Unlock Bulletstorm Content in its Demo, Downloadable on Jan. 25

The rumors are true! Xbox Live and the Playstation Network will see a downloadable Bulletstorm demo on Jan. 25, but European players have to wait a day longer to check out the game. Even better, demo players can (potentially) unlock content that’ll work in the game’s multiplayer mode when it’s eventually released on Feb. 22.

According to a press release from Epic Games and Electronic Arts, the demo will feature Bulletstorm’s “Echo” mode, which sounds like an arcade-style mode in which you earn points for creatively killing bad guys in campaign levels. From the release:

The Bulletstorm demo introduces a slice of Echo mode in which players traverse a collapsed building on the deadly paradise planet Stygia as ex-Dead Echo leader Grayson Hunt. Players will utilize the “Skillshot” system in Bulletstorm as they crush enemies in increasingly creative ways to rack up points using an arsenal of powerful weapons, from a futuristic assault rifle called the Peace Maker Carbine, to the Flail Gun, which fires two grenades linked by a chain, and the Screamer, a powerful revolver that turns enemies into human fireworks.

The emphasis in the demo is on Bulletstorm’s Skillshots, which are basically hilarious and ridiculous ways to kill enemies that all seem to center on sexual innuendo. The demo includes 45 such possible Skillshots.

The press release also says this:

The Bulletstorm demo also allows players to unlock platform-specific upgrades* to use in the game’s Anarchy mode, from the Crimson Leash to Stealth Armor, when they purchase the full game.

That sounds great! Except for that little asterisk. That almost always means something lame. And sure enough, at the bottom of the release, the asterisk corresponds to the phrase, “Content subject to availability.” That could mean you’ll need to be on your Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 as close to when the demo becomes available as possible to guarantee your extra content. Synchronize your watches!

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