Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition Review – Full Priced Edition

Great game, awful product.

Developer: People Can Fly
Publisher: Gearbox Software (unaffiliated with G2A)
Format: PC, PS4 (reviewed), Xbox One
Released: April 7, 2017
Copy purchased

Bulletstorm was a great game back in the day, released as a big “screw you” to the modern military shooters that had flooded the market at the time. Despite featuring regenerating health and forcing players to wield only two guns, Bulletstorm‘s focus on skittish action and ludicrous violence won it a passionate fandom even if it didn’t perform very well in the sales department.

Indeed, Bulletstorm failed to make a profit and it seemed doomed to obscurity until Gearbox Software stepped in as the surprise publisher of Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition, a remastered version of what Epic Games once merrily backed.

Bulletstorm is a delightfully stupid shooter about tearing into armies of mutants and monsters with wanton abandon. Drunk space pirate Grayson Hunt – voiced to perfection by the ever-present Steve Blum – is tracking down the evil General Sarrano on a planet gone to shit, and he’s only got a bunch of oversized guns, a superhuman kick, and an energy lasso at his side.

That’s actually a lot of things, and he puts them all to vicious use.

Enemies are flung around the environment with Gray’s whip and bucked into the walls via his almighty boot while being torn to literal chunks by an assortment of assault rifles, shotguns, grenade launchers, and that one really cool weapon with the drills that send opponents flying. The world itself is full of things that aid in slaughter – electric cables, death drops, spike-lined walls – all waiting to fry, swallow, or impale any would-be attacker that comes Gray’s way.

The more punishing and inventive the death, the more points players earn, which in turn may be spent on upgrading and refilling the ammo of their weaponry.

Players are encourage to shoot, whip, and kick their way around a level, observing their surroundings and scouting opportunities for new and inventive deaths. While the game can be more or less played as an ordinary shooter, it’s both materially and psychologically rewarding to experiment and see just how sadistic things get.

Every single weapon has its own selection of “skill shots” that hold unique point values, and they’re all given appropriately silly names because Bulletstorm is, at its heart, a very silly game indeed.

Despite the constant dick references and frequent attempts at edgy humor, Bulletstorm tells an entertaining and almost touching little story about revenge with some genuinely likable characters. Even the villainous Sarrano – a mass murderer, a racist, and a genuinely loathsome individual – has some level of affability if just for his unrelenting audacity.

Bulletstorm remains a vastly amusing romp of butchery that maintains an impressive pace for the several hours it lasts. Under normal circumstances, this would be one of my more positive reviews, a glowing recommendation of a game that offers a throwback experience without being bogged down in dated ideas – a satisfying merger of the old and the new.

Unfortunately, somebody at Gearbox or People Can Fly decided a game that failed to turn a profit in 2011 could be rereleased six years later for the exact same price. With its MSRP of $59.99, Full Clip Edition quite literally double dips with a game over half a decade old.

Even worse, the heavily advertised Duke Nukem Bulletstorm Tour is not included as part of the basic package. Instead, it was used as pre-order DLC and then sold on launch day for an additional $4.99. Five bucks gets you additional content for a five-year-old game that, I remind you again, needs all the help it can get because the original sold really fucking badly.

Naturally I had zero interest in purchasing it but reports claim it’s awkwardly shoehorned into the campaign and Jon St. John sounds bored while reading his unfunny lines.

Although price is usually a factor in any review I do, it’s normally not of significant importance. Some short games can be worth just as much money as longer ones, and if length automatically added value, there are a lot of terrible games I’d be handing out awards to.

A remaster, however, is a different prospect. The artistry of it is second to its nature as a commercial product.

These are old games publishers rerelease specifically to try and make more money from old content. With that in mind, the value prospect to the customer has to be a more integral part of the critique, and Full Clip Edition‘s value prospect is dreadful.

While it’s not as insulting as the litany of things Activision’s done with Modern Warfare Remastered, it may represent the second worse way a remaster’s been sold.

