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For Neversoft, Gun is an ambitious adventure--a complete 180 for the Tony Hawk-famed developer. There are horses in place of skateboards, cowboy hats instead of goofy skate caps, and believable western characters take the place of Bam Margera and Wee Man. And there are guns...lots of guns. Even though Neversoft has been able to keep the Tony Hawk series relatively fresh over the last few years, the Activision owned company needed a new baby. Gun is the answer, and while it also releases simultaneously on current-generation consoles, make no mistake--the Xbox 360 version is the one you want to play. It is by no means the next-gen killer app (rest assured that you won't get one until 2006), but it does provide a robust, six-shootin' good time.
Gun gehört wirklich zu den positiveren Überraschungen des Jahres. Eine derartig stimmige Atmosphäre hat schon lange kein Spiel mehr über die gesamte Spielzeit aufrechterhalten können. Angefangen von der spannenden Geschichte über die abwechslungsreichen Aufträge, der glaubhaften Darstellung der Weite der Prärie bis hin zum furiosen Finale in einer Mine, Gun ist das bisher beste Spiel in dem unverbrauchten Szenario des Wilden Westens und eines der gelungensten Action-Adventures der letzten Zeit. Zu bemängeln gibt es lediglich die zuweilen texturarme Grafik und die etwas zu kurze Spielzeit, doch in den ca. 8-10 Spielstunden wird man dank Kneipenschlägereien, Zugüberfällen oder zünftigen Schießereien vom Pferd aus fantastisch unterhalten. Klare Kaufempfehlung! Die Xbox360-Version bietet lediglich eine etwas hübschere Grafik mit feineren Texturen und kräftigeren Farben, ist somit keinen Neukauf wert. Wer GUN noch nicht kennt, sollte aber auf der Xbox360 in den Wilden Westen ausreiten.
The game delivers a great story, includes great achievements, and a wonderful all-star cast of actors to bring the wild west in your rooms. Gun is definitely the best western game on the 360 to date, and the best western game to hit shelves in a long time. Definitely not a game to pass up, it's great for anyone.
What really sets Gun apart from anything released in the last little bit is how effortlessly it seems to present itself with authenticity. The game may not be too hard, the graphics not as next-gen as anyone would hope, no multiplayer to speak of, but regardless, Gun is easily one of the best titles released on the 360 (or on any other console for that matter). Mature gamers looking for something truly different (and well made) should not hesitate at all in picking up Gun. If you have a choice, definitely choose the 360 version, but Gun should be played and enjoyed more for its story, characters and mechanics and not its graphics. Neversoft may not wander too often from its bread and butter franchise, but if Gun is any indication of what they’re capable of in between Tony Hawk games, one can only hope they stray again very soon.
All in all,if you like shooters and you're in the mood for a little wild west action, you could do no better than Gun.
All that aside, GUN is a solid game on any platform and a lot of fun to boot. It's the best Western shooter to come out in a long time and it offers gameplay that offers a lot of variety while making the actual gameplay mechanics easy to understand and use. If you like western themed shooters like Dead Man's Hand and Red Dead Revolver then you should make GUN your next purchase.
Totally Gaming Network
A unique and brave attempt at originality by Neversoft and fun throughout. The omission of multiplayer does bring the score down though.
Was bei Gun nach wie vor störend auffällt, sind nicht nur die Schnitte, die aus dem goldverdächtigen Western-Epos einen fast zahnlosen Tiger machen. Auch die kurze Spielzeit und die erschreckende Leere der Prärie, die kaum zum Erforschen einlädt, finden sich auf GameCube und Xbox 360. Daher sind die Hauptfragen: Können die beiden mit Grafik und/oder Steuerung das eine oder andere Pünktchen gut machen? Die Antwort lautet: nur unwesentlich. Die 360-Version bietet zwar die schönste Grafik, hinterlässt jedoch nicht den viel beschworenen Next-Gen-Eindruck und zeigt hier und da kleinere Fehler. Dafür allerdings ist die Steuerung wesentlich genauer und macht verlorenen Boden gut.
Video Game Talk
GUN is an amazing combination of television series Deadwood and Grand Theft Auto series, with lots of twists, turns, and amazing game play. The 360 version seems to be scoring lower than average in various review sites, but the biggest complaint is that they didn't do enough to call it a 360 game. I doubt many would fall into the category of buying this twice, and would be more like me, coming to this game fresh. In that case, I can highly recommend it. The graphics are good, the game play excellent, the audio great, and overall it's just plain old fun. It's something you can just pick up on some day and play for a few hours, and revisit a couple of months later.
