Mixed or average reviews - based on 41 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 41
  2. Negative: 1 out of 41
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  1. Gun Showdown manages to improve on the original in many ways. You get more content (and thus correcting one of the main faults against the game), multiplayer and portable-friendly minigames. The underlying gameplay is still top-notch and the presentation is as well.
  2. Whether you've saddled up with a previous version of Gun or this is your first time strapping on the six-shooters, this title is not to be missed, as it captures this underrepresented genre like no other game.
  3. With a compelling storyline, and load times that don’t keep you guessing when you’ll get to play, this is a great mature title in a time period that is often left neglected.
  4. A little old, a little remixed, but still intensely fun, Gun Showdown is one of the best action shooters available for the PSP and I highly recommend a high noon showdown.
  5. A solid story with accompanying satisfyingly gory and glorified GTA-esque Western gunplay along with added multiplayer and mini-game modes overcome a too-short story mode and just-barely-OK controls as Gun Showdown ride off into the sunset as a quality Western-themed adventure for the PSP.
  6. Despite its control issues and occasional frustrations Gun Showdown is an enjoyable game. It does a good job of creating a classic western lone gunman story and packing it with exciting missions with plenty of action.
  7. GUN Showdown sets a new standard of wild west action gameplay that merges an epic, and oft-times emotional story with challenging gameplay and realistic horseback riding and mounted combat.
  8. Gun Showdown portrays the Wild Frontier with a realism that was missed in those old Spaghetti Westerns of the 60s and 70s.
  9. Although controls are clumsy and some technical sacrifices had to be made, the added single player and multiplayer content makes Showdown a much longer-lasting game than its rent-worthy predecessor.
  10. 80
    An extremely impressive translation of the game from the console to the PSP. Shooting and western fans will be pleased with the job Activision and Rebellion have done here.
  11. More than just a ho-hum straight port, GUN Showdown offers up a heaping of extras and multiplayer missions that fans of last year’s game would enjoy checking out, as well as those who missed it.
  12. Developer Rebellion's done splendid work bringing the game to the PSP, though the controls suffer from the default PSP set-up.
  13. Activision surprises us with a handheld game that offers even more content and features than its console counterparts. An absolute must for Gun fans on the move.
  14. 80
    If you have a fascination with the Old West or even remotely liked last year's release of Gun, then Gun Showdown should be added almost immediately to your game collection. Its gameplay is still riveting and awfully bloody, just the way I like it, and the presentation has been handled well. Grab yourself a dusty hat and hit the trails.
  15. It gets annoying at the end and it isn't a long game by any stretch of the imagination but it works well.
  16. AceGamez
    It is better than the original in terms of content and extras, the controls and graphics are better than many other PSP games and the overall experience is great fun.
  17. I’m glad Activision tried to address some of the problems in the original game (including adding multiplayer), but Showdown suffers slightly by drifting away from what it had already perfected.
  18. 78
    Gun is simply fun, allowing you to live out all your cowboy fantasies (no, not those ones) and feel like you really are an old west gunslinger.
  19. GUN Showdown is a great game that just doesn't quite fit onto the tiny PSP platform.
  20. It's not perfect -- not by a long shot -- nor is it without frustrations, but these are inherent problems with the PSP itself for the most part, and one could argue that the game's length is perfectly suited for a handheld. Just be ready to take the good with the bad.
  21. 75
    I must admit I am a sucker for games that tap into my childhood in a positive way. Gun Showdown pointed its barrel at my long lost younger self and told me to reach for the skies. Being a veteran of many gunfights, I did exactly what I was told and haven't regretted a thing.
  22. GUN Showdown proves that with a little ingenuity and some hard work you can create something special for a hand-held platform.
  23. This updated, portable version of 2006's open-ended Wild West action adventure introduces a few keen changes and features to make up for a few bits that were lost in translation.
  24. 74
    A very well put together port of the console version. The story is the main thing that takes the cake here; the extra multiplayer modes are nice but are mostly forgettable.
