Red Dead Redemption 2 is here. Well, no here here exactly, if you're a PC player, since you still do not know when the western epic of Rockstar will come to our beloved platform.
Ayep, while the pioneer of the game of the year goes into the sunset with the console players, PC people have left us behind, hanging from our horses with one foot stuck in the stirrup and our faces in the earth.
Luckily, like platforms that are not Red Dead, the PC is as well equipped with Old West games as a small-town lounge with alcohol and lice. It is not the biggest game genre, but a long and elegant one, so we have found 10 of the best western games for you to play on your PC.
1. The Oregon Trail
The first game of the west that really took off on the PC was not your classic story of gunmen and spittoons, but possibly the most cruel and relentless educational game of all time.
So, what educated you? about? Trying to cross the 19th century in the middle of a caravan was a dangerous business. In the original text-based game, you would lead a caravan of five people (whom you would normally name as family and friends, for additional immersion) and then drive them through the wastelands of the US. UU events like Apache attacks, breakdowns and, most infamous of all, dysentery.
Since its 1971 debut, Oregon Trail has gone through countless iterations, many of which it can play online . One of the best modern twists in the game is Organ Trail set in a modern zombie apocalypse. And hey, it's Halloween, so we're being doubly cliches!
2. Red Dead Redemption
What is the transmission of games? It is the future? The death of the game as we know it? All those questions dissipate like dust in the desert wind when it means you can play the original Red Dead Redemption on the PC through PlayStation Now.
Of course, it's subscription-based (a non-negligible value of $ 19.99 / £ 12.99 per month), and is currently not available in Australia, but just remember that subscription also includes Bloodborne and a few other hundreds of games. But the most important thing is that Bloodborne …
Rockstar's original great western never gets the right PC treatment it deserves, so it's still the best way to experience it. It was a refreshing break from the mocking and sardonic world of GTA, telling the tragic story of John Marston, a former criminal blackmailed to hunt down his former gang member.
Redemption had many extravagant characters and, of course, a dark humor, but it also stirred in the atmosphere; his soundtrack of coyote whistles and harmonicas that accompany him through the beautiful, arid and deadly territories of the US-Mexico border.
Going a little further to the left field, to the strange place where Indians and Indians hide in the bushes, you can find Westerado. This delightfully crispy-looking game is located on an overhead map like Zelda, where you tour a western city and its surroundings in search of the not-so-good sunnuvagun who killed your family.
Each game execution is unique. 2-3 hours, but maintains its freshness since the appearance of its objective and its whereabouts are random. The world is full of small side quests and interactions with the humble people of Westerado, and has some nice RPG touches, which allow you to choose how to talk to people, or even become an outcast by shooting people and stealing banks.
It is a great mini mix of writing, exploration and lethal combat that only allows you to shoot left and right.
4. Fistful of Doom / High Noon Drifter
All roads lead to Doom, as we mean here on the PC. After 25 years, id Software's demonic shooter is still a hotbed of modding creativity thanks to its accessible tools and the timeless mechanical brilliance of the base game.
There are two mods that make Doom a more rootin & # 39; -tootin & # 39; Type of Shooter Fistful of Doom only contains a couple of Western-themed levels, but they are brilliantly detailed, and during your short time you will be awash in the music of Spaghetti Western and the blood of demons in cowboy hats.
Then there is High Noon Drifter ; a set of low-tech weapons that offers you the six shots, the rifles and the bows of a rampant western gunman, with sliding mechanisms and a hat that you can use as bait.
You can combine this set of weapons in Fistful of Doom for the full Western experience, use it with other mods, or even add it to the basic Doom games.
A game perhaps best known for its long and semi-legendary demo and mocking sound bite, " Where are you, Marshall?" Outlaws was the last great pixel-based FPS of the 90s.
Made by story-telling gurus Lucasarts, he was one of the few shooters of his time to have a plot: a story of revenge told through scenes cut with elegance between the missions.