While violence is usually not the main draw of a game for me, it certainly made Gun a memorable experience for me. It definitely wasn't the most impressive Xbox 360 launch title, but I certainly got a kick out of being John Wayne for a few days.
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For all of its greatness, it's hard to look at Gun and see a $60 purchase. It's admittedly short, which becomes one of its best assets and biggest disappointments. It's enjoyable enough that a few extra hours couldn't have hurt, but seeing how every nearly action scene pushes the story along, it's acceptable. This is one of Neversoft's best, and as far as 3rd person action titles go, it's hard to imagine one more engrossing than Gun.
It’s easy to see that Neversoft wanted to include more content in Gun, be it environments, side missions or non-playable characters (the towns are downright empty), but deadlines have a tendency to get in the way. The graphics, too, seem like they could’ve been improved with more time, particularly when you notice the difference between the great horse animations and the so-so characters. But time is often not on developers’ side. Fortunately, gamers do have time on their side, and we can hold out hope that the sequel, presuming there is one, will improve on the shortcomings of this outing. The Gun series, like a barrel of whiskey (and the Tony Hawk franchise) is bound to improve, but even this first batch is worth your attention. Just not for full price.
Video games that take place in the Old West are an interesting breed. It's a subgenre that hasn't really found its way yet, although it's not for lack of trying. We've seen plenty of titles that attempt to put their own unique spin on the genre's familiar themes, only to fall far short. When Neversoft (a developer known primarily for its stellar work on the Tony Hawk series) announced that they'd be trying their hand at creating a violent, gritty Western, some people scoffed. Now that we've seen the results, however, it's obvious that they know exactly what they are doing. Gun features everything anyone could want in a Western, and it's only major negative is the fact it just can't satisfy our desire for more. While the Xbox 360 version of the game gives us a bit more in the graphics department, that just isn't going to cut the mustard.
Neversoft has had sweeping success with the Tony Hawk Skateboarding franchise. So much so, in fact, that the development team has had little time planning out different games to create. GUN is their first attempt in a long time to break away from the TH series; and while GUN features an outstanding cast of actors and a storyline that rivals major motion pictures, the game is a mixed bag of creative gameplay elements like Quickdraw and somewhat simplified fighting scenarios and campaign.
After seven years of solely making Tony Hawk games, Neversoft, the Southern California developer that's made a mint on perfecting the best skateboarding games on the planet, has branched into new territory with a rowdy, spirited action game based on the Wild West. The subject matter of Old West shooters is hugely popular with gamers, who anxiously awaited Rockstar's Red Dead Revolver last year and have shown substantial interest in more Western goodness. Now, not only is the newly created IP on all the current gen systems, Neversoft stretched itself to put Gun on Xbox 360.
Was haben John Wayne, Gary Cooper und Clint Eastwood gemeinsam? Richtig, es handelt sich bei jedem der Drei um einen bekannten Hollywoodstar, der sich insbesondere im Western-Genre einen Namen machte. Die unverwechselbare Atmosphäre des wilden Westens der Kinofilme möchte Tony Hawk-Entwicklerstudio Neversoft nun im Xbox und Xbox 360 Actiontitel Gun festhalten. Wir verraten euch in unserem Test beider Versionen, ob sich ein Ausritt in die weite Prärie lohnt oder das Spiel eher an den Galgen gehört.
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Gun is linear in nature, but there are side missions to help you pad your "stats". There's an easy difficulty available for those who just want to enjoy the ride, and you can save at any time. The game features a lot of hot, dusty locations, making this ideal for your summer gaming pleasure. Gun is not the most addicting game in the world, but if you play a few missions here and there, you'll find it well worth your time.
All this, in the end, is what your lower-class card rooms would call 'piddly sh*t'. Gun is a solid game that, on all platforms, performs admirably, draws you into the story, takes itself (and you) seriously, and does the genre proud. It's too thin around the waist to really tangle with the big boys, but let's all pray that some new development house picks up Neversoft's Western-themed token, to cash it in wisely at some gaming den of sin.
