Gun Showdown

Gun Showdown
Game: Gun Showdown
Platform: PSP
Studio: Activision
Rating: 7/10

GAME DESCRIPTION: Set in the untamed West of the late-1800s, GUN is a free-roaming action-adventure game that takes players to a world without laws where greed, lust and murder are rampant. As Colton White, a vengeful gunslinger, players must straddle the line between good and evil as they showdown against corrupt lawmen, a murderous preacher, renegade army psychopaths, merciless outlaws and unforgiving Native Americans, while waging war on horseback, collecting bounties, and commandeering trains. Players travel through an action-packed landscape of high mountain wilderness, deserts and bustling territorial towns in an epic story of betrayal, greed, and revenge.

• Expansive Free-Roaming Interactive World – Players traverse on horseback or foot through a living, populated environment that stretches from the snowy mountains of Montana, to the plains of Dodge City, Kansas and the deserts of New Mexico where danger is at every turn

• Extensive Variety of Missions – Experience an extensive variety of missions such as – wage war on horseback, hunt for bounties, play poker, protect ladies of the night, hunt buffalo, assault a frontier fort

• Broad Range of Gameplay – Multiple gameplay styles include – strategic gunplay and precision shooting, stealth tactics, and use of explosives. Embark on numerous side missions to master gun slinging and horse riding. Players can unlock secret weapons and upgrade skills and abilities to improve their weapon and equipment performance.

• Epic Storyline – Written by Hollywood scriptwriter Randall Jahnson (Mask of Zoro, The Doors), GUN’s engrossing storyline and plot progression will transport players back in time to the lawless West where they encounter ladies of the night, a murderous preacher, and many other characters

PLAY: Gun Showdown is the Grand Theft Auto of westerns. It’s fun to venture through the country side shooting bad guys and entering into tournaments. You’re just a lonely gunman trying to make his way through the world. The problem is that the game has a limited map and isn’t anywhere near as deep as GTA release.

One of the biggest problems is that Gun Showdown actually seems to make shooting harder than the difficult to use GTA. Opt for auto aim if you hope to have a chance in hell to hit the broadside of a barn. Switching guns seems to be just as difficult. It really doesn’t make a lot of sense. This isn’t an ideal console port. There are also a few different types of gameplay; quick play and multiplayer modes. You can do some quail hunting and play a couple hands of cards. The ad-hoc multiplayer mode allows up to six players. There are different types of games that can be played from cards and a death match.

GRAPHICS: The cutscenes feature some great animations. The overall graphics are surprisingly good. This is an impressive looking game for the PSP.

SOUND: The voice acting is top notch with individuals like Kris Kristofferson. The sound effects are fantastic—even the wild animals offer something to hear.

FRANKLY: Gun Showdown is an up and down affair. There are some things that are the same and some that are different from the console versions. Even with a few of the problems Gun Showdown is still a lot of fun. Gun Showdown and I took a recent plane trip and it gave me at least six straight hours of pure enjoyment.

+ Richie Wright

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