Gunscape: Virtual Worlds with Guns!Mar 16, 2023 | 1 Votes
Sure, there are countless video games that provide massive, fully explorable worlds with countless sights to see and sites to visit. You’ll bask in the beautiful scenery and gasp in wonder whenever you reach a new area. Such is the case in franchises like Assassin’s Creed, Red Dead Redemption, GTA, and The Elder Scrolls.
These have inspired countless games to create their own worlds, and thankfully, there are also other games that let them do this. Apart from popular staples like Minecraft and Fortnite, there’s also Gunscape, a game by Blowfish Studios. Now available on the Nintendo Switch, should you give the game a shot? Let’s take a look at what it has to offer:
What is Gunscape?
Initially released in 2016, Gunscape is a first-person shooter where players can create their own custom maps and game modes using a powerful map editor. Talk about a tailor-made experience. From there, you can make your own games, whether it’s about taking on hordes of enemies or a custom-built competitive experience.
Gameplay-wise, Gunscape is your typical first-person shooter with countless weapons to choose from. These range from the typical shotguns and assault rifles to rocket launchers and laser blasters. What sets it apart from others is its user-generated content, map variety, and the countless ways you can play it.
Fortnite, Doom, and Quake merged into a single seamless experience
In the many hours I spent playing Gunscape, the experience reminded me of Doom and Quake, especially when you get to use the rocket launcher and shotgun. Plus, the enemies, both the mobs and the rather difficult ones to take down, kind of remind me of Doom. The art style speaks of the 90s; it looks rather dated, even on the Nintendo Switch, but this is all part of its overall charm.
However, its emphasis on user-generated content makes it comparable to what Fortnite delivers. You can create your own experiences in handcrafted worlds; let your creativity run wild and share it with the rest of the world. If you’d like to test it out, you can go and play it with your friends. After all, each lobby can host up to 16 players!
Gunscape’s deep map-making elements
Speaking of creating your own games in your own worlds, Gunscape’s map-making elements are both accessible and comprehensive. Players of all skill levels, whether someone who is comparable to a Minecraft pro or someone who is a total newbie, can create maps and worlds of their own. On the Switch, making your own map feels relatively seamless and intuitive, thanks to its friendly interface.
Moreover, you can easily place in-game assets like weapons, objects, and enemies using its easy-to-use drag-and-drop interface. Plus, much like Fortnite, you can also create events and triggers like traps and enemy spawns. In any case, making a map on Gunscape is comparable to your first foray in video game design. Furthermore, this can also be a co-op experience; you can dive into a map-creating session with a friend or two if they want to help out. After all, if you pool your ideas together, you might end up creating a masterpiece!
What’s the point of creating worlds and experiences when you can’t share them with your friends and the rest of the world? Well, Blowfish Studios is pretty much aware of this, and it uses a community-driven approach to content. The game provides infinite possibilities when it comes to game modes because it’s the users that make them. In turn, its replayability is endless. Plus, you can easily discern good maps from subpar ones thanks to the rating feature.
It requires a Nintendo Switch Online Subscription
When you buy Gunscape on the Switch, it’s important to note that the game requires a Nintendo Switch Online subscription. It’s a bummer, we know, but having a subscription is a requirement to play online on the Switch. However, this is not a problem if you own the game on Steam; you can easily jump into its many online modes.
So, should you buy Gunscape?
At first glance, Gunscape may appear to be a hard sell. Its dated graphics, simplistic gameplay, and online reputation won’t make it stand out. Regardless, it has something for everyone; it’s a game where you can create your own worlds, and thanks to its map-making elements, you can create an experience tailor-made to your own needs and preferences. You can spill your creative juices and, who knows, you could end up creating an outstanding and highly-rated experience. There’s also a single-player campaign if you’re not in the mood to play with others.
Now available on the Nintendo Switch and Steam, give Gunscape a shot and see the many user-generated worlds it has to offer.