Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 43 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 43
  2. Negative: 0 out of 43
  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. A brilliantly told story in an immersive world. If the plot doesn't keep you entertained, then the variety of missions certainly will. [Christmas 2005, p.112]
  4. 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.
  5. 89
    If you can appreciate the source materials, and the historical significance behind them, you’ll get a lot out of this.
  6. 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]
  7. If you’re a meticulous type who likes to see and do everything a game has to offer then you’re going to enjoy this. If you enjoy 3D action/shooters, you’ll find this title fits like a glove.
  8. It looks awesome (even on the PS2!), uses cutscenes to its advantage, and didn’t forget to include great gameplay.
  9. 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.
  10. Though the experience may not be long, nor is it as epic as it's made out to be, what's there is genuinely entertaining most of the time and faithfully captures the rough-and-tough atmosphere of the frontier.
  11. 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.
  12. 85
    An absolute blast to play. The only issue I have with it is that, even with all the side-quests (excluding your gold hunt) the game is rather short. Everything else is superbly set together.
  13. It’s a game that truly brings the Wild West to life with its good story, interesting side missions and leather-slapping action. While it’s on the short side, the ride is fun while it lasts.
  14. What it does lack is a good multiplayer element. That makes the game seem "done" once you beat it. It isn't a short game to beat, but after you're done there's no online play to make you go back to it.
  15. At least if you do take in everything the game has to offer on the first sitting, you’ll easily feel like you’ve had a fulfilling experience, but unlike a GTA game, it’s pretty unlikely that you’ll come back for more once you’ve finished.
  16. 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.
  17. 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]
  18. The storyline in place here is good, even if the final boss fight and ending are maddeningly off target. But the game is more than the storyline, it's the experience, and that much of things is quite solid indeed.
  19. The scope of the environments are vast, but empty in this free-roam open ended adventure.
  20. 80
    The interesting thing about Gun, however, is that it mixes broad free-roaming aspects with some of the most tightly scripted missions we've seen in any game -- quite an achievement for an original game from a company known for skateboarding titles.
  21. A welcome newcomer to the tumbleweed-strewn Wild West genre, with its big vision, good looks and explosive temperament. A little more free-roaming woudn't have gone amiss, but it's still a rip-roarin' ride. [PSW]
  22. One of the strongest aspects of the game is the outstanding story.
  23. The quality story, strong voice acting, vast landscape, and competent combat make for an all round solid action-adventure experience.
  24. 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.
  25. This is not merely about killing anything that moves (though it helps), since horse-riding and poker playing are among the many other skills needed along the way.
  26. 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.
  27. It forgets the most important thing - toys. [Jan 2006, p.73]
  28. Despite its short length, it’s a hugely enjoyable, polished game, and one that’s easy to recommend to anyone interested in the subject matter.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. 74
    The free-roaming feel of the Old West writ small, this is a game you can finish, complete, and conquer within the space of an average rental. But, on that count, rent this game!
  32. The shortness of the game doesn't give it very much replay value.
  33. 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.
  34. Some things are incredible. Some things are dull. It seems that the game’s good points outweigh the bad though – even if only by a bit.
  35. 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.
  36. Whilst the production values of GUN are high in every possible way, it's let down by a short campaign and an overly structured dynamic of side-missions.
  37. 70
    A classic example of style over substance. Superb production values, but there's no real meat in the underlying game.
  38. 70
    Gun does have its moments, but it never fully comes together and ends way too soon. [Jan 2006, p.82]
  39. Gun is intense and packed with violence and action, but it is extremely brief and tends to overdose on the M-rated excesses.
  40. 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.
  41. You can scalp baddies, but there is no in-game benefit or reward for doing so. [Jan 2006, p.94]
  42. 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]
  43. Far too generic to be considered anything other than average. [Christmas 2005, p.114]
User Score
8.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 56 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Aug 21, 2012
    9
    this one was a huge surprise for me. this is simple a more linear GTA in Wild West. Great Game! Though its a little bit too short. If you love GTA and you like Western give this one a try, you will not regret it Full Review »
  2. MickeyM.
    Oct 12, 2006
    10
    It's an amazing game but a little short it offers a good range of weapons including bow and arrow I highly recommend this game for all shoot em up lovers. Full Review »
  3. OliverS
    Apr 4, 2007
    7
    Nice story, but the missions are a tad repetitive, and it's really just too easy.