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

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248 Comments on "Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition Review – Full Priced Edition"

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logat890
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Denuvo also turned me away from this.

LaCr0
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What is it with JSJ? 1st he voice Duke badly in Duke 3D World Tour, and now in this? He IS Duke Nukem and he said it’s EZ to do Duke’s voice. Then what is the problem? Is he tired of it?

ChampionOfLight
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Having played through the Campaign with the Duke mode on – I don’t know who is telling him this. JSJ does perfectly fine and the way they write his lines around previously scripted scenes actually makes the game a lot funnier most of the time (there are a few points where he HAS to redeliever lines from Grey’s story or say things the character wouldn’t normally say because anything else would make zero sense to the following lines). For me, it made the purchase worth it but wouldn’t for everyone (and I bought it via pre order so didn’t pay… Read more »
magemasher13
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I like the note at the end, admitting the game is an 8/10 for the right price. Its honest and something I wish I would see more often. Cliffy B. even admitted that Bulletstorm was only released by Epic so that they could have a game to “fuck with Killzone” and thats a direct quote, check his twitter from Feb 22, 2011. I bought this game shortly after it launched in 2011, I had been playing the crap out of Killzone 3 and found Bulletstorm on sale for $35 around a month after release and bought it. I would not… Read more »
Jallen
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Back in the day I both loathed a loved this game. Gameplay wise it was amazing but I just couldn’t get past the packaging they put it in, yeah it was trying to be a parody but just fell short of the mark IMO and all the characters and dialogue just grated. “Eat my dick” script writers.

Snschl
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THAT SCORE! I AM OUTRANGED by Widow because I main S76.

A Peanut Butter Sandwich
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A Peanut Butter Sandwich

Bulletstorm didnt need a remaster, it needed a full fledged sequel with more content.

Pvt Dirt
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Wasn’t Bulletstorm selling for something like $20 on Steam the day before this was released? If I had a time machine I’d buy it out of spite, but ain’t no way in hell I’m touching this thing now.

Bitcoon
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Jim, the message that follows is an attempt to turn your attention toward a glaring issue in your review. It is a vile and awful error and greatly in need of correction at this very second. It is of utmost importance that you fix this immediately.

The note at the end should say “at most half the price”, rather than at least. See, because the way you worded it, any price between $30 and $59.98 would technically fulfill your criteria, making it an 8/10 even if the sale is only a paltry 0.1% off.

This is of utmost importance.

Jack Trevor
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Hearing about the Duke sounding bored, that doesn’t surprise me. There was a video I saw on Lazy Game Reviews that was taking about Duke Nukem 3D World Tour where he was lukewarm about it. And that’s saying something as he is a BIG Duke fan. A lot of that mediocre response came from the fact that Gearbox did some pretty messed up stuff like removing the superior MegaTon edition of the game from Steam, gave less than satisfactory options, and made the awesome idea of the original voice for Duke come back with new lines a complete joke. I… Read more »
Clark O'Brien
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Capcom are releasing the 9 year old remaster of the 25 year old Street Fighter 2 for $40 on Switch so this isn’t a surprise.

UncleBartek
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Nice to see that our angry little friends are still upset about BotW/ Let me reiterare: The scores on this website reflect Jim’s opinions on games, not the completely objective universal journalistic standard (that doesn’t exist). If Jim’s scores routinely make you angry, it just means the site isn’t for you. I could recommend a myriad of websites who have unconditional love for all Nintendo games. Unfortunately for you, some people actually agree and appreciate Jim’s critique. This is why he’s on your beloved metacritic. BotW was an 8 for me on launch, went up to 9 with the patches.… Read more »
Gaijin-
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The review discusses a very serious anti-consumer practice, but all we look at and care to comment on is the score. Great.

Cptn Flashheart
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I literally bought this game for £1.50 yesterday. Completely agree, good review Jim!

Dream gazer
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TIL free games are Infinity/10.

ZeldaFN
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8/10 ? Better than BotW again ?

You’re a joke !

What’s next, a modern military shooter that’s going to receive your undying praise with a score above BotW as well ?

Disgrace, really.
And to think I once read your reviews and thought you’re one of the fairest there are.

YoDude
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Who fucking cares bud?

James LaValle
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It’s a troll account everyone; please ignore him.

Ivan Sorensen
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“Fair” doesn’t mean “agrees with me”

Drake Warnock
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Obvious troll account.

La Chica Incognita
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Are you going to comment on all his reviews bringing this up?

ZeldaFN
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Only if he’s wrong I will.
Until he admits he did it because he hates Nintendo.

Dáibhí wotshissurname
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Dáibhí wotshissurname

He gave Xenoblade Chronickes X a n i n e o u t o f t e n

CaitSeith
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Like, let’s say, Battlefield 1?

ZeldaFN
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There’s nothing new in BF1 except for some reskins of characters, weapons and new maps.
It’s literally the same BF3 and 4 with a new coat of paint.

Michael Campbell
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“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means”.

