Violent, hollow Old West action game. Adults only.

What parents need to know

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.


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.


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


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.

Not applicable
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.

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.

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.

Families can talk 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
Available online?Not available online
Release date:January 12, 2006
ESRB rating:M for blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Use of Alcohol

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Adult Written byBad Boy April 9, 2008
I like this game. Is it violent? Sure. But so was the old west and not anymore violent than a good old Clint Eastwood movie (that includes the language. Remember "The Unforgiven"?). Is the language raw? Of course it is. These are hard edged cowboys who weren't concerned with offending anyone with their language. I like the realism of the game. The graphics and control are incredible. The story is fantastic and would actually make a good movie. The voice acting is truly professional, what with the likes of Kris Kristofferson, Ron Pearlman, and Lance Henrickson at the helm. It's definitely not for kids and should not be played around kids at all. If your 17 year old can handle an "R" rated movie then he or she can handle this game. If not, then wait a few years, rent or buy it and enjoy what you were missing.
Adult Written byPilarAnne April 9, 2008

Horribly racist

This game is disgustingly racist when it comes to Native Americans and promotes stereotypes of Native Americans. This game is also violent and contains the ability to "scalp" an "Indian".
Teen, 15 years old Written bywarrior for christ April 9, 2008

Very good game for teens, Everything rocked!

The game was Terrific. The gameplay was amazing but the violence was a bit graphic. If your a parent looking for a game for your 8 year old son look somewhere else. Teens will appreciate the entire game and teens should be able to deal with the game and it souldn't affect them. 13 and up play, you'll love it and parents shouldn't have a problem with you playing it. 12 and down parents sould check it out first. The game had one, 2 minute video clip that suggested sexual activity but that is the only thing that was even remotely bad.


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