Games That Nobody Plays Anymore: Gun

[Games That Nobody Plays Anymore is a weekly series written by Nathan Hardisty with a little title card help from Juan Houter. It’s an on-going series about the forgotten games of yesteryear, and doesn’t totally reflect the title. Remember; nobody stops playing these games; it’s just a title. Don’t make something of it or I will come down to your house and ask you politely to stop. If you have any suggestions for future titles to ‘GTNPA’ don’t forget to leave me a comment!]

Right from the start, Gun is probably one of the greatest western games ever made. To think that this amount of quality came before Red Dead Redemption is to think in the absurd. I bloody love this game and I’ve never even played it before. This and next week’s title were a few titles I was yet to get my hands on. Now I hate myself for passing up on them when they were released. Gun is not the greatest Western game of all time, but I imagine at its release, it was pretty darn close. It’s fun, it’s edgy and it feels right at home within the spaghetti western.

Redemption feels right at home here. It’s as if the solid elements of Redemption were taken, slightly picked to bits and then smushed into one solid formula that feels so damn perfect. It’s a third person shooter, probably one that happened right before everybody discovered you could hide behind walls to avoid getting shot in the face. So there’s no cover system, but it doesn’t make it less fun; it’s actually even more hectic and fast paced. Since we’ve all been desensitized to such slow fair, it’s an actual welcome to be taken back the olden days where you could shoot someone in the face and your friend wouldn’t message you “CAN I LEND MW2?” every five minutes.

I think there’s a double-theme look to Gun. It’s a gigantic but simplistic adventure through the dead barren wasteland of nill writing. It’s your “AVENGE YOUR FATHER” storyline we’ve heard hundreds of billions of times within game. You know what, I’ve just given up on most games. I expect a good story from those who promise it, but otherwise, I skip every cutscene I can. The themes going on are just so perfectly in tandem it’s hard not to just fall in love with it completely. This is a PS2 game, available on the 360, in that brief period between the dying sixth-generation and seventh-generation consoles. The old West dying in-game perfectly reflects everything that happened then.

It is a free-roam game, but it’s more of a stepchild of one. There’s no real detail and it does look like patchwork. What lives here however is a little spice of the West. Not overbearing realism or complete inertia a la Redemption; and I even feel Call of Juarez had a lot more west to it. Simply put, Gun is fun and its title is really the only issue I have with it. I mean, come on, how long do you think it took for them to think of it? It’s also hell trying to find screenshots.

Next week: Another game I want to beat myself to death to, over missing out on it completely. Dead Rising.

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