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Gunman Chronicles (PC)

Platform : Windows 95, Windows 98
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  • Four unexplored planets keep the scenery changing, and provide a variety of habitats for your enemies
  • Hundreds of realistic new textures and fantastic architecture make the levels in Gunman Chronicles some of the best ever
  • All new monsters both alien and human, inhabit the Gunman Chronicles universe
  • Hordes of startling xenomes, lurching machines, carnivorous beasts
  • Configurable weapons allow players to adjust their firepower to meet the situation at hand
  • Original sound and music set the perfect mood in the detailed worlds
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  • Platform:   Windows 95 / 98
  • Media: Video Game

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  • ASIN: B0000507NX
  • Release Date: 8 Dec. 2000
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,807 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Product Description

Gunman Chronicles is a story-driven, first-person game powered by the Half-Life engine. Players take the role of a futuristic Gunman, with a mission to destroy the alien Xenomes that mysteriously began appearing five years earlier. Now, it seems that someone has been altering their DNA, allowing them to be bigger and stronger, plus the Xenomes are spreading somehow to planets across the western spiral arm of the galaxy. Levels range from dinosaur-infested jungle ruins to techno-wastelands. In order to rid the galaxy of the evil aliens, players can customise their weapons, control vehicles such as tanks, and be assisted by computer-controlled characters. There are also multiplayer game modes available for play over the Internet.

Amazon.co.uk Review

With the popularity of Half Life growing month by month and Counterstrike the add-on, fuelling this further, many hard-core gamers are turning their talents to developing add-ons to the games. One keen Half Life player decided to do just that, but when he showed Valve, Half Life's developers, they were so stunned that they have released it as a standalone game.

Based, therefore, on the Half Life engine, this game has all the intensity of Aliens vs Predator, the storyline of Half Life and the AI of Soldier of Fortune, showing them that Gunman Chronicles is how a game should be don.

With the introduction of some new weapons, the ability to drive vehicles and dinosaurs roaming the countryside, you've got a game that takes the mantle forward for Valve.

The storyline, like Half Life, is very consuming and you can easily get sucked in to the realm that is The Gunman Chronicles. Although the game has some great niceties, like dinosaurs that attack you or the bad guys while you are in the middle of a fire fight--very handy if they eat them rather than you--the games weapon system can be at times slightly awkward to the unfamiliar player.

While most games offer a secondary fire to weapons, Gunman Chronicles tries to take this a step further by offering three of four. Options-wise, this is great, but you can't help but feel that an extra hand would come in handy sometimes to access the additional weapons.

Putting this minor point aside, if you are a fan of Half Life or the first-person shooter--and lets face it, who isn't?--then Gunman Chronicles is going to be right up your street for the next big challenge.

If, though, the genre is slightly unfamiliar to you, although a great place to start, a better option would be to try something a little less complicated, like Half Life and work your way up. --Stuart Miles


