Jump for joy shooter fans! Most of us likely had suspicions that People Can Fly's new faced paced, augmented reality shooter Bulletstorm would blow everyone away. After all, they developed Painkiller and the PC version of Gears of War, but this slew of fresh screenshots really prove the point.
For those that might be unfamiliar with Bulletstorm, here's a plot summary to help set the mood:
"The game tells the story of a futuristic confederation protected by an elite band of mercenaries: Dead Echo. When Dead Echo members Grayson Hunt and Ishi Sato learn they've been working for the wrong side, they're betrayed by their commander and exiled to the far reaches of the galaxy. In Bulletstorm, Grayson and Ishi find themselves surrounded by hordes of mutants and flesh eating gangs in an abandoned paradise. They have two objectives: get off the planet alive, and exact revenge on the man who sent them there."
Plant and Lava men? Maybe you have to fight different elements all Captain Planet style? Not sure but they're here and so is Bulletstorm protagonist Grayson Hunt, who's got a million ways to dispatch these baddies.
What really grabs me about Bulletstorm is the Smash TV style arcade sensibility mixed with interesting combat mechanics. While some of the abilities in Bulletstorm are obviously derivative of more classic games (Duke Nukem boot, anyone?), it's the way they impolitely slam them together to give a real feel of rough-and-tumble combat that makes it work.
Of course, it's always fun to be rewarded for creative carnage as well. Environmental damage and destruction has been around for a while now, but not usually to this degree. The bonus points really get you thinking about new ways to f*#% up some mutant criminals.
The weapon selection doesn't seem to be lacking at all -- Grayson's packing lightning, energy whips and a whole case of unopened cans of whoop-ass to unleash on this planet of crazies.
The levels and environments are in a class of their own for a first person shooter, as they are both lush and vivid while still keeping you focused on the action.
I've always been a huge FPS fan ever since I first booted up Pathways Into Darkness back in the day, and it takes quite a bit of effort to set a title apart from all the other shooters coming out every year (especially on Xbox). Bulletstorm really looks like they are taking that fact to heart and doing everything possible to climb out of the humdrum and be unique in the crowd.
Between the weapons, arcade-style feel, huge boss battles and fantastic environments, EA and People Can Fly's Bulletstorm is shaping up to be a "Halo Killer" in my mind. But of course, I could be wrong, and I'm sure you'll tell me why in the comments.
Bulletstorm is slated for release on February 22, 2011 for Xbox 360, PC and PlayStation 3.