Gun - Review
In theory the Wild West is the ultimate set up for a video game, but other than Red Dead Revolver the genre has not had much success on the Playstation 2. When we first heard that developer Neversoft was working on there own western epic we were very excited. After all Neversoft is the company behind the superb Tony Hawk series. So is the companyís first non Hawk game turned out any good? Well to blunt damn right itís a good game, hereís why.
|Graphics are pretty nice.|
The story Gun is quite superb setting you up for a great adventure. You are Colton White, and you hunt animals with your dad Ned. On your way back from your latest hunting expedition the boat you are on in attacked by a gang led by a nasty preacher. Ned does not survive the battle but before he dies he drops a bombshell, he is not your father. He also gives you a medallion and tells you to search for a hooker named Jenny at a bar. From there on Gun tells a ripping story of revenge, friendships and betrayal. The story is one of the best I have experienced in a game for a long time which can be put down to the fact that it is written by Hollywood writer Randall Jahnson who is most famous for the Mask of Zorro.
The gameplay to Gun is viewed from a third person perspective, and as the name of the game suggests there is quite a bit of shooting action to be had. Colton has a number of weapons at his disposal with everything from old pistols, rifles and shotguns to tomahawks and petrol bombs. Gun controls very well, and unlike many other third person shooters stands up well under intense gun fights. It also has its own take on bullet time, with every enemy you hit you fill up a meter which can be used to slow down time. You then press the R2 button to slow down time and blow your enemies away; the cool twist is that when you hit an enemy you get some of your meter filled, with headshots helping you out the most. If an enemy gets close to you Colton can slash them up with either a tomahawk or an axe, the close quarter combat is quite grizzly indeed. The missions that feature in Gun are all varied and pretty much every great seen from any western you care to mention is there for the playing. You defend the whore house from being burned down, stop carriages being raided, and protect bridges from being blown up and many, many more interesting and enjoyable challenges as well.
|One of many battles.|
Another big part of the game is on horseback. You can ride any horse you find and they come in quite handy as the game world is huge and it cuts traveling times down significantly. While on horseback you can target and shoot enemies just as effectively as when you are on foot. Your horse takes damage and if you donít look after them they will die. There are also a number of side quests to take on in Gun that are each varied and enjoyable. There is hunting animals, with everything from Wolves to giant grizzly bears to hunt down. There are heaps of side quests like playing black jack, complete with options to cheat, you can mine for gold with your pick axe or you can collect on any of the wanted signs that you see around the various towns. Completing these side missions also help Colton improve his skills, by doing thing enough times Coltonís stats will increase, making him a better shot and giving him more health etc.
|He isn't going to be in Gun 2.|
Gun is a single player only game and while we usually like to see some sort of multi player option included, we will settle for a great playing single player game as well.
There are not many holes to Gun at all, but there are a few little things I have to mention. Sometimes the camera does not quite keep up with the action, which can lead to you being shot by an enemy you canít see. Also the game is very violent and it is certainly not for the faint of heart as this game spills blood by the tank full. The biggest disappointment however has to be the games story length; it is very short and be beaten in about 7 or 8 hours. There are plenty of side quests and missions to help flesh out the game but if it is just the story your after is does end pretty quickly.
|You're in trouble!|
Gun is quite simply one of the best looking games around on the Playstation 2. The game world is absolutely massive and looks superb. The game really looks authentic with everything from the sheriffís office, to old saloons to the vast open land making the game great to look at. The characters and horses are also nicely detailed as well. The cutscenes are also nicely done and help push the game along nicely. The only slight gripe is that some of the animations are a little dodgy at times.
The game also sounds superb as well. The voice acting in this game is fantastic with each character gaining there own distinct personalities through the voice work, Ned is the games highlight as he is voiced by the highway man himself Kris Kristofferson. The sound effects are also pretty good, with explosions, gun fights and the horses making appropriate sounds. Also the music that plays when you are having some down time is suitably quite and fits the game perfectly. There are also some quite funny quips from time to time from the various characters you meet.
Gun is one of the most enjoyable games I have ever played. Being a fan of both western movies and action games I found it to be a brilliant combination of both action and story telling. The story really did push me on to get to the end of the game, while the side missions proved to be quite addictive in there own right. The game is on the short side, but it was so enjoyable I just didnít care. I really do hope though that Neversoft continue on with series (considering the rate they crank out Tony Hawk games it does seem likely) as it has the potential to be on the best series of games ever, great stuff.
Review By: Graham Darko
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|GRAPHICS||Massive levels look superb as do all of the characters. ||90%|
|SOUND||Voice acting, music and sound effects are all spot on and suit the game perfectly.||91%|
|GAMEPLAY||Open ended gameplay, great missions and side quests backed up by a great shooting engine.||92%|
|VALUE||The story to the game can be finished in about 7 or so hours, but there are plenty of side quests and other things to keep you busy.||80%|
|OVERALL||One of the most enjoyable games I have played this year, I found it to be riveting from beginning to end and that is one of the best compliments you can pay a game.||90%|