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Mad Dog McCree

From the Database of Home of the Underdogs



GAME PUBLISHER:American Laser Games

Copyright 1993, American Laser Games

Mad Dog McCree is a fun Western romp that introduces the popular “rail shooter” genre in arcades to PC gamers. The premise: become the lawman and clear the town of Mad Dog McCree and his gang. Think of Virtua Cop but with a Western setting and FMV, and you’ll have a good idea of how Mad Dog plays.

As a conversion from American Laser Games’ own arcade game created in 1990, Mad Dog McCree is very faithful to a fault. It is very short– expert gamers will be able to finish the game in only a few hours, and even beginners will likely spend no more than 10 with the game. However, the full-motion video clips full of funny acting makes the game quie enjoyable, especially on the first run-through. When it was first released, the game was criticized for having very unresponsive mouse controls (which you use to fire your pistol), but this isn’t a problem anymore when you play the game on today’s computers– anything from 486DX 33Mhz and up will do fine. With a lot of over-the-top acting (much of which is intentional) and some freedom of movement (e.g. you can often pick the location you want to go next), Mad Dog McCree is a fun, unassuming shooter that is enjoyable for as long (or short) as it lasts. Arguably this first entry in American Laser Games’ long line of FMV shooters is the best of the lot. Thumbs up, but don’t expect an epic or “serious” game by any means ;)

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