In all honesty, Mad Dog McCree should have been left back in the arcades. While the arcade game was pretty nice looking, featuring stunning FMV (especially considering that in time period it came out in, FMV was a very new technology) and fast and furious arcade shooting, this PC version is the pits.
For one thing, the FMV is very, very grainy. In no ways does it even come close to matching the arcade version's crisp and clear visuals. In fact, the PC version is so bad looking that it's often difficult to see the bandits your trying to shoot. It's bad even for a 1993 game. So the visuals aren't that hot, but what about the rest of the game? Is it fast and fun like the arcade game? No, for one simple reason: the mouse. You see, in the arcade version, you got to use a handy-dandy gun to shoot the screen with. Well, on the PC version, you get to use your mouse and a cursor to point and click the bad guys. Where's the fun in this? Sure the mouse control is fine, but this game needs a light-gun to be fully realized. But the thing that makes this game beyond worthless is that it's a direct port of the arcade game. There's no new scenes, no new gunfights, nothing. It's exactly the same. To those of you who are wondering why this is a bad thing, let me explain. See, arcade shooters of this type are notoriously short. They're arcade games, they need to be short. After all, who want's to waste their tokens or quarters playing some long, involved epic game? They've got to be short so that people have a chance to beat them. But you see, Mad Dog McCree is probably the shortest arcade shooter of all time. If you know what you're doing, you can easily finish this game in about 15 minutes. And even if you don't know what you're doing, you'll beat it within an hour or two. Some new scenes would have been nice, but it was just not meant to be.
So there you have it. Mad Dog McCree is painfully short with terrible FMV and almost no sense of fun. The acting isn't even that great and the payoff for finishing the game is horrible. I'm sure any fan of the arcade game looking for a good, solid PC conversion will be extremely disappointed.
Graphics: Mad Dog McCree is downright ugly thanks to the annoyingly grainy FMV. It's often difficult to tell who or what you're shooting at...or even SEE who or what you're shooting at.
Sound: The sound is okay though there isn't much in this department. The guns sound like guns, and that's about it. There are few uninspired western tunes that play at certain times, but it doesn't really detract from the game.
Enjoyment: Looking at ugly, grainy FMV, point and clicking with my mouse to shoot varmints and finishing the game well under a half hour to be rewarded with a terrible ending isn't my idea of fun or enjoyment.
Replay Value: Once you finish it, you've finished it for good. There's no reason to play it again.
Mag Dog McCree and his gang have kidnapped the Mayor and his daughter, and its up to you to rescue them. You must blast through bars and bank robberies to take the gang out and save everything you regard as good and true. Where the game differs from other Operation Wolf-influenced shoot-'em-ups is in the use of live video, with real people appearing on the screen before you shoot them down. You have unlimited continues with which to reach the end, so the actors will have their screen deaths seen by as many people as they would had they starred in a film.
The PlayStation 3 version has re-mastered full-motion footage (720p), a new scoring system with leaderboards, and cooperative gameplay for up to four players. The Move peripheral is supported as a controller.
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