missions give you a taste of various lifestyles in
the Old West although you can imagine that these are
disparate elements that few people would ever have
the chance of experiencing in their lifetime. In real
life, people actually made their living performing
one of more of these activities. To assume that one
person would be able to tackle these tasks just for
a little food or extra cash between shoot-outs is
unrealistic. But this is a videogame and it beats
having to wash dishes in a different saloon each night
which is more likely the case. You will get to try
your hand at ranching, hunting, mining, bounty hunting,
law enforcement and poker.
combat lets you sneak up behind your enemies and stab,
shoot or scalp them. It all depends on the situation.
You may want to knife them to keep them from alerting
others in the party while they are camping or you
may want to torture them by scalping them. In the
case of the bounty hunter you will earn more money
if you can sneak up on your prey and take them in
alive. Stealth comes in handy when shooting arrows.
More on that later.
is the preferred method of combat in Gun. I wonder
if the title gave away that sharp bit of information?
Guns are plentiful. Period-specific rifles and pistols
with names such as Winchester, Colt and Schofield
are available. Larger guns such as machineguns and
cannons are also included. The targeting system has
a large reticle which makes shooting very forgiving
and arcade-like. Headshots reward you with messy graphic
animations that may appear a little too realistic
to some viewers. It can be horrific or a whole lot
of fun to watch depending on your perspective - sicko.
on a posse is not very difficult thanks to the large
targeting radius. If you need even more help you can
access the Quick-Draw feature which is the game's
version of bullet time that slows down the surrounding
action allowing you to move about in real time and
gun down as many enemies as you can within that window
of opportunity. The rifles are more powerful and should
be used to kill enemies in the distance. You can sight
the barrel for more precision during ranged shots.
The rifle is also great for flushing out enemies from
their hiding spots. Ammo for pistols is unlimited
and locating ammo for other weapons is not difficult.
Supplies are plentiful but you have to be careful
not to venture out in the open in the middle of a
gunfight. You're not invincible, although the health
tonic that you drink manages to bring you around in
no time should you find yourself filled with lead.
is not restricted to the use of guns as weapons. Knives,
bayonets, hatchets, dynamite and even bow and arrows
will find their way into your hands. These items will
avail themselves for specific duty such as when stealth
is required or they may be the only weapons available
to you in a certain situation such as when you fight
on the side of the Apache Indians. There are plenty
of things you can do with arrows such as light them
on fire or attach explosives to them. They make an
excellent stealth weapon as you can't hear them being
are the game's vehicles. I can't say they are a great
addition but they do get you through some of the vast
and boring landscape a lot quicker than walking. As
huge as the maps are there sure is a lot of empty
wasteland. Exploring is encouraged but you're not
likely to find much between towns. Shooting while
on horseback is a challenge, even with the forgiving
targeting system. At the very least it seems as though
this would be the case in real life. The best you
can do is to point the gun in the general direction
and hope for the best. You can also run down enemies
as you trample them underfoot with your horse. Spurring
the horse will help to speed it up. You never develop
a relationship with your horse since you can just
take one the same way you jack a car in GTA. The horses
are like disposable vehicles with no distinct personalities.