Bulletstorm and you: how to get it to play nice with your PC

ARS: We've gone into some of the problems with the PC version of Bulletstorm, but we're also enjoying the game so damned much we thought it would be a good idea to show you how to get it running smoothly. Whether you want to support a game that shipped so clearly aimed at consoles is up to you, but with a little time and effort you can do undo most of the damage inflicted on the PC version of the game.

Even though the game requires Games for Windows Live, it feels and acts like a console game by default. Let's fix that.

No matter how you buy the game, you'll need a Games for Windows Live account. There is nothing that can be done about it, and no service that lets you escape it. The game does not require an always-on Internet connection after checking in once and authorizing, and we tested this by yanking the network cable out of our gaming PC and playing through a level.

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