CaitSeith
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And yet… 9/10

Reese Burns
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The reason it scored better than Breath of the Wild is ’cause it’s a better game than Breath of the Wild.

ZeldaFN
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Hah, In your dreams boyo.

Bpdelia
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Why do you care? Honest question. Like, why does it actually bother you that one guy gave one game a score you disagree with. I find this perplexing and fairly sad.

I disagree with many reviews. My reaction is generally, “Hmm, I disagree with that.”

Then I go on about my life.

Reese Burns
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Breath of the Wild? 6 outta ten. Easy. Objectivity is a thing.

Drake Warnock
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OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Michael Zebley
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And apparently you are STILL reading them!

ZeldaFN
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Because he tends to make good points, until he doesn’t.

RipTide
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How about we look at the reviews rather than the scores. Bulletstorm is a good game over all, everything works great and it keeps the game fun at all times, but it doesn’t do anything particularly spectacular. A game that is fun to play but doesn’t go above and beyond. BotW is a spectacular game that does great things, but some of the basic mechanics butt in and interrupt the enjoyable game play. So from this I would say Jim find a consistently enjoyable experience that does nothing too special better than a great experience that is often interrupted by… Read more »
squid spitt
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I agree with your comment on BOTW. Its a very good attempt at ópen world’ by NINTENDO, but not for ZELDA. BOTW is more irritating than enjoyable. ZELDA needs to stick to its fundamental roots. If NINTENDO want to do open world…….choose a new IP……..If they can??!!!!!LOL

ZeldaFN
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I’ve said this once before.
If every game is scored on a same linear scale of 1 -10, then every game is comparable to each other.
And that fantastic roller coaster of yours is broken.
It either stops every 10 seconds because it’s designed to, or because something broke.

XionEternum
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Jim’s score is his opinion.
Your opinion is your opinion.
Your opinion differs from Jim’s opinion.
What’s the fucking problem?

ZeldaFN
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Jim’s faulty opinion of course !

XionEternum
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That is in and of itself a fallacy. If his opinion is faulty, then all opinion is faulty. Opinion by nature is indeed faulty; because it’s an ideal shared by not everyone. Just as your opinion is faulty in that it’s also not shared by everyone. Now stop trolling and fuck off.

RipTide
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That is kind of what I’m saying… If as you are saying every game is scored on the same linear 1-10 scale the constancy of Bulletstorm is something it has over BotW and, in Jims opinion, factors in to a greater degree than any single moment, hence its higher score. The rollercoaster example was with the intention that it had been designed to stop every 10 sec, to say some people prefer to just have a consistently enjoyable experience more than great time, full stop(weapon broke), great time, full stop(raining and can’t climb a mountain), great time, full stop (wait… Read more »
Andrzej Sugier
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SHAMEFUR DISPRAY!

Davorbasic
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Please be sarcasm

Drake Warnock
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No it is just a troll account.

RipTide
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don’t count on it, he posted a similar comment and argued it in the sexy Brutale comments…

Davorbasic
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Oh wow

Anton
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With that user name, it’s gotta be…. RIGHT?!?!

ZeldaFN
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That username is just a coincidence and doesn’t have anything to do with my comment.

Drake Warnock
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So it is just a coincidence you created your account two days ago and have thus far only made comments on how much you hate Jim Sterling’s review scores?

Davorbasic
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You can never be sure on the Internet

Eliot Ferrer
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I would just like to add a small parenthesis and mention that Miracle of Sound made a really funny and catchy song about this game back when it was new, and his work was published on the escapist. It’s called “fire in your hole”, or something very similar, and is a really fun song. Give it a listen! 🙂

Mark Davenport
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Heh

Tomás Soares
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So, on sale, its better than Breath of the Wild?

CaitSeith
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But no better than BotW on sale. 😉

Chris Schwartz-Brown
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Objectively so, yes.

Anton
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Scientifically, even.

iThinkMyCatIsAFlea
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No, because Breath of the Wild on sale for at least half the price would be 8.1.

Smürglüdörg
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Or maybe breath of the wild is a seven, no matter the price.

iThinkMyCatIsAFlea
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Or maybe Breath of the Wild is a seven at full price and a 10 when on sale.

Drake Warnock
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But that would mean Ride to Hell would be like… a 4/10 if you found it half off.

Eon264
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Is breath of the wild a remaster? Because the reason Jim’s giving this a 5 instead of an 8 is because it’s a /remaster/ of a game that didn’t sell well in the first place and is being resold at full price.

Rtfm… or “r” as the case may be here.

iThinkMyCatIsAFlea
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And “if you find this on sale for at least half the price, consider the score 8/10”.

So, if you buy Zelda:BotW at half price then 7 becomes 10 and Ed Sheeran albums become 3. These be facts Eon!

Eon264
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… You have a very loose understanding of what the word “fact” means. It being a remaster that’s overpriced is literally the reason stated in the review that /this game/ got a 5. The price is not one of the problems Jim had with BotW, they don’t go away when you change the price.

iThinkMyCatIsAFlea
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Well, according to Jim they do. The price is too high, so he gave it a 5. Get it cheap and it’s now an 8.

