hot  /  reviews  /  videos  /  cblogs  /  qposts

A Fistful of Gun
 BLOG ABOUT THIS

Now I know why Devolver picked up A Fistful of Gun

4:00 PM on 08.29.2014 // Brett Makedonski
  @Donski3

A fistful of gold

It takes a certain kind of appeal for Devolver Digital to add a title to its stable of games. While the indie-friendly publisher doesn't necessarily have an underlying style that unite all of its games, there is a common theme. They're all uniquely awesome in some way. A Fistful of Gun is the newcomer to Devolver, but it falls right in line as one might expect.

A Fistful of Gun is a top-down western arcade shooter that's all about execution, but maybe moreso about how you'll arrive at that execution. In predictable fashion, there are a bunch of bad guys on the screen, and you're tasked with shooting all of them. One hit kills them, one hit kills you. Where this game thrives is in the choice that it gives the player.

Maybe the most overwhelming facet of A Fistful of Gun isn't in the fray of battle but rather in the character select screen. Developer Paul Hart began creating the game with three particular characters in mind -- one controlled by keyboard, one by mouse, and one by game pad. That snowballed into nine different playable characters, all vastly different from one another, and all highly refined for their input.

For example, one of the keyboard characters totes a shotgun and aims in the direction that the player last moved. A simple push of the assignable fire button blasts off a wide-ranged spread. However, one mouse character thrives on precision and has a slow-shooting sniper rifle that's complemented by a cloaking feature.

The fact that Hart has been able to make the different characters feel refined in some sense is remarkable because by his own admission the game doesn't control all that well. That's by design. It's actually so well done that movement and shooting are only awkward for a tiny bit before you subconsciously know how to compensate for it. Well, that's for one character; mind you, there are eight others to master.

Creating characters tailored for three different inputs sounds like a chore, but Hart actually aimed for more. He ambitiously told us about trying to make the game work with racing wheels and MIDI pianos. Ultimately, he had to scrap that idea because the drivers weren't universal enough. If he could get the game working with one peripheral, another would pop up that caused issues.

Hart plans to ship A Fistful of Gun sometime in 2015 with a handful of modes. There will be a single player experience that Hart was hesitant to talk about, and with a grin on his face simply said is about "stuff." There will also be competitive and cooperative multiplayer, both locally and online -- all with up to nine players.

It's unclear right now how well cooperative play will work. Playing with just three was a pretty easy experience for us, so it needs some tweaking and balancing -- something that Hart readily admits. The competitive mode should prove to be a hit, with the frantic action leading to quick rounds and fast restarts to crown a new winner. While online play will be supported, you couldn't help but get the sense that Hart would prefer if everyone gathered around a monitor with their own device to share in the experience together.

But, of course, the choice is yours. That's what A Fistful of Gun gives you at every turn. There are just so many options, and with the game always randomly generating stages, enemies, and color palettes, there's always something different right around the corner. It makes sense that Devolver picked the game up. After all, "different" is right up their alley.



Brett Makedonski, Associate Editor
 Follow Blog + disclosure Donski3 Tips
Brett will sell you things in a dark alley -- mostly counterfeit watches and kidneys. Not counterfeit kidneys, though; even I have my lines, man. Guaranteed: All my kidneys are completely legit. ... more   |   staff directory



 Setup email comments

Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our moderators, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding *.disqus.com to your whitelists.

 Add your impressions

 Quickposts
Status updates from C-bloggers

RexterNathan avatarRexterNathan
Hello there, I just wanted to say that I'm new here and glad to be part of the community.
Niero Desu avatarNiero Desu
Just tried to explain the word BEAT to an ESL student. Reference.com has 58 variations of the definition. At the least, they can finally understand that Michael Jackson was not asking people to fight each other.
Mediamister avatarMediamister
Steven Hansen avatarSteven Hansen
DTOID PAX MEET UP DAY 1 WAS FIRE.EMOJI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Shinta avatarShinta
[youtube]https://youtu.be/JOXdORyTqVY[/youtube] I told you guys ... The Witcher 3 has more pirouettes than a ballet show. It's ridiculous!
Nathan D avatarNathan D
Are we really calling followers "fappers" on these quick posts? I knew I loved Dtoid.
OverlordZetta avatarOverlordZetta
[youtube]https://youtu.be/z04MAOubUgM[/youtube] This might've been a fun show.
Cosmonstropolis avatarCosmonstropolis
Someone is trying to log into my Dtoid account. I keep getting emails notifying me of bad password attempts. What?
gajknight avatargajknight
If you spend 10 minutes trying to write a Quickpost...can it really be called Quickpost?
Mike Wallace avatarMike Wallace
So I have enough coins to get a new character in Heroes of the Storm. I like big portly characters like the Butcher or Stitches, but I did enjoy my free week of Tychus. Crowd thoughts?
GoofierBrute avatarGoofierBrute
Today I learned that Bad Rats 2 is a thing that is happening. I don't know how to feel about this.
techsupport avatartechsupport
The temp agency that employs me had me work as a sign spinner today. As in, I held a six foot cardboard arrow-shaped sign and spun it and danced for six hours. It got interesting when a homeless couple confronted me about hogging their spot.
Rad Party God avatarRad Party God
V days until !
Snaveage avatarSnaveage
5ish hours into Phantom Pain and it is absolutely glorious. This is truly A Hideo Kojima game.
Robo Panda Z avatarRobo Panda Z
It looks like my job at PAX didn't work out (For a variety of reasons). Have fun at the convention, everyone! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdqoNKCCt7A
thelivinglegend avatarthelivinglegend
Witches of Crookback Bog from Witcher 3 is the best quest in the whole game and of any game I've played in recent memory.
Pixie The Fairy avatarPixie The Fairy
I was just accosted by the most gorgeous cosmetics saleswoman with an adorable Hatian-Creole accent. It's not often my attention gets that immersed in a total bullshit sales pitch. Well, that and I didn't want her to let go of my arm.
Cosmonstropolis avatarCosmonstropolis
My son just washed my Majora's Mask NEW 3DS because the screen was dirty. Bahahaha *cries uncontrollably*
Flegma avatarFlegma
Ever thought of skipping a console generation (and not upgrading PC for years, either) because of how big your pile of shame is? I'm doing that just now.
Tenzan  avatarTenzan
Apparently there are cancellations on the CE versions of MGSV:TTP from Europe and North America. People getting emails saying they are cancelled and such. On top of that is that there's been unboxings that don't have the extras for the Day One edition.
more quickposts


Contest!


destructoid's previous coverage:
A Fistful of Gun


  Mar 24

The Devolver Digital and Destructoid live-stream series starts today

It's like being at PAX East, but without all the fart smells and cosplay


  Aug 21

A Fistful of Gun is a chaotic, top-down, Western shooter

There aren't enough games like that in the world


View all:powered by:  MM.Elephant

Ads on destructoid may be purchased from:



Please contact Crave Online, thanks!



Seriously

Invert site colors

  Dark Theme
  Light Theme


Destructoid means family.
Living the dream, since 2006

Pssst. konami code + enter

modernmethod logo



Back to Top


We follow moms on   Facebook  and   Twitter
  Light Theme      Dark Theme
Pssst. Konami Code + Enter!
You may remix stuff our site under creative commons w/@
- Destructoid means family. Living the dream, since 2006 -