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Game of the month, February 2011


WINNER: Bulletstorm

Judging by the state of the site comments (before and after), we’d say it’s fair to assume that a lot of people did not see our Bulletstorm review coming. We did of course, but then we’d completed the game and got the review written a few weeks earlier. We’d have been big forgetful idiots if we’d been surprised by it. And we’re not.

The gaming community at large though, just did not seem to get Bulletstorm, pre-release at least. Perhaps Epic and EA had gone too far in marketing it as the fun alternative to today’s grey military shooters, so much so that they’d made it look simplistic and jockish. Perhaps Bulletstorm is just too radically different from anything anyone’s played before to be effectively summed up in a few trailers and a demo. Whatever the reason, people seemed to expect at best a fun-but-blunt big dumb shooting experience. To be fair, we did to a degree. But Bulletstorm is much, much more than that.

It might wear a mask of irreverent, gory fun-times, but Bulletstorm’s heart pumps nothing but pure, tightly calculated, genuine game design innovation. Epic and People Can Fly’s game isn’t just an alternative to the glut of identikit military FPS. It’s a full-blown genre evolution that makes them all look woefully out of date.


Its central mechanics are simple to grasp (a factor that understandably put many off after playing the relative snapshot of the demo), but when they’re fully explored through the full campaign and deceptively expansive secondary modes, Bulletstorm reveals a staggering amount of depth and nuance. As much a 3D puzzle game as it is an FPS, as much a high-speed FPS as it is a 3D puzzle game, Bulletstorm’s focus on utterly free expression and immensely layered, subtly-detailed violent interactions provides a sense of place, purpose, and personalized experience that you haven’t felt since you first got hold of Half-Life 2’s gravity gun or started testing the limits of Portal’s Portals.

Bulletstorm has the balls-out carnage of Doom, the fluidly stackable combos of Tony Hawk and the delicately tactical physics-play of pool. It’s a game that prioritizes the input of the player, builds the entire experience around it, and rewards it at every turn. Essentially, it is combat evolved, genuinely and without doubt. If you care about the health of FPS or the vitality of games in general, you need to buy it. You’ll have a great time. Trust us. It’s brilliant.


RUNNER-UP: Marvel vs Capcom 3

Out of the two potential runners-up this month – Killzone 3 and MvC3 – we had to side with Capcom’s franchise-colliding fighter. The game’s kaleidoscopic violence and senses-shattering visuals are among the most arresting we’ve seen in the medium, while the gameplay itself is perfect for beginners to mash around yet still have fleeting feelings of badassery. And while it’s suited for button-spamming nonsense, MvC3’s frenetic surface hides a legitimately deep fighter that’ll be played and mastered over the next several years, compared to FPSes that are torn open in weeks and discarded in months for the next big shooter. We wish Capcom spent more time ironing out MvC3’s online matchmaking and modes, but the core game is impossibly attractive.

Killzone 3 is a fantastic game, and a great exclusive for Sony to tout, but it can’t stand above a fighter that’s been on people’s minds for the past 11 years.

Feb 28, 2011

Bulletstorm review
Foul-mouthed, red-neck explodathon, or groundbreaking new kind of gun-fun?

 


Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds review
How can this possibly be better than MvC2?

 


Bulletstorm skillshot guide
How to perform all 131 skillshots in the game

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  • fartinapot - August 15, 2011 4:45 a.m.