The remaster itself, tragically, is really quite good. It runs beautifully in 4K at a smooth 60 frames-per-second, with characters and environments that still look striking today. Aside from some occasionally buggy ally A.I., it’s polished up nicely, and I wish I could say it was worth rushing out to buy.

At $59.99 however, with launch-day DLC besides, Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition is little more than a pisstake.

And that’s that.

5/10
Mediocre
Note: if you find this on sale for at least half the price, consider the score 8/10

HisDivineOrder
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HisDivineOrder

I just don’t know why People Can Fly didn’t just go it alone, launch this without Duke, and price it at a Bayonetta-like $20. In that world, this is a great buy for gamers that missed it the first go-round. In this world, owners of the original release get this Steam-focused release for half off.

Massive sales, insane word of mouth, here comes Bulletstorm 2’s kickstarter…

Anton
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Anton

I would imagine that they never owned the publishing rights.

HisDivineOrder
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HisDivineOrder

They do now though…

Anton
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Anton

Gearbox does.

Kyle Pierce
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Kyle Pierce

The best part about this game is laughing at how stupid GearBox is while you play Bayonetta on PC instead.

darksteel6
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darksteel6

They are not stupid.

Landy Alexander
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Landy Alexander

He’s right you know. Stupid criminals go to jail.

Chris Schwartz-Brown
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Chris Schwartz-Brown

Gearbox may be many things, but stupid probably isn’t one of them. Greedy, unethical, bald faced liars, willing to get into bed with known criminals like G2A, but they’ve managed to stay in business and even have people still willing to defend them for some reason. So that means they must have some idea what they’re doing.

Here’s to it all falling down around them soon I hope.

ENAY
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ENAY

I hope this means one day we can see Bayonetta 2, and released on a proper gaming system, ANY gaming system. WiiU doesn’t count.

Stelios Markios
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Stelios Markios

At best we’ll get a Switch remaster, which won’t be much of an upgrade in terms of visuals over the Wii U anyway. Nintendo holds Bayonetta 2 by the balls, as if it wasn’t for them, it wouldn’t even exist.

Sned
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Sned

I bet in a couple weeks time G2A will steal some keys and sell them for 29.99, effectively creating a very strange situation….
“The game is 8/10, but only if you buy from G2A….”

Anton
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Anton

“Introducing the new G2A ScoreBooster Service! Only $10/Month, Plus we steal your credit card”

SmaMan
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SmaMan

Shhh! It’s not G2A doing the stealing. It’s the gang of Russians they turn a blind eye to who run the skimmers and keyloggers oh so conveniently installed on their checkout page.

Human Bean
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Human Bean

G2A…
Ugh, what a terrible service. It lures you in with it’s low prices for games you probably can’t afford, but then hits you with everything wrong with a service like it: fake and/or stolen keys, and a half-assed attempt to stop that. Funny thing is, you can’t really ever stop such a thing as ‘fake and/or stolen keys’ in a grey-market service, (unless they were all to shut down) the most that can happen is that they can try, hard as they can, to slow it down.

SpearmintTea
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SpearmintTea

This seems weird. Is MSRP factored into every other review in the same way?

frkmgnt1
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frkmgnt1

I would guess that MSRP is not a factor in brand new games in quite the same way it is in remastered versions of 6 year old games. Though Jim Fucking Sterling Son has mentioned MSRP for indie titles, DLC, and Fee to Pay games in the past. So, price matters when you’re reviewing for consumers and not for publisher/developer egos. (This may sound more hostile than I mean it. It’s a knock at the industry and their pricing, not you.)

SpearmintTea
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SpearmintTea
You make a good argument. I just think that there are two different approaches to reviews being taken here. One is a review of a game as a piece of art and entertainment, and the other is rating a commercial transaction. Personally, I don’t think the latter makes much sense. Many games go on sale shortly after release. Does that mean how you feel about the game changes accordingly? Are games I got for cheap in a Humble Bundle or something better than games I pay full price for? Are games I get with my 20% Amazon Prime discount 25%… Read more »
HisDivineOrder
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HisDivineOrder

So you are saying egregious pricing should have absolutely no impact on a game’s value proposition? Reviews are not solely about the cultural impact a piece of media has.

frkmgnt1
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frkmgnt1

I agree that reviews are designed more for consumers than as a theoretical critical examination of a piece of art. It may be unfortunate, but as long as people have limited means with which to purchase games (in other words, forever) then the price should factor into consumer decisions.

