GamesRadar’s beta key bonanza continues. This week, we have keys to get you into the closed beta for Gunshine.net, a surprisingly fun urban dungeon crawler. Don’t be too quick to dismiss this one. The browser based game offers a most acceptable RPG/action affair for those looking to kill some time.
Set in Dawnbreak City, a manmade island run by an evil mega corporation, Gunshine starts off a little slow with a prison break and series of simple quests that double as a tutorial. But as you keep picking up quests and start developing your character the game quickly picks up.
Gunshine may be more about gangs and guns on the island dystopia, but cleaning up the streets with your own brand of shotgun justice feels more like a cross between Diablo and Syndicate. Early quests are well designed with a surprising level of polish for a browser based game. It looks like there’s also nice mix of singleplayer quests and more challenging encounters that require you to team up with friends.
That being said, Gunshine will be a free-to-play game when it launches – and with that comes micro-transactions. It didn’t take more than a few hours in the beta to come across a treasure box promising rare items. The catch is that it would’ve cost us some Diamonds to open it – and filling your pockets with Diamonds will cost you some real money once the game goes live.
Above: Gunshine.net will work the social media angle with Facebook connect. Feel free to friend me (Tyler Nagata) on Facebook. You can hire my hunter to help you shoot stuff
Gunshine also seems to block off certain events and areas from players based on your character’s credibility stat, which can be raised by hiring NPC mercenaries, wearing special gear, or by using the game’s Facebook connect feature to get your friends playing and added to your in-game list of Gunshine gangsters who’ll vouch for you. If you’re friends are online, you can group up and tackle bosses and more difficult challenges in real time. Or, if your Facebook friends are offline, you can still invite their characters along for a fight and just let the AI simulate their play style.
It’s too soon to tell whether or not Gunshine’s micro-transactions will be a deal breaker. We also haven’t had much of a chance to check out Gunshine’s social media suaveness with its option to bring along bot versions of your Facebook friends. But it’s not too soon to try Gunshine.net right now for some free fun as you quest for XP and loot.
Above: A trailer for Gunshine.net
To its credit, Gunshine is also incredibly quick to set up. It doesn’t require a client download or any plug-ins and will pop up in a new browser window as soon as you start playing. So if you’re reading this, you’ll be all set to start playing in just a few minutes after you get your key. Speaking of which…