GUNS, GORE & CANNOLI 2
By Ferry "Sadhonker" Adams on March 5, 2015
It is once again time to release our inner mobster. So grab your guns, hat and suit and, of course, a supply of Cannoli and head back into Thugtown. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls; Vinnie is back. and, in the developers' own words: this time it's personal! It is time to play Guns, Gore & Cannoli 2.
It has been little under three years since we were able to play the role of mobster extraordinaire, Vinnie Cannoli. His adventure took us to Thugtown, a shady part of the city that is run by the mob. Well, I say is, but "was" would better describe the situation. You see, Thugtown was no longer the sole domain of wiseguys. No sir, in 1928, Thugtown was ruled by the undead!
Now, let us jump ahead some fifteen years to 1944 and see how Vinnie's story continues. and let me tell you, it is still not a pretty sight. WWII is almost at an end as shadows of Vinnie's past make their way into his present. A shadowy figure known as the Dark Don is setting up shop in Thugtown, turning Vinnie's former allies into enemies.
As the game starts, we meet up with Vinnie, who is in somewhat of a pickle. He has managed to get himself captured by two of the Dark Don's stooges. Being the all-round tough guy he is, Vinnie makes his escape and that is where the real fun starts! Vinnie's latest adventure even spans continents; from the backstreets of Thugtown to the battlegrounds of war-torn Europe, Vinnie must make his way through lots and lots of enemies in order to find out who is really behind this latest ordeal...
Guns, Gore & Cannoli 2 has a lot in common with its predecessor, but everything seems to work even better than it did in the first game in the series. Controlling your character is very easy and makes for fast and fun gameplay. The developers incorporated a weapon wheel into the game for easy weapon selection on the fly. The levels are intricately designed and look awesome. Items scattered throughout the environment will be of great help when decimating enemy numbers. Hanging crates, exploding barrels and rickety air-conditioning units can all be turned into weapons with a few well-aimed shots, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for anything you can use!
Also, the cast of characters seems to have been expanded quite a bit, giving the game a more varied look. Naturally, the change of scenery from Thugtown to the battlegrounds of Europe also make for a more diverse look and enhance the entire experience. The soundtrack is very cool and fits the game's premise perfectly. All in all, Guns, Gore & Cannoli 2 is one hell of a mafia-zombie-war-themed game that no one should miss out on.
What really sets Guns, Gore & Cannoli 2 apart from other platform shooters is the tongue-in-cheek humor, the beautiful comic art-style and its extremely well-written story. It is an absolute must for everyone who loves a challenging platform game. Pretty soon, you'll be up to your armpits in Wiseguys, Nazis, zombies and assorted war machinery like tanks, submarines and the like. And trust me when I say that you wouldn't want it any other way! The game quickly becomes a veritable buffet of beautifully crafted death and dismemberment which you just can't pass up.
If you're not feeling up to the task of dispatching the army of enemies on your own, why not invite a friend and tackle the dangers that lurk ahead together? Guns, Gore & Cannoli 2 offers an online as well as an offline co-op mode that enables you to join forces with your friends, so up to 4 players can work together against the Dark Don's troops.
When all is said and done, one can only conclude that Crazy Minkey Studio and Claeys Brothers have once again succeeded in delivering a very high quality game that is guaranteed to keep you enjoying yourself for hours on end. So please, do yourself a favor and get your hands on this fine example of platforming awesomeness!