First Impressions - Guns, Gore, & Cannoli

Available on Switch, XBONE, PS4, and STEAM; version played Switch

Initial Impressions
Guns, Gore, & Cannoli is a 2D side-scrolling shooter set in the fictional city of Thugtown in the roaring 20's. You play as mob enforcer Vinnie Cannoli who has been sent by the head of the family to pick up Frankie in Thugtown. The only problem is Thugtown is currently overrun by zombies, which turns out really isn't that much of a problem for a wise guy. The first thing you will notice about this game is the art style. It works because the game is way over the top and the art style makes it even better. The game has full voice acting in it and if you have ever watched any old-school gangster movies you will recognize some of the lines that Vinnie says in game. Yes, the dialogue is cheesy but it works for the game because of the setting and for some reason, I envision this is how a mob enforcer would act in a zombie outbreak. The game is a throwback to the arcade shooter as you can have up to four players for local coop and there are a plenty of different costumes/skins for the characters to have. Another plus for the game is the weapon variety and enemy variety. Some weapons are better for handling certain types of zombies and mob goons, while others are better for mowing down anything that moves. The environments that you run around in are also varied and have that 20's feel to it. Everything from the cars to the clubs and even the music has that vibe.

That being said there are a few things that I have noticed in my initial gameplay that is a little worrisome. Some areas can start to feel a little repetitive and this can be due to the fact that at the beginning of the game you spend it on the streets trying to get to a particular area and it gets to a point where it all starts to look the same. The other thing that I noticed was that the difficulty can spike at times. Some of those boss battles can get a little crazy so you may need to call in a little help, just sayin'.

What Do I Think So Far
At the point, I am at in the game I am still enjoying myself. I miss the old school shooters like Contra and this reminds me of that game a little. I like the over the top story and it's nice to see how the mob would handle a zombie outbreak in the 20's. In the Nintendo eShop, this game is 9.99 and I think that it is worth the price. As a matter of fact, I have seen some games that cost more than that that aren't as well done as this one in my opinion. For the parents out there since gore is in the title you should know that body parts do fly in this game. You can set things on fire as well as throw grenades and Molotov cocktails. Pretty much anything you need to get the job done that's violent you're gonna be able to do it. As far as the language is concerned there are a lot of cliched mob hitman lines but nothing too crazy. Thanks for reading and let me know what you think in the comments below.


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