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12:55 PM on 02.08.2011

Destructoid Show: Dragon BJs, Sony Baloney, and Comedy

After some technical difficulties last night, the great eye of the universe has finally opened. Gaze into it, and you will see the yesterday's episode of The Destructoid Show. In this episode, Nick Chester goes ove...

Max Scoville



Duty Calls: A playable Bulletstorm production photo
Duty Calls: A playable Bulletstorm production
by Jordan Devore

This morning, the Internet was immensely wrapped up with Duty Calls: The Calm Before the Storm, a parody made to help promote People Can Fly's Bulletstorm.

What's so special about Duty Calls is that it's an actual game. You can download it for PC and your computer won't blow up or anything. We were waiting to report on it until one of us had tried the game out for ourselves, but apparently I wasn't the only one on staff who ran into issues.

Anyway, no hands-on insight. But, I did come with a video playthrough of Duty Calls. I'm sure many of you will find it to be funny -- possibly even hilarious, depending on how familiar you are with modern FPSs.

[Thanks, Mike]

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10:00 AM on 02.02.2011

Epic cancels Bulletstorm unlocks in Gears of War 3

A while ago, we talked about a cool Gears of War 3 feature that would include themed unlocks for players who had enjoyed previous Epic Games releases. Unfortunately, we will not be getting that cool Bulletstorm or Shadow Comp...

Jim Sterling



Hey, dicktits: Beat your friends' Bulletstorm demo scores photo
Hey, dicktits: Beat your friends' Bulletstorm demo scores
by Nick Chester

Epic Games knew what it was doing when it decided to pack Gears of War 3 multiplayer beta access into retail copies of People Can Fly’s upcoming shooter, Bulletstorm -- it was trying to get your attention.

It worked in the case of 21-year-old David Walker Jr., who hadn’t become interested in the foul-mouthed, over-the-top shooter until he learned he’d be able to hop on the Gears 3 beta train. It was enough to get him downloading the demo for the game as soon as it hit Xbox Live Marketplace just one week ago.

The demo, a taste of the game’s “Echoes” mode -- which tasks players with racking up high scores by thinking of creative kills -- has been played by at least half a million people on Xbox Live alone (based on the number of leaderboard scores). The Reading, PA-based Walker Jr. is now among the demo’s top players, besting even the ranks of some of the game’s developers, who have been playing this particular slice of Bulletstorm for months.

I caught up with Walker Jr., now essentially one of the “baddest motherf**kers in motherf**k town,” to see how he could help give you the edge on the Bulletstorm demo leaderboards.

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10:18 AM on 01.30.2011

Bulletstorm PC requires persistent Internet (update)

Fans of PC DRM have something to celebrate today, with news that Bulletstorm will demand a constant online connection in order to be played. More like Bullshitstorm, right guys? It seems Electronic Arts is going to "pull an U...

Jim Sterling





10:40 PM on 01.28.2011

Destructoid: Carmen Sandiego, Gang Bangs, and The PSP2

Good news everyone! We've just completed work on the latest episode of The Destructoid Show. In this episode, our heroes discuss WTF the 411 on the PSP2, AKA the NGP is. OMG. If that's not portable Sony news for you, w...

Max Scoville

12:20 PM on 01.27.2011

So yeah, 'Gang Bang' is a skill in Bulletstorm

Leave it to People Can Fly and Epic Games to bring gang bangs to videogames... of course, it's not what you think. The "Gang Bang" in Bulletstorm involves making an enemy explode in a sea of other enemies, thus killing all o...

Nick Chester



Jimpressions: Bulletstorm demo photo
Jimpressions: Bulletstorm demo
by Jim Sterling

I've waited a long time to try Bulletstorm out, so I had the demo on download as soon as I noticed the sucker was available. Now, fresh off of making heads explode and kicking angry green people into electric wires, I feel I'm an adequate position to say one thing:

FUUUUUCKIN' AAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYY BRO!

Bulletstorm is exactly what I thought it would be -- crass, immature, senselessly violent, and borderline retarded. That is perfectly okay with me, too. While I am still yet to truly get to grips with the inventiveness of the violence, I am most definitely impressed with how every new kill feels like a reward in and of itself. Whether I'm kicking someone into a chasm or dragging them into spikes, the game is a macabre goody bag of pain. 

The demo is elegant in its inelegance, which is as adequate a description as it is pretentious. The game just throws waves of enemies at you who are begging to be slaughtered, but the bright visuals, tight combat, and surprising amount of polish makes it work perfectly. I was honestly expecting a game that was rougher round the edges than this, so that's a nice surprise. 

Go get the demo now, dick tits!

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8:40 AM on 01.25.2011

Bulletstorm/Crysis 2 demos on Xbox Live

Do you believe that Bulletstorm is work of art, as I do? If so, then you'll want to be made aware that you can try it out today! A demo for People Can Fly's over-the-top festival of violence is on Xbox Live right now, so you...

Jim Sterling

11:30 PM on 01.24.2011

Destructoid: What You Missed While You Were At Work

For those of you who missed today's LIVE! episode of The Destructoid Show, the nice folks at Revision3 TiVo'd it for us. I know a lot of people weren't able to tune in because they were stuck at work. I actually didn't...

Max Scoville

3:00 PM on 01.24.2011

Bulletstorm demo out tomorrow, here's a crazy new trailer

If you like shooting the crap out of stuff, tomorrow's a big day, thanks to Electronic Arts. First, there's Dead Space 2, which hits shelves. Then, there's the recently announced Crysis 2 multiplayer demo, for folks who have...

Nick Chester

12:00 PM on 01.24.2011

Destructoid Live is done, how'd we do?

Update: And that's a wrap!  We hope you enjoyed our first ever YouTube live stream of the Destructoid show! Max and I talked about some of 2011's most anticipated games like Dead Space 2, Bulletstorm, Portal 2, Duke Nuk...

Tara Long



The Jimquisition: Big dumb shooters are better than art photo
The Jimquisition: Big dumb shooters are better than art
by Jim Sterling

Past and present Destructoid editors have talked about how games should be more than simple, mindless fun, and while I wholly appreciate that games can do "more", I've been trying to express my thoughts about "dumb" videogames versus "art" games for a while, because I'm not a fan of the "fun isn't enough" mentality.

This week seemed like a good time to do it, funnily enough. 

In defending games like Bulletstorm, Gears of War and God of War, I make the case that mindless fun is just as valid, if not more so, than most of the "arty" games on the market. I probably didn't express myself as coherently as I would've liked, but I think I did okay.  

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11:20 AM on 01.18.2011

Bulletstorm enemies are made out of one little bald guy

Having generic enemies that all look the same is a fatal flaw in game design, and one that can take you out of the immersion. Bulletstorm developer People Can Fly is avoiding this issue in a rather clever way -- by making al...

Jim Sterling

3:20 PM on 01.17.2011

No PC demo for Bulletstorm, PC gamers reported 'grumpy'

Sir Clifford of Bleszinski, who I think is handsome and has great hair, upset a few PC gamers today by making a little jab about the lack of a non-console Bulletstorm demo. A taster for the highly anticipated game hits the Xb...

Jim Sterling

1:39 AM on 01.15.2011

Destructoid: Cliffy B, SEGA, and exploding men, oh my!

Today's episode of Destructoid is a special one. I say that every episode, but today I really mean it. Why, you ask? Because it's Friday, of course! But also because Max chose to wear his zebra print tie today and that can...

Tara Long