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Act Labs Gunz-T

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The GunZ-T is the successor to the GunZ which I reviewed in episode 125. It reuses the same shell, which resembles the Konami Hyper Blaster. It was made in 1998 by Act Labs for the Sony PlayStation.

The GunZ-T has a nice dark red color. The built quality is again splendid. The trigger feels very tactile and nice. My particular unit came with this large ugly FCC sticker on its handle. The T portion of its name stands for “tilt”. Inside the gun is a tilt switch which causes the A button to be pressed upon holding the gun in a certain angle. Sadly this mechanic suffers of a delay and therefore it isn't very useful. The most noteworthy difference to the normal GunZ is in my opinion the G at the auto reload switch. The G stands for Guncon mode and expands the library of playable games considerably. Against all intuition no auto reload feature is engaged during Guncon mode, for which I am grateful.

In Guncon mode accuracy and precision of the gun are very good. Sadly there is a dead zone at the bottom of the screen which isn't detected by the gun. The button placement isn't great for games such as Resident Evil Gun Survivor, but it works well with Time Crisis like games. In normal gun mode accuracy and precision are again very good. Luckily in this mode there is no dead zone issue. Here the tilt motion presses the special weapon button and the normal fire button shortly thereafter. That way the tilt will solely fire normal shots or reload the gun upon running out of special ammunition.

Personally I like the Gunz-T. I think it is a great light gun for people who are very fond of the Konami Hyper Blaster and would love to use such a gun beyond the limitations of normal gun mode. Even though the tilt functionality is gimmicky and not very useful, the T variant is the version to get, as for the expanded library. Potential owners however should be aware of the dead zone issue in Guncon mode.

For the Gunz-T a whole new box design was used with a brand new logo. On this box Act Labs quit presenting itself as Act Laboratory. A gloved hand is shown as it tilts the gun which is represented by a transparent overlay. The back of the box shows some ammunition crates and stripper clips true to the design of its predecessor.