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Mad Dog McCree: Gunslingers Pack Review

by: Finn Orfano ; edited by: Michael Hartman ; updated: 4/17/2012 • Leave a comment

Mad Dog McCree Gunslingers Pack is a simple shoot the bad guys and leave the by standers alive Wii video game that's good for a few minutes of fun with the kids or even your boss. The individual adventures are short and sweet and not to deep, but still entertaining in short bursts.

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    Mad Dog McCree: Gunslingers Pack

    Mad Dog McCree for the Wii 

    Mad Dog McCree: Gunslingers Pack has its roots firmly planted in American Laser arcade games like Mad Dog McCree: The Last Bounty Hunter and Mad Dog McCree II. These titles entertained with simple game play involving shooting a pistol at a screen that was pretty innovative for its time. These arcade games are far from good games when compared to the video game entertainment being developed in the industry presently. Still they were a guilty pleasure during their time that was pretty popular considering their simplicity.

    Mad Dog McCree: Gunslingers Pack is a Wii version of this old time entertainment you can play from the comfort of your own living room or any room in the house for $20. This Wii adventure video game does include references to alcohol, tobacco and crude humour, mild blood and suggestive scenes and of course violence, and is rated for older gamers.

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    Do the Controls Included With Mad Dog McCree: Gunslingers Pack Work?

    Mad Dog McCree: Gunslingers Pack has some fast hombres 

    The two original arcade versions of Mad Dog McCree used a light gun that wasn't always perfectly usable and satisfying on the senses. It used a mercury switch which worked by telling the game when the gun was pointed down. Mad Dog McCree: Gunslingers Pack is a Wii action video game that makes for a pretty good approximation of the original game play. The main difference is you have an on screen reticule at all times while playing the Wii version. The Wii version doesn't actually use motion sensing to sense when the Wii remote is pointed at the screen. In this set up you have to keep the Wii remote pointed away from the sensor bar to point the gun and it isn't easy to figure out how to do this. The easiest way was to cheat this Wii action video game by aiming the Wii remote, covering the IR tip of the remote and then uncovering it when you're allowed to shoot. This method was easier then trying to keep the Wii remote pointed away from the sensor bar. Fortunately, other than this problem with the aiming, everything else worked perfectly with the controls. Read our article on Wii remote accidents and disasters for more information on problems people are experiencing with their Wii remotes. The Wii MotionPlus accessory was not designed into the game play of this video game.

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    Is the Graphical Presentation of Mad Dog McCree: Gunslingers Pack Entertaining?

    Mad Dog McCree: Gunslingers Pack has some fast hombres 

    Mad Dog McCree: Gunslingers Pack makes use of video footage in this video game that has the same production values as the original arcade video footage. This footage doesn't have enough variety and is repeated too often to be entertaining for hardcore gamers and even some casual gamers. Seeing the same bad guys pop out at the same spot all the time really limits the playability of Mad Dog McCree: Gunslingers Pack and is something that should have been changed in this Wii adventure game.

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    Is the Game Play Included With Mad Dog McCree: Gunslingers Pack Fun?

    Mad Dog McCree: Gunslingers Pack puts you in the saddle 

    Mad Dog McCree: Gunslingers Pack uses simple point and shoot mechanics that isn't going to entertain the hardcore gamer for long. You do have the added challenge of trying to not kill innocent by standers or suffer the consequences. The shooting mechanics worked well enough to make this an easy task to execute, as long as you can aim straight and not shake too much.

    The biggest problem with the game play of Mad Dog McCree: Gunslingers Pack is the quick-draw mini challenge. This little mini challenge just doesn't work correctly unless you cheat the Wii remote by using the technique described in the controls section on page one of this video game review.

    In conclusion the game play of Mad Dog McCree: Gunslingers Pack is simple and not very deep and it only takes about 15 minutes to complete each challenge. You can go for a high score, invite up to 3 friends to join in on the fun in a quick fire competition but that's about it for this Wii action video game.

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    The Final Word on Mad Dog McCree: Gunslingers Pack

    Mad Dog McCree: Gunslingers Pack is a great Wii video game is you like a quick and cheap thrill that entertains for a few minutes at a time. This Wii action game isn't going to be included on the list of the 5 best Wii video games for under $20 but it's good enough to entertain casual Wii gamers. Hardcore Wii gamers who like this kind of video game will enjoy themselves for a few minutes but if you don't like this kind of video game you aren't going to be entertained for long.