    Firefighter : CHARGED: Ignite three or more enemies and kill them while they burn Grenade Gag : Wrap a flail around the head of an enemy and explode it Gang Bang : Kill two or more enemies with a single flail explosion Minefield : Kill an enemy by exploding a flail attached to a surface Sadist : Wrap a flail around an enemy but kill him before it explodes Meat Slicer : Slice an enemy in half while wrapping the flail around an object Head Slicer : Decapitate an enemy after wrapping the flail around an object Homie Missile : Use a flail:wrapped airborne enemy to kill another enemy Smart Mine : Use a flail:wrapped standing enemy to kill an airborne enemy Chain Reaction : CHARGED: Slice two or more enemies in half using a flail Charge Shot French Revolution : CHARGED: Decapitate two or more enemies with a flail Charge Shot Topless : Blast away the top half of an enemy Legless : Blow the legs off an enemy Splatterpunk : Kill a downed enemy by blasting him against the floor Pump Action : Get an enemy airborne then shotgun blast him into an environmental hazard Torpedo : Kill an enemy by shooting him while sliding Piledriver : Get an enemy airborne then smash him into a surface with the shotgun blast Juggler : Blast an airborne enemy twice then kill him before or on landing Slugfest : Kill two or more enemies with one standard shot Burn : CHARGED: Vaporize two or more enemies with a single Charge Shot Acid Rain : CHARGED: Vaporize two or more enemies in mid:air Show Off : Kill an enemy from 10 metres without using the scope Broken Wings : Kill a thumped enemy with the guided bullet Accident : Shoot an enemy and have him die from hitting an environmental hazard Bluff : Kill an enemy who is not actually the chosen target of the bullet Nutcracker : Kill an enemy by guiding a bullet into his balls Hotshot : Kill a dodging enemy by targeting a weak spot like the head or throat Premature : CHARGED: Explode the bullet to kill the target before it hits him Letter Bomb : CHARGED: Explode two or more enemies using a single bullet Shrapnel : CHARGED: Explode two or more airborne enemies using a single bullet Early Retirement : CHARGED: Kill an enemy controlled with the charged bullet before it explodes Direct Hit : Kill an enemy with a direct hit from the cannonball Money Shot : Kill an enemy by launching a ball at them and exploding it before it hits anything Boom : Kill two or more enemies with one cannonball Carpet Bombing : Bounce a cannonball at least two times before killing an enemy with it Bully : Detonate a cannonball to kill an enemy just after knocking them over with it Trick Shot : Kill an enemy with a cannonball bounced off a wall or obstacle Lucky Shot : Kill an enemy with a cannonball that travelled over 100 meters without bouncing Meat Fountain : Kill two or more airborne enemies with one cannonball Kick of Doom : CHARGED: Kill an enemy by kicking a cannonball Sledgehammer : CHARGED: Kill three or more enemies with one charged cannonball Breakdance : Drill an enemy into the ground Fan-Tastic : Drill an enemy into the ceiling Root Canal : Insert a drill into an enemy's head Twisted : Fire a drill into an enemy but have him die through other means Mile High Club : Send an enemy into the sky Air Strike : Impale a thumped enemy into a standing enemy Shishkebab : Impale two or more enemies with a single drill Wingmen : Impale two or more airborne enemies with a single drill Stinger : CHARGED: Suspend a drilled enemy mid:air, then kick him into another enemy Drilldo : CHARGED: Ram two or more enemies during a slide with the charged weapon Pancake : Crush an enemy between a wall and heavy object Mass Extinction : Stomp an enemy with the Mechaton Kill-O-Watt : Push an enemy into the electric buildings of Mechaton's mini:city Fish Food : Drown an enemy in water Floater : Drown an enemy in streaming water Grinder : Kill an enemy with the dam's rotating water wheel Man Toast : Burn an enemy to death in the furnaces Tenderizer : Flatten an enemy with the elevator Ding Dong : Kill an enemy by opening the doors in the "ceiling" of the collapsed building Halloween : Put a Nom parasite on an enemy’s head, then kick him into an electric object Steady Hand : Kill a Burnout by only hitting his weak spot Dino-Sore : Shoot the weak spots on Hekaton's neck during the helicopter battle Outburst : Push an enemy into the storm Sucker : Kill an enemy using a fan Forced : Kill an enemy by flinging them into an electromagnetic pulse barrier Ejeculated : Jettison the Heavy Echoes in Cargo Hold Weed Killer : Kill the Flytrap boss Minced Meat : Kill the first Burnout miniboss Grilled Meat : Kill the second Burnout miniboss how can all of that not be fun?
  • fartinapot - August 15, 2011 4:41 a.m.