I guess I can understand why SpearmintTea doesn’t think it should factor into a score. I’ll have to think about it more. At this point, I think price is a reasonable factor for consumers (and therefore consumer advocates) to judge.

SpearmintTea
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SpearmintTea

1.) I think $59.99 for a retail release is the industry standard, not egregious.
2.) Maybe there is a space to review products like that. But I feel like that kind of has to be your shtick if you’re going to do it.

frkmgnt1
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frkmgnt1

It’s the industry standard for a brand new product. Does this qualify? Should this be the same price as Horizon: Zero Dawn, or BoTW, or Nier:Automata? The work that goes into an update can’t possibly justify the same MSRP as a brand new IP. They didn’t make the money the first time, so they’re trying to double-dip now. Or, at least it seems that way.

SpearmintTea
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SpearmintTea

I don’t know. I guess it comes down to personal preference. I had no issue shelling out full retail (or something close to it) for 1080p versions of Wind Waker and Twilight Princess. I don’t seem to recall any complaints from the public at large either.

The 8th gen versions of GTAIV, Tomb Raider, and the Last of Us seemed to get a pass too.

frkmgnt1
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frkmgnt1
The fact that many people give them a ‘pass’ doesn’t really mean it’s okay. I don’t give it a pass. I got The Last of Us remastered free with my PS4. But yeah, this is a personal issue, I think. There have been times in my life where I’ve had plenty of disposable income to spend on games, so price didn’t matter, and times where it did matter. I have money, but much less time now. So, I tend only to pay full retail for new games as a general rule (I’ve still made mistakes like Skyrim in 2016). So,… Read more »
frkmgnt1
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frkmgnt1

I do think that we agree that this is a personal preference. For some people, price is not a factor in the same way it is for others. I get your point, even I’m not sure if I entirely agree. But you gave me something to think about.

SpearmintTea
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SpearmintTea

Good talk man!

frkmgnt1
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frkmgnt1

That’s fair enough. If you’re looking at a review just as strictly based on an artistic metric rather than as a piece of merchandise someone is purchasing, then the MSRP is not relevant in the score.

Chris Schwartz-Brown
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Chris Schwartz-Brown

But this isn’t a piece of art, it’s a rehash of an existing thing being sold for full price while the existing thing is available much cheaper. That means the value of the new, rehashed version has to be taken into account.

As does the scumbag, borderline criminal behavior of the people the publisher is willing to do business with and this who that full price purchase would be going towards.

Ivan Sorensen
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Ivan Sorensen

The number is just a made-up thing. Dont sweat it too much

Terriosaurus Hex
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Terriosaurus Hex

Gearbox seems to be the poster-boy of bad decision-making tainting good IPs, bad IPs and themselves. It’s like the clumsy, jam-covered kid who drops and breaks literally everything he touches, and when he gets close to your expensive shit, you have no option but to shout “just. fucking. STOP!! I’ll get it my bloody self! I’ll do it my damn well self…Just please stop…please??”

And that was only him trying to open your front door to leave.

mrhair
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mrhair

I can pick up Bulletstorm for the PS3 for two bucks plus $4 shipping, is the thing. Are the remasters so good that I need to pay an extra $54 for them? Probably not!

frkmgnt1
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frkmgnt1
I’d say, no. What could they possibly do to the game that would make the SAME EXACT PRODUCT worth $54 more? This wasn’t a PS One game, or a 64 bit game. It was a last gen game. Last Gen to this gen are really not that different (don’t kill me, but they’re not. Not really). Was Skyrim remastered really worth the $60? No. Not if you already owned it, it wasn’t. At least, in my humble opinion. People can spend their money however they want. But, as an idiot who bought the new Skyrim, it wasn’t worth it when… Read more »
LazyAza
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LazyAza

The console versions run better, but you’re ostensibly just getting the experience people like me had with the PC version minus the games for windows live crap back in 2011.

