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Episode one of Scripted Gamer digs into the latest trend in Western gaming. Even Fred and Bob, our theatrical reviewers, found a happy helping of gun slinging to be had here.
Confused? Listen to the Scripted Gamer Pilot episode to meet our reviewers and hear how it all started that fateful day.
Scene: We join Bob and Fred on a stage with a sofa on it. They enter, Bob dressed in a cowboy outfit and sit down to pick up their 360 controllers.
Fred: Still with the cowboy suit!
Bob: (in a cowboy accent) Yup.
Fred: You look ridiculous.
Bob: You best watch your mouth pardner or I'll have to watch it for ya.
Fred: If you don't quit it I'm gonna take your controller and shove it up your...
Bob: Not in front of the pilgrims pardner.
Fred: (Sighs) Whatever, Welcome ladies and gentlemen to the first review of the first series!
Fred: Our first review is funnily enough a western first person shooter: Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood
Bob: (dropping the accent) Or Call of Juarez BIB as I like to call it.
Fred: Oh you're you again are you?
Bob: (realising he dropped the accent) Oh umm well pardner I ummm (pause) yeah, yeah I'm me again.
Fred: Thank goodness, now onto the game. For those in the know this is a Prequel to the original game.
Bob: Cos they couldn't think of a sequel idea.
Fred: you can't say that, they may be watching.
Bob: Well it's true, prequels are a lazy sequel.
Fred: But the game is actually quite good.
Bob: It's alright
Fred: You dressed up like a cowboy, and have been wearing that stupid outfit ever since you tried the multiplayer!
Fred: And (pause) how can you then say it's only alright. The story is involving, the bullet time concentration mode is awesome, the different aspects of play.
Bob: Jeez anyone would think that you made the game.
Fred: And you leapt for joy when the bounty on your head increased in the multiplayer.
Bob: Yeah that was cool, I'm a bad mother...
Fred: BOB! Look you liked it, you know you did.
Bob: I suppose it was kinda cool, I did feel like I was a true gunslinger.
Fred: C'mon then quick fire pros
Bob: ok ummm, multiplayer mode is cool! But it is best if you play as a bandit, the more you kill the bigger the bounty on your head becomes! Awesome. The story is good and it definitely is not a kids game.
Fred: And the cons?
Bob: Single player is cheese on a stick and doesn't do anything new. It borrows extensively from other games. The concentration mode is just bullet time, the ride by shooting I've seen a hundred times before. And I just plain dislike Prequels. They have no point!
Fred: So overall it's an ok game.
Bob: (back in accent) It aint the best and it aint the worst.
Fred: (sighs) So if you like westerns and first person shooters you can't go wrong.
Bob: But if you only like one or the other, maybe give this one a miss.
Fred: Join us next time when I'll be here.
Bob: And more importantly so will I.
Fred and Bob: We are the scripted Gamers, goodnight!
With so many different perspectives it can be hard to know where to start - a little like walking into a crowded pub. Sorry about that.
But so far we've not found a way to streamline our review output - there's basically too much of it. So, rather than dilute things for newcomers we have decided to live with the hubbub while helping new readers find the columnists they will enjoy.
Our columnists each focus on a particular perspective and fall into one of the following types of gamers: