    • Navagon says:

      I don’t know about that. It does seem to take some of the attitude that permeated through Painkiller and crank it up to 11. But Painkiller was an arena shooter (and a bloody good one). This seems to be more geared towards a purely multiplayer experience. Maybe there will be bots but I doubt you’ll be inundated with cannon fodder in this one.

  3. Nova says:

    Time for a Tired Eyes tag.

  4. HotSake says:

    “South of our clicky bit”

    Looks like I just discovered a new euphemism…

  5. pakoito says:

    Creativity, maybe, originality…not since HL2 already did it.

  6. Memphis-Ahn says:

    What does Cliff know about creativity?
    If it wasn’t for People Can Fly he’d be making Girders of Manshooting 5.

  7. Hmm says:

    Where’s my PC version of Gears of War 2 and 3? I bought the first one, want to play the rest.

    • Falcon says:

      And while you’re at it, release them on Steam/other digital distribution systems without GFWL. (Yeah, I can dream *sigh*)

      I have a PC and PS3 because I figured “all the 360 games I’d like to play will be out on PC anyway, right?” I didn’t count on Microsoft not only not supporting the PC gaming market but also actively sabotaging it.

      So, for that reason, I didn’t buy Gears of War, but it looked like fun and I would like to play it if they ever change their tune.

    • rayne117 says:

      Yeah, it’s a pity there is no way to play the game if you weren’t going to buy it anyways.

    • oceanclub says:

      I have a high tolerance for even average shooters but found GOW very boring. Yes, even in coop mode. Just very unsatisfying in the actual shooting bit. A game whose success completely baffles me.


  8. A-Scale says:

    Young Clifford is a boil on the ass of gaming.

    • SirKicksalot says:

      But he made Jazz Jackrabbit!

    • Wulf says:

      Aaactually, that was Arjan Brussee. CliffyB’s more the Unreal guy, and that was back before he became a zombie.

    • Turin Turambar says:

      Jazz Jackrabbit was nice for a day of silly fun, but it wasn’t Commander Keen IV.

    • Stijn says:

      It’s even more complicated; Arjan Brussee and Cliff Bleszinski made Jazz Jackrabbit (2) together.

    • Jim Rossignol says:

      Don’t be mean. Cliff is lovely.

    • rocketman71 says:

      Yeah, CliffyB is so lovely when he calls us thieves. I always look forward to his epithets and Mark Rein’s false declarations of love to the PC.

    • Sigma Draconis says:

      Okay, I’ll bite. What’s Cliffy B done to make him this ENEMY OF GAMING that I need to hate?

    • KillahMate says:

      He abandoned the PC platform in a very public way, basically.

      Not that I think it’s that simple, but a number of ill-considered public statements gave a lot of people the impression that he’s decided to abandon the very PC gamers that made him, and people tend to take that kind of thing seriously.

    • Mark says:

      “He abandoned the PC platform in a very public way, basically.”

      This kind of fan-boy argument is not the level of discourse I expect from RPS readers.

      Cliff is fine. His “Gears” was the first decent “cover-based” shooter, and still is the ONLY decent one to this day.

    • Patrick says:

      Cover and regenerating health are the boils on the ass of gaming, and Cliffy started it with his emo, WWE-acted, pottymouth crapfest GoW.

      He also has the charisma of a snail. I understand a lot of creative people having huge egos, but he does not have the presence to carry it, and it just looks embarrassing.

    • Unknown says:

      “This kind of fan-boy argument is not the level of discourse I expect from RPS readers.”

      Its not a fan-boy argument if its true. CliffyB doesn’t care about PC gaming anymore, not after the success of Gears. He probably wouldn’t even want to make an other PC game, if given the chance, since we all knew what his stance was on PC gaming (everybody pirates). The only reason he still does is because Epic thinks there is still some marginal amount of money worth making, and to sell the Unreal Engine. He probably does the least amount of work and just put out some PC port.

      Besides that, Epic really hasn’t release much PC games after UT3 and the Gears port, which was back in 2007. Thats 3 years that Epic did nothing on PC, which they still continued to amkes for for XBox, XBLA, and now even the iOS. This shows that PC gaming is nowhere in their list of priorities.

    • Unknown says:

      “which they still continued to amkes for for” should read “while they still continued to makes games for”.

  9. paganite says:

    Bulletstorm = possible game of the year 2011, nothing else on the release schedules looks half as fun.

    • Xocrates says:

      Isn’t any game, no matter how shitty it looks, a possible game of the year until it and the competition actually come out?

      Not saying that bulletstorm will be shitty, only that I find your statement rather odd, though mostly because I’m a huge advocate of Good =/= Fun.

      Bulletstorm seems quite fun, yes, but for a year that promises to bring stuff like Deus Ex 3 and Portal 2 it strikes me as odd that you see nothing else that can compete for Game of the Year.

    • Brumisator says:

      Fun is the most important aspect of any game for me. It doens’t have to be mindless fun, but if a hypothetical game has great visuals, a great story, great controls but is just boring, what’s the point?
      (I loved indigo prophecy becasue to me, doing all that stuff i the game was enjoyable)

      I’m a bit tired of manshoots, but at least this isn’t another CoD.

    • rayne117 says:

      Brink here, how could you forget me? ;_;

    • Lilliput King says:

      Brum – maybe all that other stuff you listed makes it enjoyable. Maybe ‘enjoyable’ isn’t a separate category of ‘thing’ you can apply and discuss.

    • buzko says:

      Spess Mareen!

  10. Down Rodeo says:

    …aaaaand finish with a cut to a nadshot + kick to the head combo. Classy?

  11. Rohit Nirmal says:

    Good Old PC.

  12. Pani says:

    Good old PC!

    Are we old?
    Or good?

  13. Face says:

    Let me just go ahead here and be the guy who says he hates the concept and style of this game.

    I hate the concept and style of this game! I loathe it. Every time a game like this comes around all the previews, because it is for some reason their job to sound as positive as can be, jump on the hype train and tell us how great it is that this one brave developer has decided to kick back and let it all hang out, so that we, the painfully-repressed, societally-restricted grown-up gamers, can finally let out our inner manchildren in an “orgy” of “awesome” destruction and vulgar “guffaw-inducing” hypersexualized and often incidentally homophobic one-liners.

    I like my dirty humor inclusive rather than exclusive, you know what I mean? I’m a Rocky Horror guy, not a Scary Movie guy. Transgressive funny is good; regressive funny is not. And you know what else – I LIKE being a grown-up. It’s great. I’m not in high school anymore; FANTASTIC. I like being mature. That doesn’t mean I hate Serious Sam. I LOVE Serious Sam. It’s a great game. If it has a style, it’s ‘bizarre’. Cliffy, on the other hand, specializes in a style I’d characterize as ‘pubescent.’ And I sneer at it. Sneer!

    • Face says:

      Addendum: I do not, however, hate Bleszinski. If nothing else it’s fun to see someone, at least to all appearances (with the exception of this one), be so enthusiastic about his work. In other videos I’ve seen he seems to genuinely love what he does. I’m glad for him. On the other hand he has made it his business to evoke, in his games, everything about adolescent maleness that I most dislike.

    • mandrill says:


      Well said sir. I couldn’t agree more.

      This man, along with Bobby Kotick, are symptom of what is wrong with gaming. Mr Kotick for his “We’re not in games to have fun.” ethos, and Cliff “I hate PC gamers because they’re smarter than me” Blezinski for his lack of vision. No-one seems to have called him on the fact that he’s been making the same game over and over again for years. He needs to grow up, grow a pair, and do something different. He’s enough of a developer rockstar that he might just pull it off where John Romero didn’t. He simply doesn’t want to venture out of his comfort zone and do something as difficult as having a new idea. Maybe its fear of the unknown that is causing this, or maybe he just isn’t capable.

      I’m not expecting very much from this game, as you might have gathered.

    • PFlute says:

      I just want you to know I registered here, finally, just so I could say YES. Utter agreement from me on most every possible front, and mayhaps then some.

      Let’s all sneer together.

    • Saul says:

      I also dislike the concept, although I can certainly imagine that my teenage self would have had fun with it. I think I’ll be shocked when someone other than Valve release a new shooter that I’m interested in playing. I am going to try DNF. But hey, I’ve been waiting for that since I WAS a teenager!

    • DW40 says:

      I can’t say that this is my first comment, but it is probably my third or fourth comment on this site, which I’ve read just about every day for, Christ, has it been several years-?-but I wanted to jump in with additional applause for Face’s comment. The way violence is treated in that video actually makes me sort of uncomfortable, and I’m someone who wishes I could turn of the shame-inducing, could-have-written-a-novel, “Total Hours Played” number when I boot up Steam for BFBC2.
      If I finally kill my “Nemesis” in BFBC2, I feel good. Not because I ended the life of a digital man with violence, but because I finally beat that player; was quicker, smarter, luckier. The violence is a means to an end, which is the competition. At lest for me. It’s one of the reasons I only played 10 minutes into the single player campaign, the competition isn’t annoying enough.
      And wow, if we thought people were up in arms about game violence now…get ready to see this footage on the nightly news.
      The weird part is, if I saw this in an arcade, with a glove you could wear and a silly plastic gun in front of a 50″ screen, I’d probably pump tons of money into it, especially if there were two gloves and two plastic guns for coop. Something about the setting, the intimacy of it…thats for smarter men to think about…

    • Sinomatic says:

      I’m not sure I’d go as far as sneering at it, but I’d definitely pull out my best ‘bored’ face.

