Gunz: The Duel


Computer Platform: PC (Windows)
Produced by:
Price Range: Free
Age level: All Ages
ESRB Rating:
Patches / Upgrades: Periodic releases online

     Reviewed By: Mitchel Pederson

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆
Rating: 3 of 5 (average)
Gameplay: 4 of 5 (good)
Violence: 2 of 5 (heavy)
Adult Content: 4 of 5 (barely present)

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(Taken from the Gunz website)
Have you ever dreamt of becoming a cool character or hero, like you see in movies, animations, and games?

GunZ is an online game that enables you to realize such a dream! GunZ is not your ordinary gunz fighting game. It allows you to imitate a famous hero, create your own fashion style, and perform a number of different actions such as shooting or stabbing whilst running and jumping on the walls.

What makes GunZ ever better than other games is the fact that the game is available online to all users!

Plot: Multi-player only, barely a plot. The site says that the game takes place on the continent of a fictional Astra. It’s a battle of adventurers.

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Game play: Gunz starts out as your average shooter. You run around shooting and rolling and running on walls. In the beginning channels for low levels, you won’t face anyone too good. But once you get past level 10, if you’re new, you may have a hard time. Since Gunz was released, players have found many glitches in the game. They involve animation canceling by pressing combinations of buttons. For example, if you press jump, then dash, then you block and slash at the same time, you perform the butterfly, which is a move from the Korean style. There are other styles too, each having their own glitches. The game gets very deep with these styles, and can result in heated clan wars. Not experienced players are often intimidated by these styles. There are two main types of games, death match (with it’s variants, teams, assassination, berserker, and gladiator) and quest mode. Death match pits you against other players and is the easiest way to get experience points and money, so long you don’t play with advanced players. Quest has you and a team of three other players killing a limited set of NPCs. They include goblins, skeletons, kobolds (a made up creature by MAIET) and Palmpoas (unreleased so far). The objective is simple, kill all NPCs. Bosses are thrown in from gathered quest items, and can be a real challenge to even experienced players. They give great rewards too.

Violence: There is a lot of shooting, slashing, and stabbing. No blood is included, so don’t worry about gory scenes.

Sexual Content: The closest thing is one female jacket is just a jacket an a bikini top, along with a bikini set available for purchase with real money.

Graphics: Rather poor, even with everything on high. The models aren’t too detailed, and the environments are blocky. Once you get really into the game, however, you’re moving so fast there isn’t time to really look at the graphics.

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Sound: The sound isn’t too detailed, with some limited background music, average sound effects, and annoying announcer that says, “Fantastic” or “Headshot” or Excellent” every time you get a kill. I’d recommend turning off the sound and using either an MP3 player or Windows Media Player for some music.

Conclusion: A great game for the competitive player versus player gamer. Not that great for casual gamers and people who are self-concious, as there is a lot of drama and putting down of the less experienced. I’d recommend for 14 and up.

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Year of Release — 2003

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