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It's really difficult to sum up exactly what's so great about this title. Combine a low price with some incredibly awesome gameplay, and you've got a game that's really worth playing. Gungrave: Overdose is the sequel to the original Gungrave, based on the anime of the same name. This title features frantic, intense gameplay, and is definitely worth its inexpensive price.
The first and most entertaining part of this game is its action gameplay. Centered on a mishmash of ranged and melee combat, with powerful attacks that earn you artistic points, and basically raucous gunplay, this game offers plenty of opportunities for destruction and mayhem. When you're not busy with enemies, you can destroy anything other than straight up architecture. Pillars, chairs, plants, walls, they're all up for grabs in the race to see who can destroy what.
A little more in-depth, the combat system is based on collecting beats, which is basically one hit. The more you can accumulate in a short period of time, the higher the beat count. Using demolition shots, your high powered attack, you can earn jackpot points that help you regenerate health, and earn shield regeneration on top of that for using the demolition shot in the first place. Finally, you can earn artistic points by performing certain actions in the middle of combat, and to indulge our senses of style, you can even strike a cool pose.
Graphically, this game isn't all that hot, as it's obviously geared towards performance instead of pretty looks. Gungrave: Overdose still has it where it counts, however, as it offers a really good looking version of the anime characters. Additionally, it plays out cutscenes in the game engine that looks almost as good as most modern anime.
All in all, this is a sure win, because Gungrave's weaknesses are balanced excellently with an incredibly low cost.