It’s an amazingly dumb, gleefully silly joyfully fun shooter. Replayed it more times than I can remember, easily still among my top 5, perhaps only outclassed by Doom 2016.

But this re-release is a fucking joke. I love LOVE the fucking game and I have zero desire to give Gearbox 60 dollars for one of the laziest remasters of all time.

MJC
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MJC

The game itself isn’t good enough to be worth the $6 you can spend on the original. Give it a miss.

Austin_sj
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Austin_sj

Paid full price for the original version on PS3. Really enjoyed it. Not a chance will I pay full price again for a remaster.

TheMagicLemur
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TheMagicLemur

I’m sure Randy Pitchford considers that to be the behavior of a monster who is actively trying to ruin his company.

Stephen Mc Devitt
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Stephen Mc Devitt

It’ll lose value in a year’s time. Bulletstorm is gonna suffer again and not because people don’t want games like Bulletstorm, or think it’s shit, but because Gearbox’s name is inherently shit, and they made shit moves that make me wonder why aren’t they collaborating with Konami?

darksteel6
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darksteel6

Not really, there’s lots of people that aren’t familiar with Gearbox.

Chris Schwartz-Brown
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Chris Schwartz-Brown

That would require Konami to make a video game, not pachinko machines.

Besides, as bad as Konami is, they don’t collaborate with active criminals like G2A, and they aren’t anywhere near as flagrant about false advertising and trying to scam customers. So they’ve got a leg up on Gearbox.

bimmyz
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bimmyz
LegendaryFrog
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LegendaryFrog

Such a shame because I really like the game. I didn’t buy it (Gamefly) due to financial restraints (college), but I will definitely pick it up if it drops to under $40.

Thanks again, Jim.

MeatMan
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MeatMan

For PC players, you can currently get a Steam key for just under $32 from GameBillet, according to isthereanydeal DOT com.

I own the original game digitally on PC, but had problems due to shitty GFWL, so I only played it for a couple of hours before uninstalling. Regardless of how cheap the remaster gets on PC, I won’t be buying it, because it uses Denuvo DRM.

F-ck you, Gearbox.

Appretaur
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Appretaur

If you publish through Gearbox, your game’s head will end up impaled on a Pitchford at some point or another.

Pangalaktichki
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Pangalaktichki

I just reinstalled the original Bulletstorm on Steam, runs like a dream. Gearbox can fuck right off for not giving a cent of discount for people that already owned the game.

HaveSomeOatmeal
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HaveSomeOatmeal

Agreed. I consider moves like these to be less psychological manipulation and more direct insults to my intelligence.

TheMagicLemur
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TheMagicLemur

They’re both, you see.

They want to manipulate you; they just also think you’re so stupid they don’t need to try very hard.

Turi
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Turi

Sadly you can not buy the originale anymore.
At least i can not find it on steam o.o

Pangalaktichki
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Pangalaktichki

Yep, they removed it from Steam once they announced the remaster. IIRC it was already difficult to obtain, because of GFWL, it was blocked from purchase in many countries and you’d have to get it as a Steam gift.

MJC
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MJC

If by “runs like a dream” you mean “can’t disable mouse acceleration because the option is locked in an encrypted INI file”, then sure.

Also games for windows live.

Pangalaktichki
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Pangalaktichki

OK, haven’t noticed mouse acceleration (might be just me being used to high dpi and sensitivity). GFWL can be patched out by a simple dll file. I’ve already had that installed and the game posted my recent achievement on Xbox Live… somehow. But, can confirm, it can be patched and the game runs properly.

HaveSomeOatmeal
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HaveSomeOatmeal

“You’re gonna shoot my dick off?!?”

