Bulletstorm Demo First Impressions

For those of you that weren’t aware, the demo for Epic’s new skill-shot shooter, Bulletstorm, was released on the Xbox Marketplace yesterday morning to the delight of many, myself included. It’s basically a run-and-gun game where you’re encouraged to kill people in creative and interesting ways in order to get as many skill points as possible. It sounds like an interesting concept and the videos make the game look like a lot of fun, but honestly I think it fell kind of short of my expectations.

The controls were “ok”… I only say this because I’m still bias towards the Call of Duty controls and how the analog sticks react in those games so when I move over to another game there’s sort of a learning curve in figuring out how to effectively use the thumb sticks. Sometimes I just felt like I was controlling a bus as I ran through the world. I’m sure I could have adjusted the sensitivity, but it was more left thumbs stick that felt “bussy” the right stick (aiming) was actually fairly decent although it took some getting used to. I did like that you aim down sights extremely fast and the light whip thing was pretty cool. Obviously it’s just a demo so I can’t fault the game for a lack of guns just yet, but I do feel that there weren’t enough enemies. I don’t know if there was a difficulty setting I could have changed to add more, but it just seemed like I was running to a spot, killing 2-3 guys, running to a new spot, killing 2-3 guys, etc. I never really felt a sense of dread, as if I was going to die, while I was just running up to guys and kicking them in the chest.

I really wanted to like the demo and I really wanted it to put me over the fence on buying it, but I think I’m going to have to pass on this one. It kind of reminds me of Crackdown in the sense that people really wanted Halo 3, but in order to try and get a new franchise on the map Microsoft had to give some incentive to buy this new game… Bulletstorm is kind of like the Crackdown to Gears of War 3. If you buy the special edition of Bulletstorm you’ll get a code which accesses the beta for Gears of War 3 when it is released which is probably going to be enough incentive to sell a decent amount of copies of the game. Now, I’m not trying to say that it wasn’t fun, because it was… well, interesting, but I see myself getting bored with it extremely quickly so I think I’m going to have to pass based on what I saw in the demo. That’s not to say that when a used copy springs up at Gamestop I won’t pick it up and run through the game in a week so I can return it for a full refund, but I’m not going to spend my own money on this one sorry guys… Don’t feel bad though, I didn’t like Crysis 2 either…