    don't know why every doesn't like bulletstorm. average fps: shoot gun, knife, grenade, tomahawk, shoot car.....think thats it. bulletstorm: Graffiti : Kill an enemy by kicking him against a surface Shocker : Kill an enemy by flinging them into an electrical source Pricked : Kill an enemy by flinging them into a cactus Voodoo Doll : Kill an enemy by flinging them into a sharp metal object Vertigo : Send an enemy down a huge drop Fly Guy : Kill an enemy by flinging them into a swarm of electro flies Afterburner : Kill an enemy who is on fire Enviro-Mental : Kill one or more enemies using an environmental explosive Feeder : Feed an enemy to a flytrap Bad Digestion : Cause a Flytrap to swallow something explosive Antidote : Kill an enemy who is infected by the puffball gas Toxic Love : Kill an enemy while infected by puffball gas Nominated : Kill an enemy with a Nom parasite on their head Scarecrow : Put a Nom parasite on an enemy’s head then impale them Leak : Put a Nom parasite on an enemy's head then get a headshot Heads Up : Put a Nom parasite on an enemy's head then take their head off Fast Food : Ram an enemy to death with a hot dog cart Sausage Fest : Kill an enemy using a hot dog cart explosion Exterminator : Kill an entire swarm of electro flies Killer News : Kill someone with the explosion of a Newsbot Intoxicated : Kill an enemy while drunk on Nom Juice Slam Dunk : Smash an airborne enemy into the ground using the Thumper Trap Shooting : Use bullets to kill a thumped enemy Flyswatter : Thump an enemy so he smashes into the ceiling or an impaler Fertilizer : Explode two or more thumped enemies using an environmental explosive Touchdown : Thump a stunned miniboss to his death Bossed : Kill a miniboss Fire in the Hole : When a miniboss is stunned, kick him from behind, then shoot him in the butt Kick Off : Remove a miniboss's helmet, then when he's stunned again, kick his head off Whiplash : Remove a miniboss's helmet, then when he's stunned again, leash his head off Stomach Pump : Kill a miniboss by firing a charged drill into his stomach then kicking it Friendly Fire : Kill an enemy by flinging them into the fire of another enemy Bombshell : Kill two or more enemies by exploding a Flailbomber Assplosion : Kill a burnout by shooting his ass growth Blind Fire : Kill someone while blinded by a flare Discharged : Kill a Heavy Echo trooper with a charged PMC when he’s charging his Skyjack : Kill a gyrocopter pilot while the vehicle is airborne Parashoot : Leash an enemy out of a gyrocopter and kill him before he lands Flak : Destroy a gyrocopter using an indirect explosion Gotcha : Leash a Creep or Skull Flaregunner and kill them in mid air Full Throttle : Use bullets to kill two or more enemies without letting go of the trigger First In Last Out : Get an enemy airborne, kill a different enemy, then kill the first before he lands Headshot : Kill an enemy with a shot to the head Bullet Kick : Kick an enemy and shoot him to death in mid:air Bullet Slide : Slide an enemy and shoot him to death in mid:air Gag Reflex : Kill an enemy with a shot to the throat Rear Entry : Kill an enemy by shooting him in the ass Trip Wire : Shoot a running enemy in the legs to trip him, then finish him off on the ground Mercy : Shoot an enemy in the balls and kick or shoot his head off Boned : CHARGED: Kill an enemy within a moment of getting them in your sights Overkill : CHARGED: Execute a headshot with the Charge Shot X-Ray : CHARGED: Kill two or more enemies with a single Charge Shot Headshot : Kill an enemy with a shot to the head Bullet Kick : Kick an enemy and shoot him to death in mid:air Bullet Slide : Slide an enemy and shoot him to death in mid:air Gag Reflex : Kill an enemy with a shot to the throat Rear Entry : Kill an enemy by shooting him in the ass Trip Wire : Shoot a running enemy in the legs to trip him, then finish him off on the ground Mercy : Shoot an enemy in the balls and kick or shoot his head off Boned : CHARGED: Kill an enemy within a moment of getting them in your sights Overkill : CHARGED: Execute a headshot with the Charge Shot X-Ray : CHARGED: Kill two or more enemies with a single Charge Shot One Hit Wonder : Perform a clean execution by using only a single bullet to kill the enemy Surgeon : Kill an enemy by shooting only one single limb repeatedly Fast Draw : Kill an enemy the moment you have them in your sights Snapshot : Kill an airborne enemy the moment you have them in your sights Gunslinger : Score two or more FAST DRAWs or SNAPSHOTs in a row Enlightenment : CHARGED: Shoot an enemy in the head with a flare and let it explode Misfire : CHARGED: Flare an enemy but kill him before the flare explodes Fireball : CHARGED: Shoot an enemy with a flare so it explodes and kills another enemy Fireworks : CHARGED: Explode an enemy who is 20 meters or higher in the air
  • AntistasMetroid - March 2, 2011 1:59 p.m.

    good feature. i read the reviews and based on the sole fact that im a day from homeless wont be able to play any of them for some time. all of them look like good games though and im particularly interested in bulletstorm. if i didnt suck at fighting games id be all over mvc3 because its gorgeous. i heart gamsratter.
  • cougarmony123 - March 2, 2011 1:57 p.m.

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  • Mack7763 - March 2, 2011 5:18 a.m.

    Bulletstorm definitely deserved the win in my opinion because I've never seen or played a FPS quite like it. There are a million ways to get kills, and there is no one skillshot that gives you constantly more points. There are a lot that are the same points accept for unique boss kills, so the fun is in continually changing up how you do it and seeing what you can string together in a group of baddies is what really gets you the points.
  • ChangingtheSpectrum - March 2, 2011 3:47 a.m.

