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POSTED 15/3/16


GUNSCAPE

Blowfish Studios



Don’t worry, I won't hurt you. I only want you to have some fun...

Yes, it’s time to party like it’s, erm, 1992 with this ode to the trailblazing 3D likes of Wolfenstein and Doom.

At this point you may be thinking, “Aww, not another fucking blocky nostalgia trip”. Well, Gunscape is another blocky nostalgia trip (as to whether it’s sexually active or not, we witnessed no evidence either way), but it has a big ace up its sleeve that will appeal to many – it’s an almighty construction kit.

So, if the idea of crafting your own game levels – like in Minecraft, Super Mario Maker or LittleBigPlanet (but bursting with armament) - appeals then you’re gonna love this. There’s a fairly steep learning curve getting around the editor, but persistence pays off. This is evidenced by some of the community creations that we encountered, leaving us scratching our bonces and wondering just how they did those things that they done did.

Once assembled, you can upload your creation, leaving you open for community scrutiny. This, of course, seems to be what kids dig today. Except they don’t drop hoary old words like “dig”.

Meanwhile, if you’re in either the “Listen, I didn’t pay for a game just to have to bloody make it” or “If I’m gonna make a game, I’m gonna do it from scratch and hopefully make some scratch” then you can still play the oodles of aforementioned online community constructions, or the brief but introductorily handy campaign.

It’s typical Doomenstein fare, first-person, lots of rooms, lots of doors, lots of weapons, lots of things to kill and, duh, rubber chickens. It’s also all reasonably smooth, as you’d expect from a system as powerful as a PS4 basically pretending to be a 20-something (sorry Jim Bob and Fruitbat, you just missed out) year-old PC.

Ultimately, if the premise appeals, so will the game. Mummy, why does everybody have a gun?

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