Sony Online Entertainment
Free Download with micro-transactions
ESRB rating: Teen
Review rating: 3.0 stars
No matter how much lipstick, or in this case, face paint, you cake onto them, most modern first-person shooters are simply variations of arena-style combat. Games like "CoD" aren't much different from "Quake 3;" they just have larger playing fields. The developers of "Bullet Run" combine old-school close-quarters combat with in-depth character upgrades and customization to create a fast-paced shooter that's worth every penny!
Just like a twisted combination of "The Running Man" and ancient gladiatorial combat, players take part in a reality TV show where they must kill opponents to survive. Simply downing enemies isn't enough, so players gain extra points for eliminating opponents with style and even for taunting their virtual corpse! There are even 'colorful' commentators, but unfortunately, their one-liners quickly get old.
"Bullet Run" sports controls that will be familiar to FPS fans, so it's easy to drop into the action and start blasting opponents. Combat is fast and furious and players have small health bars, so don't be surprised if you die a lot! What you may be surprised to discover though, is that this free-to-play game seems to fall into the "pay-to-win" category.
Unlike many free-to-play games, this title only gives players a bare-bones amount of content to begin with. Anyone who wants to don cool face paint and perform satisfying taunts on enemies will have to pay for every little addition. Since it's much easier to buy powerful weapons than earn them, every kid with rich parents will dominate this game! Simply put, anyone who plays this game for free is at a disadvantage.
"Bullet Run" may be free, but players will have to shell out some cash to truly enjoy playing it.