There are an excessive number of pre-order options out there. Companies are always trying to convince us to commit, because it means more launch copies sold. Which, in turn, means more money and fame for them. But, there are rare occasions when a pre-order of a title actually seems justified. Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition is one of those times. It has an offer that makes opting in seem like a good idea.
When People Can Fly and Gearbox announced Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition at The Game Awards 2016, it was the kind of good news people should celebrate. A great game that didn’t exactly get the attention it deserved in its time would finally have a second chance at finding an audience. It wasn’t the cancelled sequel that we originally wanted, but it was a chance to maybe get it. It also was revealed to have the coolest pre-order bonus ever, Duke Nukem.
Yes, Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition’s incentive is an opportunity to play as Duke Nukem. He replaces Grayson Hunt in the main campaign. By which I mean, it’s a complete and total reworking of the game. His storyline is known as Duke Nukem’s Bulletstorm Tour. The basics are the same, but the script is entirely different. It’s been rewritten to cater to the Duke’s natural style.
By which I mean swearing. There’s lots of swearing. In the eight seconds Duke is onscreen in the Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition announcement trailer, he had to be bleeped five times. It’s part of his charm.
Even that brief moment highlights another reason this pre-order incentive helps justify an early commitment to Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition. John St. John has been tapped for the voice acting. So it really is Duke Nukem there with us on Stygia. The prettiest form of Duke too, since its a high definition render of the character.
It isn’t just about Duke Nukem and John St. John, though. There’s more to it than that. With Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition, we’re getting a trusted product. This is a remaster of a rather great game. We already know it’s solid. Especially since it comes with all of the DLC. There are people I know who loved the original release, and I can imagine a lot of people will relish this opportunity to go through it again. They’d easily pre-order for all the DLC, Duke Nukem, the extra content, and that 15% pre-order discount on Steam.
Bulletstorm was a good game when it came out back in 2011. It had some silly and serious adventures, with a plot that felt relatively fresh. It deserved a sequel back in the day, and it deserves this remaster now. It’s pre-order bonus only solidifies it as a game people should absolutely be getting it at launch. The Duke approves, so you should too.