Bulletstorm is a game of violence, foul language, and hilarity. Epic Games is known for their over-the-top gore from the Gears of War series. Now, in conjunction with developer People Can Fly, Epic has a new game coming that looks to eclipse even the Gears of War games in terms of blood-splattering glory, according to the ESRB’s recently revealed rating of Bulletstorm.
At E3, Game Rant got to go hands-on with Bulletstorm. Right from the beginning it was obvious this was going to be a unique, vulgar, and hilarious experience where finding different, more interesting and complex ways to eliminate enemies will garner more points in the game. Additionally, phrases not usually tolerated in polite conversation will be tossed around with little more reverence than that of a drunken sailor… or dare I say space pirate?
While the ESRB's content warning for the game ("Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Partial Nudity, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Use of Alcohol") is certainly strong, their description goes even further. Below is the complete text of that description. Please note that it contains a significant amount of material that many will find objectionable, and parents will likely find unsuitable for children.
"This is a first-person shooter in which players assume the role of a space pirate who must escape a planet populated by mutant cannibals. Players use futuristic machine guns, shotguns, magnum revolvers, assault rifles, and chain guns to perform over-the-top kills that dismember and decapitate foes. Injured enemies emit large sprays of blood that stain the ground and surrounding walls. Specialty kills (i.e., Skillshots) represent the most intense instances of violence: enemies can be dismembered with explosives; impaled on spikes; and drilled into walls, resulting in body parts breaking into pieces. During the course of the game, players can consume alcohol and kill enemies in order to receive an Intoxicated Skillshot; the screen turns blurry during these sequences. The dialogue contains numerous jokes and comments that reference sexual acts, venereal diseases, and having sex with one's mother (e.g., "Guess I know where the ol' gal got that limp."). The names of some Skillshots are infused with sexual innuendo (e.g., Gag Reflex, Rear Entry, Drilldo, Mile High Club); one Skillshot (i.e., Fire in the Hole) allows players to shoot at enemies' exposed buttocks. Language such as "f**k," "sh*t," "p*ssy," and "c*ck" can be heard in dialogue."
Clearly, this is not going to be a game for the kiddies.
With Gears of War 3 looming, Infinity Blade becoming the highest grossing iOS app of all time, and the first two Gears games about to be released in the Gears of War Ultimate bundle, Epic Games is enjoying quite a bit of success right now. Bulletstorm’s release is still a little under two months away, and the anticipation and excitement for the game only continues to grow. Considering that the Bulletstorm Epic Edition includes of a Gears of War 3 Beta code, it’s hard to imagine this game not selling like hotcakes.
Ranters, what do you think about the ESRB's description of Bulletstorm? Is the game's content more extreme than you imagined?
Bulletstorm is scheduled to release Februray 22, 2011, for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.