Bulletstorm Multiplayer Hands-On

We get a taste of what it's like to be a sadist in Bulletstorm's delightfully gruesome Anarchy and Echo multiplayer modes.

Bulletstorm is a game without a hint of subtlety in its combat. Stealth is unheard of, and in fact, creeping around in any way won't get you anywhere. However, what the game does do is present you with the tools to butcher opponents in the most gory and sadistic ways possible. While we've already seen how these tools work in the single-player game, developer People Can Fly has finally taken the wraps off two multiplayer modes: Anarchy, a Horde-like cooperative mode, and Echo, a leaderboard-based mode. The gameplay ideas behind them might seem familiar, but the integration of gruesome "skillshot" gameplay gives them a unique twist and brings a whole new meaning to teamwork.

Anarchy mode is a take on the wave-based gameplay of Gears of War 2's Horde mode. You team up with up to three friends and face off against waves of enemies, trying to get the highest score possible. Each wave gets progressively harder, with enemies becoming increasingly more intelligent and larger in number. The twist is in how you complete each wave. Instead of simply trying to kill the opposition, you have to kill them in specific ways to earn skill points. This might involve kicking them off a bridge to earn a "vertigo" kill or pushing them into electricity pylons to earn a "shocker" kill.

We got to play Anarchy on a small map, set atop a rocky mountain. A metal platform surrounded a central area, which contained a raging tornado. Surrounding the map were man-eating plants, electricity pylons, and jagged rocks. These all proved extremely useful for gathering skill points during each wave. With our team's help, we were able to pull off a number of gruesome kills. By using our electric leash we could pull enemies into the air and then kick them into the central tornado, which tore them to shreds. Similarly, we could kick enemies into the man-eating plant, where they were instantly devoured.

Most of the points we gathered came from team-based kills. By working together, we could pull off kills that wouldn't be possible on our own. For example, one kill required us to latch onto an enemy with our leashes while another team member kicked him. This caused him to split into several pieces and shower the floor with blood. Another insane move involved sending enemies into the air with the leash, while a team member hit them with a charged-up triple-barrel shotgun, instantly setting them on fire and netting us 300 points for the "acid rain" kill. The number of different kills on offer is impressive, and no matter how gruesome the combo, chances are you can pull it off.

The second new mode is Echo, which is a single-player experience with the addition of multiplayer leaderboards. You play through the single-player map of your choice--minus the dialogue and cutscenes--and try to get the highest score possible. You can see all of your friends' scores on a leaderboard, so you keep track of how much better or worse you are. Like in Anarchy, you gain points by trying to kill in the most imaginative and gruesome ways possible. We managed to pull off even more gore-filled moves in Echo, including our favourite, "flyswatter." This involved using the leash to fling enemies through a steel grating, which cut them up into several square-shaped meat pieces.

Yes! Right in the face.

Both Anarchy and Echo modes hold true to Bulletstorm's overarching tagline, "Kill with skill." The brutal kills and amusing combo names put a different spin on the traditional multiplayer experience, harking back to the days of high-score chasing. It looks good too, with Epic's Unreal engine providing the many globules of blood and gore that spray from butchered enemies. Those with a penchant for destruction will have to wait until next year to get their hands on the game when it's released for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on February 25 in the UK and on February 22 in the US.

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dcrabiddog
dcrabiddog

yeeeaaah! this is going to be sooo fun! i am bored at prestige six in black ops and need something fresh! bloody fresh that is! no one will tell me if at prestige thirteen if the colored clan tags are placeable on my weapon? what's the big secret?!? somebody teelll meeeee! please!

Krinnium
Krinnium

what i think is awesome is the environment. its really colorful and insanely complex. i hope the campaign is a lengthy one cause history has shown us that games with really glamorous campaigns tend to also be short. heres to hoping x]

h3ydrich
h3ydrich

After i save isaac from the necromorphs and help him accomplish his usual engineering mission (this guy is underpaid definetely) i am gonna express my feeling towards my opponents with a variety of creative ways, ive seen this game has many means of expression. Its gonna be a major burnout this one. The game seems fantastic!

georgesdoe
georgesdoe

Looks like the kind of game that's well-made, and has this right feel when you shoot the crap out of everything you see. I love these games when I want to switch off!!

