Guncraft Review - Guns, Cubes, and Guns Made of Cubes

Schuyler J. Dievendorf | 11 Jul 2013 18:30
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You can start with a completely blank slate and build your map from there or, if you need a canvas to work with, you can build off of some basic preset lands. You also have the option to do a Prefab map, where instead of having to construct every building on your own; you are given a chance to flesh out the map with prefabricated buildings. Once the world you have created has been saved you can then use it for a LAN battle or take your creation online for the masses.

Gunsmithing is another option worth checking out, as it's just the sort of thing that perfectly melds the FPS with the Minecraft blockiness. You can use all of your block placing prowess to create a gorgeous weapon, but ultimately the looks are secondary, and you will need to give your weapon some stats. You're only given a set number of points to distribute, but you use them to completely customize your weapon, from the spread of the projectiles to the amount of damage you can do to your enemy. Sadly, it's too easy to waste your points on attributes that may seem like they would be helpful, but in reality don't make that much of a difference.

The more advanced controls may take a little bit of time to get used to. Guncraft is similar to most PC games in that WASD are used for movement. Unless you're particularly dexterous, however, you're likely going to have to take your hand off of the main keys to perform more advanced actions, which can be a distraction, although it doesn't really detract from the experience. Though throwing a grenade or reloading can sometimes get you killed by stopping you from running from your impending doom, once you're comfortable with the controls, you'll be doling out headshots left and right.

Guncraft isn't flawless. The multiplayer, since many servers are hosted by other players, can be quite laggy. Be prepared to miss a number of your shots and even drop from the game entirely on occasion. If it proves to be too much of a problem, however, you can always just host your own game. Aside from the lag, the game delivers on everything that it promises. The developer has been very good at communicating with their community throughout the development of Guncraft which is probably why the game isn't riddled with bugs.

Bottom Line: The things that Exato has done to make Guncraft different from its predecessors have made it a better game. Instead of a clone, they've stepped up and made an engaging game that lets you get your block-building and headshot fix at the same time.

Recommendation: If you're a fan of Minecraft and any of the AAA first person shooters, then Guncraft is the game for you.

Game: Guncraft
Genre: Shooter
Developer: Exato Game Studios
Publisher: Exato Game Studios
Platform(s): PC

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