Bulletstorm Demo Bothers Showing Up

Someone's been eating our Bulletstorm images.

Better late than never? Bulletstorm has finally released its PC demo, which is perhaps a tad late to make up for the bad blood over its previous cancellation, but presumably still within plenty of time to convince the doubters to take a look. Quintin loved it when he reviewed it, and Kieron, Quintin and I had a good old chat about it here. You can download the demo RIGHT NOW from Steam or apparently on GFWL, but I got fed up of their ghastly website when trying to find it.


  1. patricij says:

    I’ll give it a whirl…thx for the heads up
    Also: still waiting for Hoard to come out, I hope it’s the last postponement >.>

  2. pandora says:

    You couldn’t find it on GFWL because you need to download it from GFWL en-US, not en-GB, as you could have obviously easily predicted, because they aren’t talking en-GB in this game, right?

  3. Jad says:

    I heard rumors that this had that kind of completely unacceptable DRM where it does an online check every time you start up the game. Is that true, or is it a only-at-install kind of thing and I’ve misheard?

    If the DRM is non-draconian, I will download this demo right away. I loved Painkiller and I do like what I’ve heard about the game.

    • MattM says:

      Oh I long for the days when we just had to worry about b.s. install activations. I honestly don’t get why they don’t patch this stuff out after the first month. There are plenty of cracks online already and it would save them from having to maintain the activation servers and field the support calls.

    • tstapp1026 says:

      no..it is ABSOLUTELY true. No internet connectivity, no gfwl… no gfwl, no Bulletstorm. period.

  4. TillEulenspiegel says:

    trying to find it

    All it’s missing is a “Powered by Bing” logo to make it a true masterpiece of Microsoftian incompetence.

  5. Navagon says:

    GFWL is such an act of genius. May our brains be whisked into a fine mush so we can be every bit as clever.
    But yes Bulletstorm demo. I may well just have to give that a go.

    Oh and you know who has been eating your Bulletstorm images don’t you? Total Biscuit. Why, you didn’t think he ate biscuits, did you? That would be cannibalism.

  6. SuperNashwanPower says:

    FOUR MILLION MEGA SHOOTEY BANG TESLA POINTS to all involved in making this demo and reporting it to my eyeballs :) Firing up Steam RIGHT now …

  7. Stardog says:

    Such a shit game. Truly boring. I don’t understand how anyone would want to play this game for more than 15 minutes.

    Press space bar to start – fail.

    • Optimaximal says:


    • Brumisator says:

      Eh, I didn’t like it either, but that’s most probably because I’m bored of 1st person shooters in general.

      Also, the beginning is very very boring because you don’t get the fancy combo thingies until later, so maybe that’s why the above gentleman didn’t get a chance to like it.

    • Saul says:

      Yeah, this is the game that made me realise I’m over shooters, particularly single-player ones. Anything less frantically exciting than shouting at your mates while playing Left 4 Dead just doesn’t cut it any more.

      I found the “creative deaths” thing fun until I’d done about 10 of them, and then stopped caring.

    • DrGonzo says:

      Oh, I’m not bored of FPSs in general. I thought I was after trying this game, but going and playing through Crysis 2 showed me I’m not. I was just bored of completely derivative and bland shooters like Bulletstorm.

      If anything Bulletstorm neatly represents all that I hate about games at the moment.

    • OTD Razor says:

      I can see why they didn’t want to release a demo for the PC… would have scared off all they early buyers. I kid… I’m sure there are some PC gamers out there that like Bulletstorm. I’m just not one of them =P Promptly uninstalled. Not even worth bargain-bin prices.

  8. Xocrates says:

    Is there any reason whatsoever why I’m asked for a cd-key by GFWL when playing a demo?

    Granted, you can ignore that screen, but I spent quite some time trying to figure that one out.

    • ZIGS says:

      Because it’s GFWL. It’s supposed to behave in the most moronic and nonsensical way. Start worrying when everything goes smoothly

  9. Phinor says:

    Imagine that, a free demo. What will they think of next?

    Sarcasm aside, better late than never. Probably quite many people wondering whether to buy this one or not.

    • MisterT says:

      I bet that the only reason we’re seeing this is because of very weak sales, and they’re trying to get some sales on PC.

    • zind says:

      Of course, the easiest way to ensure higher PC sales would’ve been to dump GFWL.
      I’m sure that’s COMPLETELY out of the question, though.

      As far as the game itself goes, I found the demo enjoyable. It’s not one that I’d sit and play for hours at a time from start to finish, but definitely something I’d pick up when I’ve got 30-90 minutes to kill.

      Still though, moot point. GFWL isn’t an instant lost sale for me (like, say, UbiDRM), but it definitely lowers the price I’m willing to pay by a considerable amount. Steam sales ahoy!