Essentially, if you own an HDTV, then Gun on the Xbox 360 is definitely the version to get, since there's no reason to play such a good game in an inferior version, but it's extremely disappointing to play this game on a normal television and see that it only looks a tiny bit better that what we got out of previous generation versions. When you have the exact same game, costing $10 more than the current generation version, on a system that costs a lot of money and is supposed to be producing mind boggling visuals, our mind boggles for a different reason.
Still, if your looking for a fun single player game there are few better games out this year than Gun. A definite buy for a western or action fan, and a solid rental for anyone else.
Armchair Empire, The
Gun does a good job mixing in classic Western film situations – sniping a hangman’s noose, for example, taken right from The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly – into the context of the game to make it feel familiar and new at the same time. It’s just unfortunate it’s over all too soon, because there is some good action here – the execution is just a bit off. However, it’s still good to see Neversoft branch out from the Tony Hawk series. I know Neversoft was also involved with the early Spider-Man games and a couple other action games in the Playstation era, but Neversoft has been typecast as “that Tony Hawk developer.” They’ve laid a good foundation with Gun because the basic mechanics are sound but a more populated game world with more to do and a more extensive story would bring the whole experience from a rental on a slow weekend to an outright purchase.
Planet Xbox 360
In the end this is a fun game overall. With a quick draw to die for, a plot which has betrayal, love, greed and death all rolled into a quest for vengeance, there really isn’t much else to ask for out of this type of game. There are loads of sub missions and you can collect bigger and more powerful guns as the game goes on, also the Xbox 360 offers you GamerScore which means you must do those discussed side missions just to get the extra 20 or 30 points to show off your skill online. This really is how a Western shooter is supposed to be made, the players at Neversoft have shown that they can do more than skateboarding games. This is a mature rated game and rightly so, you’ll see buckets of blood and even though the graphics are nothing out of this world for this console the game is still a decent launch title for any 360 owner.
Gun est une agréable surprise. La finition est certes grossière, et le jeu aurait pu être un million de fois plus ambitieux, vaste et profond, mais qu’importe. On s’amuse, on voyage, on se prend pour un cow-boy et on en redemande. Bingo.
GUN may be short-lived, but I love my westerns and it has a quality story and lots of enjoyable blood-soaked gameplay. It’s a more traditional and authentic tale than Red Dead Revolver’s wild, weird west, and allows a lot more freedom too – it’s just a shame that the play area isn’t even bigger and there isn’t more to do when you tire of shooting stuff (and you will).
Digital Entertainment News (den)
GUN is a game that has more potential than what is offered. Something seems wrong about the game, as if stuff had been cut out in order to make it to the holiday buying season. It’s not a bad game, but one that will leave the player (especially on the Xbox 360) disappointed.
The game play is a lot of fun, and there is a reasonable amount of stuff to do in the wild world that is the game's setting. Like I said before, the graphics are not 360 caliber at all. It is rendered in high definition, but it doesn't look like they actually worked on the models or textures when bringing it out to the 360. It's disappointing to be sure, because when you get right down to it, this could be an absolutely excellent game. With better graphics and a tad longer story this game might have been a contender game of the year in some category or another. As it stands though, Gun is a fun game and you really should try it out even if only as a rental.
Recently released for most other gaming platforms, Gun, a Western-themed action adventure from Tony Hawk series-developer Neversoft, is now available for the Xbox 360, complete with a premium price tag and implicit promises of next-generation gaming quality. But all you get is the same decent game you could be playing on a PlayStation 2 right now, except that if you run it on a high-definition TV, all the flaws in its graphical presentation stick out like a sore thumb. The game itself is somewhat more commendable than the quality of the translation. Featuring an open-ended environment that you can traverse on foot or on horseback, plenty of gory shoot-outs, numerous optional side missions, and an interesting story, Gun initially seems like a 19th-century Grand Theft Auto.
Activision really is challenging EA as the king of the conversion at the moment. But while it's one thing to publish ports of high-end PC games (namely Quake 4 and Call of Duty 2) for the 360, it's another thing entirely to release a pretty loveless, no-frills conversion of a current gen game and then expect people to pay full whack for it. Colour us bemused.
Attendu de pied ferme par les inconditionnels de westerns que nous sommes, Gun nous aura finalement déçus. Le titre se repose sur son background accrocheur et sa violence gratuite sans chercher à creuser le gameplay qui se révèle aussi bancal que peu varié. Accusant par ailleurs une durée de vie très limitée, Gun ne parvient pas à trouver les armes pour nous impressionner.