GUNS, GORE & CANNOLI
By Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee on December 8, 2015
Last year at Epicon, I came across 'Guns, Gore and Cannoli'; A great looking 2D platform shooter, developed by Crazy Monkey Studios and Claeys Brothers Arts, two awesome studios from Belgium. After this first meeting, I also met up with them at Gamescom and Firstlook. And every time I saw the game, I got more and more convinced; this was going to be awesome! So today 8th of December 2015, Guns, Gore & Cannoli is released for the PS4 and I was keen to check it out!
As you may or may not know, ‘Guns, Gore and Cannoli’ is a 2D platform game with lots and lots of firefights, set in the 1920’s. The prohibition is in full swing, and Mafia families are making big bucks by providing the population with the thing they desire most: alcohol. You can get in touch with your inner Mafiosi by stepping into the role of Vinnie Cannoli. This badass wiseguy is out on a seemingly simple job; He is to find a rival mafia member named Frankie in the fictional city of Thugtown. As soon as you enter Thugtown it becomes clear that something is really, really wrong there. The entire town is crawling with zombies, but why… and how? As you can imagine, that’s exactly what our friend Vinnie is asking himself.
On your journey through Thugtown, you will meet a number of crazy characters and LOTS of zombies. The story is cool yet simple and the game focuses heavily on the action, of which there is plenty to go around! When you first start playing Guns, Gore & Cannoli, it will be fairly easy, but as you blast your way through the first few stages, it becomes increasingly more difficult reasonably fast. Especially the boss fights will take some planning and a boatload of bullets. Luckily, I was never afraid of a little (or a lot, for that matter) action, so bring it on!
In a time where, more often than not, games are semi-incomplete upon launch and updates and patches are standard practice, it really stands out, and is certainly worth mentioning, that Guns, Gore & Cannoli seems to have no flaws at all. The gameplay is outstanding, the graphics are awesome and the game runs smoothly. Together with Ferry “Sadhonker” Adams, I played this game in coop mode and we were never in each other’s way. This was a nice surprise, because the game itself can look very crowded with all the zombies and enemies. Your characters will smoothly pass each other and because the (thank god!) absence of friendly fire, you will never kill your companion. This gives you the possibility to focus on the task at hand: Shooting everything that moves; be it a zombie or a rival Mafia goon, after you’re done with them, they’ll be sleepin’ with the fishes… see?!
What I also really liked about the co-op mode, is the character selection. Alas, we can’t all be Mr. Cool: Vinnie Cannoli. Please madam, stop crying! Imagine that all our characters looked exactly the same; that would be a little confusing, don’t you think? But, our friends at Crazy Monkey Studios and Claeys Brothers Arts have not let us down so far, so you don’t think they’ll start now, do you?! Of course not! When you join a co-op game, you get to choose from a few characters. And ask yourself, how cool is it to enter Thugtown as a Rambo- or Terminator version of Vinnie? Or forget about Vinnie all together and play as Don Corleone?! See, that’s not so bad is it? No sir, it isn’t… It’s FREAKING AWESOME!
I love the exaggerated mafia talk and one-liners in this game. For instance, when something or someone explodes, Vinnie will react with one of my new all-time favorite phrases: “Look, it’s Napoleon Blownapart!” When you think about great mafia one-liners, you might be thinking of movies like the Godfather, or even the Untouchables. On the other hand, you might be thinking of a whole different kind of movie. Maybe you’re even thinking of one line in particular that (for our generation, at least) has been immortalized by the 1990 season comedy movie: Home Alone… So yes, ladies and gentlemen; pay attention and you will definitely hear some awesome one-liners in this game.
It’s always a surprise whether or not a game will turn out to be as awesome as the early version you play at an event. With Guns, Gore and Cannoli this is definitely the case! It’s a great game, which turned out to be even better than we imagined! If there is one thing I could possibly nag about, it has to be the fact that the fun ends too soon. Not that Guns, Gore & Cannoli is a very short game by any means, it’s just me; I don’t want the fun to end! I want to keep blasting my way through Thugtown, dispatching enemies left and right! So please, Crazy Monkey Studios and Claeys Brothers Arts. Please give us more of your cool games; I just can’t get enough of them!
As you may have gathered by now, I really, REALLy like Guns, Gore & Cannoli. It’s a cool game to play on your own, but the best way to enjoy the full blood-spattered, action-packed and cream-filled experience is definitely to play it in co-op mode. So gather a few friends, pick up your handgun, your shotgun and your cannoli and shoot everything that moves… Capiche?