Bulletstorm. What to Expect.

Bulletstorm is a rather interesting take on the FPS genre. Gears of War creators, Epic Games, have teamed up with People Can Fly (a developer they have a majority share hold of) to create a more lighthearted and points orientated FPS. But will Bulletstorm fly high in the charts or plummet to the ground?

In Bulletstorm you take the role of Grayson Hunt, a mercenary from a group known as Dead Echo. Dead Echo has one purpose, to protect what is simply known as a “confederation”. Grayson and his fellow mercenary, Ishi Sato, discover that they have actually been working for the wrong side though, so in an attempt to do what’s right betray their squad commander. This results in them being exiled to the edge of the galaxy. Now finding themselves surrounded by hordes of mutants, flesh-eating gangs and a plethora of other nasties, Grayson and Ishi need to find a way off the planet alive so they can go to get vengeance for exile.

Bulletstorms main selling point isn’t the story though, it’s the gameplay. You see, Bulletstorm rewards you for kills. Wait? That’s the selling point? Yes, it is. Oh did I not mention, you’re rewarded more for creativity. You see, in each level you get points. You get more points the more creatively you kill someone. There are even online leaderboards for your points. How may you get these creative kills? With your arsenal of weaponry and surrounding environment ofcourse.

You start off equipped with a lasso, a special energy whip that allows you to either pull enemies towards you or fling them in the air, and a gun called the Peace Maker Carbine. When the lasso is used it will not only fling the enemy around but will also put them in a mini stasis field. This field making them travel through the air a lot slower than normal, allowing you to pull of accurate shots with greater ease. The Peace Maker Carbine is basically the same as any other assault rifle, and (from what I understand) is available to you at any time. You also have the ability to kick your enemies, giving off a similar effect to the lasso. There are also a number of other weapons, some of which is little known about, but all of them have an overcharged shot. This allows you to fire off a supercharged version of the guns shot and gives you more creativity points. Using these along with your environment results in big points and lots of carnage.

In terms of multiplayer, other than the leaderboards there is a co-operative multiplayer mode, but little has been said of this. At the moment of writing this What to Expect article, most of the knowledge has been about gameplay and Echoes, which is the leaderboard mode, with little said about the singleplayer or co-op game modes.

There is currently a demo of Echoes mode available on XBL and PSN. Bulletstorm is due for release February 25th on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC systems.

Now I leave you with some videos created by Epic on creative ways to slaughter your enemies.

About Nick Duggan
I'm 19 an I study Computer Games Design at Staffordshire University. I'm a video gamer and also a Yu-Gi-Oh! collector/player. Twitter: @30DiedOnMars

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