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Gunman Chronicles (Windows)

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MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.3
MobyScore
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User Reviews

Better than you think, but only at a certain price. Trixter (8736) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
A total conversion of Half-Life gone retail. Radoslaw Koncewicz (7) 2.83 Stars2.83 Stars2.83 Stars2.83 Stars2.83 Stars
Quite fun, actually! Tomer Gabel (4388) 3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars
Why does everybody hate this so much just because it has gone retail? Goteki45 (308) 3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.1
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.6
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.4
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.5
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.2
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.1
Overall MobyScore (35 votes) 3.3


The Press Says

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88
PC Games (Germany)
Ach ja, wie einfach ist doch die Welt in 3D-Shootern. Als einsamer Held schlagen Sie sich in einer unbekannten Umgebung mit zahllosen Feinden und Monstern herum, immer mit dem Ziel, den Oberfiesling auszuschalten. Ein simples Prinzip, das gut umgesetzt immer wieder für extrem viel Spielspaß sorgt. Das beweist Rewolf Software mit Gunman Chronicles einmal mehr in eindrucksvoller Manier. Nach einer vernichtenden Niederlage gegen die schleimig-eklige Alienrasse , den Xenomes, kehrte unser Protagonist, Major Archer, Angehöriger einer Elitetruppe, als einer von wenigen Überlebenden zu Ihrer Raumbasis zurück.
87
PC Zone
Considering the desolate state of the first-person shooter market, with only Voyager: Elite Force having been released in recent history (Deus Ex is on another plane of existence altogether), Gunman Chronicles is an almost obligatory purchase for the legions of trigger happy gamers who like a single-player story. Forget the fact that it started out as a total conversion. With the money pumped in by Havas and the help Rewolf has had from Valve, Gunman has matured into a fantastic sci-fi shooter.
86
GameStar (Germany)
Das größte Manko ist die recht wirre und wenig originelle Story um den General. Das spielt zwar letztlich keine so große Rolle, weil ich sowieso auf alles und fast jeden schieße – aber deutlich mehr hätte Rewolf da in Sachen Motivation schon rausholen können. So richtig mag ich mich auch nicht damit anfreunden, ausgerechnet auf angeblich fernen Planeten gegen Canyon-Cowboys anzutreten. Sei’s drum, wer Action vor allem dann mag, wenn sie hart und schnell und effektvoll ist: unbedingt zugreifen.
86
PC Action
Rote Blutspritzer bekommen Sie nicht mehr zu Gesicht, dafür sind alle Texte in Wort und Bild hervorragend übersetzt und der Mehrspielermodus funktioniert inzwischen. Wenn Sie mit Freunden eine Partie wagen möchten, greifen Sie dennoch besser zu Counter-Strike. Gunman Chronicles macht außerhalb des brillanten Einzelspielermodus" wegen magerer fünf Deathmatch-Karten und komplizierter Waffenhandhabung genauso viel Spaß, wie sich zu dritt ein Klo zu teilen.
83
Gamesmania
Gunman Chronicles ist zweifelsohne ein sehr gutes Action-Spiel, kann seine Herkunft aber nicht verleugnen. Die verwendete Half-Life-Engine ist mittlerweile in die Jahre gekommen; teilweise wirkt die Grafik dann doch etwas klobig. Ein bisschen mehr Abwechlung auf Seiten der Gegner und ein modernerer Look, und Gunman hätte unseren Award mit Leichtigkeit eingestrichen.
82
Game Informer Magazine
The level design is somewhat erratic at times, but for the most part I'm really impressed. The game rarely gives you an arbitrary puzzle that doesn't fit the environment, and some of the action sequences and boss fights are top-notch. At times Gunman Chronicles is just another FPS, but it does have its shining moments. Players looking for a strong single-player game should definitely consider Gunman Chronicles.
82
PC Player (Germany)
Eigentlich ist Gunman Chronicles wie Half-Life. Und doch fehlt etwas, damit der Flair eines Spiels mit Gordon Freeman aufkommt. Zwar nimmt die Story den Spieler immer wieder am Händchen - doch in Half-Life war alles etwas mitreißender und atmosphärischer. Am besten stellen Sie sich Gunman Chronicles wie eine verdammt gute Videofilm-Produktion vor, während Half-Life als exzellenter Kinofilm koexisiert. Die Einfälle der MOD-Autoren dürfen sich sehen lassen. Besonders beeindruckten die gigantischen Zwischen- und Endgegner. In Sachen Puzzles und Gegnerintelligenz muss Gunman aber noch mal die Schulbank drücken. An manchen Ecken leuchtet doch durch, dass zusammengewüfelte MOD-Autoren am Werk waren. Auch die Waffenbalance ist nicht 100-prozentig durchdacht. Manche Funktionen werden Sie nie benötigen, andere hingegen permanent.
