I was expecting something immature, dumb and more than a little strained. And I got it. Fortunately, I was also lucky enough to find my way through some very silly dialogue to an interesting take on the FPS with a couple of new mechanics that freshened things up a bit. Here’s an extract from my review way back at the end of February last year:
Bulletstorm is the spiritual successor to Duke Nukem, although using the word “spiritual” with regards to the Duke or Gray Hunt goes against our better judgement. It’s not just the frequent and necessary use of your boot that harks back to the Duke either, it’s the wisecracks – in as much as they are – and the setting. Mutant aliens infesting an entertainment complex while a wisecracking, foul mouthed meathead stomps and shoots his way through swathes of them. So far, so Duke.
There, that’s me quoting me… which is either very meta or a little bit sad. Either way, just re-reading the review I wrote almost a year ago is making me want to go back into the brash, over-saturated world of Bulletstorm and shoot some dickfaces in the ballsack. Or something. Ah yes, the dialogue. I said this about it in the review:
The dialogue is awful. It’s delivered well, believable and confident but it sounds like it was written by a thirteen-year-old boy who doesn’t quite understand what those words mean. We’re certainly no prudes here and would rarely object to a well aimed curse word but in Bulletstorm they are neither well aimed, nor often intelligible.
To their enormous credit, this is an issue that People Can Fly later picked out themselves as something they wish they’d addressed more fully but I read plenty of people who praised the devil-may-care disregard for language as ironic. I’d love to hear what you think.
So, go ahead and throw your thoughts down in the comments below. Tell us what you liked, what you didn’t like and what you remember best about Gray Hunt’s journey into a mutant-infested personal hell. Don’t forget to add the words BUY IT, RENT IT, AVOID IT or BARGAIN BIN IT to your mini review so we can tally the totals for next Monday’s round up post.
Go on then, bum-munchers, get stuck in.