Descendants: Old Guns is an open world, third-person, action-adventure game, in which players control John Baker. The games main form of transportation is horseback, with the player being able to raise and train their own steeds. Trains can also be used for quick travel. The majority of the games world is undeveloped land, peppered with travellers, bandits, wildlife and settlements.
Alongside the main story, there are various random events and sidequests for the player to partake in, including bandit raids, animal attacks, disputes, runaway horses and encounters with strangers. Completing these events rewards the player with bonus experience. They can also participate in other activities such as robberies, bounty hunting, animal hunting and gambling.
Descendants also features a morality system where John can gain or lose Honor. As one might expect, Honor is gained by making morally positive choices (helping people) and lost by making morally negative choices (being a ruthless bandit). If Baker has high honor, NPC's will treat him with respect and he may receive discounts or other preferential behaviour from citizens. With a low honor, most NPC's will treat him with fear, call the Sheriff, put bounties on his head or try to hide. Bandits however, will respect a low honor rating. Baker can disguise himself to avoid negative Honor when committing such deeds. He will also accrue bounty for committing crimes.
Gunfights are intended to be as dynamic as possible, with NPC's reflecting damage taken to specific parts of the body (unable to wield weapons if you shoot their hands, unable to walk if you shoot their knees, etc.). The game also emphasises fisticuffs, with punches, counters and dodging.
Though the main character is John Baker, players are able to create a persona to play as in Co-Op (and multiplayer). In Co-Op, players can roam the open-world or complete missions in a group of 4. (8, in the open world or on certain missions) This includes certain missions that are designed specifically for Co-Op.
Alongside co-op, there are various multiplayer versus gamemodes for players to battle each other. Mods include Deathmatch (and Team Deathmatch), Capture the Flag, Heist, in which two teams fight over a stash of gold, Horse Racing (and Team Races), The Hunt, in which players earn points by hunting and killing animals and Stronghold, in which one team must defend their position while the other attempts to break their defences.
Old Guns tells the story of John Baker, as he recounts details of his life to a mysterious man greeting him in the afterlife. John has been on both sides of the law, but the bulk of the story is told after he settles down on a farm with his family. John is forced back into action after an old friend comes to him begging for help.
|Colt Model 1873 Single Action Army||Basic six-shooter|
|Colt New Model 1892 Single Action Army||Double action revolver with a high fire rate|
|Remington New Model Army||High-power revolver|
|Colt Model 1851||The original revolver. Slow, but incredibly powerful.|
|Model 1911||Semi-automatic pistol. Hi capacity. Post-game reward.|
|Springfield 1873||Basic rifle|
|1886 Winchester Rifle||High accuracy rifle|
|Sharps Rifle||Highest damage non-scoped rifle.|
|Henry Lever Action||High accuracy repeating rifle.|
|Spencer 1860||High damage repeating rifle.|
|Carcano||High damage scoped rifle.|
|1887 Winchester Shotgun||Basic single barrel shotgun|
|Winchester 1897||Pump action shotgun|
|Remington 1889||Double barrel shotgun|
|Sawn-Off Colt 1883||High power, high spread|
|Molotov||Ignites anything it hits, temporarily making an area impassable or burning your enemies alive|
|Dynamite||High powered explosive|
|Throwing Knives||Knives designed for throwing|
|Lasso||A key piece of kit for any Cowboy, the Lasso is used to pull far away objects|
|Bow||The old fashioned bow and arrow|
|Knife||An essential survival tool|
|Foreign Blade||A secret sword found in a hidden cave.|
- Though many of the games locations are named after real places, they are not intended to be historically accurate to any degree.