Metascore
84

Generally favorable reviews - based on 83 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 77 out of 83
  2. Negative: 0 out of 83
  1. Feb 22, 2011
    100
    Forget your preconceptions of Bulletstorm as a foul-mouthed big dumb action game. It's an intelligent, nuanced design with fathoms of depth, which marks a return to the importance of player creativity in shooters and simultaneously evolves the concept of interactivity in an FPS world. And with two cleverly complimentary secondary modes, it will have serious legs for a good long while to come.
  2. Feb 22, 2011
    95
    An incredibly welcome breath of fresh air. Never underestimate the simple need to let loose and cause some mayhem, and the skill shot system is exceptionally done.
  3. Feb 22, 2011
    93
    An exceptional shooter brimming with personality and originality, but the concept is spread too thin in the later levels. New homicidal toys are constantly introduced in the first three-quarters of the game, which makes the final few hours a little stale. Mix in a ho-hum ending and the stellar experience goes out on a bit of a low note.
  4. Mar 17, 2011
    91
    Bulletstorm was a perfect 10 while I was playing it, but when the ride was over and I had to sit back and honestly compare it to the past, present, and future of FPS games, the limitations of the repetitive gameplay worked their way to the surface.
  5. 91
    Yes, its vulgar and obscene nature might rub some people the wrong way, but for many Bulletstorm will be a humorous, tongue-in-cheek romp that distinguishes itself from the other samey sci-fi or military shooters clogging up the genre. The game brings simple design concepts used in the infancy of the FPS to the modern day and garnishes it with all the current-generation trimmings.
  6. Mar 30, 2011
    90
    Maturity be damned! We'll make no excuses for Bulletstorm - it's great precisely because it's fun on such a base level. [Issue#70, p.88]
  7. Mar 21, 2011
    90
    The truth of the matter though is that beneath Bulletstorm's bravado and crude exterior beats the heart of a shooter that will challenge how you think about and play shooters, possibly forever.
  8. Mar 15, 2011
    90
    With such a focus, People Can Fly has made the best game possible: one which is smart enough to make a case for looking dumb. [Apr 2011, p.86]
  9. Mar 7, 2011
    90
    With Bulletstorm we're talking about a shooter that makes fun of its own genre, and games as a whole. At the same time, it's extremely funny to play. That combo is just priceless.
  10. Mar 7, 2011
    90
    If you like shooters, sci-fi, a good revenge story or giant robot dinosaurs, then Bulletstorm has something for you.
  11. Mar 6, 2011
    90
    It's a very fresh FPS in a genre that feels more stale every year. It's certainly one of the better new IPs that I've seen this year, and I'm very curious to see what People Can Fly do with the sequel.
  12. Mar 3, 2011
    90
    Bulletstorm is the Summer Movie Blockbuster of the videogame world. It is big, brash and bold.
  13. Mar 1, 2011
    90
    Bulletstorm's frantic action and M-rated, blood-drenched gameplay harken back to earlier generations of shooters, but its richly detailed design, outstanding visuals and the innovative Skillshot system mean that the game easily transcends its "return to roots" vibe for an experience that's easily one of this year's best.
  14. Feb 27, 2011
    90
    Bulletstorm manages to distinguish itself in the FPS crowd thanks to its desecrating humor and a shooting style that allows people to enjoy killing in a hundred different ways, even co-operatively. A very entertaining game, sporting some great environments.
  15. Feb 25, 2011
    90
    Definitely one of the most unique shooters I've played in some time. The combination of its over-the-top story and inventive, addictive gameplay make it a memorable experience from start to finish. Most of all, it's downright fun -- something lacking in too many games these days.
  16. Feb 25, 2011
    90
    Thanks to its addictive gameplay, compelling mechanincs and over the top narrative, Bulletstorm represents a breath of fresh air for any FPS fan out there. The Duke has finally found a worthy rival. Gearbox is warned!
  17. 90
    An early contender for game of the year. It really is that spectacular. While the hand of Epic is evident, as the team that did the bulk of the work this catapults People Can Fly onto our list of the most exciting shooter devs on the Xbox 360. Brilliant writing, unparalleled production values and thunderous action: this deserves to be number one with a bullet.
  18. Feb 22, 2011
    90
    I've come to a conclusion: Bulletstorm wasn't so much developed as it was raised on human growth hormones and taught the English language by a group of sailors and truck drivers. It was also shown every '80s action and sci-fi movie ever made about a dozen times, given a bottle of whiskey, handed a gun and instructed to shoot anything that moves.
