Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition

Game review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Creative, engaging, but brutal, bloody mature shooter.

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Positive Messages

Violence is used to solve problems.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Hero is a jerk who uses extreme violence to get revenge for his friends, get himself out of a mess of his own making.

Ease of Play

Simple controls, but game does have multiple difficulty options, some of which are exceptionally tough.

Violence

Players use guns, explosives, kicking, whip-like device to kill people. Loads of blood, gore, dismemberment. 

Sex

Dialogue, on-screen messages full of dirty jokes, double entendres.  An enemy's bare bottom is shown briefly.

Language

Frequent profanity including "s--t," "f--k," p--sy," "c--k."

Consumerism

Offers downloadable content (DLC) for a new character to play as, which changes segments of plot, dialogue.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Player drinks alcohol to point of intoxication, rewarded for killing people while drunk. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition is a violent, bloody, and dirty shooter that's not for kids. Using guns, explosives, an electric whip, and a good kick to the gut, players kill other people in a variety of bloody and gory ways. The dialogue is full of such curse words as "f--k," "s--t," and "c--k," as well as numerous dirty jokes and insults. When someone is killed creatively, the type of kill is displayed on-screen, and many are named for sex acts and double entendres. The main character enjoys liquor and sometimes becomes intoxicated. There's even a bit of nudity in the form of an enemy's briefly exposed buttocks. Players can also purchase an add-on that replaces the hero with the character Duke Nukem, which adds even more cursing and dirty comments. That said, the game does include the options to turn off "mature language" and not "show blood/gore." Lastly, online communication in the game's multiplayer mode isn't moderated.

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What's it about?

A slightly updated version of a 2011 sci-fi first-person shooter, BULLETSTORM: FULL CLIP EDITION casts you as a former soldier who becomes a space pirate when he realizes his commanding officer was using him for illegal operations. Bent on revenge, and a little drunk, you try to kill your nemesis but instead get yourself stranded on an alien world with him and his new soldiers, not to mention the planet's already surly residents. Better get shootin'.

Is it any good?

While this new edition doesn't add enough to make it worth buying again, for those who missed it, this is one ludicrous and ludicrously fun shooter. At its core, Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition, like the original version, has everything you'd expect from this kind of game: harrowing gunfights, crazed enemies, and explosive set pieces that provide a brief respite from all the harrowing gunfights with crazed enemies. But it's the non-shooting ways you kill people that make this game unique. Not only are you wearing boots that can kick people into spikes or exposed electric wires, but people actually fly away from you slowly so you can shoot them, too. Similarly, you have a whip-like device that pulls enemies toward you and your gun. All of which adds up to one unique but effortlessly fun sci-fi shooter.

As for what this new edition adds? Well, aside from looking and sounding better, it has a new way to play the game's story-driven campaign that gives you all the weapons when you start, as opposed to one at a time. It also adds new arenas for the game's challenge and co-op modes, both of which have you fighting waves of enemies. The thing is, even with those new maps, those challenge and co-op modes won't hold your attention long -- not as long as the story mode, anyway. Also, if you like your shooters to be serious, this isn't your kind of gun game, as it's over-the-top in a bloody, gory, and silly way. But if you're down for a shooter that has a dark sense of humor (and, of course, you didn't play the original already), Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition is like a kick to the gut ... into an exposed electrical wire.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. Does it make a difference that you're shooting other people in this game, as opposed to monsters or aliens? How does it make you feel?

  • Talk about perspective. Does it make you feel differently to shoot people when you're seeing things from your own eyes, as opposed to from afar or from an aerial perspective?

  • Discuss being sadistic and cruel. This game rewards you when you kill people in creative ways, but how does this make you feel? Do you feel any different when you shoot someone in the game as when you're kicking them into a spike or some piece of machinery that dismembers them? And how do you feel about being rewarded for killing someone creatively?

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