E3 2008: PBR: Out of the Chute Hands-On

Play as your favorite cowboy. Play as your favorite bull.

With gold buckles, cash prizes and eager cowgirls, rodeo cowboys get all the glory. In PBR: Out of the Chute, the officially licensed bull-riding game, the bull gets his revenge.

That's because you can choose to play as one of 12 real-world bulls in what is believed to be the only known use of licensed livestock in a video game. We got our hands on PBR (not to be confused with Pabst Blue Ribbon) this week at E3 2008 in Los Angeles and put the hurt on the cowboys and rodeo clowns alike in the PlayStation 2 version of the game. Controlling the bull is simple. Move with the stick and buck with the buck button. Timely turns and bucks in reaction to the cowboy's movements will have the best chance of dismounting the cowboy. Once you've thrown him in the dirt, you can try to trample or gore the cowboy or the oncoming rodeo clowns sprinting to save his life. If you don't care for one of the real-life arenas, you can run up to the wall and kick the sponsors' advertisements into splinters. You can play as both cowboy and bull in the local two-player multiplayer mode.

The real meat to PBR is found in the single-player season mode as you choose to play as one of 12 licensed PBR cowboys or a custom character. You'll compete against other cowboys and their scores in tournament-style events that make up the 10-event PBR Championship that culminates in the World Finals held annually in Las Vegas. Riders will also suffer persistent injuries, so a cowboy with a broken arm will have to ride with a cast, and his attributes will suffer accordingly.

While a fun concept, the gameplay in PBR seemed one dimensional. You simply move the left stick to try to balance your cowboy, and press a grip button to grab the rope, although we didn't notice a difference whenever we used the grip buttons. The faster your reactions to the bull's bucking, the better your score from the judges (PBR uses the official scoring and rules used in real life). After your eight seconds are up, you hit a dismount button to jump off the bull and another button to try to land on your feet for bonus points. The bull will try to chase you down, and the event is not over until you sprint to safety and jump over the arena walls.

Of course, PBR isn't slated for release until October, and who knows what kind of fun control scheme the Wii version will employ, but we hope the gameplay is tightened up for a more engaging experience in the final months of development. One thing is certain, however: Luke Perry is not an unlockable character.

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24 comments
rhyno186
rhyno186

"...if this is on Wii, isn't it a tad violent for children? Bulls kill people. I don't find this too appropriate judging from the fact it promotes animal cruelty, and the Running of the Bulls just occured, where many people were trampled and gored, stupid as the whole ordeal is." First off, the PBR has ABSOLUTELY NO COMPARISON to the Running of the Bulls (encierro) in Spain. Maybe you should watch the PBR on the Versus channel sometime. You would see that it is no more violent than the NFL or NHL and has a whole lot more action, guts, and glory than the overpaid, crying, whining babies of other "professional" sports. Also, there isn't a single bit of cruelty towards the animals. The ASPCA is very tight with the PBR and its contractors (the people who raise and breed the bulls) and has given them all the praise and respect for what they do. There have been many profiles done on the bulls in the PBR and they have shown that some of those bulls live better than some people do! It can cost upwards of $50,000 to breed a cow with a champion bull! The guys that assist the riders after they dismount or buck off are called "Bullfighters" not "clowns". Make no mistake about it... This is NOT a "rodeo"... This is the PBR!

king_bobo
king_bobo

This sounds like a 2d version could be made on Flash.

snevets96
snevets96

not bad but not good either i would say this game is about the same don't all you guys.

zerander
zerander

haha yea seriously sounds strange

tyzwain
tyzwain

harvest moon, cowboy style. Lol at the licenced livestock.

Mehfuz
Mehfuz

interesting game

gmax
gmax

Licensed livestock. Heh. Sounds mildly amusing...

Macgyver40
Macgyver40

I love rodeos. i think the bulls will win

shinian
shinian

This is a bigh "meh" for me. de Bloob looks a lot more interesting.

km1498
km1498

Might be good...for like a few minutes.

curua02
curua02

Even if you count both cowboy and bull scenarios, that's still only two events in the entire game. How about some roping contests, or whatever the hell it is people do at rodeos?

Foppe
Foppe

if this is on Wii, isn't it a tad violent for children? Bulls kill people Guns kills people. So with that logic, we would have no games wih guns on Wii. Or swords. Or mushrooms. Or...

Hungry_bunny
Hungry_bunny

:lol: Wow, not sure what to say anymore... sounds like it could get dull pretty fast.

jakeboudville
jakeboudville

meh, don't think this is going to be a great one

WizengamotX
WizengamotX

No Luke Perry lol well anyways if this is on Wii, isn't it a tad violent for children? Bulls kill people. I don't find this too appropriate judging from the fact it promotes animal cruelty, and the Running of the Bulls just occured, where many people were trampled and gored, stupid as the whole ordeal is.

grambyte
grambyte

They're kidding me right?

Jerell_rast
Jerell_rast moderator

If I see dudes flying in the air, instant win.

-Twilight-
-Twilight-

Wow, who thought this was a good idea?

Cube_of_MooN
Cube_of_MooN

At this stage it seems as the person who wrote the article said, too one-dimensional. I cannot imagine buying a game with such little substance to it.