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Destructoid Show: Dragon BJs, Sony Baloney, and Comedy


Feb 08
// Max Scoville
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...
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Duty Calls: A playable Bulletstorm production


Feb 02
// 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 ...
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Epic cancels Bulletstorm unlocks in Gears of War 3


Feb 02
// Jim Sterling
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...

Hey, dicktits: Beat your friends' Bulletstorm demo scores

Jan 31 // Nick Chester
Practice makes perfect, “dicktits” “My first score was a pathetic 4,000,” Walker tells me, a score almost any gamer could achieve by playing the demo like a typical first-person shooter. According to Walker, social gaming website Raptr -- which tracks things like playtime and game Achievements -- clocks him at putting a preposterous 39 hours into the demo. For Walker, that means that topping the Bulletstorm demo leaderboards was nearly a full-time job over the past week. And at four minutes per average run, it means he’s played the demo approximately 585 times. “However, I restarted a shit-ton of times,” he adds. “So, probably near 1,000, if not over.” Point: don’t get discouraged if your first run doesn’t quite stand up, even on your personal friends leaderboard. You don’t have to put in 39 hours, but patience and perseverance will go a long way towards becoming the baddest motherfucker among your Xbox Live or PlayStation Network friends. Take your time, hurry up Keep moving -- you’ll get a nice time bonus at the end of the “Echo,” and it could put you over the top. Sliding when possible (double-tapping A on the Xbox 360, or X on the PlayStation 3) can shave precious seconds off your run. But not so fast, sparky -- this isn’t your average shooter. Sure, it’s a hell of a lot of fun to run through the environment, sliding, shooting, and kicking enemies haphazardly all over the place. That might make you feel like a total badass, but slow things down a bit and put a little bit more thought into how you’re going to kill your enemies. The game’s designed to give you plenty of opportunities to maneuver around enemies, setting them up for some of gaming’s most sadistic kills. Walker Jr. is already an avid Call of Duty and Gears of War player, and he agrees that skills from those games can translate to Bulletstorm, but only to a point. Many of the game’s kill types require precise shooting, like the “Surgeon” -- where you shoot off an enemy’s arm with the “Screamer” weapon, for instance. “Bulletstorm is a whole new type of game, though,” Walker Jr. insists, “so a lot of [the skills] from those other games don’t make a whole lot of difference, I think.” Become one with the demo’s dozens of Skillshots “‘Mercy’ shot is key,” Walker Jr. tells me, referring to the good ol’ shoot-’em-in-the-groin-then-shoot-’em-in-the-head trick, invented by Richard “Pew Pew” McNutshots in the late 1100s. (Note: Name and date probably not historically accurate. Maybe.) But since Skillshots become worth fewer points after the first time you use them, you’re encouraged to mix it up. Keep in mind that every weapon and its alternate fire can yield different, barbarous results, so swap out often. You’ll have a hell of a good time discovering callous ways to kill on your own, just by playing the demo a few times. But if you want to skip to the good stuff, you’ll find plenty of Skillshot lists compiled online by GameFAQs and Epic Games forum posters. The final game will also ship with a handy in-game list of Skillshots, just so you don’t miss out on any of the carnage. Warning: Exposed wires, rusty spikes, bottomless pits and other miserable shit your mother warned you about ahead Stygia, the former luxury vacation spot that serves as the demo’s setting, is a cruel safety inspector’s wet dream -- use that to your advantage. Have you considered kicking an enemy into an electric hazard for the game’s “Shocker” kill, and an easy 500 points? Head down the first tunnel/ramp in the demo, and just outside on the right wall there’s a tangle of electrified wires that’s easy to miss. Keep your eyes peeled for holes or rusty spikes that your enemies might, uh, accidentally fall into. Skillshots go together like like peanut butter and jelly, except the peanut butter is flayed flesh and jelly is, well… you get the idea Creative use of Skillshots and even combinations of Skillshots are the key to high scores. As an example, Walker Jr. points to one area where players encounter an enemy on a mini-gun, and one of the game’s green, maniacal punks, simultaneously. “After you shoot the guy off the mini gun with a flail, don’t kill the green guy,” he suggests. “Let him chase you around until all of the guys bunch up on the train tracks [up ahead]. Then, shoot his head off while he’s real close [to you] and you’ll become infected.” What this does is infect you, covering the screen in a haze of green, and giving you a “Toxic Love” Skillshot kill bonus. Next, you’ll want to fire off a flare into the group of enemies bunched up on the tracks. Once they’re on fire, use the electric whip’s “Thumper” ability for massive points. “For that part, it seems to work better if you let the guys stand up while they are on fire before using ‘Thumper,’” he suggests. “I seem to get the 6x multiplier more often that way.” Monkey see, monkey do The best way to rack up a high score might just be to do exactly what Walker Jr. does. He’s posted to YouTube a video walkthrough of one of his runs, along with some helpful commentary. [embed]192861:35823[/embed] Looks easy, right? Remember: 39. Damned. Hours. Good luck. At the time of writing, Walker Jr. is ranked third on the Xbox Live leaderboards, with a top score of 22,395. He says he finds playing the Xbox 360 version of the demo easier than the PlayStation 3 demo, even though they’re identical, mostly because he finds the DualShock “too lightweight and small.” That hasn’t stopped him from hitting the upper echelon of the PSN leaderboards, though -- he’s ranked 14th with a 20,000 score on Sony’s console. When the full game drops to retail on February 22, keep an eye out for Walker. Jr on the leaderboards: Xbox Live Gamertag "Electissimus." “I had the game pre-ordered [for the Gears 3 beta] for some time, but didn’t know if I was really going to play it,” he says. But that’s changed, as he says the Bulletstorm “demo is the most fun I have had in a while.” “The pure fun and creativity of it all is just amazing!” he says. “Shout out to Epic Games and People Can Fly for making an amazing game so far. Can’t wait to get my hands on the full game!” Bulletstorm hits shelves on February 22.
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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 ...

