Gun Xbox


Generally favorable reviews - based on 55 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 55
  2. Negative: 0 out of 55
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  1. 80
    One the one hand 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Is GUN the definitive Western game? No. But it is darn good, and fun to play. The action is well paced, the story is very well done, the game looks great and the audio is a definite treat.
  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. Gun has a great story and it's presented with panache.
  6. A fantastic-looking, smooth-playing, slickly-developed, adult-themed Wild, Wild West action game, which succeeds in most every area it enters.
  7. 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.
  8. You'll enjoy the gunplay, you'll probably be numbed by the slo-mo gunplay repetition, and then see it through anyway because it's all quite undemanding fun with a decent story. On horseback. Just don't expect Gun to change the world. It really is just "True Crime in the Wild West."
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 90
    The only drawbacks to GUN are the short story mode; the main campaign can be completed in less than six hours, and the extremely frustrating final boss.
  12. Merges an epic, and oft-times emotional story with challenging gameplay and realistic horseback riding and mounted combat.
  13. games(TM)
    Far too generic to be considered anything other than average. [Christmas 2005, p.114]
  14. 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.
  15. 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]
  16. Once you get past some of the technical issues, the game pulls you into the storyline and doesn't let go until you've finished the game.
  17. Gun is a fun little game of Cowboys and Indians worth checking out if you're a fan of this era, but don't expect more than a few hours of gameplay.
  18. While the game is impressive in many ways, it ultimately comes up a little short.
  19. 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.
  20. Official Xbox Magazine
    The first time you take someone's head off with a quick-draw'll be hooked. [Holiday 2005, p.76]
  21. Calling this shooter a GTA in a Wild West setting would not do it justice, as it serves up a thrilling experience with an engaging story and solid combat.
  22. 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]
  23. Pelit (Finland)
    Makes no excuses in its brutal retelling of a classic western story. The atmosphere of the gunfights is expertly created. GTA style free-roaming world fits the game well, and overall it is a magnificently fun, if a bit short, experience. [Dec 2005]
  24. 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.
  25. Roaming free is just not exciting as it should be as there is not really anything to do outside of beating on the poor townsfolk.
  26. A fast-moving experience that will be quickly finished by even the most novice gamers. I was able to get through the game in about seven hours and that's including the time I spent on side-quests (several completed to 100%).
  27. It's tough to recommend GUN at its full sticker price for what it is, and that is an excellently told, eight-hour story wrapped up in the guise of an action videogame masquerading as a Western.
  28. 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.
  29. To get the full effect of Gun, the side missions are a must as the game can be ripped through rather quickly without them. Take your time, enjoy the experience and story, and you'll be glad you did.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. Gun is such a rich, panoramic story, chock-full of sneering bad guys, shoot-outs, can-can girls and jailbreaks, you'll wonder why no one ever thought of it before. [Official UK Xbox Magazine]
  34. 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.
  35. 74
    Born on the Playstation 2, and it looks it. Muddy Textures, low detail. The large gameworld is technically impressive though.
  36. Gun is a blazingly original game that's made with guts and pride, booming with an intense storyline and booming with all sorts of amazing content.
  37. 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.
  38. Gun is fun, but the short length, ease of gameplay and lack of those little extras really hurt replayability – and that's a shame because otherwise, this is a great game.
  39. The freedom to roam and undertake missions works well and the story is gripping and entertaining at the same time.
  40. If you want compelling story with dynamic gameplay, and are in the mood for some good old cowboy action; get Gun. You will not be disappointed.
  41. Activities such as poker tournaments, capturing felons, gold mining, animal herding and hunting provide variety but their appeal is short-lived.
  42. 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.
  43. Gun is the best Wild West game to date but it is a low-down dirty shame that developers Neversoft didn't apply the same comprehensive approach to the design work as they did to the soundtrack, voice casting and the plot.
  44. The perfect consumable for those seeking some "Deadwood"-esque action. It's lewd, crude and, well, something that rhymes with those two words.
  45. 80
    An ambitious, brutal, slice of Americana with a great look, great story, and some great experiences to be had but, frustratingly, it doesn't all add up to overall greatness.
  46. If this game spawns sequels and the locations and gameplay options are expanded, we could have the Wild West equivalent of the "Grand Theft Auto" series on our hands.
  47. 86
    Featuring fast paced action, a great story, and tight controls, Gun shouldn't be missed. But due to its length, rent it first.
  48. The character models are incredibly detailed and again carry across the Western theme very well. The draw distance is miles and miles.
  49. One of the strongest aspects of the game is the outstanding story.
  50. The main problem with GUN is its lack of multiplayer. The campaign is a fun-filled occurrence, but after you finish it in a few hours you'll be wishing you didn't drop fifty down for it.
  51. Graphically, Gun is one of those games that looks great for the most part, but does have a few rough edges that keep it from being in the same class as, say, "Resident Evil 4" or "Ninja Gaiden."
  52. It has great presentation; fantastic voice work; fun gun- and horseplay; and a free-roaming world that lets you do almost anything you want. However, even with all these great elements, it's too short to enjoy it all.
  53. The storyline grows stale by the end of the game but that doesn't mean it isn't enjoyable... It's a great purchase.
  54. 70
    If you want to compare GUN to GTA, it's fair to say that it doesn't reach the level of enjoyment found in the GTA games mainly because the missions push you forward a little too much and you don't get the chance to explore as much as you might want to do.
  55. 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.

Awards & Rankings

#24 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2005
#27 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2005
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 22
  2. Negative: 3 out of 22
  1. ConstantineH.
    Dec 21, 2006
    This is a great game but I hope they make more western games.If you have played read dead revolver then you will like this game.It is a This is a great game but I hope they make more western games.If you have played read dead revolver then you will like this game.It is a little bit short.I Have beaten the game a Like twice.Next I am going to play it on the psp. Full Review »
  2. RoundMoon
    Sep 10, 2006
    It might not be an instant classic yet to this day I've never seen anything close to a wester movie like this game. The motion capture It might not be an instant classic yet to this day I've never seen anything close to a wester movie like this game. The motion capture of animals, apaches and all in it is so realistic. The landscape gives you that western movie feeling, a sense of vast and freedom. An apache shot dropping dead from the side of his horse in slow motion during a quick draw shot it is a joy to see. There is much to value in the care taken to details. Can be improved for sure. There is no much strategy and it is pretty much straight forward and easy. On the other it is simply something fresh and new, well executed, unless u really hate western movies. Full Review »
  3. [Anonymous]
    Aug 16, 2006
    Overall a pretty fun game. Kept my interest from beginning to end. Interesting characters and a pretty good storyline. Graphics where above Overall a pretty fun game. Kept my interest from beginning to end. Interesting characters and a pretty good storyline. Graphics where above average. Major complaint was that the game was too short and I usually don't mind that, but this is the shortest game i have played to date. There are several side missions you can do to extend the game, but most are uninspired and repetative. Also I found the enemy AI pretty predicatable and the Native yelling tiresome. Worth buying used (probably could rent it as I easily finished it in a week). Full Review »