  19. Feb 22, 2011
    90
    Behind the f-bombs and dick-tits are some incredibly mature and well thought out mechanics. Not only does the Skillshot system invite a completely new approach to shooting in single-player, it uses scores and leaderboards to inspire competition in a completely different vein to the amalgamate of contemporary shooters.
  20. Feb 22, 2011
    90
    Truly a strange bird in the world of shooters. It doesn't offer the rich backstory and characters of a game like BioShock, but damned if I didn't laugh countless times during the many outbursts of colorful language from its cast. Like its innovative predecessors, Bulletstorm goes against the grain of the popular norm, often in exciting and hilarious ways, and though it's not perfect, it's still one hell of a ride.
  21. Feb 22, 2011
    90
    Epic and People Can Fly not only succeed at delivering the "bigger" and the "more," but bring with it a gameplay slant that makes it a one-of-a-kind experience. Yes, it may be brazenly outrageously and juvenile; be prepared to check your "Serious Business Adult" card at the door. But lurking underneath is a seriously fun, novel take on the first-person shooter genre that shouldn't be ignored. Just make sure you don't "play it wrong."
  22. Feb 22, 2011
    90
    This is a game that wants you to laugh so hard that you sneeze on yourself, but it's also a game that wants you to experiment as much as possible with the tools you've been given. Its cleverness is as lightly worn as it is unexpected. It's the best kind of guilty pleasure.
  23. Mar 7, 2011
    88
    As a sequel to Painkiller, spiritual or otherwise, Bulletstorm is a disappointment. The best way to approach it, if you played Painkiller, is to forget there's a link between the two games at all. Instead, take Bulletstorm for what it is: a ridiculous arcade-ish FPS with a goofy sense of humor and a talent for amazing action sequences.
  24. Feb 28, 2011
    88
    Bulletstorm offers a great innovative fresh perspective on how to deliver a fantastic first person shooter title. While sticking to the foundations that we all grew up on, Bulletstorm drags us from the breast kicking and screaming only to find out that we get a bottle of Jack to suckle from now on.
  25. Feb 28, 2011
    88
    Bulletstorm manages to make itself relevant by spending the right amount of time on character development while balancing the adult nature of the content with gameplay and presentation that are likely to have staying power.
  26. Feb 23, 2011
    88
    While Bulletstorm could've used a little more balancing in the multiplayer department and maybe some more coding work on the AI, it's an overall fun ride that's been well worth the wait. What you get out of the game specifically depends on what you put into your kills – be as sick as you want to be, and you'll reap the rewards.
  27. Feb 22, 2011
    88
    It's a lot of fun and fast as hell, at least in the first half. The pace sometimes slows down as you get to the end, and the Skillshot system dowsn't work smoothly all the way through. It's still an original and funny take on first person shooting: it won't last too long, but you'll enjoy a lot out of it.
  28. Mar 27, 2011
    87
    Bulletstorm is the NFL Blitz of first-person shooters.
  29. Mar 2, 2011
    87
    While Bulletstorm isn't going to bring the FPS genre to its knees, it is a game that tries to stand out from the mundane, and to a certain extent it achieves just that.
  30. Mar 1, 2011
    87
    Differentiating from your everyday shooter, Bulletstorm is more "action thrill-ride" with an emphasis on stylized killing, edgy dialog and extreme set pieces, a change of pace from the overly dramatized shooters that usually dominate the top of the charts.
  31. Feb 28, 2011
    86
    Bulletstorm is an adult game that takes the principles behind Geometry Wars and sets it in a First Person Shooter shell. With a market saturated with thought-inducing fodder like the Mass Effect franchise and Red Dead Redemption, sometimes a thumping whip into a Flyswatter is exactly what the doctor ordered.
  32. Feb 24, 2011
    86
    It might not have Gears of War's deep budget or high level of polish, but it more than makes up for it by giving you a bunch of locations and missions you haven't yet experienced and won't soon forget.
  33. Feb 22, 2011
    86
    If you can make peace with the ridiculous vibe, it's almost a sure thing you'll have fun with it. It doesn't have the legs to sustain it for months, so you might want to approach the game as one of its characters would approach a leather-clad Mad Max reject: wham, bam, thank you, ma'am.
  34. May 24, 2011
    85
    Bulletstorm is not only offering a lot of enemies to shoot. We did not expect such good character development and such an entertaining story.