  10. darthmajor says:

    Bulletstorm provides everything you would want from duke nukem forever, funny, fast, a joy to play and beautiful. And, it actually came out! I really doubt DNF (if it ever gets released) will be a better game in any respect.

    Nice of them that they made the demo, may it bring enlightenment to the masses of how great a “dumb” shooter can be!

    • JFS says:

      But… but… it will feature the Duke? And lots of piggy aliens? And collectable vibrators? And slapture-the-stripper multiplayer? I mean… don’t make me sad :(

    • Saul says:

      Disagree. Duke is so tongue-in-cheek it’s worn through to the other side, whereas this came across as earnestly macho, even as it attempts to be a parody. Total turn-off.

    • Thants says:

      You’re one of those people who thinks Max Payne was totally serious, aren’t you?

    • DrGonzo says:

      Max Payne was a comedy, Bulletstorm is macho shit. It tries to be self aware like Serious Sam or Duke Nukem is, but I just don’t buy it.

  11. Cyber Rat says:

    Too bad Epic and/or People Can Fly dislike Serbia enough to make it unavailable for us via Steam :(

  12. Berzee says:

    in related news, this pc gamer is indifferent

  13. TheJimTimMan says:

    I needed something to download to justify keeping my PC on overnight. This fits the bill very nicely. Thanks RPS!

  14. Monchberter says:

    Ten mins, maybe 6 rooms of fun. I enjoyed the demo enough to decide to pick it up when it goes budget or in a steam sale.

  15. Sunjumper says:

    In case you should be stuck in Germany you will as traditional only get the ‘low violence’ version, which in this case would be something akin to low fat mayonaise…


    Thanks Steam for sometimes being a region locked pain.

  16. Benjamin L. says:

    God almighty, what a port. The game only runs at 60FPS if you play it at a resolution that is an exact multiple of 720p. ANYTHING else and it caps at 30. Not kidding. Check the steam forums/try it.

    And then there’s the five minute video at the beginning telling me how much I’m going to enjoy this game by showing me prerecorded gameplay footage.

    What? Built-in AA support? In a UE3 title? GET OUTTA TOWN.

    • Pointless Puppies says:

      That turns me off even from trying the demo. PLEASE tell me you’re joking…

    • Benjamin L. says:

      I’m not.

    • CMaster says:

      There is more runtime of video than there is playtime of demo, or at least it feels like it.

    • tstapp1026 says:

      damn… I KNEW I should have paid more attention to that article!

      One of the RPS guys nailed down an interview with some developer at some place talking about how consoles perform better than pc’s only because they are not limited by software caps. It mentions that direct X gimps the hell out of a pc’s potential to perform amazing video game accomplishments. I blame that, in part, for what you are noticing.

      If anyone else recalls this article, could you post the link as a response here?

    • Chris D says:

      Do you mean this one?


      There was also a follow up about a week later.

    • OTD Razor says:

      That video thing seriously was a WTF moment for me. What’s wrong with learning how to play while IN THE GAME. I’m glad they put out a demo so I don’t have to worry about wondering if the game is good or not =P Severe consolitis… hell, you can’t even jump??? The enemy AI is non-existant; I could seriously just sit there for a minute and not get attacked. The leash range is ridiculously high, and as for “Kill with Skill”?: none required. Hitting anyone with a leash or boot effectively tasers them into submission… no challenge whatsoever.

      I love me my manshoots, but Bulletstorm is boring as hell. I’m sure it’s fun for the console crowd, but as a PC FPS player the game might as well be in slow motion.

  17. Ganjatron says:

    They should just rename this game QuicktimeEventStorm.

    • Mman says:

      Assuming the demo is the same as the Console one (based on some comments it sounds like it is), there are no QTE’s at all in it. The actual game does have QTEs but they are a tiny fraction of it. What are you talking about? Unless you’re using buzz-terms without knowing what they actually mean.

    • V. Profane says:

      It’s not a QTE every time there’s an on screen prompt telling you press a button; only when you don’t have any choice in the matter.

  18. Thants says:

    What the dick?

  19. squareking says:

    My esc key decided to stop working today. Actually, it pulls out of the in-game menus, but won’t let me start the game. Fug.

  20. EgoShowcase says:

    This game has the same problem as the borderlands PC port. The field of view makes me feel sick after 10 minutes of playing.

    • Ergates_Antius says:

      Really? That’s not normal, you should see a doctor about that.

  21. fastica says:

    Great, it’s region locked and can’t download it in my country… Enjoy it lucky 1st world people.

  22. Alaric says:

    Wow, what a craptastic game. I won’t touch with a 10-foot pole even when it’s in a bargain bin.

  23. tremulant says:

    Only available via region-locked download clients? What the hell is wrong with hosting a file on a webserver, are browsers no good for downloading software now? It’s just as well there’s a decent torrent of the thing around, so much for the demo.

