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Japan Game Release: GalGun

September 20, 2010

There’s still two days left at the Tokyo Game Show, but I doubt I’ll find a more entertaining title than GalGun, an on-rails shooter set in a Japanese high school. Before you cry Columbine, relax: There are no bullets and nobody dies. In GalGun for Xbox 360, your character hits schoolgirls with “pheromone shots.”Tapping the X button as I walked through the hallways, I put smiles on the faces of dozens of young girls who wanted to profess their love to me. After enough successful meetups you can choose a girl and trigger… doki-doki mode. The girl appears in a a pink purgatory and you, uh, inspect her by rotating the camera and leering over her. I couldn’t quite determine what in-game goals could be accomplished here, as I ran out of time, but I’m sure there’s unlimited potential for emergent gameplay.

The demo level ends with a boss battle against a green slime monster who has a hostage in his tentacles. Your pheromones are needed to destroy him, but hitting the girl only gets her angry. There’s a time limit on this fight and I shudder to think what might happen should it run out. I know how all this must sound, but the truth is GalGun is actually a lot of fun. It looks great too; the girls are well animated and their cuteness is contagious. I can imagine a quick round of this would be a great way to unwind after work.

GalGun is scheduled for a winter release in Japan, and I can’t imagine it will ever be translated into English. Then again, you don’t need to speak a word of Japanese to understand this one.

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