Epic Games parody pokes fun at Call of Duty

Epic Games releases free game parody of Activision's popular military first-person shooter to promote upcoming Bulletstorm, its own take on the genre.

Here's a screen from Bulletstorm, which is set to launch for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on February 22. Duty Calls is meant to promote that game.

Call of Duty may be a blockbuster success on a global scale, but Activision's cash cow isn't quite bullet-proof. For example, Epic Games is taking shots at the franchise with Duty Calls: The Calm Before the Storm, a free downloadable game parody that mocks the military first-person shooter and a number of its gameplay conventions.

The difference between Duty Calls and its inspiration becomes apparent as soon as players start the game. Upon being dropped into a level, a voice gives the player marching orders over the radio.

"Here's your objective," the commanding officer says. "Blah blah blah blah secret base. Blah blah blah blah plan. Blah blah blah nuclear missile bomb. Blah blah blah counting on you. Utmost importance. Win. Good luck."

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