My first reaction when I saw the GamesCom debut trailer for GUN LOCO was “Shiiiit! This is going to be AWESOME!” Square Enix managed to blend groovy characters like in Twisted Metal with some sprint-action from Mirrors Edge and the bloody carnage from Carmageddon. With that said, it’s apparent that the visual style of the characters are based on Kenny Wong’s figurines (Wong is best-known for his Copperhead-18 figures in Japan).
I was also immediately sold on the fact that you’re a convict in need to escape an abandoned prison planet. Doesn’t this simple plot sound somewhat like Death Race (2008), but without cars with machine guns attached to them? Square Enix has had a great solid run with role-playing games such as the Final Fantasy series, the Dragon Quest series, and the action-RPG Kingdom Hearts series. It’s nice to see these guys step out of that genre of gaming and turning to something a little more wild and crazy. With powerful arsenal of weapons at your disposal, expect to have a fun multiplayer experience online with 12 opponents across the planet .
GUN LOCO is expected to be released on February 27, 2011.
GUN LOCO (2011): Game Info
At the farthest reaches of the solar system, a collection of the craziest criminals in the universe are incarcerated on a remote prison planet with no walls and forgotten by society. In this long-abandoned world, the only rule is anarchy, as each faction fights in a bloodthirsty race for survival, power and freedom. Through several seven climate zones and numerous stylized maps, players must fight through the ruins of the world’s previous civilizations, taking on each region’s inmates in a frantic and frenetic struggle to survive.
Featuring third-person, sprint-action shooter gameplay, players can assume the roles of unique and memorable characters in a game that redefines the run-and-gun shooter. While pursuing enemies and being chased by their opponents, players must make use of the sprint-action play by running, jumping, ducking and vaulting, using the environments to their advantage. With a powerful arsenal of weapons at their disposal, each character comes complete with their own kill move, coupled with a mocking take-down taunt to ridicule their victims. The frenzied and furious comic style gameplay comes into its own with full 12-player online multiplayer matches across the planet, with a range of game modes and multiplayer arenas.
GUN LOCO’s characters feature a unique visual style with each created from the original design concepts of respected designer and toy maker Kenny Wong. Founder of kennyswork, Co-founder of Hong Kong-based Brothersfree and co-creator of the cult Brothersworker series of collectible action figures, Kenny’s incredible design style and unique characterization are a perfect fit for the bizarre world of GUN LOCO. Painstakingly crafted by hand, each comic caricature has been designed from scratch as a real, posable action figure in the Brothersworker vein before being digitally scanned into the game. GUN LOCO brings these memorable misfits and surreal sociopaths to life through animation, audio and unforgettable action gameplay.