It feels as though every time a Wild West game comes to the market, I get excited. I just see so much potential in using this setting in a video game, and this is one area in which the video game industry really has never got a firm grasp on. Well today we are going to check out one of the only games to use the Wild West theme this year for the Microsoft Xbox. The game is simply called Gun and it tries to combine all the great elements of the Wild West to make a great action game. So does this amount to a great game? Read our full review to find out!
For those who truly know western, the key to any good western movie is not necessarily the action, but rather the story. The developers realized this as well, thus has given the story a much-needed emphasis in Gun. You take the role of Colton White, who just witnesses what he thinks is the murder of his father, only to find out that the man raising him was not his father. He is then given some very grim details about his origins, which is of course from Dodge City, where the game takes place. I have to say that when I sat down and saw this story start to come together, I was really intrigued, as it never missed a beat throughout. If you are a fan of westerns, than this story will definitely appeal to you.
What many people might be most excited to see in Gun is that this is more of an open-ended western, much in the vein of the GTA franchise. While the game starts off with an interesting tutorial to get you started in the game with learning the controls and things like that, the game never really forces you to move along. You can just play the game at your own pace, soaking up all that the game has to offer. One of the most memorable moments in Gun is literally just riding around on horseback through the Western setting. The developers did a fantastic job of really making the horseback riding very fun to do and just a real exciting feature. Very few games let you ride on horseback, and of those that do very few have done it as well as it is in Gun.
As the name "Gun" suggests, this is a shooter game but it’s not what I would consider a very fast-paced one. This game moves at a moderate pace throughout and although you can get into really big gun battles, the game never really overwhelms you. I actually liked this as I found I appreciated more of the game when things moved at a consistent pace. Some of the best parts of the game are found in the story missions, which are well scripted, but man do they give you a lot to be excited about. There is so much variety in these missions and they are just so well created that it is hard not to be impressed by them.
The game does have a bullet-time ability, ala Max Payne, where you can slow down time. This is called "Quick Draw", which allows you to easily take out all of your enemies in a matter of seconds. What is nice about this ability is that it isn’t overused and it works really well throughout the whole game. I have to say that the feeling of using this Quick Draw feature is one of the game’s highlights.
So is there anything wrong with Gun. you might be wondering? Really the only problem with Gun is not so much the gameplay but instead just the length of the game, which can be a bit of an issue. The story is really interesting, but you just feel like they really could have expanded it a bit and made it a much more elaborate. In the end Gun is just a great playing game that I found to be extremely enjoyable. For anyone who enjoys westerns, you can expect to enjoy your time playing Gun.
Visually Gun is just a really outstanding looking game. It all starts off with the very immersive environments, which were by far the most detailed part of the game. Gun does a great job of literally making the whole Wild West come to life, with a ton of detail and just a great amount of color usage in the game. I was also impressed with the character models, which although not really the best aspect of the game, still had a nice feel to them as well.
The only real problem the game’s presentation has is the animation, which is buggy in some instances. I found that at times you can get some weird glitches throughout the environment. The game also just has some other minor animation issues which should have been worked out before the game was released.
I have to say that although the game could have been longer, my whole experience with Gun was very positive. Gun combines the great setting of the Wild West with a very interesting story and a nice varied set of gameplay options. The open ended feel of the game also helps with a lot of little missions you can do on the side of playing the main story missions. For anyone who just is a fan of these sorts of games, is mature (as there is unfortunately some mature content), and just wants to experience the Wild West this is a really fun game to do it with.
I honestly believe had some minor things been upgraded in Gun, this would have been up for one of the best games of 2005. With that being said, Gun is still a great game that does a great job in my opinion to fill the void of the Wild West in video games. I hope that developers see the success of Gun and continue to develop games for the Wild West, as Gun is a perfect example of how great this genre could be.
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