As I’ve mentioned in a post a few days ago, I’ve now played Gun. Again.
It is set in the Wild West and you’re playing Cole who has a very troubled history, finds out that his father isn’t who he thought it was and generally has to save the world.
It is a sandbox type of game, you can roam around there is gold to be mined and side missions to complete. The story missions are very linear though, save him, protect her, kill them and so on, but it doesn’t really matter. The missions keep you entertained.
Graphically it doesn’t look impressive, but it is good enough to give you the feel of the old west. The areas are varied and there is everything that is expected from the setting, from waterfalls and grass to barren prairie. There are horses that roam around, buffalos and even the occasional ‘white bears and wolves’.
The audio is impressive. Doing the ranch side missions the music changes to an orchestral score which is taken just from an old western. The overall shooting and movement audio are spot on as well.
The game is slightly ruined by the quickdraw feature though. Whenever the quickdraw meter is filled, the player can press the left bumper and enter a slow motion move which pretty much means an instant kill and no reload. The meter runs out depending on the type of kills scored, the time and possible upgrades that can be purchased in one of the three stores.
The game does redeem itself with the setting. There aren’t many games set in the wild west, infact the only games I can think of are Red Dead Revolver and Dead Man’s Hand, however both were sub par and aren’t worth to be played. Gun lets the player feel like they are in the wild west. Taking control of a horse for the first time and riding towards the river with the sun setting, orchestral music and the only other noise being the movement of the horse. That is what I want from a wild west game.
It also gives quite a few achievement points. Completing the game on normal difficulty with all the side missions and all the upgrades purchased gives 750 points. Finding all the 44 gold bits in the game is another 40 and then the rest for the other difficulties with a mighty 130 for Insane.
All in all this is a game well worth picking up, especially as it was released about a year ago and it should be fairly cheap pre-owned.