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Total Overdose: A Gunslinger's Tale in Mexico review

Holy frijoles! The free-roaming action formula south of the border for a silly shootout

For

  • Ridiculous combat sequences
  • Adjustable difficulty
  • Game's silliness is refreshing

Against

  • Lacks polish
  • Cheesy voice acting
  • You can do better for the money

What's the difference between a genre riff and a rip-off? Total Overdose, that's what. Take the gameplay from a few other action games, add some blood and spices, then wrap it up in a flour tortilla, and you've got a burrito of unashamedly derivative gameplay.

Mind you, just because it looks, feels, and plays like an inferior cousin of the Grand Theft Auto series is no reason to dislike it. No, the reasons to dislike it stem from an overall lack of polish. The developers got the basics down - the whole go-on-a-mission, blow-bad-guys-away, watch-the-cutscene, go-on-another-mission structure is firmly intact.

More Info

GenreShooter
DescriptionWith sample dialogue like "Hey, pig face, it's time to go to pig heaven," you know the proceedings are pure queso.
PlatformPS2, Xbox, PC
US censor ratingMature, Mature, Mature
UK censor rating, ,
Release date:16 September 2005 (US), (UK)
Available platforms:PS2
Genre:Shooter
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