Bulletstorm is a Shooting game available on the 360. It can be played in Firstperson Singleplayer Cooperative modes.
Bulletstorm is a Shooting game. Shooting games present a world in which the character must shoot their way out of dangerous situations. They provide the player with an array of weapons tailored to specific tasks. This unavoidably involves a combination of fisticuffs and gun based fighting that dictates the violent nature of these experiences. Beneath this harsh exterior though is often an intricate tactile game - and this is usually what drives the player.
Bulletstorm can be played in a Firstperson mode. First Person games view the world from the eyes of the in-game character. You don't see the character themselves apart from their hands, gun or possibly feet as in Mirror's Edge. Because of the imediacy of the experience and sheer volume of visual information the player is offered First Person games lend themselves to the shooting genre. The FPS view enables players to immerse themselves in the experience and react quicker to events in the game. Other games have used a first person view to deliver an unusual perspective on an old genre - Mirror's Edge for example delivers a Platforming genre through a First Person view.
Bulletstorm can be played in a Singleplayer mode. Single Player Campaign games focus on one player's experience. Rather than collaborate with other players either locally or online, players progress alone. The campaign style of gameplay offers a connected series of challenges to play through. These chapters work together to tell a story through which players progress. Single player games are able to focus on one experience of a scenario, so that it is usually a richer, more visceral game.
Bulletstorm can be played in a Cooperative mode. Cooperative Multiplayer games provide an experience that is played symaltaneously by multiple players. Unlike the simple arena competitive multiplayer style games where players try to kill the most enemies, true co-operative games are designed to take a group of players through a campaign experience together. This will involve sections where players have to work together to proceed - either from the sheer difficulty as in Halo 3 on 360 or by the design of levels such as LittleBigPlanet on PS3.
Bulletstorm crosses Firefly, Burnout and Duke Nukem as it promises outrageous violence and crude humour for fans of over-the-top shooters.
Bulletstorm is a new shooter from Painkiller developer People Can Fly, setting it apart from the many big-name sequels hitting this year. It casts you as the gruff space pirate Grayson Hunt, who is exiled and crash-lands on a distant planet teeming with mutants and gangs of cannibals.
Bulletstorm out-bravados even Gears of War, before moving into Brutal Legend lampooning territory. Being such an odd mix makes its success all the more impressive. Well judged both in style and delivery, here we find technique and character in equal complements.
The initial advertising for Bulletstorm bravely took on the Goliath of Call of Duty. The campaign challenged all gamers to question whether there could be more to first person shooters.
Bulletstorm is the perfect juvenile mix of kills, locker room humour and gore. Sure, there are more interesting and important games for grownups this year but the sheer youthful exuberance on display here is inspiring.
Bulletstorm is a mess, but that's kind of the idea. It's made by People Can Fly (the developers who brought Gears of War to the PC) and has the same sense of absolute carnage. The plot maybe hokum but, again, that's not what's important here.
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