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Gungrave G.O.R.E Ultimate Enhanced Edition Review

We really wanted to like Gungrave G.O.R.E when it launched on consoles and PC late last year.

Putting players in control of a gun-wielding badass going by the name of Beyond the Grave, Gungrave G.O.R.E tasks you with taking down the Raven Clan, a ruthless organisation that is distributing a dangerous drug called Seed. Nearly immortal and armed with dual pistols, a giant coffin and more, taking control of Beyond the Grave should have been an empowering and thrilling affair, but instead it simply proved to be frustrating, repetitive and ultimately quite dull. You can read why in our review. Thankfully developer Studio IGGYMOB has rectified things with Gungrave G.O.R.E Ultimate Enhanced Edition, available now on Nintendo Switch.

Our main issue with Gungrave G.O.R.E when we played it on PS5 was the fact that you had to hammer the right trigger like a maniac to shoot your pistols. It was simply tiring, as you had many, many enemies to take down. The Switch version, on the other hand, simply requires you to hold the right trigger down, with Beyond the Grave now rapidly firing his pistols for as long as you do so. Those who have played the original version will know that holding the right trigger was previously how you performed a charged shot, now you have to double-tap and then hold the trigger instead. It makes performing a charged shot it a little trickier to pull off, then, but overall it’s a very welcome change indeed.

With just this change, Gungrave G.O.R.E would have been much more fun to play, but Studio IGGYMOB has made a wealth of other changes to make its Ultimate Enhanced Edition live up to its name. Beyond the Grave now runs when firing his pistols instead of slow walking forward, for example, and levels have been tweaked to give a bit more forward momentum. You’ll find yourself engaging in awkward platforming a lot less, letting you simply get on with pushing forward and shooting the hordes of enemies that stand in your way. Tweaks have been made to things like enemy placement and AI, too, not only to make the game more enjoyable, but alto to take into account the increased speed.

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As well as adjusting elements of the game that already existed, Studio IGGYMOB has introduced some new features for Switch players as well. Some are minor, such as a new title screen that displays Beyond the Grave in a way that series fans are likely to be more familiar with. An option to play with a more cel-shaded visual style is also not all that important, but some will appreciate it. More meaningful is the new Full Break System, which increases your firing rate once you reach a certain combo threshold, making you even more of a force to be reckoned with. If there’s one thing that Studio IGGYMOB wants you to feel with this release, it’s that Beyond the Grave is tough as nails.

It must be hard on a developer, releasing a game that you’ve put blood, sweat and tears into, to a pretty negative response. And for that reason, we have to give props to Studio IGGYMOB for listening to feedback, going back to the drawing board and making sweeping changes. Gungrave G.O.R.E Ultimate Enhanced Edition takes a game with numerous issues and transforms it into something much more enjoyable. It removes obstacles that slowed down the pace, and makes perforating your enemies with a hail of bullets not the finger-destroying act it used to be. If you’re a fan of the series or just want to play a third-person shooter that makes you feel like a badass, you’d be wise to pick this up.

Gungrave G.O.R.E Ultimate Enhanced Edition Review – GameSpew’s Score

This review of Gungrave G.O.R.E Ultimate Enhanced Edition was facilitated by a review code provided by the game’s publisher. It’s available exclusively on Switch.

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