while rummaging around in the bargain bin, you'll find a true gaming gem.
Gun, a game that was released with very little fanfare in
late 2005, is one such
game. More notable as one of the Xbox 360's launch titles, Gun was
also released on the Gamecube, Xbox, PlayStation 2 and PC. This review
is about the PlayStation 2 version of the game.
being a cheap game that's actually good, Gun is
unique because there are very few Western-themed videogames. Actually,
aside from Red Dead Revolver, I can't think of any others. (Well,
Outlaw, the classic Atari 2600 arcade shooter. But that game
could have very easily taken place in any era, since it was basically
shooting at each other.)
who tackle Gun will assume the role of Colton White, who at
the beginning of the game, hunts animals with his father, Ned, in order
to carve out a modest living selling pelts. After a confrontation
with a mysterious preacher that gets ugly fast, Ned's dying words send
to find Jenny,
City. So begins Colton's (and your) journey through the world of Gun.
been incorrectly promoted as a Grand Theft Auto-in-the-West
style game. It's nowhere near as open-ended as the GTA games,
but it does allow for a fair bit of exploring outside the main story
take on side missions like hunting for gold, tracking down criminals,
and gambling to earn money for weapons and stats upgrades that make the
game's story mode easier to beat.
story mode isn't really all that hard to begin with but
it remains worth playing because it is so well-written and, believe it
or not, well-acted. Featuring voice talents from the likes of Lance Henriksen
(Aliens), Tom Skerritt (Top Gun), Kris Kristofferson
(Blade), and Thomas
Jane (The Punisher), Gun's cast of outlaws, villains
and allies are all believable and engaging.
the age of next-generation videogame systems, Gun's graphics
are merely serviceable but you'll have no trouble figuring out where
you're supposed to go and what you're
supposed to do. You will, however, not use Gun to show off your
PlayStation 2's graphics to anyone. (At this point in time, I don't know
that you'd impress anyone with the PlayStation 2's best-looking games
anyway you look at it, there are prettier games than Gun.)
Colton will come naturally to anyone who's played a recent third-person
action game. The left analog stick is used to move Colton around and
the right stick controls the game's camera. Thankfully, the camera
never gave me the slightest bit of trouble. That's high praise
for a third person action game.
nice thing about Gun is the concept of "quickdraw,"
which is similar to bullet-time but does more than simply put the game
into slow-motion. By pressing the R2 trigger, the game goes into a
first person perspective that allows you to flip from target to target
the left analog stick. A bar showing the amount of quickdraw time left
is shown at the bottom of the screen. Quickdraw time can be gained
by performing head shots or special kills during the game. It's a pretty
nifty idea and mastering it is crucial to surviving some of Gun's
an M-rated game, Gun features some of the most gruesome
moments I've seen in a game of any kind. Scalpings, beheadings, finger-removal,
and lots of bloodshed are
all part of the action. If you're easily sickened or offended by gore,
you'll want to steer far away from Gun, which features buckets
of the stuff.
it might not be the hardest or longest game I've ever played,
it's a shame that Gun hasn't gotten the praise it deserves.
It's a lot of fun and has a storyline that actually propels the player
through the action because you'll want to know what's going to happen.
quite a long time since I've actually been as interested in the characters
of a game as I was wanting to finish the game itself.
you run across Gun in the bargain bin or come across a used
copy somewhere, give it a shot. It's well worth the $19.99 price that
some stores are
asking, but can be found for quite a bit cheaper. (I paid $10 for a brand-new
copy.) Even if you aren't a Western fan, think of it as a change of pace.
It's a pleasant diversion from space and fantasy-themed