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Cold Iron

Rating Summary

Based on 7 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

65

Top Critic Average

43%

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Based on 7 critic reviews
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General Information

Available on:PCJan 29, 2018

Developer: Catch & Release, LLC

Genre: Action

PUZZLE. SHOOTER. Sorry, wave shooters--there's a new sheriff in town. Every enemy is unique, every duel is different, and every bullet counts. Imagine if Punch-Out!! married Stranger Things and they honeymooned in Westworld. FEATURES: Puzzle Shooter: The most lethal challenge in VR--speed, accuracy, and cunning combine for a heart-pounding adventure. Action Packed: Split-second showdowns against notorious outlaws, sorcerers, and unstoppable killing machines. The Weird West: Forge a dark pact with Cold Iron to avenge your father's murder. All The World's A Stage: A complete narrative experience told in bite-sized VR chunks, Cold Iron is a story rich with gripping voice acting and thought-provoking characters. Into Another Dimension: Explore new worlds filled with lightning-fast gunfighters and long-forgotten beasts. The Future Is Here: Cold Iron is a new genre for a new medium. Experience it exclusively in virtual reality. Immerse yourself in a unique Wild West experience. Explore a variety of worlds and locations, defeat fearsome foes, discover the truth behind the infamous weapon Cold Iron, collect in-game statues for additional rewards, and experience the most thrilling virtual reality game! WILL I LIKE THIS GAME? If you enjoy the boss rush gameplay of Cuphead, the white-knuckled western aesthetic of Red Dead Redemption, the tight gunplay of Arizona Sunshine and Raw Data, and the magic and mystery of The Dark Tower, then it's time to meet Cold Iron. Will you answer the call and fight for justice in this epic Old West tale or surrender to the ruthless cowboys and fearsome monsters that threaten every step of your journey? Each dueling showdown requires a unique set of skills as you string together combos of speed, accuracy, and intelligence in an arcade boss rush with intuitive motion controls. The average cowboy spends his whole life dreaming of gold, bounties, and welcoming saloons, but your story holds more surprises than just bullets and survival.

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Cold Iron is a game that requires players to think and act fast. While it is brief, and some might consider it too difficult, the game never feels unfair. The solutions to its unique puzzles are right in front of you, and your own wits and skill are the only things that stands between you and sweet, sweet victory. If you have had a hankering for a new gaming experience and don't mind getting your hide tanned a little bit, Cold Iron may just be your huckleberry.

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There are no difficulty options, so you won't be able to tone down the enemy AI if you get stuck.

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Cold Iron is a fascinating and unique game that could use a little bit more polish. I'd love to see additional puzzles and worlds added in the future, and maybe some kind of tutorial or power-up that could assist with better aiming for those elusive bullseyes. The test of skill is reason enough to play again and again, with the challenge of a reflex puzzle-based shooter persistently pressing for just one more duel to try and do slightly better than I did before. Textures and difficulty aiming aside, I always wanted to hear that bell one more time and watch my enemy slump into the dirt. Or maybe? Maybe it's just the curse of the gun that won't let go—the grip of Cold Iron on my soul.

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Cold Iron is an original (and bizzare) spin on duels from western movies, but the content does not justify the pricing.

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