ZeroAbbadon
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ZeroAbbadon

I preorderd on PS4, it had a 15% ps+ discount and i freaking love the game, I’m not ashamed of that. I still find it kinda gross that gearbox has the gall to charge as much as they did but i never bought it new back when it first came out so i guess this is my penance.

Blagger76
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Blagger76

Really enjoyed this game 6 years ago, which feels like 5 minutes ago, when you get as ancient as me. I’ve been hearing about server problems and matchmaking issues, this was a unfortunate feature 6 years ago! Disappointing they hadn’t sorted these issues out.

Anton
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Anton

75% off on Steam in 3 months, almost guaranteed. Looking forward to it.

goodbyejojo
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goodbyejojo

they are probably bundle that shit with battleborn

TheMagicLemur
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TheMagicLemur

“Buy Bulletstorm and get this free useless chunk of data for your hard drive!”

Chris Schwartz-Brown
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Chris Schwartz-Brown

Just wait for the next big seasonal sale, so yeah probably in a couple of months during the summer sale you’ll see it deeply discounted. I’d still rather not give gearbox my money, I don’t want to reward them for almost partnering with criminals like g2a and only backing down when people literally had to do their sure diligence for them, but at least a significant discount would help ease that pain some.

Edward Turvey
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Edward Turvey

I was going to say that if you play on PC, just buy the original as it looks about the same or better depending on who you ask and will probably be cheaper, until I just discovered it has been removed from Steam and Origin to make way for this obscenely expensive, remastered version

Kain Klarden
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Yeah, since EA lost rights to Gearbox, the old version had to be pulled. Technically, it could be just put back by Gearbox, but instead they remastered it. Which is a valiant effort, if not for the ridiculous price

ZeroAbbadon
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ZeroAbbadon
No, Gearbox could not put up the original version, that is still owned by EA. Just because there was a rights transfer back to People Can Fly doesn’t mean they also get their code back, that was work they were contracted to do for EA and unless they specifically asked for it back it still belongs to EA, as evidenced by EA still selling the original version digitally for Xbox 360 and PS3. I imagine part of the deal for reclaiming the IP for the game was negotiating with EA about removing the PC version from sale specifically because of… Read more »
Anton
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Anton

How much of a “remaster” is it, really? Looks like they just upped the resolution for the newer consoles.

darksteel6
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darksteel6

There’s a number of improved options on PC from what I can see on Total Biscuit’s port report video(I.E. an FOV slider, being able to get up to 240 FPS)

RetroNomad
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RetroNomad

Those of us lucky enough to own the original on Steam are also unlucky enough to deal with the fallout of Game for Windows shutting down causing issue with launching the game. There are user developed tools to get around this, however they disable multiplayer (dead anyway really ) and mess up Echos.
So this is even more so damming considering this was their answer to us asking for GFWL removal… why not try to squeeze $60 more out of us as a work around…

Tank Soul
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Tank Soul

It wasn’t available on steam even before the remaster. They were well aware the original is unplayable on modern os even if you own the disc.

Edward Turvey
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Edward Turvey

The original was removed from Steam on the 14th March 2017. I managed to find a CD key for it online and it is still downloadable from Origin and still works with a GFLW workaround.

Benj
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Benj

Damn, I bought it the last time it went on sale and then got really annoyed with myself that I’d done after hearing about the remaster.

I totally lucked out on that one.

Sjur Hansen Gaustad
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Sjur Hansen Gaustad

Looks really hecking fun, gonna look for it on the next big Steam sale.

JonnyDoLake
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JonnyDoLake

Yeah… 60$ for a remaster is just pure greed, particularly when compared to Bayonetta, which released on PC this week (you could call it a remaster) for 20$ and it’s a much better game.

RetroNomad
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RetroNomad

GFWL is not in this version ( Thankfully ) but this seems to be their answer to the slue of fans that were asking for it’s removal just to be able to play the game in the first place…. So take that as you will.

Marco Funke
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Marco Funke

“you could call it a remaster” … yeah… it isn’t.

