Bulletstorm Reappears on Steam Without Explanation

Still no word on if Bulletstorm will continue to require Games For Windows Live.

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Epic Games' 2011 first-person shooter Bulletstorm is available to purchase from Steam again after vanishing from Valve’s PC marketplace without warning back in March.

You can buy Bulletstorm for $20, but as the Online Disclaimer on its Steam page explains, you’ll need a Games For Windows Live client and account in order to install it and access its online features.

Back in August, an update posted to the Age of Empires Online support site indicated that Microsoft intended to axe the Games for Windows Live Service completely on July 1, 2014. Microsoft has since removed the text from its Age of Empires Online support page, but it also closed its PC Marketplace in August 25, 2013, and several developers have since transitioned their games from GFWL to Steamworks.

So far Bulletstorm publisher Electronic Arts didn’t say if the game will continue to require a GFWL account, but Bulletstorm developer Epic Games previously said it was considering a patch that would remove it.

Developed by Epic Games and People Can Fly (now called Epic Games Poland), Bulletstorm launched in March 2011. Described as a "pulp sci-fi adventure," the game features arcade-style mechanics that challenges players to "kill with skill."

People Can Fly started work on Bulletstorm 2, but would later abandon this game to work on Gears of War: Judgment instead. For more on Bulletstorm, check out GameSpot's review.

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Discussion

72 comments
Pyrosa
Pyrosa

Assuming they patched out the GFWL requirement, this is a MUST-PLAY FPS game.  SO much fun.

blackothh
blackothh

One of the most underrated shooters, Such an awesome game............but GFWL such not awesome.

advocacy
advocacy

This is quite similar to surprise buttsex.  But when you find out that you must use Games For Windows Live, poop is involved.

Arinx7
Arinx7

GFWL was always a joke. Sometimes it didn't even work on their own OS.

Sir_Grakul
Sir_Grakul

Gotta love that double DRM. Pass.

delta5931
delta5931

Wait for sale. Thats what I'd do.

Barighm
Barighm

Trying to take advantage of that article about it a few days back. Built some press for it.

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

It's a pretty good game.  I think there probably will be a Bulletstorm 2, and I think before it comes out, they're going to want a way for people to play the original, and will probably work something out with Epic.

When a game is good, publishers always try to remind people that it exists as a way to advertise the new game relatively close to the time it comes out.

TheExxorcist
TheExxorcist

Who cares.... bulletstorm was another overhyped mess from Epic Games... terrible game along with the horrendous kick animations... Borderlands is way better.

Soap2k11
Soap2k11

"People Can Fly started work on Bulletstorm 2, but would later abandon this game to work on Gears of War: Judgment instead. " ..oh God why? I bet there's not a single person who played the original Bulletstorm, who wouldn't want a sequel. Please make it happen! Especially after that cliffhanger you left us with.

Apofis_SG-1
Apofis_SG-1

I dont like GFWL but I have few games with it and Im glad they kinda remover it from FallOut 3. But I dont really have problem with GFWL. Log in and play. Never really had any complications. But if talk about this game and GFWL I wouldnt buy it with or without GFWL.

OrgeLambart
OrgeLambart

I'd buy it if they switched it over to steamworks, if not I won't buy...

drybones41
drybones41

I've actually been wanting to buy this for a little while, the steam price ain't exactly the cheapest either. I might wait considering the whole GFWL shutdown and see what happens from there.

Hurvl
Hurvl

Well, that's good, but I'll still wait until it's on sale at 75 % off. With my backlog and limited funds, I've been doing that so long that it feels odd not to. I haven't even gotten around to playing the demo yet, which I downloaded long before Bulletstorm vanished from Steam. Even if I'm pretty sure I'll like a game I always play the demo beforehand, if there's one available.

grin89
grin89

the only reason you needed to get bulletstorm was to be able to play gears of war 3 beta.

uninspiredcup
uninspiredcup

Eh, Hard Reset, Shadow Warrior and Painkiller: Hell And Damnation. No need to care.

zerofrust
zerofrust

Damn! We are still talking about that abomination lol. MS tried to apply a console gaming service without any kind of meaningful adaptation to the PC platform and failed miserably. The damn thing was pretty much static. No attempt to improve it or add new features.