  35. Mar 25, 2011
    85
    I don't know what possessed People Can Fly to saddle such an exceptional action experience with such a terrible story, but being surrounded by monstrously stupid, foul-mouthed sociopaths actively lessened the gameplay experience for me. So long as a player can tune out the plot and characters, Bulletstorm is an unmitigated action masterpiece, but damn, does the story work hard to mitigate everything good about the game.
  36. Mar 21, 2011
    85
    So the "kill with skill" gameplay and the hilarious, raunchy dialogue more than make up for the game's shortcomings, and a murdery good time for mature gamers can be had without devoting eighty hours of your life.
  37. Mar 1, 2011
    85
    The breath of fresh air that was needed in a seemingly stale FPS genre. It takes a remarkably good idea, slides across the battlefield, kicks the enemy into the air and shoots him in the crotch with it. It's that awesome, and exactly what you'd expect of a shameless, over-the-top and entertaining old-school action romp.
  38. Mar 1, 2011
    85
    It is not the game of the year, but it is a very welcomed blast of fresh air for the first-person shooter genre, and also a very charming game with its own personality.
  39. Feb 28, 2011
    85
    If you are a fan of shooters at all then you definitely need to give this game at try. If you take this game too seriously you are not going to enjoy it. You need to go into it with an open mind and a sense of humor. Simply sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.
  40. Feb 28, 2011
    85
    Bulletstorm turns out to be a great game. There are still some minor griefs, but it's nothing too serious. The skillshot system is a real pleasure and you'll be using it for a long time without getting bored. Bulletstorm demonstrates pefectly that shooters these days can be about just having fun.
  41. Feb 26, 2011
    85
    Simply fun. The exciting campaign and unique twist on first-person mechanics make it an exceptional addition for any shooter fan.
  42. Feb 26, 2011
    85
    If the incessant swearing gets on your nerves, don't quit the game, just block your ears or turn the dialogue volume off, because this is a pretty solid game.
  43. Feb 22, 2011
    85
    Bulletstorm is frantic and wild. Its gruesome story mode comes with the Online Co-Op (anarchy). It may be not as polished as other first-person shooters, but for sure it is original and thrilling.
  44. May 10, 2011
    84
    I guess the question really comes down to whether Bulletstorm is worth your hard-earned gaming dollar. If you're a single-player campaign person, there is a fun and engaging story to be found. If you're into the multiplayer scene, I'd highly recommend getting the full version (you may want to calculate your new cost vs. used cost + 800 points). It is definately worth playing ... the question you need to answer for yourself is whether it's worth owning.
  45. Feb 24, 2011
    84
    Bulletstorm is a game that achieves a unique feel despite being pieced together from other shooters. May be not a AAA stunner, but People Can Fly has proven themselves as a developer to follow.
  46. Makes killing into an artform, and backs it with a Score Attack which was nearly great. [May 2011, p.94]
  47. Mar 2, 2011
    83
    Bulletstorm, in short, looks good, plays great, and is fun as f**k to play. So put that in your pipe and smoke it Call of Duty fans...I come from the old school, and my friends of frag fest...this game is old school with a new coat of paint.
  48. Feb 28, 2011
    83
    The moment-to-moment rewards of Bulletstorm's communal murder are great. Few gaming experiences are more satisfying than using an energy whip to slam-dunk a bullet-riddled patsy whom a teammate has alley-ooped into the air.
  49. Feb 24, 2011
    82
    Bulletstorm is probably the most politically incorrect game of all time ... and to me, that's a good thing! Its humour will certainly not be to everybody's liking, but I totally recommend it to every single shooter fan out there that wants to try something new.
  50. Mar 23, 2011
    80
    Morally bankrupt but creatively rich beyond the wildest dreams of most games. [Issue#107, p.104]
  51. Mar 14, 2011
    80
    It's hard to tell if Bulletstorm's silly demeanor and in depth combat mechanics are going to catch on, but despite the problems that keep it several rungs away from the gold it's a very entertaining and unique take on the genre.
  52. Mar 8, 2011
    80
    With that being said, it's extremely difficult to complain too much about a game that is as pumped-up, gratifying and shameless as this and that features a skillshot-system with the potential to launch an entire franchise.
  53. Mar 7, 2011
    80
    There's no doubt that Bulletstorm delivers a solid ten hours of fresh, bloody fun, but any more time spent with Grayson and crew seems a confused antithesis of modern first-person shooters.