DungeonLeader
DungeonLeader

Interesting multiplayer. no competetive? Interesting move

---SnakePiston---
---SnakePiston---

anyone knows, if it supports PS Move? if not Sony must get the support! luks like it will be fun playing with Move Sharp Shooter :P

Accuracy158
Accuracy158

Hmm anyone notice this comes out the same day as Killzone 3?

WhatsY0UTUB3
WhatsY0UTUB3

@Josh-Fu You liked Unreal Tournament by EPIC? That game sucked.

dann_west
dann_west

I don't see why anyone would complain about a new game being released from epic. Maybe it recycles alot of things we've seen, but it's nice to see Epic branching off a little. The only complaint I can possibly see being valid is that you need to buy the game to get the Gears 3 Beta. But then again, they are a company, and they can market however the hell they please. I might buy it, because it does look like it may be worth the money single player wise.

kazumashadow
kazumashadow

looks great but it comes out the week killzone 3 comes out so i think i will stick with killzone

Josh-Fu
Josh-Fu

This game looks graphically great and the combat looks good too. I like EPIC games everyone I have played has been quality, this will be no different. I understand they did not do Vs Multiplayer, I dont see how you could with all the crazy combos and all the stunning moves. Dont think Vs Multiplayer would be any good. There should be a Co-op campaign however.

powerfulone1987
powerfulone1987

Cliffy B. Keeps making excuses for this game and it isn't released. He's scared. And with good reason. Not even the Gears of War name can carry this thing.

lazzdamian666
lazzdamian666

i bet it comes in downloadable content for like 1200 ms points

josephpeterh29
josephpeterh29

@lazzdamian666 damn straight! even if they only have team deathmatch, capture the flag and a base capture mode or something it should still have competitive multiplayer. it would be like gears cross unreal tournament! hell yeah to that idea!!!!!

rafaisaac
rafaisaac

this game is competing (1 month difference) with Crysis 2... even supposing that the date does not change (get postponed for any reason) , this game is as crappier as it can be, this arcade WET-like mechanics are only fun the first 25 minutes of gameplay. I'm sensing a failure just as with Splatterhouse, but hey, that's just my opinion.

lazzdamian666
lazzdamian666

this game would become better if they insert multiplayer competetive modes also

maybock3000
maybock3000

Ok, so here's the scoop... You will buy this game because it's new and fresh. You will buy the 3 separate map packs to follow. You will play the multiplayer insatiably until BS2 comes out. Then you will press and hold, COPY CUT PASTE, and do it all over again 2 years after. And of course there has to be a 3rd installment, because it's a predetermined franchise. So, COPY CUT PASTE at least one more time....

muzza93
muzza93

@EvilShadow23 Thats all that matters? So if Wii was the only console out everyone will be playing PS2 graphics on games that cost $2 to make, SHOVELWARE is wii. Everyone knows wii sucks, and also manages to blow aswell. So go play Mario Kart and let the big kids enjoy bulletstorm, cos wii ain getting it, if it was called Super Mario Balloon Storm Kart, then u could dust off ur wii and play!

RaZoR_RaiN
RaZoR_RaiN

I like the 'skill-kill' concept, and the fact that they've placed some focus on co-operative play. It's nice to see people trying to re-insert some 'fun' back into gaming. It's also nice to see high score tables returning as a means to promote replay value and healthy competition. Bulletstorm may prove to be a quality option for many, as long as they don't forget to include split-screen. ;)

EvilShadow23
EvilShadow23

@muzza93 Whatever, the Wii sold more than the 360 and PS3 combined...and, in any industry, that's all that matters... So how did you said? Oh yeah! UP YOURS, YOU MOTHERF***ING C**KSUCKER!