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Bulletstorm PC requires persistent Internet (update)


Jan 30
// Jim Sterling
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...
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Destructoid: Carmen Sandiego, Gang Bangs, and The PSP2


Jan 28
// Max Scoville
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...
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So yeah, 'Gang Bang' is a skill in Bulletstorm


Jan 27
// Nick Chester
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...

Jimpressions: Bulletstorm demo

Jan 25 // Jim Sterling
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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'...

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Bulletstorm/Crysis 2 demos on Xbox Live


Jan 25
// Jim Sterling
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...
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Destructoid: What You Missed While You Were At Work


Jan 24
// Max Scoville
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...
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Bulletstorm demo out tomorrow, here's a crazy new trailer


Jan 24
// Nick Chester
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...
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Destructoid Live is done, how'd we do?


Jan 24
// Tara Long
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...
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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" vid...

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Bulletstorm enemies are made out of one little bald guy


Jan 18
// Jim Sterling
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...
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No PC demo for Bulletstorm, PC gamers reported 'grumpy'


Jan 17
// Jim Sterling
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...
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Destructoid: Cliffy B, SEGA, and exploding men, oh my!


Jan 15
// Tara Long
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...
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Bullestorm demo skillshoots PSN, XBL on January 25


Jan 14
// Nick Chester
Electronic Arts, People Can Fly, and Epic Games have announced that a demo for its batsh*t first-person shooter, Bulletstorm, will hit Xbox Live Marketplace and PlayStation Network on January 25. The demo will allow players t...
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First Bulletstorm 'Skillisode' lays out a few sick moves


Jan 13
// Conrad Zimmerman
It seems like there's no stopping the Bulletstorm hype train that is picking up steam. A new series of videos from Epic Games, dubbed "Skillisodes," shows some of the variety of special combat bonuses you can earn while play...
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Here's what you'll need to handle Bulletstorm on PC


Jan 11
// Jordan Devore
These posts on system specs are always a little goofy, but screw it, Bulletstorm is a goofy game. And one that many of us are wondering about as far as PC optimization goes. Well, look no further. Minimum: OS: Windows XP (SP...
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Wooden box, small liquor: How we got a Bullestorm trailer


