I had been aware of the Gal Gun franchise for quite some time and was intrigued as a fan of both arcade style shooters and insane Japanese stuff that will likely never see the light of day in North America. Earlier this year I toyed with the idea of importing the sequel, Gal Gun Double Peace, if only for the novelty of owning such a weird piece of nonsense. I held off because there was always murmurings that the game would eventually see a North American release. I never truly believed it, no matter how confident the developers seemed. Knowing what this game is, and we’ll get into it very soon here if you aren’t already familiar, it seemed insane that it would ever get released here, especially after all of the drama that surrounded Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 earlier this year (which so far has not yet been released here). Even when it got officially announced for a release here I didn’t believe it because it was delayed a few times. I figured eventually it would vanish into the ether, never to be heard from again.
It didn’t! It came out! And nobody seems upset about it! Either way I played it safe and bought it immediately before people catch wind of this thing and start raising their pitchforks.
Ok, so here’s the premise of Gal Gun Double Peace, as best as I’m able to explain it. You play a down on his luck high school student who is unable to find a girlfriend. An angel is prepared to help you by shooting you with a pheromone shot that is meant to help you find your true love. However, before taking the shot she is distracted by a demon who is lurking in the area and instead shoots you with far too high of a dosage. As a result, every girl in the town (world?) is completely in love with you. For some reason this means that you only have until midnight to find your true love, or the spell takes a turn and the next day, every living creature on earth will hate you. The only way to fend off the infatuated females around you is to shoot them with the pheromone gun in their boobs, butt, face and vagina. Occasionally you have to touch one of them until they experience so much pleasure that it takes out everyone around them. Shit really took a turn near the end there huh?
Double Peace is absolutely drenched in sexuality, if you couldn’t already tell by my description above. That’s really only a small sample of the truly insane places this game goes. Shooting girls in their “sensitive spots” (that’s how the game phrases it) and touching them to achieve “double peace” are the two most common activities for sure. There are other scenarios, usually presented at the end of a chapter, where you will be trusted to shoot tentacles to prevent them from attacking a girl, or help a girl who is stuck on the ground on all fours due to some sort of goo. And yes, both of those scenarios also involve touching a girl in order to fill a meter up. Oh and when you zoom in for a shot, you can see their underwear through their clothes. And you can buy upgrades to allow you to see their underwear faster. Just in case you were worried about that.
It’s certainly not a game for the easily offended, but the whole thing is presented in such a silly and over the top way that it’s nearly impossible to get mad at it. The game plays its hand very early by having one of the selectable character classes be “Pervert” and having “Lewdness” as one of the four main character traits. They know what kind of game they have here and they lean into it 100%. It’s one big glorious cartoon that keeps you interested if only to see what nonsense it’s going to throw at you in the next section.
What surprised me the most though is that the game part itself is actually really fun! I expected little more than a novelty that was fun to own because of how crazy a product it is. It never really occurred to me that the game would be pretty well-made. It’s an on-rails shooter, which I feel like I haven’t seen in a good long while now, where your character moves along a set path and your only requirement is to shoot. Occasionally you get a sequence where you can look to the left and right to shoot approaching girls, and there are parts where you can shoot between a couple different paths to continue down, but outside of that it’s nothing but shoot, shoot, shoot.
The shooting itself feels tight. Apparently the first game gave you the ability to play with the Playstation Move controller and as fun as it would have been to scour my apartment to see where those things have been hiding the last few years, there’s no option to do so here. Thankfully the controller responds well, with it being remarkably easy to line up shots with the reticle using the controller. I was worried initially as these games typically work better with a physical aiming device, but the regular controller is absolutely fine here. Lining up a string of “Ecstasy Shots” (a one hit kill basically) is never not satisfying and it never feels as though you are just blindly firing and hoping for the best.
Double Peace is certainly not a long game. From start to finish, a single run will take maybe 2 – 3 hours. Thankfully the game is absolutely built for multiple run throughs. There are different routes to take, different girls to pursue, a variety of collectibles to find and multiple endings. I’m currently on my third playthrough and I know it won’t be my last.
Gal Gun Double Peace is a miraculous product purely because it exists to begin with. It is brimming with over the top, cartoonish sexuality, but manages to provide fun game play as well. I can’t say it’s worth full price, but when a sale hits this is a pretty easy recommendation, if only to see just how ridiculous this game can get.