Square-Enix announced a new Xbox 360 exclusive IP at GamesCom this year, and it’s far from slaying dragons and finding crystals. Gun Loco is Square-Enix’s new third-person run and gun shooter, offering a single player campaign and up to 12 players in multiplayer competitive action. The title features original character design by toy designer Kenny Wong of kennyswork and brothersfree fame.
Square-Enix describes their upcoming title as a free-for-all escape at all costs from a remote prison planet at the edge of the solar system. Since the creation of the prison, the ruling order has long since dissolved and anarchy rules. The game features varied climate zones, maps built for running and sliding while shooting, and an array of diverse locales built around the planet’s ancient inhabitants.
The characters encompass the spectrum of sociopathic rage. Equipped with unique attire, weapons such as banana peels and bazookas, and character unique “take-down taunts”, each character is designed to play differently to keep the gameplay fresh. Gun Loco uses a sprint system in addition to standard run and gun which allows you to branch off your attack and perform a running, sliding, jumping, or catapult vaulting kill. Each stage offers a variety of environmental obstacles for the player to use to their advantage.
Why You Should Care
It’s a new IP from Square-Enix, and most likely developed by one of their most recent acquisitions. Yes, it’s always possible that this could turn out to be Eidos 3rd string release list filler, but I’ll definitely give it a shot. Square-Enix has a history of delivering incredibly fun, although not always polished 2nd party titles. Einhander, Ehrgeiz, and Drakengard, all weren’t without their flaws but all turned out to be fun solid titles. The other reason you might want to check this out is because Sega’s The Club was widely overlooked and quite enjoyable 3rd-person run and gun game developed by a highly talented team now tied to Square-Enix, Bizarre Creations.
Gun Loco is set for a 2011 release and is exclusive to the Xbox 360.