Gun

Game review by
Chris Jozefowicz, Common Sense Media
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Violent, hollow Old West action game. Adults only.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 18 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Players can kill the animals in the game. Players can kill innocent characters with little consequence. Players can scalp fallen enemies. Players receive monetary rewards for killing.

Violence

Players witness realistic-looking torture and dismemberment. Players perpetrate an enormous range of violence with guns, explosives, arrows, and blades. The violence is accompanied by copious blood and gore.

Sex

Players encounter prostitutes, although sex is only implied and there is no nudity.

Language

Fair amount of swearing and rough language (b---h, a--hole, damn, bastard, whore), though it is not on the same level as the violence.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Players regain health by drinking bottles of alcohol. Saloons with bottles of alcohol are a frequent setting for action. Some smoking is depicted in the game, and players can purchase drugs to smoke in an Indian pipe to receive power-ups.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is an incredibly violent action game. Players use an array of guns, explosives, knives, and other weapons to dismember and kill enemies and innocents alike. Players can torture fallen enemies by scalping them, and they will witness torture and extreme violence during in-game cut scenes. The game also features drinking, drug use, smoking, and implied sex with prostitutes.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byrxcort May 2, 2011
Adult Written byepicwin95 March 27, 2011
best game ever!
Teen, 13 years old Written byBobvil 360 September 23, 2017

It kind of sucks...

Dont bother getting it especially in 2017.
Teen, 13 years old Written byCool dude725 February 8, 2014

Gun review

I think there is to many sexual content and violence so I would say 18+

What's it about?

In GUN, hard-drinking, hard-boiled loner Colton White seeks to understand and avenge the murder of a man who raised him from infancy, a man White just discovered was not his real father. Players blast off heads, blow people apart with dynamite, scalp victims, slit the throats of hostages, watch as a prostitute gets her throat slit, kill animals, kill innocent civilians, and so on in this Wild West story.

Is it any good?

While White's world can be quite striking -- leaves fall from trees in green valleys while frogs croak and crickets chirp in the background -- the Wild West presented here is underpopulated, and players soon realize they are in a small, sterile territory. Exploring it gets old fast. Ultimately, there is too little to do. Even side missions, such as hunting rare animals and capturing wanted criminals dead or alive, seem tacked-on and grow repetitive.

The 18 story missions in the game rush players along, and can easily be finished in five to six hours. In the end, the violence comes off as simply gratuitous. This is definitely not for kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why violence in video games is sometimes presented with such graphic detail. Are stories that contain violence more interesting? How do violence and gore sometimes cover up for missing elements in a game, like solid gameplay or a creative story? Can a game ever be good enough to justify heaps of violence?

Game details

  • Platforms: PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube
  • Price: $29.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Activision
  • Release date: January 12, 2006
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: M for blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Use of Alcohol
  • Last updated: August 25, 2016

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