Jan 11
// Nick Chester
Determined to get me in trouble with my wife for having so much crap lying around the house, Electronic Arts, People Can Fly, and Epic Games sent me a promotional Bullestorm box in the mail again today. In the video above, y...
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Bulletstorm parodies Halo diorama clip in latest vid


Jan 11
// Nick Chester
Let me tell you how I found this Bulletstorm video: I received a wood box in the mail, filled with grass and weeds, a magnifying glass, and a tiny briefcase. Inside the tiny briefcase was a… well, look, I'll show you ...
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Cliff Bleszinski charms in latest Bulletpoints video


Jan 11
// Conrad Zimmerman
Epic Games' series of developer diaries for Bulletstorm have been pretty entertaining up to this point. Even if I hadn't been barraged with constant reminders of how many times the game uses the word "f--k" (and speakin...
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Cliff Bleszinski makes grandpa proud with Bulletstorm


Jan 07
// Nick Chester
This latest installment of Bulletstorm "Bulletpoints" is for everyone out there who had family who said playing videogames would never get them anywhere. Who's laughing now?
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And the Bulletstorm nutcracker winner is...


Jan 05
// Nick Chester
Before the holidays, Epic Games, People Can Fly, and Electronic Arts sent us a pretty cool gift: a custom made, Bulletstorm nutcracker. One of our New Year's resolutions this year was to crack fewer nuts, so we decided to giv...
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Bulletstorm gets Epic Games president in the shower


Jan 03
// Nick Chester
If you thought the Bulletstorm weirdness couldn't get any stranger than a "Drilldo," here's this: Epic Games president Mike Capps is the shower. That's what's going on here with "Bulletpoints," a promotional clip which evoke...
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ESRB: Bulletstorm has cannibals, alcohol and a Drilldo


Jan 03
// Jim Sterling
You ought to know by now that I love the ESRB's videogame ratings. From Street Fighter IV to Mass Effect 2, the North American ratings board never fails to entertain.  Naturally, a game as foul-mouthed and violent as Bul...

Contest: Win a custom Bulletstorm nutcracker

Dec 24 // Nick Chester
We love the swag, but what we really want to be doing is playing the game. We're impatient, what can we say? So help us bust Epic Games' and Electronic Arts' nuts, and enter to win! Here's how: Simply log into your Twitter account and post the following message without the quotes: "Hey @EA and @EpicGames, you should send a copy of @Bulletstorm to @Dtoid already! #dtoidcontest" On Thursday, December 30 we'll select one ballbuster at random who will receive the custom nutcracker.  You must have a Twitter account to enter, and you must be following @Dtoid in order for us to contact you in order to get your shipping information.  Don't have a Twitter account? Hate Twitter? That's fine, but it's still a requirement of the contest, and sign up is free. Join up, follow @Dtoid, copy and paste the message… that's all there is to it.  Anyone is eligible to win worldwide. Good luck!
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With Bulletstorm only a few months away from release, it seems like only yesterday the game was first revealed to us. Since then, Electronic Arts, Epic Games, and developer People Can Fly have sent us some crazy stuff in the...

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Play past Epic games, unlock stuff for Gears of War 3


Dec 21
// Jim Sterling
Cliffy "don't call me Cliffy" B has revealed that if you play a number of alternative Epic Games titles, you can use the save data to unlock unique stuff in Gears of War 3 when it finally launches. That's pretty neat! Shadow ...
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Gears of War 3 beta 'sometime around April'


Dec 20
// Nick Chester
Last week, Epic Games announced that folks who pick up a limited edition version of Bulletstorm for the Xbox 360 would gain access to the Gears of War 3 beta. While the date for the beta's launch wasn't pinned down, Epic Game...
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Happy sadistic holidays from the Bulletstorm team!


Dec 20
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
This is how you celebrate the holidays kids! Yes, the crazy team at People Can Fly celebrate Christmas by decking the halls with boughs of bodies. Lead protagonist from Bulletstorm, Grayson Hunt, lights up a Christmas tree a...

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