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Developer(s) Neversoft, Beenox (PC), Rebellion Developments (PSP)
Publisher(s) Activision
Composer(s) Christopher Lennertz
Platform(s) GameCube, Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox, Xbox 360, PSP
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Action-adventure
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer
Rating(s) BBFC: 18
OFLC: MA 15+
PEGI: 18+
Media CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, Nintendo optical disc
System requirements PC
OS:Windows 2000/XP
CPU: 1.8 GHz or Athlon XP 1800+ or higher processor or equivalent
RAM: 256 MB
HDD: 2.8 GB
Resolution: 480p
DirectX v9.0c
Graphics card: 100% percent DirectX 9.0c compliant 32 MB Hardware T&L capable and latest gfx drivers
CD-ROM: 100% Windows 2000/XP compatible 4x CD-ROM drive (600 kbit/s sustained transfer rate) with latest drivers
Input methods Gamepad
Keyboard and Mouse

Gun is a Revisionist Western-themed[1][2] video game developed by Neversoft. It was published by Activision for the Xbox, Xbox 360, GameCube, Microsoft Windows and PlayStation 2. Gun was released in North America on November 8, 2005, and in mid-to late November in Europe. Since October 13, 2006, the game has also been available to buy on Valve's content delivery platform, Steam. It was released for the PlayStation Portable under the title Gun: Showdown on October 10, 2006. It features new side-missions, a multiplayer mode, and other additions that weren't available in the console versions.



Gun features a free-roaming (open world) environment, including side-missions that add to the story of the game. Gun is played by controlling Colton from a third person perspective, playing much like a traditional third-person shooter. Players can wield a revolver and switch between rifles, shotguns, various handheld explosives, and bows. Throwing knives are available in Gun Showdown. Attacking and killing enemies fills up a "Quickdraw" gauge, which when activated slows down time, switches to a first-person perspective, and gives the player unlimited ammunition for a short duration, allowing the player to take on a significant number of enemies.

The player is free to roam the game world on foot or riding a horse, taking optional missions as one pleases as a typical sandbox game. As the player progresses through the game, they can opt to complete side-missions, including poker tournaments, cattle herding, law enforcement and bounty hunting. Using money obtained from these side-missions and finding gold veins, players can purchase upgrades to their items. Gun was marketed through the use of "Last Call Poker" — an alternate reality game from 42 Entertainment.


Gun revolves around a man named Colton White in 1880 who sets out to avenge the death of his father and gets caught up in the search for Quivira, a city of gold. It is set in the American Old West, specifically Montana, Kansas, and New Mexico in the year 1880.



Many of these characters were real historical figures, though the game may portray them slightly differently than they actually were.

