November 1, 2005ESRB:
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Gamecube, Playstation 2, Xbox, Xbox 360, PC, and PSP
Neversoft, a company known for the most acclaimed skateboarding series to ever hit the consoles, is currently working on a brand new game. No, this isn’t a new Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater game... it’s a Western Shooter. That’s right, Neversoft’s going from riding skateboards to riding horses in an attempt to portray the American West in the late 1800’s.
Gun’s story is based around the life of a Civil War vet named Colton White. Colton and his father, Ned White, board a steamboat to meet up with a friend. However, soon after they embark on the boat, a huge fight breaks out. Colton’s father is shot and killed right after he tosses Colton overboard and gives him a strange medallion.
Colton about to put a man out of his misery.
Colton takes the medallion and takes off for Dodge City where he meets up with a woman named Jenny. An intense gun battle ensues. This initial shootout quickly turns very ugly. At least 30 characters on screen begin duking it out both upstairs and downstairs. Fists and bullets begin flying everywhere in a hectic bar fight. Glass will shatter and you will witness tables being smashed.
Gun is certainly not for the faint of heart. Blasts from your shotgun will knock your enemies several feet back onto the dusty ground. When going head-to-head with an enemy in close quarters combat, you will be able to use a tomahawk to slaughter their foe. You will have the ability to actually scalp your adversaries and even collect the scalps!
Gun is a free-roaming Western game. Instead of sticking to the main story missions, you can choose to play through a number of side-missions, which allow you to increase various character attributes. These attributes are as follows: Horse, health, gun handling, quickdraw, and melee. The side missions will give you the opportunity to hunt animals such as bears, cougars, and bison, ride a train or a canoe, pan for gold, set up ambushes, and complete other challenges in order to boost your skills. Some of the game’s story missions will have you chasing down stagecoaches and raiding forts dressed as a Blackfoot Indian.
Colton riding into battle.
Gun is a third-person shooter while on foot or horseback. However, the game switches to first-person mode once you have built up your special meter and entered Quick Draw mode. During Quick Draw mode, you can actually shoot weapons right out of an enemy’s hands. One way to build up this meter is by getting head shots. You can enter Quick Draw mode when on horseback or on foot. Speaking of horseback combat, your steed has some attacks of its own. It has the ability to charge and to trample enemies under its hooves.
Colton has quite an arsenal at his disposal in Gun. You will be able to use .44 pistols, rifles, shotguns, tomahawks, dynamite, gun turrets (Gattling guns anyone?) and cannons. Players can dual-weild handguns, too.
There is plenty of land to explore in and around Dodge ranging from forests to mines to canyons. There is a radar at the bottom of the screen to help you navigate your surroundings. There are also various forms of transportation available to help you travel to and from these locales including trains, canoes, your stallion, and stage coaches.
Sadly, Gun lacks any form of cooperative gameplay or multiplayer. It sounds like this would make an excellent co-op game. Multiplayer shootouts could have been a lot of fun as well. Despite the lack of any multiplayer gameplay, Gun looks like it’s shaping up to be one of the best games of 2005. If you are interested in Gun, you better start saving up for it right away because Gun hits stores November 1, 2005.
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