Video Game: GUN

When life robs Colton White of all that matters, the only thing he can trust is his GUN.

A Wide Open Sandbox Western Third-Person Shooter.

Colton "Cole" White lives a life of a Mountain Man with his father Ned. However, after a routine hunting mission, he encounters a Sinister Minister named Reed at a river steamboat where he and Ned sell their game. Reed leads an attack on the ship with help of the local Renegades and just before Colton falls overboard, Ned tells him a startling truth: He isn't Colton's father, and there's a small treasure waiting for him.

After recovering, Colton sets out to find Reed for some good ol' revenge. He ends up crossing paths with Magruder, Reed's boss, who has closer ties to Colton's past than he knows.

GUN was a Multi-Platform release for Playstation 2, Gamecube, Xbox, Xbox 360 and PC. It also got an Updated Re-release on PSP as Gun: Showdown.


Has the examples of:

  • 100% Completion: Easier to get than a lot of games of this type, thanks to the small exploration area.
  • Action Girl: Jenny makes good use of a rifle when the stagecoach between Dodge and Empire breaks down.
  • A.K.A.-47: Averted. All the guns are given their actual names. Even the Rare Guns.
  • Ancestral Weapon:
    • Ned's Ferguson Rifle.
    • The Schofield Revolver is a downplayed example. Jenny gives Cole Ned's old revolver that Sadie had been keeping for him. Cole notes that Ned never really cared for revolvers, preferring rifles and tomahawks.
  • And This Is for...: Said by Cole before he kills Reed: "This... is for Jenny!"
  • And Your Reward Is Clothes: Your clothes change as you progress through the game. You get your final set by completing all the hunting missions.
  • Artificial Stupidity: Enemies don't react at all to their buddies being sniped just a few feet in front of them, as long as you use the bow (which is silent, while gunfire causes everybody on the map to instantly aggro).
  • The Atoner: Ned.
  • Awesome but Impractical: The Nock Gun and the Cannon Nock Gun. Sure, they're ridiculously powerful weapons, but the only way to get them is to beat the main missions (for the Nock Gun) and all the side missions (for the Cannon Nock Gun), at which point, the only use for them is to wipe out towns or take out random bandit attacks which occur from time to time. There is an easter egg that lets you replay earlier levels with your advanced weapons and skills once you've finished the game.
  • An Axe to Grind: An axe is one of your melee weapons.
    • Reed uses one to kill Sadie by throwing it at her head.
  • Bald of Evil: Sported by Dutchie, Magruder's muscle.
  • Bar Brawl: One breaks out when you visit Alhambra saloon for the first time.
  • Beard of Evil: Magruder.
  • Bears Are Bad News: The tutorial ends with a fight against a bear.
  • Big Bad: Magruder
  • Ironic Nickname: "Honest" Tom.
  • Knife Nut: A knife is your starter melee weapon.
  • Large Ham: What Reed transforms into when he gets angry. Also Hoodoo Brown once he suffers his Villainous Breakdown.
  • Last Stand: When Ned runs dry after pushing Colton off the steamship, he turns to using his rifle as a club and takes down a few renegades with it before the ship finally explodes and sinks.
  • Lovable Coward: Soapy
  • Mixed Ancestry: Colton, who is revealed to have a White father and an Apache mother.
  • Molotov Cocktail: Here they are known as Whiskey Bombs.
  • Money for Nothing: Cash is scarce early in the game, but after a few discoveries of gold, there is not much need for it anymore.
  • Mountain Man: Ned.
  • New Game+: Available as a cheat when you have finished the game.
  • Not What I Signed On For: Ned's reaction when he witnessed the Apache village massacre by Major Magruder.
  • Obviously Evil: Reverend Josiah Reed. Lampshaded by Colton.
    Colton: If he's a man of the cloth, then I'm the King of Siam.
  • One-Word Title
  • Pistol-Whipping: Ned is shown whacking Renegades with his rifle when he runs out of bullets at the end of the steamboat battle.
  • Plot Hole: Clay's information about when he believed Ned to have been killed, combined with Colt being an infant that Ned found during this incident means that Colt cannot possibly be older than 12 years old.
    • Made even worse by the fact that Colt mentions via a flashback that around a dozen years prior to the game, he was attacked and almost killed by a cougar.
  • Pony Express Rider: One of your side jobs.
  • Prison Episode: This game has two of them.
  • Pyro Maniac: Toby "The Torch", the former mayor of Dodge City.
  • Quick Nip: You carry a flask of whiskey which can recover some of your health whenever you drink from it.
  • Railroad Baron: Magruder.
  • Rancher: One of your side jobs.
  • Rare Guns: The Ferguson Rifle, Volcanic pistol, and the Nock Gun.
  • Recycled In Space: This game is essentially Grand Theft Auto IN THE OLD WEST!