    @Zeipher Alright, be honest. You don't own this game, do you? None of your friends own this game either, huh? The only knowledge you have about this game is the demo (which you probably played for ten minutes, didn't get it, and shut off) and your own conclusions, however misinformed they may be. Lemme just tell you this. If you don't know what you're talking about, then please. SHUT THE HELL UP. Those who have played the game, and really took advantage of its unique system understand just how important this game will be in years to come. At least rent this game, try it out. I guarantee, your opinion will change.
  • Zeipher - March 2, 2011 3:20 a.m.

    Bulletstorm is the equivalent of a Michael Bay movie, but jesus, does GR love it. I'm sure you guys thought Transformers 2 should have won at the Academy Awards too. @grim08: You're playing a plotless game focused around whipping, kicking, and shooting. There's not that much to "get", dude. "If you were smart enough to appreciate the idiosyncrasies of his sound, Justin Bieber is the artist this generation."
  • cougarmony123 - March 2, 2011 2:32 a.m.

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  • Estacado - March 2, 2011 12:44 a.m.

    Killzone 3 and MvsC3 FTW!
  • yasmarc - March 1, 2011 9:49 p.m.

    "Of course, nobody notices Tactics Ogre." It's just no one has a PSP! They should have done that on DS. I really wanted to play!
  • FirLocke - March 1, 2011 8:30 p.m.

    Of course, nobody notices Tactics Ogre.
  • SHAPATTAK - March 1, 2011 5:42 p.m.

    Great pick GR! If you play Bulletstorm as a straight up shooter, you're not getting the full experience of the game. You have to look at your enemies and your surroundings, then put the two together, with some bullets mixed in, to create a symphony of destruction. Like Jackson Pollock with a shotgun.
  • yasmarc - March 1, 2011 4:54 p.m.

    For anyone who's played both Trials HD and Bulletstorm; would you say that Bulletstorm has that addictive quality of trying to up your score (even if only by a hundred points) to beat friends on the leaderboards? I still play Trials HD about every day to relax and try out user tracks and if Bulletstorm is the shooter equivalent then I am all for it.
  • jackthemenace - March 1, 2011 4 p.m.

    Oh yeah. Bulletstorm, to me, looked like it was just going to be one giant joke about FPS, but it's so much more than that. The premise of the story is a bit stupid, but when you get into it, It's actually brilliant- For a joke about other FPS, anyway. The overarching character arc or something about Gray is absolutely brilliant- towards the end you can feel the guilt and remorse, even during gameplay. Possibly even sadder than the infamous Gears 2 section with the happy reunion of Dom and Maria. The Gameplay is absolutely brilliant, even if it gets a little 'samey' towards the end, and weapons like the Head Hunter are an absolute joy to play.
  • Bitchslapthehomeless - March 1, 2011 3:23 p.m.

    I totally agree with these two choices. I'd edge MVC3 up above Bulletstorm if the matchmaking wasn't broken in MVC3's online, but Bulletstorm is one of the most enjoyable and just plain fun, FPS's I've played in a long time. I love how strategic it can be and the ability to get more points than my friends is ridiculously addictive.
  • philipshaw - March 1, 2011 1:30 p.m.

    I haven't bought any games in February because I'm still playing ME2 and LBP2. Must pick up Bulletstorm at some point
  • Gahmah - March 1, 2011 1:27 p.m.

    I own Vanquish so I've got to say I grew kinda bored with Bulletstorm, doesn't feel as tight or funny to me as that game. Been enjoying Killzone 3's enemy territory like multiplayer though, and MVC3 is GOOD STUFF.
  • avantguardian - March 1, 2011 9:52 a.m.

    @grim08: yes, people's dislike for bulletstorm must definitely stem from their lack of imagination and skill; it has nothing to do with being able to form your own opinions... pretentious a$$...
  • avantguardian - March 1, 2011 9:40 a.m.

    with all due respect, (especially to david, as he is consistently my favorite gr writer) i just have to disagree about bulletstorm's "focus on utterly free expression"...the layout of the levels, enemies, weapons, etc funnels players into finding the "best" way to score points...its finite, and as soon as someone finds the "best" way (i.e. the most points) to cruise through these levels, and posts it on youtube, all of your "free expression" will fly out the window...unfortunately, leaderboards seem to matter that much to people...cheers to those that can find this setup endlessly entertaining, but an EVOLUTION? i'm just not seein' it fellas...

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