When I first saw the "Duty Calls" minigame, I sighed. Yeah, very funny Bulletstorm. What was funny however, is that Bulletstorm is a pretty cinematic game that tries to be serious like Call of Duty, making the "Duty Calls" minigame pretty hypocritical on the part of the developers/marketeers. Oh yes, it also tries to be funny by having the characters swear like drunken sailors and it also features pretty explosions and setpieces like, you know, Call of Duty. For a supposed parody of FPS games, it really doesn't succeed very well and comes across as yet another serious FPS game (with a vibrant and colourful palette, mind you).
The good thing is that the gunplay can be very satisfying and the end result can become pretty messy, with heads exploding even by your humble assault rifle, bodies torn in two by the game's shotgun or even whole enemies blown apart from the bouncing grenades. The leash you get can be very fun to use, pulling your enemy close to you and then just kicking him away (yes, even Bulletstorm's kick is very satisfying). When you get the thumber upgrade, you can even use the leash as an earthshaker that sends enemies to the sky. Yes, it's silly, but very satisfying.
As for the so-called innovation of skillshots, my first impressions were "Achievements that give points to purchase upgrades" which would be a pretty stupid idea. Thankfully, while you indeed get more skill points if you unlock skillshots, you can also totally ignore them and just kill the enemies your
way, as the points are only used to upgrade your weapons' maximum ammo capacity (either for primary or alternative fire) and for purchasing ammunition and even then, you'll still be able to completely upgrade all the way and have enough ammunition to breeze through the game.
Oh yes, I did say breeze. You see, Bulletstorm is not a particularly hard game on Normal and dying can usually be attributed to you being very careless or, ironically, trying to get a weird/tricky skillshot. It's funny, but Bulletstorm can be a pretty relaxing game, the opposite of what I expect from an FPS. At least, it ended up a bit better than I expected; that is, the overall game, not the cliffhangery ending which was very, very bad. List has been updated