  • La Résistance: Clay runs a rebel group from the mountains against Empire. Colton joins them after Hoodoo betrays him.
  • The Remnant: Sergeant Hollister and his army of Renegades can be considered this. Also, Thomas Magruder's army of Elite Mooks appear to be the Confederate soldiers that served under him in the Civil War.
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized: You fight against the Apache in the first few missions, where they kill lots of civilians in attacks on railway workers, stagecoaches, and settlements. You learn fairly early on that they're actually La Résistance against Macgruder, a mass-murdering tyrant, and switch over to their side, but it doesn't change the fact that they themselves have been slaughtering civilians by the truckload to achieve their ends.
  • The Rustler: One of the enemy types you get to fight.
  • Savage Wolves: Wolves are common enemies in the side missions.
  • Scenery Porn: The game world may be small, but it sure looks beautiful.
  • The Sheriff: Both Dodge City and Empire City have one, and both give you deputy missions where you have to clean the town yourself.
  • Shoot the Rope: You must rescue Soapy this way.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Possible shout-out comes in the form of one of the Bounty missions you can take on, which asks you to track down and subdue a man called "Mad Dog" MacGrady, which could be a possible shout-out to the classic live-action interactive Cowboy game Mad Dog McCree from the early 90's.
    • The Renegade fort's location up a river, along with it's population consisting of absolutely batshit insane U.S Army soldiers is very Apocalypse Now.
    • One of the bounties goes by the name Bob Booth.
  • Showgirl Skirt: A lot of the prostitutes' dresses have this.
  • Simple Yet Opulent: The rich ladies wear long, black dresses that have a little bit of lace.
  • Sinister Minister: Josiah Reed, one mean bastard who fancies himself a man of god... while ruthlessly murdering innocent people.
  • Slashed Throat: Reed slit's Jenny's throat in front of Colton. Colt can do this to enemies he grabs hold of too.
  • Taking You with Me: When defeated, Sgt. Hollister puts a few dynamite sticks into his wounds and attempts to blow you up.
  • Token Romance: Subverted. Though Colt sleeps with Jenny early on and there seems to be chemistry between them, Reed slits her throat less than halfway into the game.
  • Trick Arrow: Standard, fire, and explosive arrows are all available to the player.
  • Two Shots from Behind the Bar: After Jenny is taken hostage at the Alhambra Saloon, the bartender unlocks a cabinet behind the bar and pulls out what appears to be a rifle. However, after the cutscene ends, he actually uses a pistol instead.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: The Dynamite Arrows have this in spades. Hit a civilian with one and they'll run away (the standard reaction to being attacked); a few seconds later, *BOOM*. Except for prostitutes, who will run towards you in an attempt to knife you, so only attack them from a safe distance.
    • You can also harm and kill horses that aren't a danger to you.
    • You can scalp enemies that have been downed. Originally you could have cashed in the scalps with an Indian trader, but that aspect was removed from the game so there's no reason to scalping other than to hear the screams.
  • Video Game Cruelty Punishment: Go around murdering civilians, and a "Town Patience" meter will pop up. If that meter drops to zero, then the town's militia will start coming after you.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Hoodoo.
  • Walking Armory: Not as big an offender as some examples, but by the final mission Colton is carrying: 2 Colt .45 Peacemakers, Ned's .69 caliber Ferguson, a Double-Barrel Colt Shotgun, a Remington Sharpshooter, an Apache bow (with Dynamite Arrows!), a Calvary Sword, and six Whiskey Bombs and Dynamite sticks each.
  • Wanted Poster: You can start bounty hunter missions by examining these.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer: Literally every single challenge and obstacle in this game is overcome by shooting it.
  • Writers Cannot Do Math: According to Clay, Ned was nearly killed in an incident during the Civil War, during which Ned found Colt, as a baby, ten years prior to the start of the game. No more than a few seconds of thinking about this should make it clear what is wrong with that statement.
    • Though, it does explain why everyone refers to Colt as "kid".
  • The Wild West: Naturally.
  • You Killed My Father: The plot kicks off when Ned is killed by Hollister's men during the attack on the steamboat. Cole's biological father, Doctor Campbell, is killed by MacGruder's troops in a flashback as well.

Alternative Title(s):

GUN Showdown