The Gunstringer

Having the short lull of the summer coming closer to an end with the holiday rush, I’d thought I’d use this time to widdle away at my ever growing backlog. The second title I’ve plowed through was The Gunstringer, a kinect-only on-rails shooter. While being quite short, this genuinely fun story of man seeking revenge on his once ragtag bunch of friends now turned arch foes.

Mainly consisting of simple on-rail shoot-em-up, Twisted Pixel, has switched up the tradition a bit by using the kinect sensor. Cleverly disquised under a marionette motif, waving your arms around doesn’t fill as silly in context; Your left hand controls movement, moving left and right moves the marionette handle strung to the gunstringer making him much like a real marionette. Moving your right hand controls the gunstringers gun hand. While envisioned, shooting seems complicated its actually the contrary. Waving your gun cursor past enemies targets anything past, then by lifting your arm mimicking a handgun’s recoil, fires off his rounds killing all tagged targets.

Being on kinect, it does get tiring standing and leaving your arms held up, you’ll want to take microsoft’s regular warnings of taking a break every couple of levels. Trying to blow the the game in less than 6 hours, playing 2 hour sessions gets decently straining. I guess, this could be seen as a workout, or an excuse to be active, but be warned and use proper stretching and rests to prevent harming yourself.

Taking out the context of trying to rush through as fast as possible, The Gunstringer is enormously fun, and decently stylish, even though the aesthetics were designed to appeal children. If you have a kinect and don’t have this, it would be worth grabbing, since by now this far from release, it can’t be too expensive. If you don’t have a kinect, don’t feel to bad, since gunstringer is the only game [Not a fitness trainer] worth grabbing the hardware for.

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