Epic and People Can Fly may not be giving us a PC demo of their latest over-the-top blast-'em-up, but damn it, this may be better. In order to promote the zany shooter's mix of large guns and larger heaps of profanity, People Can Fly has released Duty Calls, a fully playable riff on... well, you can probably guess which game.
Without spoiling too much, let's just say it's pretty darn spot-on. The “game” is basic and rudimentary, sure, but it's one giant middle-finger-shaped punchline – not the next big blockbuster. And believe us, Duty Calls has it all: random bouts of slow-mo, enemies that pop out of nowhere and stand stock-still, and the best arbitrary ranking system this side of Scientology.
Click here to give it a download, and then have a good laugh. Oh, and People Can Fly, we've gone ahead and saved you some trouble by providing our own fictional back-of-the-box review quote for your fictional game: “The next big blockbuster... Duty Calls has it all... [It is a] game.”
Itching to get your hands on Epic and People Can Fly's upcoming mix of sweet shooting and spicy language? Well, buy a cream or something, because you'll be sitting on the sidelines until the game's February 22 release date.
Xbox 360 and PS3 players' forecasts, meanwhile, see a full-to-bursting storm system on a January 25 collision course with their consoles. So, why are they getting a demo a month early while you have to make a blind purchase almost a month later? Epic's Mark Rein wouldn't say. He did, however, tell Blue's News that there are no plans for a PC demo at this time.
Still though, seems like a rather unfortunate move on Epic's part. We're hardly businessmen, but putting a tangible piece of your new, unproven IP into as many gamers' hands as possible as quickly as possible seems like a no-brainer. Also – while we definitely don't endorse it – too many PC gamers tend to have a “No demo? Ok then, piracy!” policy. Bulletstorm may have gained a reputation for being goofy and somewhat mindless, but that doesn't mean its pre-release build-up should follow suit.