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Six-Guns is one of the first major Gameloft titles to go with a freemium pricing plan, and oh boy is it a mixed bag. The gameplay itself is fun, but the game is very buggy and glitchy. There is no real plot to speak of, and no real point to the various missions, but it’s free and makes for a good time waster, so most people won’t care. The visuals are mostly awesome, and the music is great too, but the freemium nature of the game makes it very weak overall, resulting in an average title that’s still fun to just pick up and play.
At first glance, you would think this is Gameloft’s take on Red Dead Redemption, but the lack of any story quickly dispels that. You just randomly go from mission to mission with nothing tying it all together, fighting bandits and taking part in races and shooting galleries. Then from completely out of left field, vampires, banshees, and other ghouls are suddenly thrown at you. The gunplay itself works well enough, but it’s really frustrating that there is no way to adjust the camera sensitivity. This was annoying on smaller devices too, but it’s crippling on a tablet. You have the ability to call a horse to you no matter where you are in the world, and riding it to missions can be quite fun, but you’ll probably just fast travel to each mission instead. The open world can be pretty to look at, but ultimately there’s no real benefit to exploring, and the horse’s waypoint system is really buggy.
The freemium comes in with your health and ammo. The whole point to the game is just to level up so you can buy better guns and fancier clothes, just so you can level up some more. Levels come with silver sheriff badges that act as a special currency, while things like ammo and health must be replenished with gold whenever they run low. Honestly, as long as you aren’t reckless and save up a bit of money for such occasions, it seems likely that you could just play this game forever, which is very uncommon for these freemium titles. I like this system a lot considering what we could have had instead.
I wasn’t kidding when I said this game was really buggy. Characters often clip through geometry, the game froze one time and crashed on me another, among other annoyances. Escort missions can be particularly irritating. This isn’t a bad game, really. It’s just a pointless one, and as I said, a great pick-up-and play time waster. Considering Six-Guns is available for free, as long as you know what to expect going in, you’ll probably have a great time with it. Or you might be bored with it like I was, preferring a paid title with a little more substance.