GunZ: THE DUEL

May 1, 2007

GunZ (Note the capital ‘Z’): THE DUEL

  The Duel

What is it?

GunZ is a simple game, made by MAIET entertainment, which I assume is either a company from Asia, or the company that translated the game from its original language. Anyway, as you may have gathered GunZ was originally an Asian game (Probably Korean, I don’t particularly care.) And, well I believe their website (http://www.gunzonline.com/) says it best:

“Have you ever dreamt of becoming a cool character or hero, like you see in movies, animations, and games?

GunZ is an online game that enables you to realize such a dream! GunZ is not your ordinary gunz fighting game. It allows you to imitate a famous hero, create your own fashion style, and perform a number of different actions such as shooting or stabbing whilst running and jumping on the walls.

What makes GunZ ever better than other games is the fact that the game is available online to all users! In addition, GunZ is 100% FREE to play.”

It appears to be some kind of bastardized RPG/Adventure/FPS/F2P MMO. Sounds like fun :). Anyways, moving on……

CraGraphics:

How does it look? How do all 100% free Asian online games look? To be honest it looks fine, the graphics can be a tad jagged at times and beg for some anti aliasing. The characters start off rather bland in terms of looks, like many Asian games you need to invest a few hours of your life into it before you aren’t wearing an undershirt and pants. Once you do however, your character will begin to get their own look, and there are sometimes multiple pieces of gear with the same requirements and stats but look drastically different, which is a welcome thing in my eyes. Between gender, weapons and clothing, you should be able to stand out in the “crowd.”

Speaking of weapons, the game (as you would expect from a combat game) has a wealth of weapons that all handle differently. Using a dagger is a much different experience from wielding dual katana, both of which have their purposes. The gunz (hoho) in the game are fairly standard: Dual Uzi, Assault Rifle, Rocket Launcher and whatever you would expect in a normal FPS, though this isn’t an FPS, it actually takes place from a 3rd person perspective.

The character customization options are limited, but better than the average Korean crapfest. You pick a gender and face/hair/something I don’t remember. Anyway each changeable option offers 4 different options, not the greatest, but then you get to choose your weapon load out, which should let you stand out from the pack, it really isn’t much, but it is home… er… it’s good enough for me.

The level design is also pretty average. You got your factory level, your island level, your mansion/house/thing level, an arena level, a prison level…. Another prison level… Erm…. Anyway, it doesn’t really bother me, but some kind of battle on a goddamn ZEPPLIN or some shit (Actually no, I’m keeping that idea) would have been cool, and a nice change. The fact that all the levels are pretty static doesn’t help, if like, dinosaurs or something crazy like that rampaged through the island, that would have been awesome.

(RIGHT CLICK — OPEN IMAGE)

GunZ 1

 ONLY IN KOREA

GunZ 2

They Must Have Made This Game High

GunZ 3

Seriously…….

 GunZ 4

 PUFF PUFF PUFF

Sound:

I never write a lot about sound, because really, what can I say? The game’s actual weapon sounds are great, guns sound like guns, sword sound like swords (Or what I imagine they sound like.) If anything, the background music wasn’t all that great or memorable, but really not many games have music that has GRIPPED me and stayed in my head for years (Goddamn Mario….) it was forgettable, though I must give it the tip of the hat for having better-than-the-average-beargame music.

Gameplay:

The game play is what this game gets right (And all it has going for it really.) It’s action packed and simple, just the way I like it. It uses a WASD (Thank god!) control system and works very well. Jumping at walls lets you flip off or run up them, you can run at them at an angle to walk along the wall, fun stuff. GunZ is all about action, thus the game has to be fast paced. You won’t live long unless you keep moving, and move you shall.

After you pick your character and enter the game, you need to either make or join a game. Making a game is relatively easy, and shouldn’t flex the old brain muscles. Or you could just join one. The game has many modes like death match, team death match, well… stuff that involves killing each other really. Don’t expect to think much while playing.

That’s about all I can tell you about game play, it is VERY simple. The interface is minimalistic and the shop isn’t really groundbreaking. Pick an item, see if you can use it and have enough money, then buy it and equip it.

Overall:

I like this game, it isn’t as dull as most Korean MMOs and packed full of action and actually worth playing. I’d recommend it if you’re up for something new and exciting, but want a bit of mmo on the side. Have fun!

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