81
Power Unlimited
Gunman Chronicles is een erg leuke game, gebaseerd op Half-Life maar met minder diepgang en weinig origineel. Desalniettemin heb ik me er prima mee vermaakt, want zoveel gunfun als hier, vind je maar zelden.
80
GameSpy
GUNMAN CHRONICLES is an interesting title -- the more I think about it, the more impressed I am with it. It's a solid shooter, and does some small things extremely well; in some cases even groundbreaking. However, it too often comes up short, both in length and excitement. The ending is well worth chugging the effort to get to, but once you're done, that's about it. Action fans will enjoy it, but wait for the price to drop a bit before grabbing this one; there are plenty of excellent Half-Life episodes like Chemical Existence and Redemption that you can download and play for free in the meantime.
80
Eurogamer.net (UK)
I have been deliberately vague about the locations and enemies in the game, for to go into any further detail risks spoiling the game for you. Gunman Chronicles has a cracking storyline running throughout with its fair share of twists and turns. All of this is set upon some truly stunning landscapes and against some pretty fearsome foes. Though the AI has its flaws and a couple of the enemies are unimaginative to say the least, the game still shines through. With a little more thought put into the puzzle elements of the game, and a few other nips and tucks this could well have been something truly special. It is still a good blast though, even if the price tag is a little extreme for a game which is essentially just another Half-Life mission pack. Certainly a worthy addition to your single player FPS collection.
80
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Gunman Chronicles is an excellent use of the slightly aged Half-Life engine, dropping players into an extremely immersive gaming experience. Should you decide to step into the boots of the hero, you should be prepared for an exciting journey through the depths of space, spanning several planets in different areas of the galaxy. The environments draw you in, compelling you to seek out that next escape hatch or ammo clip. Rewolf has managed to take an aging formula and prove that with enough pizzazz--as well as some minor innovation--what most people consider old hat can be just as entertaining as something made with all the latest ingredients.
79
Game Over Online
There are only a few maps, and while playing with the customizable weapons is fun, the overall balance isn't that good. If you've been playing Q3, UT, or CS, you're not going to be terribly amused by Gunman's deathmatch. This is first and foremost a single player game. And at a reasonably low price ($20 after a $10 mail in rebate), it's probably a worthy go for those looking for another shooter to spend some time on. If you only buy one action game this month, check out No One Lives Forever. But if you're a fan of this type of game, Gunman Chronicles is worth looking at. It has some great ideas and some genuinely fun moments if you can get past its unpolished aspects.
74
Gamer's Pulse
Gunman Chronicles makes fair use of the Half-Life engine, and does have some merits with the weapon customization, but for the price you’ll have to pay it’s just not worth it. It is fun in places and does have some FPS gaming goodness, but it is too short in both length and originality. The developers should have played Half-Life just one more time to really see why it was such a success and what they needed to do to GC to make a worthy use of the engine.
71
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Een meer dan verdienstelijke poging van een groepje creatieve gamers. Het is dan ook met pijn in ons hart dat we ze op de tekortkomingen wijzen. Maar ja, we zijn jullie de waarheid verplicht.
70
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
This isn’t to say GUNMAN CHRONICLES is bad. I enjoyed it much more than the HALF-LIFE: OPPOSING FORCE add-on, and it’s easily twice as long. The action is pretty much non-stop and full of peril, level design is good, and the in-engine cinematics are outstanding. But without the HALF-LIFE connection, I suspect GUNMAN would be pushed off the radar by repeated playing of NO ONE LIVES FOREVER.
70
Absolute Games (AG.ru)
ак и предсказывала большая часть игровой прессы, включая нас, звезд Gunman Chronicles не нахватает. Пусть и качественная, но вторичная по сути попытка сделать "еще один Half-Life". Проходится за пару дней и уж точно не задержится на винчестерах любителей кровавого deathmatch'а. Хотя последний уровень использует достаточно интересную находку, заставляя вспоминать совсем недавний MechWarrior 4.
70
Shooterplanet
Gunman Chronicles ist ein Actiongame, das diesem Genre auf überzeugende Weise gerecht wird. Das perfekte Zusammenspiel zwischen Atmosphäre, Gegnerverhalten und präzisen Waffen läßt niemals Langeweile aufkommen und liefert Ballerspaß pur. Shooter-Unerfahrene können zwar hin und wieder einige Frustmomente erleben, doch andererseits eignet sich dieses Game hervorragend, um einige äußerst wertvolle Lektionen in Sachen strafen nachzuholen oder zu lernen.
70
Svenska PC Games
Det stämmer måhända att Half-Lifes grafiska motor är halvgammal, men den har fortfarande en del smarta detaljer som tillsammans med en utmärkt story gör Gunman Chronicles till ett utmärkt skjutaspel.
