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Hard West

Gambitious Digital Entertainment, CreativeForge Games
Nov 18, 2015 - PC

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61 / 100
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8.1 / 10
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8.5 / 10
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Critic Reviews for Hard West

The presentation is aced, but Hard West's turn-based combat is too rote to be engrossing.

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No Recommendation / Blank

Rough round the edges and clunky in parts, Hard West's refreshing take on turn-based strategy is still worth saddling up for.

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Hard West isn't the deepest game of its kind, but it does a good job of walking the line between cold, hard tactics, and Weird West-style personality. Its mystically-inspired abilities add a fun twist to the X-Com formula, even if they do remove some of the need for tactical forsight. A richer world outside of combat would have been nice, but as is, Hard West still presents a fun, unique take on turn-based tactics.

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Hard West is a satisfyingly creepy mash-up of six-gun horror and tactical combat.

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This is a world worth exploring, and I have a feeling we'll be seeing more of it. Maybe that'll be in the form of a huge patch that puts this broken machine back together, or a sequel that brings the best of Hard West to the forefront. What I'd really like to see is a tabletop game in this setting, because it honestly feels like it might be better suited in that realm. Either way, I hope there'll be a reason to come back. 

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Hard West gets a lot of things right, with a number of clever ideas that help to broaden the scope of the standard turn-based formula it draws upon, but a lack of checkpointing and other game design faux pas can spoil the fun.

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Lovecraft meets John Ford and they duke it out in a turn-based western-style shootout. Cowboys and demons for a game with a strong narrative bent and solid, if a little too by-the-numbers, tactical combat.

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Hard West is a turn-based strategy game that gives you an authentic western experience whilst pushing you to the limits of your ability.

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