  54. Mar 4, 2011
    80
    For all that I have said about Bulletstorm thus far I can wrap it up by saying that Bulletstorm is flat out good game. Although not the cream of the crop Bulletstorm has enough going for it that if you're a fan of the genre its definitely worth a look.
  55. Mar 1, 2011
    80
    Bulletstorm is rude, exaggerated and even a bit stupid. And we love it. In a genre where everybody tries to be like Call of Duty, People Can Fly not only has tried to do something different, but succeeded in it.
  56. Feb 28, 2011
    80
    Bulletstorm is the equivalent of a summer time big-screen Hollywood blockbuster. Sure it is fun and features plenty of eye candy that pushes the limits of the Xbox 360's hardware, but it lacks in depth and substance.
  57. Feb 28, 2011
    80
    Relaxed and unpretentious ultra-violence, with addictive killshots and a color scheme like a tropical drink.
  58. Feb 28, 2011
    80
    If you love shooters, then Bulletstorm offers up a refreshing change that is worth the look-in, though it lacks the staying power in comparison to other heavily multiplayer oriented titles.
  59. Feb 25, 2011
    80
    Fun action shooting for fun-loving action shooter fans. If you count yourself in that number, you'll likely have a blast. If you expect meat or real depth, you probably haven't listened this far.
  60. Feb 25, 2011
    80
    With Casualty levels of gore, Itchy and Scratchy levels of violent humour and many, many hours of multi-player testosterone-fuelled fun, if Bulletstorm's not a classic in the making, it's not far off.
  61. Feb 24, 2011
    80
    People Can Fly and Epic Games, seemingly bored with the state of first person shooters, have cranked out one of the most objectively offensive titles in recent memory, but pulled a fast one by backing it up with clever, fresh and addicting mechanics wholly absent in every one of its peers.
  62. Feb 24, 2011
    80
    It seems almost impossible to not have a special place in your heart for Bulletstorm. People Can Fly could have spent more energy in creating a more substantial multiplayer, but the singleplayer and Echoes-mode make up for a lot, if not all of it. The unique gameplay, ballsy humour and colourful environments make us take our minor griefs with the game for granted.
  63. 80
    The campaign simply drags on far too long. Well before the end, you've already nailed all of the skillshots you're likely to achieve and have had enough of the game's bromantic dialogue.
  64. Feb 23, 2011
    80
    After being really down on Bulletstorm for the first couple of hours, I was pleasantly shocked to see how well it started coming together once I started getting better at using the different weapons and once the story started moving at a faster pace.
  65. Feb 23, 2011
    80
    Unspectacular online play, an abundance of shooter cliches, and forced vulgarity keep it from joining the shooter elite. But the creativity of the skillshot system paired with the engrossing nature of moving up the Echoes leaderboards gives Bulletstorm some muscle and will inspire a dedicated following of talented players eager to show off their incredible mastery of its gratifying mechanics.
  66. Feb 22, 2011
    80
    Bulletstorm kerb-stomps the dominant FPS orthodoxy, replacing tired old conventions with fresh new mechanics. Its gorgeous sci-fi aesthetic and fluid ultraviolent action make the game almost as fun to watch as it is to play and, although it lacks adversarial deathmatches, Bulletstorm's Echoes and Anarchy modes significantly extend its appeal.
  67. Feb 22, 2011
    80
    It's not going to change the world, but at least it manages to change first person shooters back into something more irreverent and fun.
  68. Feb 22, 2011
    80
    Does Bulletstorm revolutionize the FPS? Clearly not! Nevertheless, it adds a personal touch to the genre by making a real scroring game like in the old times. All of this in an adventure which is not perfect, but refreshing and fun at once... and the game system is really excellent. Frankly, if you like the genre, do not hesitate to make yourself happy!
  69. Feb 22, 2011
    80
    Bulletstorm is the evolutionary "next step" for first-person shooters that makes up for its jerk-off story by adding plenty of new wrinkles to a heretofore tired genre. This is a game that will be remembered for years to come (for a few reasons).
  70. Feb 22, 2011
    80
    In the end, that's what'll keep you playing, trying to discover the hidden death-dealing methods, like throwing a group of enemies up into the air and using the flare gun to set them all on fire. That's a freebie, use the knowledge wisely.
  71. Feb 22, 2011
    80
    The way Bulletstorm fits together results in something cool and memorable. Multiplayer failings notwithstanding, Bulletstorm shines as a single-player shooter. Despite its crass humor and wang-flinging bravado, it's got some real character and heart to it.
