|Bulletstorm box art.|
Thus comes Bulletstorm, the latest title from People Can Fly, the Polish developer behind Painkiller. The game follows Greyson Hunt, part of a commando unit gone rogue, waging guerilla warfare against their former commanding officer General Sarrano who has been ordering assassinations on civilians. The game begins with a space battle against the general's forces, forcing both him and Greyson's team to land on the nearby planet Stygia and, for most of it, centres on Greyson's attempts to reach Sarrano and escape the planet with the last surviving member of his unit, Ishi Sato.
|Main cast members Greyson Hunt|
(left), Ishi Sato (right).
|Leashing enemies often leads|
to interesting skillshots.
|The water effects are also a|
beauty to behold.
Graphics are also a strong point here, with lush, colourful environments and gorgeous scenes that really push the limits of what the Unreal Engine can do. Of merit is the dam scene, which does a great job of giving the player a sense of scale, as well as a particularly enjoyable carnival level, which also features one of the most hilarious weapons of the past few years I've seen in a game.
All in all, this is a return to form for the FPS genre, with many old school shooter elements incorporated in a fresh and interesting new way, dressed up in current-gen graphics, only let down by a poorly executed plot and bad character development; thankfully, this turns out to be largely inconsequential in lieu of the sheer amount of enjoyment to be had by the combat system, making Bulletstorm a highly recommended title for a few hours of mindless fun.