  14. ZenArcade says:

    Where most people are a composite of flesh, bone, skin, eyes, brains, mouths, ears, eyes, thoughts, feelings, passions, emotions, ideas and many other complex things, “Cliffy B” is comprised solely of marketing. His whole existence is simply… marketing. Honestly, I can’t be the only person who cannot STAND hearing him talk? I do like the Gears series, mind you, but I’d rather he not be such a big marketing ponce about everything all the time.

  15. Moni says:

    “Point farming” “High scores”.

    I can’t really explain why, but just hearing those points makes me really want to play Bulletstorm.

  16. Sigh says:

    I will buy this game if the same ’80s era manic guitar solos (featured in the video above) continue from the moment you start the game to the moment that you exit to the Windows desktop. Especially if they drown out most of the dialogue and sound effects…especially then.

    Also, at least one achievement needs to be based on the guitar solos.

  17. Phydaux says:

    I don’t know what it is about Cliffy B, but I don’t like him. Even though I like his games. I think it may be the teeth. They’re not normal.

  18. Robin says:

    Games like this coming out in 2011 make me feel like Duke Nukem Forever is entirely superfluous.

  19. Perkelnik says:

    Gool old PC my ass, wheres the PC version of Gears of War 2???

    Oh yeah I forgot, piracy… right.

  20. hansdampf says:

    Whats wrong with effectively killing people? This whole “gore + over top + score-in-your-face” thing feels like darkest days of Tomb Raider. Games getting worse, violence and sex increase.
    Maybe this price to pay for 10.000.000 sold copies? -_-#

  21. Zogtee says:

    Watching this is like watching some aging rock band that are stuck in their glory days twenty years back and unable or scared to move on. It’s new, technically, but it feels so old and tired. Killing “dudes” and going WOOHOO! Really, Cliffy, really?

  22. Freud says:

    I think CliffyB has a very good feel for what makes games good in the old school playability sense, but is a little bit too distracted by ‘cool’ stuff. Which makes it so hard to trust his opinion because you don’t know which of them he is currently impressed with. I hate cool. I love old school skill based gameplay.

    As for Bulletstorm. I am optimistic. I think it looks like it could be a lot of fun.

    • Wulf says:

      I’m mildly optimistic because it’s a shooter that looks colourful, and those are kind of scarce, these days. Of course, a bunch of games on the horizon look set to break that mold, including BulletStorm.

      Beyond that, I don’t really know anything about it. I’ll just wait until something catches my attention I suppose, either positive or negative. But at the moment, it’s colourful, so it gets bonus points for that at the very least.

    • Face says:

      @Freud: Definitely agree. Gotta wait for the reviews.

      @Wulf: Yeah, it does get credit for color. That is true. I like what I’ve heard about the system. There’ s more going on than just shooting, which I always love to see. I guess I’m more or less morally and philosophically opposed to the ‘flavor’ of the game, and I’ll probably avoid it for that reason if for no better. Of course I don’t know how it will play. Could play very well. Maybe I could play it with the volume off?

  23. Zwebbie says:

    Games are addictive – Bulletstorm’s multiplayer, at least. Cliffy B said it.

  24. Gabe Kotick says:

    Will the pc version of Bulletstorm have an item store?
    RPS, is that console footage? If so, is it ok to show conole gameplay on a pc site?

  25. wtf tai srsly says:

    That’s Cliffy “Don’t call my Cliffy B” B, right?
    I was so bewildered by his full name, that I tried switching it up a bit. Then noticed that Blizzard Cleffinski couldn’t really be correct…

  26. nullpointer says:

    Do you get any points for getting a word in between his high speed info bursts?
    Oh and MOAR bown/grey plx
    Though I welcome any sort of shmup scoring mechanic to any game!

  27. PJMendes says:

    This looks pretty juvenile, morally condemnable, and fun! It just peaked my interest in a game I was pretty lukewarm about, and was otherwise going to skip.

  28. Gordon Freeman says:

    “Along with the most beautiful graphics you are going to see on a console or PC anywhere”