Jiryn
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Jiryn

Remasters are usually just ports that are optimized for the new platform and higher, more stable resolution. Very few go out of their way to update the models and shaders.

Kevin Wilson
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Kevin Wilson

If it was released for the Switch it would be a remaster. A game becoming available for PC from console is just called a port.

Jiryn
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Jiryn

They also upped the resolution, though not sure about the texture work.
As I said, remasters are just a (type of) port.

Marco Funke
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Marco Funke

A remaster is a remaster, a port is a port… simple. ^^
Even if there isn’t that much of a difference, it is different.

Jiryn
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Jiryn

At least people aren’t using remaster and remake interchangeably.
That’s one of my little minor pet peeves.

I look at the descriptions of Remaster and Remake like you’d see in the movie industry. Where a remaster is just cleaning up, and sometimes upressing the original footage, while a Remake is an entirely new production with new assets based on the same/original story.

Jiryn
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Jiryn

I did have to double check to see what they were officially calling the game. I see, as you said, they are just calling it a port.
I how to see it on PS4 sometime as well.

Nobody's Fanboy
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Nobody's Fanboy

Hey Jim,

Is there any word on whether or not it still requires GFWL and all kinds of other nonsense, or has that junk been cast to the pits of hell where they belong? It’s why I never bought a PC copy, but if that crud’s been removed then I’ll pick it up when it hits a steam sale.

RetroNomad
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RetroNomad

GFWL is not in this version ( Thankfully ) but this seems to be their
answer to the slue of fans that were asking for it’s removal just to be
able to play the game in the first place…. So do with that as you will

ZeroAbbadon
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ZeroAbbadon

It doesn’t

Xell
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Xell

GFWL has been down for years, as far as I’m aware.

Sned
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Sned

That’s all gone now. The removal of all that BS integration is basically what you’re paying for in the first place.

Artemiy
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Artemiy

TotalBiscuit said in his port report that the remaster doesn’t require GFWL.

MJC
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MJC

GFWL is gone.

Denuvo is in.

jencaasi
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jencaasi

I know I’m outraged by one of those scores. I’ll get back to you on which one.

HaveSomeOatmeal
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HaveSomeOatmeal

Let me know when you decide so I know which one to hate, too.

Thanks, babe.

Tank Soul
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Tank Soul

I’m outraged now, look forward to being outraged later for a completely different reason once the price comes down.

BAH!
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BAH!

Are you certain it’s a pre-order bonus, Jim? Because I saw it earlier in a store advertised (on the case) as including the extra content- in the form of a download code, naturally. Heaven forbid they actually put it on the fucking disc. But either way, I suspect it’s more of a “early run bonus” that some games have done. Still not great, obviously.

Mr. Atlas
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Mr. Atlas

From what I can tell, the physical version may have it included, but the digital/Steam version seems to have it separate (or in a bundle worth about the total price), unless you pre-ordered.

BAH!
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BAH!

Weak!

Christian Pohl
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Christian Pohl

I’ve bought the physical PS4 version. The Duke tour is just an unlock code on a packed-in voucher, no download after you redeem it. Much like the online passes back then.

RedWolf
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RedWolf

Well, guess I’ll look for this on sale. I like the look and sound of it, but 30 quid for a 6 year-old game is just taking the piss.

Silvershock
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Silvershock

I wish people would tell Nintendo that, when they refuse to drop the prices of their games for years after launch. Mario Kart 8 for the U is *still* $65 CAD on Amazon, 3 years after release, and 6 months after the console it was released for was declared dead. Actually, I’d love to see someone give them shit for Twilight Princess HD, which as I’m looking at it is also $65 CAD on Amazon, despite being a remaster from one dead system for another fucking dead system.

Barnacle_Britches
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Barnacle_Britches

Two scores for one game!? You madman Jim! Well, I’ll be on the lookout for the 8/10 version. Which will clearly be better than Breath of the Wild.

Kev' Bryant
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Kev' Bryant

Wild card, bitches!

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