A remaster of the 2011 title Bulletstorm, Full Clip Edition includes all previously released DLC plus new content. How does Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition stack up 6 years later? Read our review below…
So around 6 years ago, 25th February 2011 to be exact, I played the first Bulletstorm. Getting stuck in to its gory, sweary, gameplay I was hooked. Playing it for a solid week until I felt I was all Bulletstormed out, even completing it on the hardest difficulty. I remember revisiting it a few times in the following months but it just didn’t have that longevity factor to it (which is the case now too, more on that later). So, when Full Clip Edition was announced I was looking forward to getting my hands on it and seeing what it was like half a decade later.
The draw for Bulletstorm was its over the top combat, where you not only used your guns to kill enemies, but the environment too. It was refreshing and it still is. Coupled with the cast of characters banter filled dialogue it made for a real fun experience. Six years later I’ve had a blast playing it, it’s still as enjoyable now as it was then, the mature content may be a little too contentious for some, though this can be turned off, along with the gore before you start the game.
Just to give a little on the story for those that never played the original. You play as Grayson Hunt, a member of the rouge group Dead Echo, on a mission to kill General Sarrano for betraying them, Grayson soon finds himself stranded on the not-so abandoned resort planet of Stygia with his only surviving crew mate Ishi, and new found comrade Trishka by his side. Grayson has the chance to finally confront Sarrano, or get his team off the planet alive.
The upgrade in visuals is absolutely astonishing at times with some jaw dropping moments throughout, while there are times namely when in close quarters you can see the games age. The visual upgrade also includes 60 frames per second which sadly suffers at times throughout dropping dramatically for a few seconds. As mentioned earlier the game is as fun now as it was back in 2011, The gameplay still feels fresh and over the top, and the cast of characters back and forth with each other had me chuckling to myself from start to finish.
In addition to the singleplayer campaign there’s Echoes mode, here you play snippets of the story, with the emphasis being on skillshots and competing for high scores on the online leaderboards, nice for those that have a penchant for leaderboard climbing, it also serves as a quick pick up and play in between other games. Bulletstorm also features multiplayer, in the form of a horde style mode in which you team up with three other players to take on the waves of enemies, the emphasis is on teaming up to kill enemies as you score more points for doing so, with each round having a score to reach in order to proceed. A nice idea, but becomes a little repetitive after a few hours and much like Echoes mode becomes more of a five minute blast between other games.
Bulletstorm didn’t perform that well first time around, which may have had something to do with the fact it was one of the games struck by the dreaded “Online Pass” (which thankfully no longer exists) implemented by former publishers EA, and with EA dropping the title it has since been picked up by Gearbox who have been instrumental in the remaster of the game, namely it’s at-launch DLC Duke Nukem’s Tour.
Duke Nukem’s Tour was included as a pre-order bonus for the game, and is available at launch separately for £3.99/$4.99. Essentially this DLC is a skin pack for the campaign, replacing Grayson with the almighty Duke, who also has his own set of dialogue too. At launch there’s an issue with the lip syncing which People Can Fly and Gearbox are aware of and are working on. I have seen a work in progress of the fix and it’s a definite improvement. The fix is said to be being issued “shortly after launch”. With that said playing Duke Nukem’s Tour is funny at first, with him being the only character having a new set of dialogue he constantly makes reference to other characters calling him Gray or Grayson and how he doesn’t know where he is. This soon gets dropped with Duke muttering his usual catchphrases throughout the game, which at times doesn’t fit with what other characters are saying, and to be honest I found that some of Grayson’s one-liners much better than what Duke has to say at the same point in the game. A novelty bit of DLC that I would only recommend to those that have played the original and want a different experience this time round.