Tuesday, 02 May 2017 18:33

REVIEW: Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition (Xbox One)

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Back in 2011, Epic Games and People Can Fly released Bulletstorm, but at the time, even though it had AAA publisher EA behind it, the game kind of flew under the radar and didn’t really get the spotlight it deserved.

Fast forward to 2017 and a fresh coat of pain, Bulletstorm is back along with a new title, Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition.

Yep, you heard me correctly. It’s back, and even though I was starting to get sick of all these remasters, this is one game i’m more then happy to see return and given the remastered treatment. I loved this game. It was fun and never at any point did it take itself seriously. And to make things even better, there is a Duke Nukem add-on you receive as a pre-order bonus that replaces the main character you play as, Grayson Hunt, with Duke F’ing Nukem himself.

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You play as Grayson Hunt (or Duke Nukem), an alcoholic mercenary looking for revenge after one General Sarrano causes your squad, Dead Echo, to do some very bad things. Moments later Hunt and his teams ship crash lands on an alien planet. The moment they land, things don’t go too well leaving the team fighting to survive as pretty much everyone and everything wants to kill them.

Bulletstrom has a basic, yet core mechanic that makes for some epic and creative kills that will have you racking up skill points in no time. These skill points can be used to purchase ammo and a number of upgrades to your weapons making them even more deadly. There is a huge amount of environmental hazards throughout the game that you can use to finish off enemies rewarding you with even more points. Hazards like spiky cacti, large fans, loose electrical cabling plus many more. All this gives you a lot to experiment with making for some fun and interesting screen grabs or gameplay clips. I lost count how many times I said, Xbox Record that.

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Besides the upgraded visuals, the game itself hasn’t changed at all. Bulletstorm is still a game where the enemies come at you thick and fast leaving you with no option but to kill anything that moves. All the same shoot and kick mechanics are still there. Shoot or kick your foes into the air, causing them to go into a slow-mo type state, leaving you a little time to think about what you’re going to do to them next. This all changes when you get hold of “The Leash” in the opening moments of the game. You can use “The Leash” to grab certain objects or explosive barrels, but best of all, grab your foes, giving you another slow-mo moment to finish them off.

Bulletstorm's original four-player online cooperative Horde like mode “Anarchy” returns for you and up to three friends to take down waves of enemies on one of 12 different maps. Just like in single player, with your leash you can pull of all kinds of skill shots or use the environmental hazards around the map to take out enemies.

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Then you have “Echoes Mode”. This is where you play sections out of the campaign, but without the story part, instead, you focus solely on score and time attack. And if “Echoes Mode” wasn’t enough, there is also “Ultimate Echoes Mode”. Here you must complete levels three times over using specified loadouts all within a time frame. You’ll need to do all this before you can even upload your best runs to the online leaderboards.

Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition also includes the two expansions, Gun Sonata and Blood Symphony which adds additional multiplayer maps and Echoes scenarios.

Bulletstorm was, and still is, a ton of fun. With improved graphics and framerate, as well as including all the DLC, Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition provides an awesome and insane new way to experience and already fun game.

Additional Info

  • Review Score: 4.0 / 5.0
  • Release Date: Out Now
  • Platform: PS4, XBOX ONE
  • Developer: People Can Fly, Epic Games
  • Publisher: Gearbox Software
  • Genre: FPS, Action / Adventure