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Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition loads up on fun

April 11, 2017

By Daniel Barron - G4 Canada

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BulletstormIt's been an embarrassment of riches early in 2017 for fans of video games, with the revolutionary The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Nier: Automata, and Horizon: Zero Dawn all being released early in the year. But gamers who just want to kick back, have some laughs, and shoot some fools need look no further than the gleefully ridiculous Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition.

Full Clip Edition is a remake of a game that was released almost exactly six years ago. The original Bulletstorm - and the new version, of course - offers a novel twist on the tried-and-true first-person shooter formula. You're given numerous tools to pull off insane kills, with the more creative deaths resulting in better rewards.

It's a cool gimmick that I thought for sure would be copied at least to a certain extent over the years, but I'm a little surprised to say it hasn't. No biggie - now you can play the original on your current-gen systems, with all original DLC, smoother framerates, a new game+ mode (called Overkill mode), and a few extra goodies to extend the life of the game.

BulletstormFor those not in the know, Bulletstorm follows Grayson Hunt, a wisecracking mercenary with a weakness for alcohol. He's been double-crossed, and ends up stranded on a planet after trying to gain some revenge on the person who stabbed him in the back.

Although there is an unnecessary subplot involving Grayson's alcohol addiction that just doesn't fit, the rest of the game tends to stay relatively lighthearted. I like pretty lowbrow humour, so jokes that revolve around genitalia - and there's plenty of that Bulletstorm - tend to make me chuckle. Your milage, or course, may vary.

Really though, you could pay zero attention to the plot, and still have a blast with the game. That's because the main gameplay hook is so endlessly satisfying. The aforementioned tools - namely, a lasso-like Energy Leash, and a kick ability - allow for all sorts of neat ways to end the lives of the nameless grunts strewn throughout the levels.

The game's Skillshot Database is updated at a frantic pace, offering players a list of ways to kill enemies. Sometimes you'll pull off one of these moves without even trying, but some of the tougher ones will require some planning. The more creative you are, the more points you earn, which you can use toward new weapons, upgrades, ammo, etc.

BulletstormThe weapons are unlocked at a good pace as well, and each one is supremely satisfying, whether it's a pistol that can blow heads off without even trying, a grenade launcher whose ammo can wrap around enemies, or a good old fashioned shotgun that can cut enemies clear in half.

The Skillshot System will scratch the upgrade-itch that gamers have been trained to crave. Whether you're pulling off your 100th headshot, or attaching your leash to a guy, shooting him in the rear end, then kicking him into an electrified fence, the points pop up on screen at a frantic pace, and its always satisfying.

The campaign offers all sorts of watercooler moments, whether you're controlling a mechanized amusement park dinosaur, or flying away from a massive beast that's shrouded in massive dust clouds. Again though - the basic combat is enough to get gamers coming back for more. Those who love chasing high scores will not be disappointed by how Bulletstorm is set up.

BulletstormBeyond the campaign, there's Echoes Mode, which places players in short sections of the campaign, with the aim to get as high a score as possible. As you'd probably expect, points are earned by getting cool skillshots. Anarchy Mode, meanwhile, tasks teams of four with earning high scores, but the hook here is that you're now working together with other people. Only teams that know what the word "co-operative" means will truly succeed here.

Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition is by no means something that will be dissected and pored over for years to come. While the gameplay itself is quite refined, that's the last adjective you'll think of using when your character is running around half-drunk, impaling enemies on massive cacti and surrounded by a half-dozen other decapitated bodies. And that's okay, because not everything has to be a revolution, right?



BulletstormsBulletstorm: Full Clip Edition
Format: Xbox One
Publisher: Gearbox Studios
Developer: People Can Fly
ESRB Rating: M for Mature 17+
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Rating: 9 / 10

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