GUN (XBOX 360)
Sean W. Gibson / Nov 21st, 2005 No Comments
From Neversoft and Activision comes one of the more unique and cinematic films to be released in years in the form of GUN, a wild west gun-slinging adventure game. Released on multiple platforms, but most excitingly on Xbox 360, GUN was written by acclaimed Hollywood writer Randall Jahnson (Mask of Zoro, The Doors) and features a great storyline, beautiful graphics, incredible intense action, and plenty of fun. Gamers play the game as Colton White, a western hero who has to find the truth of a personal mystery while fighting off bandits, natives, army soldiers, and more. It all adds up to a showcase title for all platforms, and a "must buy" recommendation for this holiday season.
Expansive Free-Roaming Interactive World – Players traverse on horseback or foot through a living, populated environment that stretches from the snowy mountains of Montana, to the plains of Dodge City, Kansas and the deserts of New Mexico where danger is at every turn.
Extensive Variety of Missions – Experience an extensive variety of missions such as: wage war on horseback, hunt for bounties, play poker, protect ladies of the night, hunt buffalo, assault a frontier fort.
Broad Range of Gameplay – Multiple gameplay styles include: strategic gunplay and precision shooting, stealth tactics, and use of explosives. Embark on numerous side missions to master gun slinging and horse riding. Players can unlock secret weapons and upgrade skills and abilities to improve their weapon and equipment performance.
Epic Storyline – Written by Hollywood scriptwriter Randall Jahnson (Mask of Zoro, The Doors), GUN’s engrossing storyline and plot progression will transport players back in time to the lawless West where they encounter ladies of the night, a murderous preacher, and many other characters.
Experience the Brutality and Gritty Lawlessness of The West – Players battle their way through a harsh, visceral and unforgiving landscape that portrays the West as it really was. They can act as a gunslinger protecting righteousness or seek retribution as they face resistance fighters, local lawmen, renegade soldiers and vengeful Native Americans.
Authentic Weapons – Encounter authentic gunslingers of the time and utilize a multitude of authentic weapons such as: six shooters, shotguns, Gatling guns, flaming arrows, hatchets, and dynamite.
Showcased on the Xbox 360 system, GUN is easily described as a gorgeous looking game. Players get to travel through a landscape of high mountain wilderness, deserts and bustling territorial towns, all detailed to amazing perfection. For those of you lucky enough to have an HDTV, the 1080i edition of the game is absolutely stunning. Even on other platforms (PS2) , the game looks great and the "action" sequences are equally impressive. There’s been a lot of detail put into the character models, plenty of detail in the buildings, and the landscape design and execution has been flawless for an amazingly accurate and authentic "wild west" feel.
With top notch voice talent such as Kris Kristofferson, Tom Skerrit, and Ron Perlman, GUN offers some of the best voice acting heard in a videogame in a long time. The western motif hasn't been overplayed or made into some sort of mocking satire, it’s been done with the quiet intensity that the west was known for. In addition, videogame soundtrack veteran Christopher Lennertz produced and composed the score for GUN, and was performed by the Northwest Sinfonia using an 80 piece orchestra. The voice acting and musical score to the game are fantastic, and gamers should be especially excited for some great sound effects as well that utilize Dolby Digital surround sound. Gun fire, bullets whizzing by you, or even a charging grizzly bear all sound amazing. As good as the graphics are for GUN, the sounds are just as well delivered.
GUN is played much like a third person perspective action-adventure game. You control Colton White, and through the course of the story you unlock the mystery as the story (played out much like an old western movie) unfolds. Much of the missions involve you hunting someone down and either killing them and their posse, or capturing them for a reward. There are plenty of side quests to get yourself involved with that further authenticate the western genre, such as the ability to enter into a Texas Hold’em tournament (and play!) at the local saloon to win some money. And it wouldn't be the wild west if you couldn't cheat now wouldn't it?
The fact is the gameplay of GUN is absolutely fantastic. There are reports and reviews out there that the game is much too easy – but that’s if you play the game on "Easy" or "Normal" mode. There’s two more modes past those two that make the game very challenging for experience gamers. The good news in all that is novice gamers just getting into the new console (for example) will be able to have a showcase title they can pick right up and play. Whether you are shooting animals to sell, in a huge gun fight with dozens of desperados, or even raid on a frontier fort armed with dynamite – the missions of GUN are all fun, entertaining, wild, and exciting.
ONLINE / MULTIPLAYER
Getting through the entire game (and numerous cut-scenes) of GUN on normal mode should take the experienced gamer anywhere from 12 to 15 hours to complete. However, the game is so much fun that if you do play through the normal mode, you're bound to want to try it again on the harder modes, which offer up some new challenges. The game is so picturesque and fun that you're likely to show it off to your friends and play it time and again.
GUN is a showcase title for Xbox 360 and is highly recommended as the game of choice if you're lucky enough to be picking up the 360 this holiday season, or you can just get the game on another platform and still be amazed. The graphics, sound, and gameplay all add up to an amazing gaming experience that is fueled by a well crafted story. The missions are varied, the characters are well developed, and the title comes together as *the best* western game ever to be made. It should be noted that the game is rated “M” for mature for a reason – this game is definitely up there for violence, language, and theme – but there’s no reason that anyone that loves a good western wouldn't immediately fall in love with this game. A no doubt about it, sure fire Editor’s Choice award winner for quality.