70
Game Informer Magazine
Here’s another run-of-the-mill FPS to add to your collection, action fans. Gunman will not make you gasp in fascinated wonder as you work your way around the levels. Likewise, you won’t find groundbreaking gameplay or plotlines. What you will find is a meat and potatoes game – it gets the job done, and leaves you satisfied at the end of the day. Of course, this may not be the best way to describe a game that tried to push the envelope but came up short. The weaponry has all been done before in one form or another. Secondary abilities and fire control are nothing new. A few of the weapons are a blast to hose the bad guys with, and the environments are well done. There’s nothing particularly bad about Gunman, it’s just that there’s nothing particularly good either. It’s Half-Life with aliens and dinosaurs. Save your FPS money for Counter-Strike.
70
FiringSquad
As it stands, we wouldn't feel too happy having spent $25 for this game. We're big fans of the FPS genre; maybe if this game had come out sometime around the release of Half Life, our review would have been more favorable. With competition like NOLF, or even Star Trek Elite Force, we can't recommend this game to those on a budget. If you have the money to blow, go for it. You might get some kicks out of it, but aside from the big creatures we aren't prepared to lay down the cash for it. Maybe if the game gets a bit of polishing, it might turn into a worthy Christmas contender but that's not going to happen as it stands.
70
PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Als gratis MOD zou Gunman knap zijn, maar voor een volwaardig spel is dit beestje veel te mager.
70
GameZone
This game is enjoyable, though it is also predictable. And therein lies the game’s biggest fault: you know what probably will happen next, which definitely takes away the suspense aspect. You also know when you first confront the head bad guy, even though there is only a barred fence between you and you are fully armed, that you can’t kill him in the middle of his ludicrous, and maniacally stereotypical threats about you being eaten alive. After all, what would be the point if you could just walk up to the bad guy, and dissect him with a barrage of bullets in the first five minutes of the game.
69
ActionTrip
Depending on what you're looking for in a FPS, Gunman may either disappoint you or provide you with some fun, but shallow and clichéd gameplay. It sure as hell ain't NOLF, but then again it didn't have anywhere near the resources of some of the FPS retail best sellers. If we take it for what it really is - a mod, then one could label Rewolf's baby as a nice mod success story with mediocre retail reach and appeal.
66
4Players.de
Respekt vor der Leistung eines Entwickler-Teams, welches über die halbe Welt verstreut ist (USA, Europa) und welches die Entwicklung zum größten Teil über IRC und eMail koordinieren musste. Mit Sicherheit ist es der richtige Weg von Publishern, jungen Teams eine Chance zu geben, und Ihnen die Möglichkeit zu geben sich zu entwickeln. Allerdings ist es schwer nachvollziehbar, dass Gunman nicht als Half-Life Add-On für einen deutlich geringeren Betrag vertrieben wird, wenn man bedenkt, welch geniale kostenlose Single- (They Hunger) und Multiplayer Add-Ons es für Half-Life gibt, und was die Konkurrenz in diesem Genre zur Zeit anbieten kann.
65
Jeuxvideo.com
Gunman Chronicles aurait dû rester un mod pour Half-Life, cela lui aurait évité d'avoir les yeux plus gros que le ventre et de n'offrir qu'un copier/coller de Half-Life sans saveur.
60
Gamekult
Avec sa progression et son architecture identique à celle de Half-Life, Gunman Chronicles est un Doom-like proprement réalisé avec des scripts à la pelle et une durée de vie convenable. Pourtant, l'ex-mod devenu produit complet de Rewolf Inc. est aussi un moteur graphique qui a désormais sérieusement du mal à convaincre, conçu pour une aventure linéaire avec une IA ennemie limtée. Résultat : si on peut entrer rapidement dans l'ambiance des Gunmen, on peut en sortir tout aussi rapidement par lassitude, faute d'éléments originaux (les modifications des armes et d'utilisation de véhicules n'étant pas vraiment convaincantes). Gunman Chronicles permet de passer un bon moment à fragger tout ce qui bouge, à appuyer sur des boutons et à ramasser des munitions pour peu que l'on ne cherche pas d'innovations spécifiques...
60
JeuxVideoPC.com
La petite histoire de Gunman Chronicles ressemble un peu à un conte de fée. Au départ, simple mod pour Half-life, Gunman Chronicles devait se noyer joyeusement dans la masse incohérente des productions de fans. Mais impressionnés par la qualité et la densité du travail en cours, Valve et Sierra proposèrent aux développeurs du mod, Rewolf, de créer un stand-alone sur la base de leur moteur. Et voilà qu’aujourd’hui, ce fils adoptif d’Half-life sort dans les bacs. Verdict en images.
58
GameSpot
Though it's worth considering that this game was essentially developed by a group of amateur designers, there are many first-person shooters available that are much more worthwhile.
50
Just Games Retro
Ultimately, Gunman Chronicles feels like a “B” action movie – it tells a story well, but the story itself isn’t that memorable. I found some good thrills here, but nothing that stuck with me after the closing credits. If it had maintained a consistent pace of action (like it does in the final third), then it would easily be worth recommending. But it doesn’t, so here we are – an excellent Half-Life mod, if you still have the time for Half-Life mods.