Summary: GUN Showdown puts players in the role of Colton White, a vengeful gunslinger making his way through the untamed West of the late-1800s where the lines between good and evil are blurred and greed, lust and brutality were a way of life.
Excerpt: Expanding on the original GUN, which was released in 2005, players will be able to get their teeth into five new missions for the PSP version, entitled GUN: Showdown. In GUN: Showdown, players assume the role of Colton White. Poor old Colton pays the price for living on the wild frontier when bandits kill his family and burn down his home.
Excerpt: Gun didn’t exactly set the world afire, though it did provide a solid entry in the oft-neglected western genre. Gun Showdown is a PSP port of the original and offers all the same gameplay of the original, while also adding extra missions and a multiplayer mode. Gun Showdown looks great despite being a tooled down port of an okay-looking console game.
Excerpt: In Gun Showdown you play Colton White, a lone cowboy out to avenge a few deaths and take down a corrupt and malevolent magnate who’s set himself up as the self-styled ruler of a western town. This story may have been done a hundred times over during the heyday of the western movie, but with so few western-themed games available it comes across as more of an homage than a derivative plotline here.
Excerpt: Porting console titles onto the PSP is becoming a growing trend, with developer Neversoft being the latest to send their somewhat unique creation, a wild west-themed third person shooter, to the PSP. With developer Rebellion working on the port, the game has received some small new inclusions and a handful of minor tweaks, which aim to make the game more suitable for the portable crowd.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: Despite initial promise this soon dissipates once the cumbersome control method become apparent. Other factors such as poor AI and average graphics prevents the player gaining any sort of momentum and enjoyment. With some more tweaking, things could have been very different and instead of riding off into the sunset, GUN Showdown becomes a let-down.
Conclusion: I really wanted to give this game higher marks, but I didn't. I might be making a huge complaint out of something that might not even bother you, but I really could not stand 's controls. Using the buttons as a directional control is awful and counterintuitive with the PSP's setup. It made the gaming experience almost unbearable. This is, of course, pretty unfortunate because the game itself has a lot of potential with a solid storyline and solid gaming options.
Excerpt: I grew up in a family that loves old Westerns. My dad, my grandparents...everyone but me. I just never got into the whole Clint Eastwood “do you feel lucky, punk?” attitude of cowboys. There's nothing inherently wrong with their movies, they just seem to have the same general plot. Cowboys and Indians running amok in a lawless town, a damsel in distress and a main character's significant other dying. GUN Showdown fits pretty well into this stereotypical Western theme.
Excerpt: Last year Neversoft shocked the gamingworld with the release of Gun. Not so much because the game was spectacular, but because no one figured they’d ever release a game that didn’t star Tony Hawk. This free-roaming wild western romp was a little bit Grand Theft Auto, a little bit HBO’s Deadwood, and had a whole lotta little problems that kept it from being great. Seems things haven’t changed a whole lot on the PSP.