  24. Astalano says:

    Appparently it’s only sold like 300,000, so them shitting all over the PC doesn’t seem to have worked out.

  25. Shinan says:

    So how many peggles is the demo?

  26. Thants says:

    Really though, it’s quite a good game that adds some interesting mechanics to the shooter genre and has some great smart-dumb writing.

    This article will tell you how to fix pretty much any problems it has on PC.

  27. terry says:

    Oh sweet, shame I’m still stuck in the SAME GODDAM PLACE I WAS THIS TIME LAST MONTH in the full game (behind an unmountable mountable wall).

  28. Zogtee says:

    I was going to write something snarky about how easy it was to find the demo on Steam (as opposed to GFWL). Why, I just click on “Demos” and there it is! I then click on the demo link and…

    “Sorry, but you’re not permitted to view these materials at this time.”

    Uhm, okay. Does that mean that I wouldn’t be able to install it, if I actually bought it? Or maybe I wouldn’t even be allowed to buy it?

    • Davie says:

      Sounds like you inadvertently put yourself as under 17/18 in the age gate. That’s the only time that’s ever happened to me.

  29. mojo says:

    why the hell steam keeps asking me my birthdate. does it have zero attention span?

    • squareking says:

      Really want to blow a gasket? Put in a wrong, underage year. *RAYJJJ*

  30. Arca says:

    Late demo means nearly everybody has brought the game, nobody got a chance to test it to see if it would work on their systems or if it even worked well at all. You aren’t allowed to return PC games to most stores now because of ‘piracy’ either.

    It’s just another way for developers to get more money out of potential customers, only the patient ones wait, check the demo and decide and they could have easily been sales if their was no demo at all. It’s sad how PC customers are treated compared to others. I guess we just aren’t as gullible as somebody who pays an extra £40 to be able to play online.

  31. poop says:

    glad this came out so i could get my fix and gawp at kicking people into things for five mintues then uninstall and never buy the full game.

  32. Tom OBedlam says:

    Just completed this yesterday absolutely stark staring genius. Easily the most beautiful world I’ve encountered in a game too.

  33. Icarus says:

    Well that was terrible.

  34. BenLeng says:

    I think I should download this. Funny Thing: I worked on some of the cutscenes for Bulletstorm and yet haven’t played the finished game. Although I normally totally despise corridor shooters, I really enjoyed playing the production build.

  35. tstapp1026 says:

    I bought the retail for pc. Spent 2.5 hours trying to get gfwl to cooperate and installed on my machine. The day ended with me calling EA support. Wait wait… before you roll your eyes TOO hard, they actually helped me! It’s true! After another hour online with them we finally managed to get the game to install. Apparently the issue was with the gfwl client installer not wanting to play well with Win7. By the time it was intalled, I had no desire to play it.

    I have played it since, but having to sign in to gfwl everytime I load the game up has been a constant sore spot in my arse. I would punch a whole Sunday of nuns to be allowed to get my mits on the fool that thought gfwl was a good idea.

    • tstapp1026 says:

      oh look… I’m talking to myself.

      Anyway, I have stopped playing this entirely due to the DRM. As for the game:

      “His name was Waggleton P. Tallylicker. I never got the chance to tell him. He will be missed.”

      ~ toss ~

    • tremulant says:

      What exactly was it that made you decide you to cough up money for the thing in the first place?

  36. V. Profane says:

    Well, that didn’t really change my opinion of it. Probably end up buying it on Steam for a fiver, probably end up never playing it. That pre-rendered intro video was an awful idea, and the creative killing I did in Just Cause 2 was much more entertaining.

  37. mpk says:

    I’m pleasantly surprised to find that the game not only looks okay on my dilapidated GF8400, but looks pretty damn good. Considering last years AvP game is all but unplayable this is A Good Thing.

    Demo is fine, makes me think I’ll pick it up on the cheap.

    I do not want to rape anything.

  38. appropriate touching says:

    This runs incredibly badly for me, it regularly chugs, seemingly when moving forward through the level so perhaps tied to streaming. This happens even on absolute minimum settings, and on all aspect ratios. I can run Gears/UT3 smoothly at max settings, and am well over minimum system requirements, so I have no idea what the problem is.
    So, a shame, since I won’t be buying this even though I’d actually like to. On the other hand this shows why PC demos are necessary, and I’m thankful that the developers put one out.

    editing the StormEngine INI file to bUseBackgroundLevelStreaming=False makes a big improvement, it’s now playable. Lucky their encryption was incompetent…

  39. terry says:

    If you’re experiencing mysterious framerate problems, you might want to check out this fix – link to forums.epicgames.com which sorted my bad framerate on my creaking machine. I haven’t tried it with the demo but I’d imagine it’s the same deal.

  40. Ezhar says:

    Do xliveless or other GFWL-disinfectants support it yet?