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Feb. 2001
Format: Video Game
I picked up this game and saw the holy sign- Half life. I just had to have it. I raced home, put it onto my brand spanking new GeForce 2 powered monster and started playing. Six hours later the game is finished, done, finito. Much to my dismay this game certainly did have a half life, three hours. Having just killed this general bloke (the bad guy)and completing two of the what i thought were four 'massive' planets, i was expecting a sudden and interging plot twist that would take me an age to do as i had only been playing for a short length of time. Suddenly the credits appeared followed by my screams of abuse. It turns out two of the 'massive' planets were small bases that you go through to get on to the ship to get to the two real big planets.
As far as playing the game goes it was excellent, though being based on the half life engine it could not be anything but brilliant. The graphics are brilliant and the levels, though short and pretty simplistic, are well designed though some are spookily like parts of half life, especially when you infiltrate a base. The aliens in this game are it's most impressive feature with everything from crocadiles and dinasours to gun welding robots. For some odd reason all the badguy robots wear cowboy hats and speak like texans. You also get to drive a tank!! which is good but you only get to drive one and it doesn't last that long (much like everything else). The weapons in the game are wierd. there are only about five weapons, but each one has heaps of modifications that can be chosen to change how the weapon works. the best one is the RPG gun which can either lock on to an enemy, or you can guide the rocket with a laser.
As an add-on this game would be brilliant.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 July 2002
Format: Video Game
I don't know why so many people slate this game as it's simply great. Those who are comparing it to Half-Life have to remember that the original game in a genre always has the benefit of being THE original, and subsequent games have to measure up or surpass it. Gunman Chronicles may seem to be more of the same in comparison, just with a different story - so crazy, I love it: In deep space, a vengeful General Custer lookalike has genetically modified dinosaurs on an Alien World and decides to feed you to them, as he's seriously got it in for you. When that fails he dumps you on another planet, where a female computer takes over his hate campaign. Anyone complaining that this game may be too short should ask wether that the reason for such is because it's so playable, and anyone complaining about the graphics must be running it in software mode as they are fine on my none-too-modern Open GL Graphics Card.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "parsefone" on 15 May 2003
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It's not Half-Life. You try and forget that when you play Gunman, but it's really difficult, considering just about everything in this game will remind you of Freeman, Slaves, and the rest of the classic. Even the grunts look decidedly Barney-ish.
It's not as bad as some reviews make out. It's short, but while it lasts, it's a lot of fun, and I for one certainly went back for another shot. The action is non-stop, the plot isn't bad at all, there's some great areas (the last base, which starts to collapse very convincingly around your ears, sticks in my mind), and you even get to crush your enemies with a tank!
But when I was playing it, the word "mod" wouldn't stop playing through my mind. I read a review a while ago on this that I couldn't help but agree with: - the best way this could have been promoted is as a nice little addition with the next Sierra release.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 July 2001
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Well I have to be honest and say that I'm terrible when it comes to impulse buying. When I'm shopping it's usuallt a case of look, grab, Buy. But... I held back with this one, and downloaded the demo first and all I can say is... what a pile of junk. Not meaning to sound harsh or anything, but I am with a team of people who are modifying the HL engine to make a new game and this is the kind of nonsense that should be avoided! Fair play to the Gunman development team, they were going in the right direction, but it seems as thought they tripped, fell and forgot where they were and what they were doing!
My advice to you is, try before you buy. Go and test the demo out and see what you think. If you like it... Buy it, but if you don't, then tell people about it so they can see for themselves.
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By A Customer on 30 Jan. 2001
Format: Video Game
I remember rushing to town when my pre-order of HL came in on release day. After two of my best gaming weeks ever, I went online for some deathmatch... I was left with half a life!
It is kind of harsh to level Half-Life parallels at Gunman, considering it began as a community mod. It was a brave step to take essentially a hobby to commercial release, considering the excellent quality of some of the single player mods that have made it online, or on PCGamer coverCDs. Hey, but that's how it is if you take your wares to market...
Gunman, however, has that commercial polish that no other mod has quite managed yet (and it should with Rewolf and Valve/Sierra behind it...)
The game engine is HL to a tee, and so feels familiar and comfortable to those who have played before. Saying that, don't expect outrageous new GFX - this motor's 2 years old, but still looks good. If you want the heavy sort of eyecandy, it usually comes with no gameplay.
The new weapon system is novel and intuitive, also proving to be fun online, which is where you should head once you've finished. There are a fair few Gunman servers out there already, with a growing loyal following.
Gunman does capture elements of the original HL atmosphere, with some well developed tension and paranoia creeping in. Sometimes the effect is a bit too clumsy in its execution though. Its not definite but you can occasionally notice.
The big downer with this game is that the general difficulty is pitched too low and offset with brief spikes of hair-pulling challenge. Learn how to use the quicksave. Often. Beware! You'll really get into the story (apart from the wetnurse AI character being overdone) when you find the next chapter doesn't load - there isn't one... that's it (pah!)
This is a mod... sorry game...
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