TechSpot: Bulletstorm GPU & CPU Performance In-depth

First-person shooter Bulletstorm has been out for a week and we must say the generally positive reviews and commentary from critics remind us of the simplistic and old-fashioned shooter Serious Sam. That, plus a generous amount of profanity that is meant to give a flashy spin to the genre.

Marketing for the game has followed a similar pattern. Last January a viral video for Bulletstorm was released spoofing Halo 3's "Believe" campaign. Then a month later they followed up by mocking the Call of Duty series with a free downloadable PC game named "Duty Calls". That's not to say it's all been genius on EA's part considering that they refused PC gamers a demo that consoles did receive ahead of release.

As usual the focus of this performance review will be on how Bulletstorm will run on your PC. After struggling with the game's configuration settings, TechSpot was able to run all the necessary tests using a large array of GPUs as well as a number of different processors.

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18 Comments

Timan said,
Sadly no, it felt like a shovelware title to me ah well hopefully gears 3 will be "Epic"

Really? Like bulletstorm and GoW are a drastically different type of game? They both appeal to 13 year olds or the 13 year old in us. Over the top weapons, excessive profanity and ignorable plotline.

I would bet good money that GoW3 will be basically like bulletstorm... Being that bulletstorm is pretty much like GoW.

compl3x said,

Really? Like bulletstorm and GoW are a drastically different type of game? They both appeal to 13 year olds or the 13 year old in us. Over the top weapons, excessive profanity and ignorable plotline.

I would bet good money that GoW3 will be basically like bulletstorm... Being that bulletstorm is pretty much like GoW.


ah well, except a few games, there hasnt been anything interesting for at least 5 years now.
The last game i found to be 'new' and inventive was Prototype
Not like i didnt enjoy a game of GoW, CoD, Mafia or w/e... but those games are just copies of copies of copies of copies with every copy having a few small different/new thingies. Yet to find a completely new kind of shooter like Messiah, MDK, CnC Renegade, America's Army (back in AA:O days), UT 1.
Still having more fun playing old Quake3 based games then any other shooters

Looks like the game favours video cards with 1 GB of RAM or more. Unfortunately, my HD 4870 has 512 MB of RAM. It's great that the game is mainly GPU dependent which isn't surprising at all. Unreal Engine 3 is known to run well on just about any modern CPU, be it dual- or quad-core.

Anaron said,
Looks like the game favours video cards with 1 GB of RAM or more. Unfortunately, my HD 4870 has 512 MB of RAM. It's great that the game is mainly GPU dependent which isn't surprising at all. Unreal Engine 3 is known to run well on just about any modern CPU, be it dual- or quad-core.

hehe, i have a 512 MB HD somethingorother too, however unreal engine games are made for Nvidia, and need more resources on ATI's(AMDs) to do the same on an Nvidia card
and bulletstorm did run, but and FPS of <20 even on 800x600
gah i have to buy a new GFX some day

I would say it wasn't really that short tbh. I just finished it today and got it last tuesday

Where as, blops i finished in little over 4 hours on veteran which is just sad

I tought i was funny! I like it! Btw.. a 460GTX (OC'd) can get this game runnin at 1080p with 2xAA and all maxed out with a locked 60FPS, i have a SLI setup (with 460) i can run the game at 8xAA butter smooth!, Gotta love UE3 games, Graphics look nice, but it shows it's age sometime... It's better than the less than 720p with no AA xbox 360 version

ryoohki said,
I tought i was funny! I like it! Btw.. a 460GTX (OC'd) can get this game runnin at 1080p with 2xAA and all maxed out with a locked 60FPS, i have a SLI setup (with 460) i can run the game at 8xAA butter smooth!, Gotta love UE3 games, Graphics look nice, but it shows it's age sometime... It's better than the less than 720p with no AA xbox 360 version

really wonder why people focus on graphics so much.. i bet if you install some quake3 engine games, youll have more fun then playing bulletstorm on the best possible graphics

Shadowzz said,

really wonder why people focus on graphics so much.. i bet if you install some quake3 engine games, youll have more fun then playing bulletstorm on the best possible graphics

The same could be said to you- go play pong/tetris/pac man

ZenVenT said,

The same could be said to you- go play pong/tetris/pac man


what that i care for gameplay instead of graphics?
not that i dont appreciate a game looking hot, but graphics come 3rd, not 1st. Which seems to be the case for most gamers nowadays.
Games show off with Graphics and just lack any gameplay and storyline (storyline depends on type of game tho).

Tell me whats different from Bulletstorm, CoD:BO and GoW2/3 compared to MoH:AA? (except minor thingies)
Oh yes, its graphical output. (and with CoD, everyone can pwn, no skills required, i dont even own the game, or any FPS on a console actually, yet i end up top 3 most of the time when playing at a mate)

But ye your right, i shouldnt care for gameplay and become a mainstream gamerzombie who plays what he's told to play.

Now if you excuse me, i'll go back to Enemy Territory <3 as it offers anything other FPS games have into one, minus the graphics.

I don't think it's so bad. It's over the top, mindless fun. Nothing wrong with that. I'm not expecting an epic storyline from a game that coined the term dick-tits.

Gutierrez said,
the game is pretty cool and it worth the money. The only drawback to me is the engine, which is slow and pathetic.

What's this "engine" you speak of that's slow and pathetic?

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