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Pistol Whip

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4
Genre: First-Person Shooter
Developer: Cloudhead Games
Release Date: Nov. 7, 2019

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'Pistol Whip' Getting Smoke & Thunder Campaign Next Week - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Aug. 5, 2021 @ 6:00 a.m. PDT

Pistol Whip is an unstoppable VR action-rhythm FPS where you journey through a cinematic bullet hell powered by a breakneck soundtrack to become the ultimate action hero legend.

Inspired by God-mode action movies like John Wick and Equilibrium, Pistol Whip throws you gun-first into an explosive batch of hand-crafted action scenes each set to their own breakneck soundtrack.

But unlike traditional music games, Pistol Whip has no line in the sand; you have complete freedom to shoot, melee, and dodge targets to the rhythm YOU see fit.

Cloudhead Games announced that its VR rhythm shooter Pistol Whip’s new Western-themed cinematic campaign, “Smoke & Thunder,” is launching on Oculus Quest, PCVR, and PlayStation VR on August 12, 2021.

As Pistol Whip’s most noteworthy update ever, “Smoke & Thunder” adds a ton of new content such as a new fully-voiced campaign set in the Wild West, a pulse-pounding star-studded soundtrack, and the game-changing “Styles” system sandbox for endless replayability. The new additions are a free update to existing Pistol Whip owners.

Cloudhead’s first cinematic campaign, “2089, was a fast forward into the future; their second, “Smoke & Thunder,” is a badass blast to the past—with new weapons, mechanics, a dastardly new outlaw threat, and a mighty fine new boss fight for folks to tangle with.

Featuring tracks from The Heavy, Black Pistol Fire, Bones UK, Devora, and an original never-before-heard track from Magic Sword; this five-scene cinematic campaign is abso-rootin-tutley exploding with exciting new content.

Smoke & Thunder’s campaign mode transforms players into the heroes of an immersive Western adventure, equipping them with brand new weapons and providing a fully-voiced tale of sisters Jessie (Victoria Hogan, Kingdom Come: Deliverance) and Tess (Avalon Penrose, Hades). It’s a visually stunning experience, illustrated with cutscene cinematics created by fan-favourite comic artist and returning talent, Fico Ossio, and colourist Raciel Avila.

Once players have conquered the campaign, they can skedaddle on over to Arcade and check out all the campaign scenes—from both ”Smoke & Thunder” as well as “2089”unbridled for the very first time. In Arcade mode, players can use whatever weapon and modifier they want in endless combinations.

Pistol Whip’s new “Styles” system sandbox allows players to combine their preferred weapon type with up to five modifiers to create an unstoppable action experience that’s exactly what they want. After finding a preferred Style that’s uniquely their own, players can challenge friends or compete solo and be the first person to dominate the leaderboard uniquely generated for that “Style’s” choice.

New weapon types also burst onto the scene with the debut of Styles, including Brawler, which transforms the previous No Ammo modifier into a glorious new melee mode. 2089’s Burstfire and the new weapons from “Smoke & Thunder” are also available in all scenes with Styles.

These weapon additions and changes combined with four new modifiers mean the possibilities are endless. From green to grizzled and anywhere in-between, there’s a Style for everyone. Pistol Whip also includes an ever-changing list of recommendations such as Featured Styles, which contain weekly style choices curated by Cloudhead’s own team of developers and players. “Styles” can also be used with all past Pistol Whip updates like the aforementioned “2089” and “Heartbreaker.”

Beginning August 15th, the price of Pistol Whip will increase by $5 just a few days after the “Smoke & Thunder” + “Styles” update on August 12 to support the creation of epic content and updates. After August 15th, Pistol Whip will be available for $29.99 on Oculus Quest, PC VR, and PlayStation VR. This price increase will not impact existing owners of Pistol Whip.


Key Features:

  • Pair the pulse-pounding pace of an FPS with the flow-state energy of a music game in a cinematic symphony of violence.
  • Form your rhythm and find your playstyle, from tactical to musical, then challenge your skill with friends and world leaderboards.
  • Infiltrate a fever dream of hand-crafted scenes, from bank heists to android uprisings, each uniquely designed to music.
  • Take it over-the-top with a variety of gameplay mods, such as Dual Wield, to enable the ultimate gun kata experience.
  • Constant momentum and comfort-first design allows non-stop speed without the fear of motion sickness.
  • Featuring EDM artists from Kannibalen Records, including Apashe, HVDES, and Black Tiger Sex Machine; with more to come...

Pistol Whip is currently available for PC (SteamVR, Oculus, Viveport) and PS4 (PSVR).


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