Depending on your view of guns, Samurai Punk’s VR game The American Dream is either a much needed wake up call for gun loving patriots or a highly offensive misrepresentation of American values. Regardless of your personal views, it’s undeniably a brave, ballsy game to put out in this current climate. But is it good?
In The American Dream, you are in a 1950’s world accompanied by a talking dog called Buddy Washington, who is patriotism personified. He’s here to guide you through your everyday life, and how guns are essential to your everyday needs. You start as a baby in your cot. Need to get your Mother’s attention? Pull out a pistol and shoot the door. She’ll come in and lovingly serve you food from her own gun. You then travel through each level in a fairground like cart that luckily has a shed load of ammo in it. The game puts you in over 20 hilarious scenarios – your first job, your first date, losing your virginity…all with running commentary by good old Buddy Washington. The game is laced with deliciously dark humour and although it’s essentially various versions of the same joke, the game does an amazing job of keeping that joke one you laugh at again and again.
Certain levels require different guns, and you’re very handily given the specific one before a level starts. Your role is essentially just shooting things (well it is about guns after all), but the game is so creative with everything else you won’t remotely mind. Honestly, there are some truly insane moments here. The sex scene with guns being one. Or the massive fish battle. Or the Russian roulette dinner date. The list goes on. But whilst the majority of the game is living in the absurd, towards the end of your adventure the tone changes pretty drastically, with the ending being the most insane scenario of all. It’s ludicrously inventive and with an absolutely scathing dialogue it’s a game I can honestly say is like no other I’ve played.
You’ll be living The American Dream for around 4 hours, which is fairly solid for a VR game. Not only that, but Samurai Punk have thrown in a few more reasons to play it again. Firstly, there are a whole host of trophies to pop with a shiny Platinum waiting at the end of it. There are also hidden tiny stars to aim for in levels, and a true ending to unlock if you want to stick to your guns. You son of a gun, you. Alright I’ll stop now.
The American Dream is brave, bold and bizarre. It’s simple gameplay and hilarious, biting humour ensures that you’ll finish this one gun happy. Turns out being under the gun is pretty fun. USA! USA! 🇺🇸
Punk rating: 8/10