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Armored Hunter Gunhound EX

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This page is for the 2013 remake. For the original 2009 game, see Armored Hunter Gunhound.

armored hunter GUNHOUND EX
armored hunter GUNHOUND EX cover
DRACUE Software
Release dates
Windows May 1, 2014
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Scrolling, Side view
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Shooter
Vehicles Robot
Art styles Anime
Themes Asia, Sci-fi
Series Gunhound
Armored Hunter Gunhound EX on Wikipedia
Armored Hunter Gunhound 2009
Armored Hunter Gunhound EX 2014

Key points

A remake of Armored Hunter Gunhound that was previously released only in Japan in 2013 for the PlayStation Portable and was formally a free update for owners of the original 2009 PC game prior to the developer's temporary suspension.
The game has occasional visual and audio issues along with some game-breaking bugs, and does not feature the ability to remap keys.[1][2]
Its exclusive fullscreen mode can cause the game screen go black, especially when played under Windows 10. See here for potential fixes.
As of October 16, 2018, this game is no longer available for purchase from Playism and Steam due to temporary suspension of the DRACUE Co., Ltd.[3]

General information

Official website (Japanese)
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Publisher website (unavailable)
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Steam (unavailable)
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This game was removed from digital distribution services as of October 16, 2018.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\ex2data.cfg[Note 1]
<path-to-game>\padconfig.dat[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/273240/pfx/[Note 2]
ex2data.cfg also stores configuration settings.
padconfig.dat stores controller configuration settings.

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\ex2data.cfg[Note 1]
Steam <Steam-folder>\UserData\<user-id>\273240\remote\ex2data.cfg
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/273240/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud


In the Japanese version of the game, the Options menu is accessed by pressing Enter, whereas the overseas version has its Options menu in the title screen.
General settings from the overseas version.
General settings from the overseas version.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
The game's base resolution is 960x544. Fullscreen scaling modes includes Original (no scaling), Zoom (pillarboxed), or Full (stretched).
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Toggled with Alt+ Enter. Window can be resized by dragging the edges.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Borderless Gaming, but the game will be stretched to your monitor's display resolution.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
A smoothing filter can be found in the Options menu, but the setting does not work in the overseas version. Pressing F8 or F9 however disables and enables the smoothing filter respectively with Bilinear interpolation.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Game is capped between 60, 30, and 15 FPS.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.


Controller configuration menu from the overseas version.
Controller configuration menu from the overseas version.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Uses a pre-defined set-up of A, S, Z, X, Shift, Ctrl, and Cursor keys for keyboard. See this guide to remap keys with AutoHotkey.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse not used at all.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse not used at all in-game.
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Controller is not configured by default.
Full controller support
There is no exit option in the game. It must be forcibly closed by pressing Alt+F4, pressing Esc in windowed mode, or closing the game window.
Controller remapping
A visual guide can be used for the recommended controller set-up.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Xbox prompts are used in the overseas version.
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
Game registers DualShock 4 controller as a generic DirectInput controller.
DualShock button prompts
Only for the Japanese version.
Light bar support
Connection modes Wired
V2 controllers work natively; V1 controllers require the in-game controls to be configured with another controller since remapping does not work properly.[4]
Generic/other controllers
Button prompts
Xbox prompts are shown in the overseas version and PlayStation prompts in the Japanese version, regardless of input method.
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Controller must be plugged in before starting up the game.
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M


Audio settings in the overseas version.
Audio settings in the overseas version.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Sound Effects, Voice-overs
Surround sound
In-game dialogue are text-based and voiced-over.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
All dialogue is spoken in Japanese.

Issues fixed

Black game screen in exclusive fullscreen mode

This game's exclusive fullscreen function can cause the game screen to go black/gray that prevents the game from being playable, especially when played under Windows 10.

Disable Steam Overlay (Steam version)[5]
  1. Right-click the game's title from the Steam library, and click Properties from the drop-down menu.
  2. In the General tab, uncheck the Enable the Steam Overlay while in-game option.
  3. Close the Properties window and play the game. The game should display properly without Steam Overlay.
Disable anti-aliasing settings[6][7]
  1. Go to your video card's control panel such Nvidia Control Panel for Nvidia users.
  2. Select Manage 3D settings and go to the Programs Settings tab, then added the game by clicking the Add button and find the game's executable (GunHoundEX.exe) found in <path-to-game> to add its own profile in your video card's control panel.
  3. Find Antialiasing - Mode on the game's list of setting features and set this to Off from the drop-down menu.
  4. Click Apply to save the changes and launch the game. The game should be able to play normally in fullscreen.
Run the game in borderless fullscreen windowed[8]
The game's graphics may be distorted depending on your display's aspect-ratio.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c
Shader Model support 3.0
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

Remove exclusive fullscreen background image (overseas version)

The overseas release of the game features a background image for exclusive fullscreen mode that is otherwise obscured by the game screen itself when upscaled with the pixel-perfect for stretched scaling.
Delete or rename neko.jpg found in <path-to-game>[9]

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo E4300
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1 GB
Video card (GPU) 256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX compatible
Controller Gamepad 8 or more buttons


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/273240/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (273240) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.


  1. A List of GUNHOUND EX Issues, Steam Community Forums
  2. Key Bindings, Steam Community Forums
  3. Armored Hunter GUNHOUND EX :: Notice: Armored Hunter GUNHOUND EX Distribution Ending - Steam Community Announcements - last accessed on October 18, 2018
  4. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2022-02-15
    Tested a V1 controller and it would not function in-game.
  5. Black screen on start up??, Steam Community Forums
  6. Steam Community :: Guide :: How to fix black-screen for NVIDIA users on PC - last accessed on December 28, 2018
  7. Verified by User:AmethystViper on December 28, 2018
    Tested turning on and off anti-aliasing setting from my video card's control panel and can confirmed that turning it off by adding a profile for Nvidia Control Panel fixed the black screen problem for exclusive fullscreen.
  8. Verified by User:AmethystViper on November 28, 2018
    Using Borderless Gaming helped bypass the broken fullscreen on Windows 10 v1803, but the game is slightly stretched due to the game using the same aspect-ratio as the PlayStation Portable version and my display 16:9.
  9. Verified by User:AmethystViper on September 20, 2015
    Tested by deleting the neko.jpeg file from the installation folder.