Bulletstorm is the latest title by Epic Games. With it's over the top quality and unique gameplay, this stands out from any other FPS to date.
Bulletstorm is set in the 26th Century. You play as Grayson Hunt, the leader of a Black Ops army known as Dead Echo. He also has a cyborg friend called Ishi Sato. They soon find out they've been betrayed by their commander General Sarrano into killing civilians instead of the enemies. Grayson and Ishi become ship crashed on a planet that once hold tourisum but has been overtaken by mutants. Whilst trying to find a way off the planet, Grayson is also looking for revenge.
If you wish, Bulletstorm can be played like any other FPS and simply aim down the sight and shoot. That wouldn't be very fun though as the game is a l0t more creative than any other first person shooter out there. Everytime you kill and enemy you are rewarded points. Killing them in creative ways will complete Skillshots and gain you bigger points. Just shooting an enemy will only gain you ten points. But sliding into an enemy to send it in the air and then shooting it's private parts will gain you a lot more. There's a huge amount of Skillshots to perfom and many use the environment. For example, one skillshot requires you to kick an enemy into a cactus.
Skillshots can also be combined for bigger points using the Leash. This is a electrifying rope that can be used to grab enemies and pull them towards you. The other attack you can perform with the leash is a thumper. This grabs an enemy and then smacks them into the ground sending everything near it, from enemies to explosive barrels into the air. Everytime you Leash or kick an enemy they go into slow-motion for a limited time, giving you a chance to shoot. It's great fun and never looses amusement.
Scattered throughout the game are drop points. These are what make your earned points useful. Swinging your leash into one will bring up a menu. From here you can purchase ammo, upgrades and new weapons. You can also see a list of every Skillshot you have and haven't completed.
The weaponry is extremely fun to use. You only start off with a assault rifle but as you progress you get a chance to unlock more. I was never attached to just one weapon as there all fun. One of my favourites is the Penetrator. It fire's out large drill bits and impales enemies onto a surface and sends them spinning around. Another favourite was the Flail gun. This has two grenades attached to a chain and when fired, will wrap around the enemy and then explode . There's also a Sniper, which lets you control bullets in slow-mo, a shotgun and a pistol attached with a flair that sets enemies on fire. It might not be a huge amount of weapon choice but it's enough to keep you entertained from beginning to end.
Bulletstorm has one of the most impressive moments I've seen in a game for a long time. As you probably know the game is way over the top, but check this out. Later on you get to control a enormous remote controlled dinosaur-like robot. You can command him to tear down structure and wipe out enemies with it's laser eyes. It's a blast.
On to the visuals, the game looks stunning. It's like a mix of Gears Of War and Borderlands rolled up into one. There's times when it look great and times when it's not so, but it's definitely up there with some of the best next-gen graphics to date.
Apart from the campaign you can also play online co-op with up to four players. There's only one mode available called Anarchy. You must fight hordes of enemies and reach a certain score to progress the next wave. You can complete skill shots just like in single-player but working together lets you create Co-op Skill Shots. Your points can be spent on upgrades as well as new weapon camo and armor and there's also a leveling system. But once you've completed all waves you might not stick around for very long.
Bulletstorm is over the top entertainment. If your looking for a less serious shooter and want to experience something new and refreshing, Bulletstorm will satisfy you in every way.
Review by Gareth Smith