Call of Duty parody downloaded 1.25 million times

Epic Games' free send-up of Activision's shooter franchise goes platinum in just four days.

Last week, Epic Games released a free Call of Duty parody titled "Duty Calls: The Calm Before the Storm" to promote its upcoming shooter Bulletstorm. Now, that satirical game has achieved a milestone many titles shoot for…platinum status.

Duty Calls recruited over a million soldiers.

According to a tweet from Bulletstorm's official Twitter account, "Duty Calls" has been downloaded 1.25 million times since releasing on February 2. The title mocks Activision's shooter franchise not so subtly.

As players make their way through the game, they find useless objects (a stick, loose leaf paper), run into villains who can be beaten only in slow motion, and achieve the rank of "Sergeant of the Master Sergeants Most Important Person of Extreme Sergeants to the Max." The game isn't exactly subtle about its critiques, as every one of the player's gunshots is accompanied by a voice clip loudly saying, "Boring!"

Developed by Epic Games' Polish subsidiary People Can Fly, Bulletstorm is a first-person shooter built around a skill-shot system that rewards players for dispatching enemies in creative and often gory ways. The game is set to launch for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on February 22. For more on the title, check out GameSpot's most recent hands-on preview of Bulletstorm.

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Spacerac
Spacerac

you see @PewPewNinja , all of or most of the call of duty games are games that are in the main series and follow the same general shooting formula. spin off games are also the same in their mechanics. Mario just dabbles into different sports and genres, even FPS if you look up Yoshi's Safari.

PewPewNinja
PewPewNinja

@Spacerac But you said it " Mario only has one main series game on the N64 and Gamecube and two on the Wii" What about the other ten franchises with the Mario name, how many Mario Party,Golf,tennis,sport in general,Kart...how many zelda on the gameboy,ds..the same street fighter as been released 10 time with word like turbo,extreme at the end to make it diff..All those game are milked to death. (i was so late on that comment)

toonsim2
toonsim2

BLOODY SCREEN..... SO REAL

im-a-roustabout
im-a-roustabout

@Gelugon_baat I actually deleted that comment once I realized somebody already mentioned it. Though I am still rather confused that you don't think that anything you just said about the Nukem game was self-deprecating. Everything you describe fits the description or you need to elucidate just a little bit more. Isn't that what Bulletstorm kind of does too? I don't think anything about Bullestorm was meant to be taken seriously and the witty banter and over the top loonyness of it seems like it's making fun of itself. Have you read half of what the kills in this game are called?

im-a-roustabout
im-a-roustabout

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im-a-roustabout
im-a-roustabout

I PRAY that they make it so you can DLC more skill shots. Something tells me in one week, over a hundred skill shots just won't cut it anymore.

BSEE10
BSEE10

@Gelugon_baat aw.. sorry my bad... I'm sick of shooter though. I want something new.

Germandude2
Germandude2

@wedran123 umadbro, calm down and stop nerdraging, its just a game, grow some balls and stop censoring yourself too toughguy.

Alex_09
Alex_09

@SavoyPrime I blame rap music :D But seriously I think they just surfed xbox live games listening to the players who were "speaking", and since most of them are usually 12 year old s*** talkers they assumed they'd love a game like this. Hell they probably will.

wedran123
wedran123

@red122 thats exactly what i said.... every COD game that came after WAW was ******* horrible and btw you cod fanboys:I DONT GIVE A **** IF YOU GIVE ME THUMBS DOWN while you are playing call of ******* annoying i will play something better that was made by EA

Gamer-Geek
Gamer-Geek

Bulletstorm's demo was awful and this game doesn't change that. This is a game to distract gamers from their actual game which is currently and will be a fail. It isn't anything new, and anything that is new is because no other company thought they were good ideas.

Czech895
Czech895

Duty calls is better then COD lol

Spacerac
Spacerac

@PewPewNinja In only talking about the previous two game generations, Mario only has one main series game on the N64 and Gamecube and two on the Wii. Zelda has two for N64 and 2 for Gamecube and 2 for Wii, one of which is also on GC. Street Fighter has only recently had a fourth installment. Final Fantasy... well, 14 games in and the Final part hasn't happened yet so I'll give you that. But each franchise you named had main projects that a lot of heart and soul went into and you cannot dismiss them as milked.

