Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
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  1. The core gameplay is very refined and every aspect of the presentation is top-notch. If the game was a bit longer, there really wouldn't be anything to complain about.
  2. If there's a nit to pick with Gun, it's that it's short. Depending on how much you poke around, you can beat it in anywhere from six to ten hours. To us, that's no problem; we'll take a short amazing game over a long lackluster one any day.
  3. You're treated to an interesting plot, fun, sandbox-style gameplay, and atmosphere thick enough to choke a horse. It's honestly one of the most fun titles out there, and occasionally so over-the-top as to be downright hilarious.
  4. Game Informer
    Gun surrounds you with characters and a story that put their own stamp on the genre and make you a participant in a grand adventure that stands up to the rich tales of the legendary west. [Dec 2005, p.150]
  5. One of the best action games to come along in recent memory. It's unfortunate that the experience ends so quickly, but few games twice as long leave behind such a lasting impression as remains after completing this adventure in the Old West.
  6. A no-holds-barred, straight up western that certainly deserves a good look. The major flaw is how quick it is to finish and how easy it is to complete 100% of the tasks the game has to offer.
  7. I wasn't sure what to expect from Gun, but I came out having a blast. While it's a short ride, beginning to end is an amazing experience.
  8. The best western action-adventure game to date. With its go-anywhere, shoot/do-anything gameplay, it's like Grand Theft Auto Wild-Wild West style. The graphics are a big disappointment, but the amazing animation, presentation, and sound make up for its downfalls.
  9. Nintendo Power
    In the end, we just wanted more. More missions, more variety, more drama. [Jan 2006, p.106]
  10. This is a great game, with a mature storyline and wonderful controls. I did not want this game to end when it did, though the story comes to a very well done close.
  11. 80
    You've got a rich and compelling narrative, a twitch-happy gun mechanic, and a big landscape in which to explore. On the other hand, the controls are loose and a little sloppy, the targeting perimeter around each character is way too big and forgiving, so it's easy to be a bad shooter, and the vast landscape doesn't have much in it.
  12. Play Magazine
    The big surprise comes from the strength of the narrative, which crackles with snappy dialogue and characters that show real emotion. [Jan 2006, p.47]
  13. Gun has a great story and it's presented with panache.
  14. There are a lot of good things in this game and I wouldn't be surprised or disappointed to see Neversoft revisit this franchise again, hopefully polishing the rough edges.
  15. One of the strongest aspects of the game is the outstanding story.
  16. 80
    Thanks to one of the best storylines we've seen in quite a while (as well as a heaping helping of good old-fashioned violence), Gun isn't a gaming experience that we'll soon forget.
  17. 78
    Graphically Gun is as pretty as a peach. The motions of both man and beast are well captured and even close up, they look beautifully textured, very tangible.
  18. Frankly, the Gamecube version of Gun holds up just fine, although it's arguably the most strained in terms of control scheme.
  19. The experience just doesn't last long enough to be savored. Gun's main story missions are exciting, but the main plot is over so quickly that the whole thing just ends up feeling rushed, and the various side missions aren't compelling enough to hold your interest after the end credits roll.
  20. Gun, overall, isn't terribly fun to play. But the story is definitely entertaining, the game looks fine, it sounds great, and the Wild West feel is pretty authentic.
  21. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    The majority of the game is one long gunfight, shifting between a traditional free-looking aim to lock-on, slow-mo shooting. It's good stuff, if you don't mind your foes acting like targets in a carnival game. [Jan 2006, p.119]
  22. AceGamez
    It has interesting features and plenty of action and intense shootouts to keep you entertained (especially when you get your grubby hands on the gatling gun) but between these parts you're left wandering around a dull environment with very little to keep you occupied.
  23. Many of its gameplay mechanics are clearly inspired by the ones found in "GTA: SA," but sadly, Gun doesn't reach that game's overall level of quality, especially in terms of longevity. Even though Gun is very challenging on the harder difficulty settings, it can be beaten in less than ten hours.
  24. Gun is a violent, interestingly fulfilling shooter, albeit so brief it doesn't quite do its fantastic premise justice.
  25. Average at best. The great voice acting and the solid graphics are just not enough to keep the game afloat. Somewhat shoddy controls and the lack of depth just drag this title down too much.
  26. Edge Magazine
    Why roam freely (when the game lets you, which is by no means always) when all that's out there to find is an empty trek between jarring episodes of production-line gaming? [Christmas 2005, p.105]
  27. games(TM)
    Far too generic to be considered anything other than average. [Christmas 2005, p.114]

Awards & Rankings

#43 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2005
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Nov 23, 2010
    Gun is an excellent title and provides more captivating gameplay than its rival Red Dead Revolver. This game would easily be a 9/10 if onlyGun is an excellent title and provides more captivating gameplay than its rival Red Dead Revolver. This game would easily be a 9/10 if only the story wasn't so short. Full Review »
  2. TomK.
    Dec 27, 2005
    Excellent. Very absorbing story line, side quests add a lot. Great control, graphics, and music. 'Zelda like' in the wild west. Excellent. Very absorbing story line, side quests add a lot. Great control, graphics, and music. 'Zelda like' in the wild west. Excellent voice acting. Full Review »
  3. KendalV.
    Dec 23, 2005
    it is awesome just needs 2 be very longer