Bullet Witch

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Mediocre, graphically gory sci-fi shooter.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages
Violence

Graphic violence and gore around every corner as you blast away demons into bits. As you reduce them to piles of mush, you will often see blood spurting out in all directions.

Sex

A scantily clad heroine, but no nudity.

Language

"Oh s--t," and a few references to "damn" ("Damn, this is so stupid," "Damn you and your power," and "You're all a bunch of damn traitors!").

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a violent sci-fi shooter in which players shoot at all kinds of demons. Many of the demons are reduced to a pile of mush, often spurting blood out in all directions. The enemies don't look like people -- one beast has a deformed face coming out of its chest and another looks like a giant floating brain. Kids will hear "Oh s--t" and a few phrases containing "damn."

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byreally April 9, 2008
Teen, 15 years old Written byLady-Lithium November 22, 2010

An after taste..

This game has a bad camera and the aiming system is even worse. Other than that, it has a good story to it. It's somewhat violent, but other than that, it... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byDevilWarrior July 18, 2018

A mediocre game

this game is dark but not actually explicit,is easy to play but can be boring,even in the first minutes,crappy graphics,even for a 2006 game,but the protagonist... Continue reading

What's it about?

Things are not looking good for the human race in Atari's BULLET WITCH, a sci-fi third-person shooter for the Microsoft Xbox 360 that takes place in the year 2013, after our planet has suffered fatalities in the billions because of natural disasters, war, and infectious diseases. As if this weren't enough, an interdimensional portal has opened up, allowing demons to seep through and attack those few remaining people. You play as Alicia Claus, a beautiful witch who is as powerful with her magic spells as she is deft with a trigger finger. She wields a huge \"gun-rod,\" a kind of broom-shaped weapon.

You start with the gun-rod as a machine gun, but in time it can be switched to a shotgun, sniper rifle, and Gatling gun. Pressing the left or right shoulder button brings up a magic wheel, enabling you to spin and select what kind of magic spell to invoke -- if you've earned enough skill points to unlock it.

Is it any good?

But gun battles with hoards of demons get tiring after a while. For one, while some might hide for cover, the not-so-bright creatures basically stand there and let you shoot them down one by one. Another issue is that the action sequences repeat often, which works something like this: fight baddies, move ahead and watch a short story sequence, then fight more baddies and move ahead toward the end of the level. Another problem is that it can be cumbersome to control Alicia's movement with the Xbox 360's left analog stick while moving the camera with the right analog stick.

This single-player adventure has its strengths -- namely, big and attractive outdoor environments and impressive spell-casting effects -- but the dumb artificial intelligence, repetitive gun battles, and awkward controls bring the game down to a C-grade experience. And at only six or seven hours of play, you can easily tackle this single-player shooter in a weekend.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how, in this sci-fi shooter, your role is to rid the world of demonic beasts. When playing a shooter game, does it make a difference who your enemy is -- a demonic beast versus an evil person? Why is violence in video games such a hot topic for parents with kids? Why do you think many parents believe kids should not play M-rated games?

Game details

  • Platforms: Xbox 360
  • Price: $49.95
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: Atari
  • Release date: February 27, 2007
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: M for blood, language, violence

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