He gave BotW a 7. Get it cheap and it’s a 10.

No idea why you’re finding this difficult to accept. Are you an Ed Sheeran fan?

Eon264
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You’re either trolling or a real dipshit. I’m leaning toward the latter.

iThinkMyCatIsAFlea
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Scores are fucking irrelevant ffs!

Eon264
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Why are you telling me? I’m the one quoting the review, not the one ignoring it to focus entirely on the numbers stapled to the end lol.

Snowskeeper
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Trolls typically are real dipshits.

MJC
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I wouldn’t pay $5 for this crap. The game itself is bad and plays identically to the modern military shooters it was mocking in its advertising thanks to the stupid regenerating health. Having to stop playing constantly to hide behind a rock until the jam disappears from the screen makes you a modern military shooter clone. All the fancy game mechanics it promised don’t matter, you never get to use them because you have to play it like CoD. Get behind that rock or wall or whatever and pop out with your rifle every now and then like a good… Read more »
Cptn Flashheart
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Yep because a colourful, innovative shooter is definitely similar to the latest pile of shite released by Activision. I know it’s suppose to be daft to say you’re playing a game wrong….

But you’re playing it wrong.

Anton
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You’re doing it wrong.

Gurphardt
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YES, REGENERATING HEALTH BEING THE *SOLE* DEFINING ASPECT OF MILITARY SHOOTERS, IT BASICALLY MAKES THIS GAME COD IN THE UNREAL ENGINE.

dfx7
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Strange, the only time I had to take cover in bulletstorm was when I got too greedy and got myself surrounded by enemies.
Every weapon after the first gun is fun and satisfying. And before you get the third weapon you can just make do with kicking and pulling.

Alex Dlabso
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Wow i had a completely different experience to you. I found literally hundreds of creative ways of dispatching foes, and very rarely would use my assult rifle from behind cover. The exception being one level with a bunch of arsehole snipers scattered on every platform. That aside i was frequently using my wip in combination with the kick and primarily weapon to create unique combo’s.
If you spend your time behind cover i can only suggest turning the difficulty down.

Joe
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I thought the game was very good. Not sure where the hate is. Of course the price tag is odd for an already released game, but not sure why the hate

Andrzej Sugier
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+ the starting rifle is really boring and weak, it makes a bad first impression. The games star showing it’s true colors when you get the two-bombs-connected-by-chain gun that is soo, sooooooo satisfying to use.

Alex Dlabso
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Ahhh yes happy memories. Fire chain mines at enemy, wip enemy towards you and kick towards another group of enemies to explode in a glorious cloud of satisfaction. Never gets old…

Andrzej Sugier
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My favorite was shooting the balls-on-chain in a way that only one of them sticks to a corner, and then the other one whips around and decapitates a guy. Friggin’ ingenious.

Otaku World Order
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This pricing looks especially bad when you consider that Sega just released a remaster of Bayonetta with 4K support and new graphics options for twenty bucks.

And since I already have Bulletstorment on my Steam account, I’m definitely not paying full price for the exact same game again with slightly improved graphics.

Why do you make it so hard to like you, Gearbox?

Allan Weallans
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To say nothing of the Skyrim remaster, which, although it had a nominally higher price point (I’m seeing £30), was free if you already owned the original version and the DLC on PC.

To be fair, the main advantage of Skyrim SE as far as PC is concerned is that it finally has a proper 64-bit version, which many would argue should have been there from the start, so charging extra for it wouldn’t have been great. But still.

Otaku World Order
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There was also a similar deal for Bioshock and Bioshock 2 remastered on Steam.

Jiryn
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I love the original release, and will be grabbing this the moment the price even drops below $30 for the complete package. The Duke Nukem inclusion I find less the half assed, hell quarter assed. They claim it’s a new campaign but instead they just there Dukes model into the game, into of the original main character. Right down to using all the same ani atiins and movements in cutscenes. They just had John St John record dialogue that would match the original dialogue of the supporting cast who speak as if they were speaking to the original character. Hell,… Read more »
Themoonlightwolf1
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Can’t believe they’d charge for the Duke Nukem content, after seeing what gearbox did with DK: Forever they’d have to pay me before I considered putting that unfunny douche into my game (and I say that as someone who enjoyed Duke Nukem 3D)

dsmush
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Donkey Kong Forever? I must’ve missed that game when it came out. “It’s time to kick ass and chew bananas…and I’m all outta bananas” 😉

iThinkMyCatIsAFlea
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Randy ‘Smarmy Fuckface’ Pitchford is the smarmiest fuckface ever to slide out of a woman. This is a fact! Look up the definition of smarmy and try not to think of Pitchford. Anyway, I digress; How the bloody hell did they come up with that $60 price tag? $10 for each year the game has been out? Or maybe they lost so much money on Aliens: Colonial Marines that they thought they’d add $30 onto the six-year-old game?

Sned
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HRK is selling the game for $32 right now.

archvile78
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I’ll wait a sale then.

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