The Gunstringer Review
The Gunstringer Box Art
System: Xbox 360
Dev: Twisted Pixel
Pub: Microsoft
Release: September 13, 2011
Players: 1-2
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Blood, Cartoon Violence, Drug Reference, Sexual Themes

Sound in the game is also very well done. Background music sounds like a rock-infused Spaghetti Western score, and fits the action perfectly. The narration is also done very well, as the story keeps pace with your movement through each individual level. The only area where the sound falters a bit is with the "reminder" voiceovers. When you don't jump out of cover automatically or pause before a big jump, the narration reminds you of the controls a little too much, which can get a little bit agitating.

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The game isn't terribly long, which is a shame because it is so fun, but The Gunstringer does a great job incentivizing your return. Like other Twisted Pixel games, there is a metric ton of unlockable content. From new in-game themes to making-of shorts, The Gunstringer has plenty of post-game content for you to explore. If you're feeling extra ambitious, there's even an unlockable Hardcore mode.

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We've all seen what happens when a Kinect game doesn't work well. However, The Gunstringer is what you get when everything goes right. The controls work almost flawlessly, and the crazy story, fun visuals, and wealth of unlockable content make this one game that Kinect owners definitely shouldn't miss. With all the lazily cobbled-together mini-game compilations and lackluster adventure games in the Kinect's library, it's nice to see a game that takes advantage of the peripheral without feeling too gimmicky. Plus, I'm pretty sure this is the only game in history where you play as an undead marionette.

By Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Senior Contributing Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.8
Graphics
Cartoony visuals win points for creativity, but don't really impress on a technical level.
4.2
Control
Controls work extremely well and are easy to use.
3.5
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Voiceover is hilarious, but can be repetitive in spaces.
3.9
Play Value
The game is entertaining enough to replay, and there are enough extras to provide even more incentive to return to The Gunstringer.
4.0
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Extensive animation sets for Gunstringer and other characters to highlight personality.
  • Brace yourself for an action-packed production of gunplay on the vengeance trail.
  • With a full suite of collectables, unlockables, abilities, rewards, and more, there's always a reason to play an encore performance!

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