Bulletstorm roasts CoD in playable 'Duty Calls' spoof

It takes a lot of balls for an unproven IP to take cheap shots at its established competitors, but EA has high expectations for Bulletstorm, and apparently enough marketing wherewithal to create a playable Call of Duty spoof game entitled, Duty Calls: The Call Before the Storm.

Free for the PC, Duty Calls is a five-minute, 800MB experience which skewers as many Call of Duty clichés as it can on its short, hilarious run. You can play it for yourself here, or watch the full runthrough:

In Call of Duty's defense, I know a great many Sergeant Sergeant Master Segeant Shooter Persons who had their lives saved by 500 sheets of wide ruled notebook paper.

According to EA, Duty Calls also features:

1. Duty Vision slows down the action so you can unload a storm of bullets
2. Immersive dialogue from the front lines
3. Cold, calculated realism
4. Killing animations motion captured from real actors
5. True-life reloading system allows for mistakes in putting the cartridge in the gun
6. Iconic sound effects
7. Thwart an enemy threat that could topple the country and possibly the world
8. Significant and historically accurate props

With this and it's most recent video mocking the Halo 3'd diorama ads, it's clear that Bulletstorm's marketing team is confident in its product. That or they're a little foggy about how karma works. Epic Games and People Can Fly better walk the walk or it'll soon be Bungie and Treyarch's turn to mock them.

Feb 2, 2011 

Bulletstorm video full access preview
Chris, Charlie and Matt load up Bulletstorm demo and FAP 'til their nuts explode



Bulletstorm trailer pokes fun at Halo 3
See super serious slow poans



Cracked infographic takes a shot at FPS cliches
Any of these look familiar?


  • hardcore_gamer1990 - February 7, 2011 12:58 a.m.

    Divisive, this is...
  • ObliqueZombie - February 6, 2011 5:30 p.m.

    Minigun* Damn typos...
  • ObliqueZombie - February 6, 2011 5:29 p.m.

    @db1331. Name four games, recently, where you shot a bigg-ass minifun at a big-ass monster. Four. Name them. The whole reason it IS funny is because they're making fun of Call of Duty's set-up, which hasn't changed since CoD 4. Sure, it's not stomach-knotting hilarious in and of itself, but it's funny for what it's making fun of. If, for some reason, you didn't find Bulletstorm that fun, you have no imagination and tried to kill enemies in the standard way. This game is gonna breath fun back into video games. Maybe no innnovation, but fun.
  • FalconMbuster - February 6, 2011 6:56 a.m.

    [response to the video] [response to the comments, "explaining" why half of them are wrong] [end joke] Anyways, I thought the video was pretty funny. I'm diggin' the way they are marketing this. Mindless violence, mindless fun, mindlessly funny. I just hope Bulletstorm is as fun as it looks when I get my hands on it.
  • pandasrock - February 4, 2011 3:14 a.m.

    It was a little bit funny.
  • CandiedJester - February 3, 2011 10:08 p.m.

    I thought it was hilarious. Now I kind of want Bulletstorm...damn it... To everyone who is too high-brow to find this funny.. "You have picked up a small meaningless stick. Congrats." Now please remove it from your behind. xP Just kidding about that last came to my mind so I typed it...ummmm...yup.
  • yasmarc - February 3, 2011 6:11 p.m.

    People are too critical of these types of things. It was amusing and got the point across. The internet is slowly sucking away people's sense of humor.
  • Hayseyboy - February 3, 2011 2 p.m.

    CoD got parred
  • TitanofRock21 - February 3, 2011 1:32 p.m.

    Personally I thought it was fairly funny and I definitely agree with some people about how the developers are making a parody rather than actually dissing COD. COD are pretty good games even if the formula is a bit rehashed each time, but hey it works. If it ain't broke don't fix it. Bullet Storm looks to be an awesome game. I played the demo like 25 times the first day I downloaded it. I love the fact that its all balls to the wall and over the top, and also that its main focus is just to go through and have fun blowing the shite out of people. Kinda reminds me of going through Golden Eye or Perfect dark and finding creative ways to maim the evil doers. Also I'd damn near bet the farm that most of the people that are saying this is stupid and that Bullet Storm is going to suck are the same people that constantly bitch about COD as well. You just can't please some folks. But yea you gotta love they're nerve and sense of humor on this one. People can Fly FTW! ReCAPTCHA: Honestly I think these things are trying to get me to type dirty words in swedish or something.
  • Peguin - February 3, 2011 9:33 a.m.

    I thought it was great. Take it with a bit of toungue in cheek :)
  • QWERTYCommander - February 3, 2011 7:17 a.m.

    Installation? For a game like this? 5-minute long, 800MB games should be portable.
  • trojan12 - February 3, 2011 6:20 a.m.

    After playing this, I'm glad I was tempted to play the Bulletstorm demo. As trite as it sounds, this does run the gamut of cliches of the modern FPS. Bulletstorm may not have much depth plot-wise, but it looks like it will more than make up for it in gameplay. And I'd love to see Activision/Treyarch/Infinity Ward's response to this shot across their proverbial bow
  • batman5273 - February 3, 2011 4:05 a.m.

    I want to be a "Sergeant of the Master Sergeants Most Important Person of Extreme Sergeants to the Max!"
  • bitchassafriBLAMamericANTISTA - February 3, 2011 2:22 a.m.

    very humorous, but bulletstorm has bloody screens too.
  • millertime65 - February 3, 2011 12:54 a.m.

    @db1331 awwww did bulletstorm hurt your little fanboy feelings you must not have played the demo because its more than just shooting a minigun at a giant alien friend and not many studios if any have used that song in there trailers only the wait for it OBSESSIVE FANS OF THE FPS GENRE are the ones who use it on youtube
  • waffman11 - February 3, 2011 12:02 a.m.

    The only thing I found funny was the ranking system, everything else was just cliche cliche's, if that makes sense. If not, hotpantslaserminigunGIANTANTEATER derp
  • twinkletitsMcGee - February 2, 2011 11:58 p.m.

    I really did have a flash back to the end of bops wiht the thumbs up fireworks
  • AlphaAGENT144 - February 2, 2011 11:57 p.m.

    So... make fun of a blockbuster FPS series by mocking its skill-based point accumulation, overly action-packed gameplay, and less than memorable roid-raging manly men characters... and then advertise an FPS from a blockbuster studio that features skill-based point accumulation, overly action-packed gameplay, and more faceless roid-raging manly men
  • mrmorozov987 - February 2, 2011 11:35 p.m.

    Some of it was funny, like the first joke and the rank ups, but most of it was drawn out to the point of eye-rollingness. The character saying "Boring" after every shot got, well, boring, and 1:40 to 2:08 just made me cringe. Still interested in Bulletstorm, though, as long as it's not as full of itself as this is.
  • Gungalei - February 2, 2011 11:18 p.m.

    Everyone deserves a bit of mocking. Kudos to People Can Fly, but still not sure I'm gonna get this one.

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