Killing With Style: A Look At Bulletstorm's Skillshots

by Adam Biessener on Apr 26, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Bulletstorm isn't just about killing dudes. It's about wrecking dudes with creative combinations of unusual weaponry and environmental hazards. If you've seen this month's cover story, you have an idea of what the game's skill shots -- special kills that reward players with increased upgrade points -- are about. These illustrations by GI's own Curtis Fung, and the matching descriptions from People Can Fly creative director Adrian Chmielarz, should give you an idea of the boisterous gunplay at the game's heart. Remember: It's not sadistic if you're doing it feral cannibals who are trying to shoot you and eat you, preferably in that order.

If we could show you actual gameplay online, believe us -- we would. In the meantime, the only place to get visuals from the game is in our latest print issue. These illustrations have 100% more dudes getting shot in the junk, though, so that's something.

"This is a good cop, bad cop skillshot. Aim at an enemy's family jewels and fire. If you hit the target, which on the Skulls is quite a small area, the enemy will drop on his knees, screaming in pain. That's the bad cop part. The good cop one is to put the guy out of his misery by shooting him in the head. That will result in Mercy."

"As in every other shooter, all our weapons have limited capacity and a certain clip size. If you manage to kill two enemies with the PMC -- the basic machine gun -- without letting go of the fire button and without reloading, you will get the Full Throttle skillshot. A good tactic is to 'wear them down' a little first, make the mother------s dance, reload, and then fire away. An even nicer tactic is to finish them with headshots, which will result in combined Full Throttle and Headshot."

"You use the flail gun to shoot out and wrap a flail chain around an enemy. He's tied up, helpless, and practically already dead. It's just a question of time: wait until the chain auto-explodes, or press the trigger earlier and enjoy the kaboom. One other thing you can do in the game is to kick enemies. Obviously, you can also kick a guy whom you just flailed, turning him into a sort of a home-made rocket. You'll get the Gang Bang skillshot if you flail an enemy, then kick him towards another enemy, and when one hits the other, explode the flail chain. If timed right, both enemies will die from the explosion from that one single flail chain, resulting in Gang Bang."