Its levels may be a bit labyrinthine later, but it still works brilliantly, combining the timeless quality of the fast-paced 90s shooters with advanced mechanics such as reloading, sniper range and letting you fly all the revolver cannon in a room full of enemies.
His orchestrated soundtrack (one of the first in videogames) gives his hat to Morricone as well. You can pick up Outlaws at GOG.com where it was revived a few years ago.
6. Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive
From hard times in which the games were not as concerned to guide you to the end as to hit you with a horseshoe, Desperados arrives.
This real-time tactical game puts you in control of a gang of specialists, including a sniper doctor, an explosives expert and a seductive seductress, whose combined skills you use to tackle strenuous missions in the Old West. It is an old and hard game, with beautiful pre-rendered backgrounds that capture those western climates.
Veteran players can think of it as "Commands set in the Old West."
While the sequels were disappointing, they lack the tight mission The design and plot of the original, Desperados 3 is currently under development by Mimimi Productions, the studio behind the excellent Shadow Tactics. He is the perfect developer to help this lost series travel again.
7. West of Loathing
West of Loathing, a relentless parody of stick figures of all the tropes and conventions that we have come to associate with westerns, is one of the strangest RPGs in recent memory.
This monochromatic gem lets you choose between playing Cow Puncher, Snake Oiler or Beanslinger, and then puts you on a quest to discover why the cows came home. It is a marvelously written stupidity; a mix of turn-based combat (against many cows, of course), chats full of jokes with the inhabitants of the city, exploration of adventure games and puzzle solving.
If the games were judged by how much they make you smile, this is a great game of all time
8. Call of Juarez: Gunslinger
Outside of the Red Dead series, Call of Juarez is probably the highest-profile Western franchise in games. Which does not say much, because this series of ingenious FPS has always been overlooked constantly.
If you're looking for a more history-driven experience that still has a great set of weapons and ties, you can try Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood, but Call of Juarez: Gunslinger gets our vote for this list thanks to his shots of high intensity and its presentation of Gung-Ho. It's more Django Unchained than Unforgiven: self-conscious rather than serious.
With a clear and jealous aesthetic, and the damage done to the enemies indicated by the numbers emanating from each shot, Gunslinger ignores his identity as a hyperactive, intensified romp through an Old West very viz.
The Rockstar propaganda machine would like you to think that the predecessor of Red Dead Redemption was Red Dead Revolver, but in terms of design and narration of open worlds, it was Gun who put the tracks.
Made by Neversoft (of the fame of Tony Hawk), Gun was the first true GTA of the West, which allowed him to tour the cities and the dusty landscapes of the whopping four states of the United States, with a lot of flexibility to interpret the hero benefactor or solitary bandit.
The story is compelling, and it presents you as an Apache shooter who tracks down a murderous gang, but you can also wander around to hunt buffaloes and converse with people, many of whom are based on the famous Western legends and expressed Brilliantly in Hollywood.
It may seem a bit squeaky these days, but Gun is still the polished Western epic from the days before John Marston launched into the legend of video games.
10. Oddworld: Stranger & # 39; s Wrath
Somewhere between Wild, Wild West, and Cowboys & Aliens, but much more accomplished on an artistic level, is this adventure from the strange but not forgotten studio Oddworld Inhabitants.
Oddworld Steampunk-inspired stage, you're the odd titleholder, a mysterious bounty hunter who travels the strange west hunting outlaws. Everything in the world feels incredibly elaborate, from the crossbows that shoot insects to the grotesque and vibrant characters that you know throughout the game.
The combat and shooting sections have nothing special, but the world is very detailed and full of characters. It is a western-themed song from the Oddworld series, which rubs shoulders with games like Beyond Good and Evil and Prince of Persia: Sands of Time in an era of bold and brilliant adventures.
A HD version of Stranger & # 39; s Wrath was released on Steam in 2010.
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