The People Who Made Bulletstorm Are Making A 'Weird Fiction Horror' Game

The high-ranking members who left Bulletstorm studio People Can Fly last August have just announced their first game, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter. The studio—called The Astronauts—was founded by Adrian Chmielarz (former People Can Fly creative director), Andrzej Poznanski and Michal Kosieradzki, and they plan to… » 2/06/13 11:45am 2/06/13 11:45am

What Are Splatterhouse, Kindergarten Killer and the Other Games the…

Names such as Mortal Kombat and Grand Theft Auto are longtime punching bags in an often-clueless discussion of violent video games in the mainstream. So it was no surprise to hear Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, invoke them in a rambling attempt to deflect blame from the… » 12/21/12 2:00pm 12/21/12 2:00pm

The NRA's Absolutely Unhinged Response to Newtown Condemns Video Games…

Reports suggested that the National Rifle Association, backed into a corner since a gun massacre last week killed 20 six- and seven-year-olds, would come out swinging at video games and other violent entertainment in a news conference today, and boy, they did not disappoint. » 12/21/12 11:31am 12/21/12 11:31am

I Hate That I'm Addicted To Boring Video Game Challenges

I'm having the same, recurring nightmare of late. It's one of those stupid ones where something that's normally inane and innocuous becomes unreasonably horrible. Here's what happens: I'm on Pandora, out on a mission—to kill someone, probably—when I notice something. Maybe it's a a box or a locker. And the second that… » 10/19/12 8:30pm 10/19/12 8:30pm

Do Modern Shooters Take Themselves Too Seriously?

Despite my aversion to shooters—god, there's too many of them—Overstrike, with its playful, comical tone and its cartoon aesthetic caught my eye. The approach felt like something fresh. But we don't have Overstrike anymore, no, instead we have Fuse. Compare the two trailers for the games and you see see a world of a… » 9/14/12 2:00pm 9/14/12 2:00pm

Epic Confirms Three More People Fly from Gears of War: Judgment

People Can Fly, the Poland-based studio behind 2011's Bulletstorm and the upcoming Gears of War: Judgment, said goodbye to creative director Adrian Chmielarz (pictured) and two top artists today, according to Gears developer Epic Games and Chmielarz himself. » 8/12/12 2:37pm 8/12/12 2:37pm

The Week in Unbelievably Gorgeous Screenshots

A couple weeks back I ran an enjoyable feature on Duncan Harris, the video game photographer behind the website DeadEndThrills. Harris takes some of the most evocative, beautiful video game screenshots I've ever seen, and we've been sharing some of his work each week here. » 12/23/11 10:00pm 12/23/11 10:00pm

Kick Ass in Bulletstorm With Your Actual Boot, Courtesy of Kinect

I've yet to see convincing evidence that a first-person shooter (or indeed, any kind of non puppet-based shooter) could work on the Xbox 360's Kinect motion controller. That said, if I had to pick an FPS that would work well with the hardware, it would probably be People Can Fly's highly physical Bulletstorm. » 11/07/11 9:00pm 11/07/11 9:00pm

Bulletstorm Didn't Make Money, But it Was Worth It

Mike Capps, president of Gears of War development studio, doesn't regret Bulletstorm. That game got a lot of hype—and some extraordinarily odd press coverage—when it was released earlier this year. It was an odd first-person shooter that was vulgar in tone and creative in execution, rewarding players for, well, being… » 7/22/11 4:00pm 7/22/11 4:00pm