  25. Aside from an awkward control system, it’s hard not to appreciate the effort that went into making GUN Showdown more than just a straight port.
  26. Gun Showdown could have been a disastrous port of a so-so action game, but it ends up being a surprisingly solid game full of fun missions, crazy firefights and some cool extra goodies.
  27. 70
    Despite a lot of roaming and only moderately paced action, GUN Showdown's adventure proves unique enough to be entertaining, and the lightning-quick pace of the plot will keep you running from place to place before you have much of a chance to get bored.
  28. If you're prepared to come to terms with the sizeable control issues and accept the occasional technical gremlin, there's gold to be found in them there pixels.
  29. Those new to the franchise will find a truly superb game in GUN, but for anyone coming back for a second helping, chances are you will be disappointed.
  30. PSM Magazine
    This port holds up surprisingly well. [Jan 2007, p.88]
  31. Pure Magazine UK
    Some more variation and a fuller landscape would have made it perfect. [Jan 2007, p.64]
  32. This version fails to even live up to the console counterpart, as the controls suffer far too much on the PSP itself.
  33. PSM3 Magazine UK
    A port of much style, but little substance. [Feb 2007, p.78]
  34. There's no denying that GUN Showdown is an entertaining game, but you'll have to overcome the incredibly awkward controls in order to get any enjoyment from it.
  35. 60
    The gun fighting and horse riding action is fun on the go, but the controls take a lot of time to get used to, and the overall game is still rather short.
  36. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    The control system is half-cocked making it seem half the experience of the PS2 game. [Christmas 2006, p.86]
  37. The controls are a bit fuggly, but all in all, it’s the same game that was released for the major consoles, so if you’re really dying to play this, this is a version to consider.
  38. Games Master UK
    A once enjoyable wilid west shooter gone bad on the PSP. [Jan 2007, p.69]
  39. It's GUN on a handheld platform, but it doesn't work quite as well as it does on consoles.
  40. 50
    Gun Showdown just goes to show that developers need more than just more content to bring console games to the PSP.
  41. It’s so frustrating that we’re this far into the PSP’s life cycle and still we get watered down ports of good console games that are all but unplayable. Gun has a lot going for it, but when the interface is broken, the game is broken.

Awards & Rankings

#66 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2006
#33 Most Shared PSP Game of 2006
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. RyanC.
    Dec 6, 2007
    Gun showdown has a very good story line and very creative characters, which it uses to fantastic effect in its story clips. Its story mode is Gun showdown has a very good story line and very creative characters, which it uses to fantastic effect in its story clips. Its story mode is also very strong, but doesn't have that final push to make it that bit better. Some side missions can be very frustrating and impossible to complete and I was stuck on level 3 for about a week, however its ad hoc play is excellent where you can link up with another friend who has the game and play wirelessly. It has fantastic settings and scenery in its online play, which are levels from the story mode and more can be unlocked as you go through the game. You can also play without someone in a online atmosphere where characters are controlled by the system itself and this can bring much entertainment. I would recommend this game for its creativity, great graphics, characters and the story that flows through it and its multiplayer. Full Review »
  2. JojP.
    May 28, 2007
    An excellent western story completely ruined by the worst controls ever on a psp game!
  3. NickS.
    Nov 26, 2006
    I waited to finish the game before rating it. I personally would recommend it, good graphics, great music, and generally good fun. The first I waited to finish the game before rating it. I personally would recommend it, good graphics, great music, and generally good fun. The first few hours of game play made me almost regret buying it, but once the story develops and missions become more interesting, you'll find yourself fairly captivated and the many side missions provide a healthy distraction. The best thing about the game is the vast terrain on which you can ride through with your horse, there is something therapeutic about it. Its not the perfect game however, the slo-motion gundraw option is faily poor, which made me doubt the psp can emulate the Matric / Max Payne Style gameplay. Also, there are only 4 or 5 kind of enemies, in a melee you'll find youreslf shooting at an army of twins/triplests. But all in all, its worth a buy especially if you like western style games. Full Review »