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Video Game / Pistol Whip

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Pistol Whip is a VR game, released in 2019 by Cloudhead Games and available on Steam, PSVR, and Oculus Quest. It's a hybrid first-person Rail Shooter and Rhythm Game, where shooting enemies in sync to the music beat is essential to gain a high score.

Pistol Whip provides examples of the following tropes:

  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: The final boss of the 2089 campaign mode is an evil AI.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: All the enemies wear dark suits, some with body armors on top.
  • Body Armor as Hit Points: Enemies with bulletproof vests need two shots to take down, while those wearing vests and helmets take four.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Enemy bullets can only hurt the player if they hit your head.
  • Bullet Hell: The campaign mode features machine gun emplacements which invokes this. Also happens when multiple regular enemies shoot around the same time.
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  • Enemy-Detecting Radar: There are an on-screen indicators warning the player of incoming bullets direction.
  • Gun Kata: The game is pretty much a gun kata simulation, especially with the Guns Akimbo modifier on. There's an achievement named after this too.
  • Guns Akimbo: A modifier allows the player to dual-wield.
  • Painfully Slow Projectile: The game is not in Bullet Time but enemy bullets are quite slow.
  • Pistol-Whipping: It's literally the name of the game. Pistol whipping is a One-Hit Kill and yields 200 points.
  • 20 Minutes into the Future: The campaign mode titled 2089 takes place in that year.
  • Shout-Out: There are several references to Baba Yaga and Gun Kata.


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