  72. 79
    The only concern for buyers is the overall lack of content. There are certainly enough modes, but sadly the two that matter weren't fleshed out quite enough.
  73. Dec 12, 2011
    75
    Not a bad game, but also not a great one that misses the mark on a few levels, most notably the dialog for this gamer. I am sure there's a target market out there who eats this type of language up, and will be mimicking what they hear for a while, but sadly I am not this market.
  74. Mar 18, 2011
    75
    Bulletstorm may be a sick, filthy game that you may not want to show to everyone, but at least it knows it is and simply doesn't care. It's much more interested in whether or not you can slam three shotgun shots into that guy you just flung into the air.
  75. Mar 3, 2011
    75
    Bulletstorm is violence distilled into a bombshell of unbridled mayhem that tries to be so over the top and brutal that it often struggles to live up to its own posturing.
  76. Feb 22, 2011
    75
    Sadly, Bulletstorm's multiplayer features make it a mixed bag, but there is a solid and enjoyable single-player campaign mode in there. The only question is whether that's enough to justify a purchase over a rental.
  77. Feb 22, 2011
    75
    Sure, the game is hilarious and "laugh out loud" funny, but not everyone is going to find the dick and fart jokes worth their $60. If the developers can ensure the future of the franchise is free of bugs, and work in a competitive multiplayer mode, we might be onto something outstanding. As it is now, Bulletstorm is a very good start to a series on the cusp of greatness, yet hindered by some seriously problematic technical issues.
  78. Mar 3, 2011
    70
    Whether Bulletstorm re-invents the genre or not, it is a fresh breeze for all gamers who got tired of the recurrent FPS gameplay, and it contains tons of enjoyable and funny stuff to do.
  79. Feb 26, 2011
    70
    The ideal market for this game would probably be shooter fanatics that have a low-brow sense of humor. Those easily offended or prefer more team based shooters need not apply.
  80. Feb 22, 2011
    70
    Bulletstorm is the world's longest dick joke...Despite the fact that it boots you out to loading screens every time you finish a segment or die, it's a polished-enough piece of work. The point system incentivizes you to play the game using all the tools at your disposal...It's just a shame the developers couldn't stop thinking about reproductive anatomy.
  81. Feb 22, 2011
    67
    A game unsure of what it wants to achieve. When it lets itself, it's a fantastic adrenaline rush through well-constructed set-pieces and gloriously fun-to-watch violence. But it too often drags itself down with overly structured situations and restrictive, strategy-heavy gameplay.
  82. Mar 8, 2011
    60
    Quotation forthcoming.
  83. Feb 23, 2011
    60
    Bulletstorm's best gag is that it'd be light years better if it didn't attempt to have any story at all. The story it does have is so clichéd they could almost credit Home Brand, and a large portion of the humour is written for 14 year olds. The skillshot system, the leash and the core game though - it's a fresh and interesting take on the FPS genre. There's genuinely more fun to be had playing through the Echo mode than there is putting up with the half-baked story in singleplayer.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 400 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 21 out of 151
  1. Feb 22, 2011
    10
    I could not expect less from Epic Games! As always, they did not disappoint me. This game is a masterpiece in a world where first person shooters are all the same. Full Review »
  2. Feb 25, 2011
    4
    There used to be a flavor of Campbell's Soup at Hand that tasted like a Taco. Your first sip, you got really excited. "Wow, this really DOES taste like a taco." And as you drink it, you start to realize that drinking a taco is basically the same thing as sucking up all the grease and fat from the bottom of your pan.

    Bulletstorm goes out, and hits you in the face with this stylized killing mechanic that makes the game feel very unique. The way the plot is set up is thrilling. And it excites you. Yet, you eventually find yourself going through the motions just as you would in any other shooter. Then everything else turns into a crude Gears of War with worse dialogue and plot- and that's not a fanboyism. It doesn't even try to be anything other than a clone.

    Yes, the kill system is unique. It could have been executed so much better had it not been your average "Only one way to go, keep going forward, just shoot everything" shooter. I'm amazed at how many reviews talk about how unique this game is. Chances are they made the review the day they go it and before it started collecting dust on their shelves.

    Oh well. I didn't buy it. (Thank god.) Rented it. I suggest you do the same.
    Full Review »
  3. Ltq
    Feb 23, 2011
    10
    Bulletstorm has its place in FPS history. It added something fresh into the genre. It has an interesting story. After playing that game for a while I got used to the kick and slide and I bet it's going to be hard playing another fps without those key features! Full Review »