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Gunman Chronicles Playthrough By elbryan42 On YouTube

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There’s a good chance you’ve never actually heard of Gunman Chronicles. Originally conceived as a Quake 1 mod, known as “Gunmanship 101”. Eventually, the team decided to switch over to the Quake 2 engine. This is where the majority of the design was set in stone for the project, which had by then been renamed to “Gunman”. But eventually, even the Q2 engine became outdated, and the team moved to the new Half-Life engine.

After a strong showing at the Half-Life Mod Expo in 1999 alongside modding classics like Counter-Strike, Action Half-Life, Science & Industry and USS Darkstar (by the way, Valve, when will we get a new Mod Expo?), Sierra and Valve were impressed, and Gunman became a retail product, with funding, some helping hands, and office space at Valve. Finally released in November 2000 to lukewarm reviews, Gunman wasn’t much of a hit. But despite its mediocre plot and writing, and despite the slightly repetitive gameplay, it’s still a pretty solid shooter.

It remains unclear if Valve owns the rights, or if Sierra owned the rights from the start and if they now lie with Activision (as Havas, which acquired Sierra along with the rest of the Cendant Corporation’s software entertainment properties in 1999, was purchased by Vivendi, which in turn, merged with Activision in 2007). It’s even possible that the rights have expired. So don’t go expecting a Gunman Chronicles 2, or even a Steam re-release very soon. You can still find copies of Gunman on online stores, but maybe you’re not the bidder type. Maybe you just want to check out the game, without having to pay an exorbitant amount of money for a battered first edition copy? Well, it seems like you’re in luck!

Gunman Chronicles Playthrough By elbryan42 On YouTube

ElBryan42, whom you might know from his excellent video game playthroughs on YouTube, is currently doing a video playthrough of – you guessed it, Gunman Chronicles. So far, he’s done only three parts – the game’s introthe opening, on the Gunmen’s Aeronautica space outpost; and the entire jungle planet chapter. The playthrough is pretty well done and in-depth, so you should definitely check it out, and you should stay tuned for future videos. Here are are embeds of the videos, in order:


  1. I buy this game a few months ago from one man. It’s a treasure game! 🙂 Rewolf were excellent developers…

  2. Gunman Chronicles FTW! This I think was the first FPS I ever played, with it I meet HL and since then I have been a Valve fan. great times those where.

    For anyone fan of GC, I would love to play someday with you or just talk about how awesome gunman was etc, if anyone wants to friend me here is my steam profile:

  3. I own this game and it is good. When I was younger I mainly played the generation of fps from the late 90’s/early 00’s. Without a console, these games were the golden sugar of my life. Everything was linear but the game never really took control of me, it let me observe. Looking back, Half Life definitely was the best of the bunch, but at the time they all pretty much did the same for me.
    Half Life, Opposing Force, Blue Shift, Gunmen, Red Faction.
    Another which may not be as “good” as HL looking back, but definitely had as much as or more of a positive affect on me, is Shogo. I have all the hl engine games and red faction but I’ve lost shogo. Even if I pulled it out it probably woudln’t work but it was amazing when I was younger. Amazing weapons too, around the same level as resistance.

  4. I’ve heard of this and played this before and I’m only 14 so if I have then I’m sure alot of other people have aswell

  5. Was a good game, had my fun with it 🙂 Back in the days…

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