Gunscape Review (Xbox One)

Let’s just start this off by saying that Gunscape is a brilliant game, it combines the nostalgia of 90’s shooters like Doom and Quake with all the tools to build your own experiences like Minecraft. And you can just tell that this game was made with a lot of love. Without giving too much away about the game in the intro, let’s go ahead and dive a little more in depth of what I thought of the game.

The graphics were very “old school” in the best of ways reminding me of all the classic shooters from way back when, and the music is exactly what you’d expect a game of the 90’s would sound like, and I loved that feeling. Me being a 90’s kid and all, seeing a new game with graphics and music that took me right back to my childhood, I was instantly hooked due to the nostalgia factor alone.

Being a fan of first person shooters, I had a pretty good grasp on the controls right away, they feel intuitive to most shooters out there. But even if you’ve never played a shooter, the controls were very easy to pick up, and shouldn’t be a problem for newcomers to the genre. And the maps are really well designed and had just enough places in the game for me to want to just walk around and explore everything so that I could maybe find a better weapon, and in some cases you get rewarded with better weapons such as a rocket launcher.

Speaking of weapons, I felt like the diversity of weapons was just right, you had everything from bow and arrows to futuristic guns. One of my favorites would have to be the basic knife, I loved sneaking up behind enemies and killing them instantly in one hit. The same could be said about the diversity in enemies, in one mission you might be up against “evil humans”, aliens, or even dinosaurs! (I killed my first T-Rex earlier today!)

In terms of the story, it’s really the only thing that I find to be lacking in the game, what story you do get is from this terminal that gives you some small pieces of story (and always tells you to not do something which of course you do and then he complains to you about at the end of doing that thing he said not to. But it did leave something to be desired and maybe improved upon in a sequel? Fingers crossed.

But the campaign really feels like an introductory mode not only to the game but to the possibilities for map building later on. I do want to point out that I did really enjoy some of the boss fights (although they had almost too much health), the game itself had some difficult sections that I would get stuck on, I thought the difficulty was just right to be challenging but doable.

The customizing options are vast and very easy to use, I could see players spending a great many hours inside this game for the building side of the game alone. One of the other strength’s of the game was just how easy to use the community tools are. It seems to me like the overall success of the game will be dependent on the community’s involvement. I did get an opportunity to play a map made from a player that had nearly every enemy I had faced, plus a boss waiting for me towards the end. It will be a lot of fun playing on the shared maps and seeing just how creative players can be.

This game has so much replayability and is the kind of game you want to get your friends addicted to so you can spend countless hours playing together, especially on maps that you’ve created, there’s nothing quite like playing one of your favorite games with your friends on a map that you made just for them. Another thing that I loved was the drop in feature, I was in the middle of a mission and some random person was suddenly in my game and helped me to beat a level that I was actually have a difficult time one.

Conclusion 8.0/10

As I’m sure you can tell from my review, there really wasn’t much to complain about. I really do hope that they make a sequel for this game, as this is a series I can see myself playing for a very long time. This game is really just so much fun, and I can’t wait to get my friends hooked on this game, so we can “Create, Share and Play”, But don’t just take my word for it, go ahead and try it out for yourself and let us know what you think of the games in the comments below!

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