Sony Online Entertainment has various new free-to-play games lined up. One of these titles is the first person shooter Bullet Run, a game where your top priority is personal pleasure, fun and fame.
Developed by Acony Games, an independent German game studio that has been working on FPS games for the last six years, founded by a member of the team that created Desert Combat, the hugely successful mod for Battlefield , and available from this summer for the PC, Bullet Run is a team-based multiplayer game that puts players in the ultimate reality TV game show, where contestants showcase their deadly talents.
Acony describes the experience as “pro wrestling meets Big Brother with guns,” Episodes are matches and take place in a variety of sets including a prison, abandoned ship, jungle, oil rig and more. Players, also known as “Contestants,” battle to the death with real weapons and real attitude. The story and setting in Bullet Run owes a lot to movies like Running Man while according to their say they used references from movies such as The Losers, Smoking Aces and even Romeo and Juliet to try and get the right pitch of stylish violence and sexy attitude in the game.
“We believe the sexier, media-driven storyline sets it apart from other FPS games and will continue to attract new players who might be tired of the same military shooters,” said Frank Trigub, Founding Partner, Acony.
“We are excited to bring players what we think will be the best FPS experience in the PC free-to-play market,” added Andre Herbst, Founding Partner and Marketing Director, Acony. “We designed Bullet Run with the same quality and attention to detail as a AAA retail product but focused on making it a great game experience for a full range of players regardless of their skill level.”
The Unreal Engine 3 powered Bullet Run claims to bring the same quality and attention to detail as a AAA retail product, and is described by both Sony and Acony as a new free-to-play first-person shooter (FPS) that brings together the elements of the FPS genre with unique levels of immersion and character progression. Is this the case with Bullet Run? Read on to find out.
Sound and Vision
As Bullet Run is powered by the Unreal Engine 3 it comes as no surprise that graphically speaking the game looks very nice. There are 6 detailed and lively arenas (so far) offering players many environmental positives to use against their enemy. Weapon models are surprisingly well detailed and characters have a fair amount of customization to choose from. Sony’s game also brings some realistic physics in the field. whereas in some fps have it to where a player can jump and shoot and still be accurate. In this game the accuracy actually goes down once a player is jump shooting. Another example would be that if a player is knee-sliding the bullets would only fire in the direction of how the guns are being pointed, not the direction that the person is going in.
Soundwise Bullet Run feels a very lively game with many sounds popping from all over the place and changing depending on the environment while the presence of two crazy announcers commenting about things happening during the match, similar to Super Monday Night Combat manage to get you in the game’s mood. What takes some points from the game is the poorly reproduced weapon sound which in some of your sounds too tiny at times.