DarpSyX
DarpSyX

they´re using Gears of War engine... you can notice from even Screenshots

muzza93
muzza93

Notice how he said its out on Feb 25 "on all three platforms? haha Up yours nintendo wii players lol

MaddenBowler10
MaddenBowler10

@lujanr32 Man, so you're telling me a game is borrowing ideas from another game? Shocking. Unheard of!!!

campbell153
campbell153

Judging by all the people below me with 1 negative thumb each and lujanr32 was the last person to comment and has a positive thumb i would say he was responsible for all the thumbs down... seriously... why would someone thumb up what they have said? lol! Anyway... Bulletstorm looks sick and i dont care what or where the ideas come from... its new and fresh and has a very good angle on adult fun with lashings of violence!

lujanr32
lujanr32

So far from what i've seen from Bulletstorm is: 1 Grapple Lasso From Metroid Prime 3 : Corruption 2 Duke Nukem's Boot attack 3 Dead Space's Stasis Effect on enemies/objects 4 Enemies looked like they are ripped right from Gears of War 5 CoD/BBC Shooting mechanics of course this game isnt out yet, so i can't judge their originality.

x-TwilighT-x
x-TwilighT-x

Wifey Pre-Ordered this for me for birthday. I kept talkin about how awesome it looked.

rexona2412
rexona2412

sounds like awesome fun, IF you got like 5 friends willing to buy this, unlucky for me, i don't so yeah...

Fallen0nMyHead0
Fallen0nMyHead0

@freema lol no. i think there's enough chaos without it.

Fallen0nMyHead0
Fallen0nMyHead0

@Slyster1181 no. I think for the most part it's just co-op (i'm typing this before reading the article)

Slyster1181
Slyster1181

Will this game have traditional online modes like TDM / CTF?

haroon94
haroon94

I'm sure gonna get this ;D

gearsplayer11
gearsplayer11

great looking game that will be on my wish list next year

kennythomas26
kennythomas26

it's going to be a great new year next year for me any way Dead Space 2 in January then this Bulletstorm in February and than March is the killer for me Crysis 2, Homefront and DA: 2 I think.

dragonblader117
dragonblader117

@ xgraderx Perhaps there will be multiple difficultys such as easy, normal, hard, very hard, ect.

xgraderx
xgraderx

Looks really good,but I see alot of players online getting their butts handed to them bad.Those who are going to be good are going to be really good and alot of people are going to find it frustrating I think.I maybe wrong but I dont think its going to be noob friendly,for lack of a better word.Cant wait to see more.

NoAssKicker47
NoAssKicker47

This game simply looks too awesome. Hope it's on Steam

aFatDog
aFatDog

I had high hopes for this game at first, but after watching a few gameplays i realised that the entire idea on which the game was developed has been spoiled by bad guys going in slow motion when you kick them.The whole game is made incredibly slow paced because the obvious way to get skillshots is putting most bad guys in slow mo and then aiming to do certain things. Ruins the whole game if you ask me...

biokrysty
biokrysty

I have great hopes for this game

Gabriex
Gabriex

This looks pretty cool and epic, it could be a buttload of fun... or just another mediocre shooter...

FusionRain
FusionRain

This game is really interesting, I just don't see it sticking around for long. I mean how many times can you do creative kills before it's just another flashy take-down. I really am still excited about this game, but I don't see a reason that warrants a full perches. Just renting it seems fine. I hope they have more to this game that makes me want to keep going back to it.

Cloud-Zehro
Cloud-Zehro

@bg_fernandez You only wish Killzone could look as cool as Bulletstorm.

sharktooth05
sharktooth05

the most creative killing game possibly ever made. Looks bad ass

emoticedmar
emoticedmar

woooh! can't wait for this game! :) Ya'll better be ready, cuz ima use my bulletstorm!

freema
freema

Will it have killstreaks? cause that would be so cool.

IRoxxorUrSoxxor
IRoxxorUrSoxxor

I really, really, really like this interviewer. Like, a lot. It is very rare to see someone not feed you some PR line bull ****. In fact, this is the only instance I can think of here.