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October 7, 2002
Gungrave - Preview
Release Date Publisher Developer Anticipation Players Price
15/11/2002ActivisionSega/Red Ent.1$99.95

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Getting your guns off.
Developed by Red Entertainment Gungrave is certainly an interesting looking game. Despite having some very intersting graphics this is very much a action shooter. Can this game offer enough variation and excitement to make it worthy of a purchase. According to the review scores from Japan and America it certainly does. But what's Gungrave all about then?

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Outside in the snow.
When it comes to dispensing justice with extreme prejudice, nothing beats a gun-wielding, death-dealing anti-hero. Gungrave for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system casts you in the role of Grave, a long-dead assassin sent to annihilate a mysterious criminal organization. The tools at your disposal: a gun in each hand and a coffin full of hardware strapped to your back. You'll lead Grave through huge environments ranging from the bowels of the criminal underworld to graceful towers stretching toward Heaven, all filled with relentless foes that will stop at nothing to bring you down. In these stages, there's no such thing as window dressing -- everything you see on the screen can be perforated with your firearms.

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The graphics are quite moody.
According to Sega Gungrave features an intuitive control system that lets you to perform a variety of graceful moves, devastating special attacks and high-powered weaponry give you the edge you need to survive. This game is primarily a shooter where you shoot anything that moves. The stages are filled with destructible environments, disposable enemies, and nightmarish bosses. One of the coolest things about Gungrave is that after vanquishing enemies with style you will unlock more secret movies and attacks.

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Effects in the game are awesome.
Graphically, Red Entertainment have gone for a rather intersting anime style. The game includes dramatic movie-quality cutscenes showcase original animation from Yasuhiro Naito, creator of the hit series TRIGUN. More than 70 3D virtual action figures to collect.

Fortunately for gamers, and especially Sega fans, Activision have picked up the rights to release this title here in Australia. A release date is currently set for mid November, and if you're looking for something a little different then Gungrave may suit your tastes.