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Total Overdose: A Gunslinger's Tale in Mexico

posted Nov 27, 2016, 8:35 AM by Viktor Zólyomi   [ updated Nov 27, 2016, 8:35 AM ]
When the video game Grand Theft Auto was first released, it sparked considerable outrage due to it being a crime simulator. The controversy did nothing to hinder its rise into one of the most successful game franchises in the world, and over the years it has spawned numerous sequels, as well as created its own genre. One of the most unique of the so-called GTA clones out there is an almost light hearted piece called Total Overdose: A Gunslinger's Tale in Mexico.

Released in 2005, Total Overdose takes us into Mexico where the player steps into the shoes of an undercover police officer for one mission (after playing as his father in the prologue) which ends pretty badly, and forces him to recruit his irresponsible outlaw brother to fill in for him while he recovers from his injuries. From that point forward the player controls the brother, Ramiro Cruz, also known as El Gringo Loco, in an adrenaline fueled rampage of mayhem, vehicle theft, and slow motion headshots.

Playing Total Overdose feels like playing a Robert Rodriguez movie. The atmosphere screams Desperado and the variety of ways in which the player can kill the bad guys (or the not so bad guys, if it comes to that) is staggering. The arsenal of weapons at the player's disposal is incredible for a GTA clone, and is well presented by the game's ultra memorable opening cinematic, which displays our antihero walking into a compound run by the bad guys with his entire arsenal and proceeding to demonstrate his skills.

The aforementioned scene received an homage in the first Con City novel, yet the influence of Total Overdose on the Con City novels was far more profound than that. All the insane nonsense that goes on during the game makes it a natural inspiration for the world of Con City. If you've never played this masterpiece, it's well worth to check it out for example on gog.com.