Already available on the PS2, XBOX and PC, Gun is an old western-themed game (think Sunday afternoon movies) with a whole range of violent and gory shooting sections, pieced together by a number of sub quests and horseback sections.

If I was just going to rate this game solely on the way it had been ported to the superior XBOX 360 console this game would probably get the lowest score has ever seen. You see, unfortunately, the games only real difference between other versions is that it says “XBOX 360” on the box and it costs you about £5 more. Granted, some of the textures are of a higher quality than on the games other console counterparts, but overall the game looks very similar to the original. Gamers playing on a standard TV will be able to enjoy what is essentially the same game they could be playing on a PS2 or XBOX.

Playing the game on HDTV reveals some poor and blurry textures, and makes them stick out quite a lot from the rest of the screen, which overall leaves the game graphically very disappointing.

Graphics aside, in the game you play Colton White, a budding gun-slinger raised by a man called Ned. The game revolves around an important artifact and the retrieval of it, but while it is beautiful to watch the well animated cut scenes it is shame that the game tries to rush the story along so much. This game will be done and dusted within 5-6 hours.hehe

The game play runs from a 3rd person perspective, whereby the easiest method of movement is through using both analogue sticks, the left control stick controlling movement, and the right stick controlling the camera. While the shooting elements are very much “run and gun” there is also some tactical firing in this game, such as the lock-on “Quick Fire” mode which allows you to take out a number of enemies as quickly as possible.

However, fighting on horseback is by far the most impressive element of this game making for some intense battles as you tear through desert like areas and shoot foes. You can also trample opponents which can be quite satisfying from a sadistic viewpoint. All the horse based action is convincing and well animated, and it is obvious that Neversoft, the developers, have put a lot of time into this area of the game.

There are a huge selection of weaponry, which you normally accumulate after completing a particular zone. The game is well paced so as you progress, your armoury gets bigger and better. There are pistols, rifles, bows and snipers all on hand, each offering slightly different uses.

Gun is one of those games where there feels like there is lots to do, but in all honesty there really isn’t much to it. The more you search the less you find and this is a great shame as there could have been so much more to Gun.

Throughout the game you will come across a number of side plots and quests, of which you may opt to embark upon as you continue your journey. The problem is that the game is not paced very well, and you are pretty much expected to do what the missions tell you to, and there are few opportunities to go off on subplots.

Gun has been very well thought out, that is easy to realise from the start. You get a real sense of connection with the characters you meet (and a loathing for some others) and while the game has the gore factor running through its back bone, it is nothing irritatingly ostentatious.

As a game however it is very frustrating that there was not more to it, while there is still a good solid 6 hour journey in this game with some sub quests aside, really all you can do is go through the game, complete the missions and well… put it back in it’s box. That aside though for the 6 hours that you are playing then the experience is incredibly impressive and a joy to play. Sadly though, the main problem I have is not with the game, but more with the 360 edition of the game, as this is a pretty poor conversion of the game. Essentially you are paying £10 extra for one or two higher quality textures, so my advice to you is if you have an XBOX, pick up the XBOX version, save a few quid, and a enjoy a quality title.

Russ Clow

Russ Clow not only nearly shares his name with one of the best Gladiators around, but he also has a bundle of experience under his belt. Since a very young age he's been playing video games, and has been working in the video game industry for most of his working career. Russ is a secret Sony Fanboy, although he tries hard to hide it so as to keep his position as Editor-in-Chief. When he's not playing games, Russ likes to play football with the "lads".

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