Grovilis
Grovilis

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kenmanius
kenmanius

Cool, now Activision and Microsoft can go at it in the courts. I dare em.

PeterTechGuy
PeterTechGuy

Just how many times I need to say Duty Calls ISN'T a Bulletstorm demo already.

steelmouth
steelmouth

I downloaded and installed the damn thing and it took too long to load, am try it 1 more time and if it messes up am delete it

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

@Alex_09 - Glad I'm not the only one that wasn't impressed with the Bulletstorm demo. I mean, when you break it down, there is nothing innovative about it really. And don't get me started on the dialogue. Since when does dropping the f-bomb and cursing a whole bunch make you hardcore? :?

BSEE10
BSEE10

@Gelugon_baat I believe your talking about "Duke Nukem" right? hehe

Alex_09
Alex_09

Funny as that is, Bulletstorm was far more boring and repetitive. I'm basing that on the demo but still it was awful in my opinion.

LondonGamer986
LondonGamer986

LOL!!!! I played this game, Was quite funny. Master sergeant master sergeant gunner person EXTREME!!!

Jake518
Jake518

Hahahahahaha this is great!!

blackheart1889
blackheart1889

Epic, you still suck for abandoning Unreal Tournament

PewPewNinja
PewPewNinja

Yeah, Yeah, CoD is the most milked piece of garbage ever Right? RIGHT? Not like Mario..Zelda..FF..Super Street Fighter..OH wait almost every huge hit become like that... hey just wait a little Battlefield is going the CoD way, one game a year, already started. Still weird that today game can't even surpass CS:S. Not like were here to talk about Duty calls or Bulletstorm, anyways.

superbobo64
superbobo64

haha that's great, good job epic you guys rule!

killer690
killer690

Well we all know what it's gonna happen right? Activision is gonna wanna file a lawsuit againts EPIC games.

wis3boi
wis3boi

they should have stuck Kotick in the Duty Calls game as the end boss.

Red122
Red122

I agree with @wedran123 except for the part about black ops that game is god awful piece of crap. Call of duty is like halo its getting milked to death and all these games flooding the market they are not very good. Cod 4 was awesome enough said.

wedran123
wedran123

Call of duty was a great, heck a EPIC franchise untill cod mw2 came out.... the classics will stay with us....i still play cod 2 and 4, but i refuse to buy black ops or mw2....and black ops is just mw2 with a flashy new look..... plus activision fired the 2 ppl that started COD,god damn thats like hitting pope with a pineapple

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

This is bugging the crap out of me now. I still can't access the Duty Calls website. I want to see CoD mocked sooo badly.

ozzman69th
ozzman69th

thumbs up for anyone who thinks cod is the worst game franchise that ever existed why becuse cod sucks wosrt game of all time

channjose
channjose

i hate when people mocks other franchises to make their games look better..............

campbell153
campbell153

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xgraderx
xgraderx

Hands up from the COD fans who couldnt tell it was a parody from Epic.

Little_Socrates
Little_Socrates

Still haven't tried Duty Calls, but I'm definitely interested still.

SaberStrike
SaberStrike

The Duty Calls demo was hilarious ("Red Blood on the screen, SO REAL"), the Bulletstorm demo was fun, but I'm afraid the Skill Kills will get real old, pretty quick. It was fun though.

Marky360
Marky360

I thought it was hilarious and a perfect summation of what Call of Duty actually consist of.

Yasviele
Yasviele

The sniper skill came from Jericho ?(good game with a terrible ending)

Warshock
Warshock

Completely agree @bl1980 There was nothing interesting about the demo. Lets hope it's even worth the money to rent the full game.

e1-shaj-e1
e1-shaj-e1

dude this game is a great game i loved the demo because there are so many funny ways to kill your enemy

kevindm215
kevindm215

dunno how great it looks, seems to take a long time to kill ppl, you'l just end up getin shot in the back tryin to do the fancy kills!