  • Colton "Cole" White (Thomas Jane) - The protagonist and player character of the story. He grew up learning the way of the outdoors from his adoptive father, Ned White. The two made their living hunting game for the steamboats traveling the Missouri River. While aboard one of the local steamboats, Colton and Ned are forced to defend the ship against a band of marauders, where Colton learns Ned is not his biological father, and is thrown overboard just before the boat explodes killing everybody aboard, including Ned. With Ned dead, Colton's quest to find out about his true past begins. Cole meets many characters during his adventure, some become his allies while others turn out to be the utmost of enemies. Colton is a skilled marksman, and is always willing to stand up for what is right.
  • Soapy Jennings (Dave Wittenberg) - A safe cracker and more than likely Colton's closest ally during his journey, Soapy is a little too smart and cocky for his own good. Though he's a smooth talker, he is weak physically and tends to get himself into trouble, whereas Cole is constantly bailing him out. Soapy's two specialties are cracking safes and cheating in poker; two major strikes against him in a place like the Old West. During the ride to Piper Lake from the Badlands, he confides to Cole the origin of his nickname: he was cornered in a lady friend's bedroom by her husband, and was forced to hide inside the shaft of her water closet - after which he had to scrub for three days before he could get the smell off of him.
  • Thomas "Tom" Magruder (Lance Henriksen) - The main antagonist of the story. He is the unofficial boss of the West, in charge of the railroads being installed right in the middle of Apache Indian territory. Magruder was a Confederate major during the Civil War and led a group of soldiers, which included Clay Allison, to find the mythical city of gold, Quivira. The war ended, but Magruder's mission did not. He has made it his ultimate goal in life to find the lost city of gold and is willing to do anything to accomplish it. Margruder meets his end when he is crushed to death during a cave-in at a mine.
  • Ned White (Kris Kristofferson) - Colton's adoptive father. He raised the boy to manhood under the false pretense of being his real father. Right before his death, he confesses part of the truth to Colton and sends him on his quest to find out the truth. Ned is a well-trained outdoorsman and makes his living selling animal skins and carcasses to the local riverboats sailing down the Missouri River. He is a former friend of Clay Allison and Thomas Macgruder.
  • "Reverend" Josiah Reed (Brad Dourif) - A hired killer and an extremely evil man, Reed masquerades as a man of the cloth to gain the trust of those he wishes to betray or take advantage of. Reed is skilled with all manner of bladed weapons and rides a horse dressed in heavy armor. Employed by Magruder, he serves as Magruders Second-in-command until he is killed by Colt as retribution for Jenny's death.
  • Mayor Hoodoo Brown (Ron Perlman) - The fast-talking mayor of Empire City. Hoodoo takes orders from Thomas Magruder, although his true goal is to make his city great rather than simply to line his own pockets. Due to his dirty practices, Hoodoo has many enemies and therefore has hired two professional gunslingers, J.J. Webb and Dave Rudabaugh, as personal bodyguards. He himself is a skilled gunfighter. The mayor pretends to hire Colton as another bodyguard, but in fact intends to set him up and is killed in a firefight with Cole.
  • Clay Allison (Tom Skerritt) - A former Corporal for the Confederate and friend of Ned White and Tom Magruder. After Macgruder and his soldiers slaughtered some innocent Indians, Allison rebelled against him alongside various others like Jose Chavez y Chavez. He helps Cole against Hoodoo Brown and his thugs, and later when they stop Macgruder's train.
  • Patrick Denton - The optimistic sheriff of Dodge City. He hires Colton to protect the local bridge from renegade Apache while imported carpenters from China finish building it. Later in the story, Denton is tied up and placed by the railroad tracks while Soapy is taken to the gallows to be hanged. Colton arrives in town just in time to free Denton and head to the top of the water tower to snipe out the men attempting to lynch Soapy.
  • Fights-At-Dawn (Eric Schweig) - The Blackfoot chief and a proud warrior. He befriends Colton, and recalls a time when Cole was younger, when he was attacked by a cougar. Colton was said to be stronger and faster after this.
  • Many Wounds (Eric Schweig) - An Apache Indian who gave Colton to Ned when he was only a baby. Later in the story, Many Wounds, becomes a trusted ally of Colton and helps him out with Cole's fight against Magruder.

Sales and reception

Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 79% (60 reviews) [3]
Metacritic 79% (55 reviews) [4]
Review scores
Publication Score
GameSpot 7.4 of 10 [5]
GameSpy 4/5 stars [6]
IGN 8.0 of 10 [7]

The game sold 225,000 units across the four systems it was initially released for.[8] According to TRST sales data the game has sold over 1.4 million units in the US (as of October 2008). It was well-received by professional game reviewers and Activision has noted that Gun sold the best among new video game properties.


Activision has responded to The Association for American Indian Development's petition, which demands a product recall of Gun on the grounds that the game inaccurately depicts the Apache people using degrading and harmful content. The publisher issued this brief statement:

Activision does not condone or advocate any of the atrocities that occurred in the American West during the 1800s. Gun was designed to reflect the harshness of life on the American frontier at that time. It was not Activision's intention to offend any race or ethnic group with Gun, and we apologize to any who might have been offended by the game's depiction of historical events which have been conveyed not only through video games but through films, television programming, books and other media.


Poster as spotted in a Tony Hawk demo

A sequel has not officially been announced, but rumors of a sequel to the game started in February 2006 when publisher Activision hinted that a sequel may be on the way.[9] More rumors began in September 2007 when a poster for "Gun: Magruder's Ghost" was spotted in a demo for Tony Hawk's Proving Ground, also a Neversoft title.[10] While some have taken the poster as an announcement, most still regard it with some speculation since there has been no formal announcement from Neversoft. IGN has also added the game as "other game by Activision".[11] According to Joystiq, publisher Activision has apparently hinted during a financial conference that a sequel may be in production.[12]


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