GOOD FCKING RIDDANCE!

gamingfriendly
gamingfriendly

Fun game i just hated how dirty the script was as if it was written by an angry teen.

DrKill09
DrKill09

Remove GFWL, and I'll buy it.

freedomzealot
freedomzealot

I dont know what windows live is but Im too drunk to feel like googling it, can samebody help me?

devilzzz2014
devilzzz2014

Anyone know what games were shutting down for sure for GameSpy on May 31st, 2014?  So confused by all this shutdown crap.

freedomzealot
freedomzealot

Explination: they wanted to ripoff some fools

mdign
mdign


Half-Life 3 + Bulletstorm Crossover confirmed.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Unless they remove the GFWL bull, don't buy.  The game's a ticking time bomb.

dani3po
dani3po

Yes, in Europe at least is available and it doesn´t use Origin (recently Steam alerts you with a giant red sign when a game uses another DRM). However, in Origin the game costs half.

Psycold
Psycold

@TheExxorcist Yea I played the PC version and I had to force myself to finish the campaign because I paid for it. 

KSSuperhero
KSSuperhero

@Soap2k11 There is alot of us who played the first one that in no way shap or form want another one. It was so bad I cant think of anything good about it.

thorn3000
thorn3000

@gamingfriendly yep the character were about as believable as...well, they were not believable, they were utterly one-sided and boring

SingletreeAve
SingletreeAve

@freedomzealot I'm also drunk, but Games for Window's Live is Microsoft's online gaming service that provides both DRM enforcement and multi-player support.  Long story short, in typical MS fashion they attempted to force it on everyone for Window's gaming then decided to shut down the servers when it failed epically several years later.  Fortunately, this train wreck of epic proportions did not derail Mr. Steve Balmer's life long ambition of owning an NBA team.  Go Steve!

Auriken
Auriken

@freedomzealot We only have so much time on this planet. Don't waste it on trying to learn what GFWL is. It's not important.

Death_Masta187
Death_Masta187

@devilzzz2014 The Game Spy shutdown was pushed out to June 30th. This was to give devs more of a chance to port their games to something like steam works.

Dawnshadow
Dawnshadow

@dani3po I think the DRM alert comes from the browser extension Enhanced Steam, not Steam itself. 

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

@dani3po Really? Maybe that's just a European thing, my Steam didn't alert me about Watch Dogs requiring Uplay

freedomzealot
freedomzealot

@SingletreeAve 

Thank you for the informative reply, cheers

Lhomity
Lhomity

...don't waste it on getting drunk either

devilzzz2014
devilzzz2014

@freedomzealot @devilzzz2014 Yes supposedly until the end of the day or til today the servers were still up for certain games.  I am just trying to figure out what games had NO plans to run beyond May 31/June 1.


crossbit
crossbit

@naryanrobinson @KSSuperhero Meh, one man's 8 is another man's 2. There is no 'obviously', there is only opinion. I for one thought it was fairly mediocre, a 5 or 6 at best - the gunplay gimmicks were entertaining at first, but once their novelty wore off, their was nothing left to get excited about. Well, there was Waggleton P. Tallylicker, but one weapon of prehistoric mass destruction couldn't save what was, for me, an otherwise lackluster experience.

Lum_Yatsura
Lum_Yatsura

@freedomzealot Microsoft retracted their initial claim. "Officially" the service does not have a shutdown date. But the public saw through the lie and widely believe it'll close to the point developers had to listen.

SingletreeAve
SingletreeAve

@freedomzealot No problem.  By the way, you got that the bit about Steve Balmer was sarcastic right?  I mean, I have nothing against the guy personally, but it does kind of irk me that overly restrictive Microsoft  DRM has been a major headache for years and Balmer walks away with enough to drop $2B on a sports team.   I guess it worked.

thorn3000
thorn3000

@Lhomity what? being drunk is a state of spiritual blessing...of course too drunk is bad