Best Wild West Game for PC and Console – Part 2
Part 2 – In the 17th to 20th centuries, the United States became silent witness of the expansion of territories and conflicts between Indian tribes and the expansion of residential areas in the “Manifest Destiny” program. This period is known as the “American Frontier” or “Wild / Old West” which also forms the identity of the United States to this day.
The Wild West period is divided into two parts:
1607–1912: territorial expansion
1850–1924: Wild West myths
The second half covering the whole Wild West myth usually takes place in the western part of the United States. In the world of entertainment, this period is often the setting for cowboy conflicts in films, literary works, to video games.
No less interesting than the time settings in other games, here are the 5 best games set in the Wild West to play on PC and consoles according to the Metacritic site.
Disclaimer: Some of the games displayed here contain elements of blood, violence, adult scenes, and vulgar words. Player discretion is strongly recommended and minors are not expected to play.
1. Call Of Juarez: Bound in Blood
Not “Call of Duty”, “Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood” was developed with Chrome Engine 4 by Techland in 2009 and distributed by Ubisoft for PS3, XBOX 360, and PC. Like Red Dead Redemption 2, this FPS game is the second installment in Call of Juarez, as well as a prequel to the first Call of Juarez (2006).
Taking 20 years before Call of Juarez, Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood focuses on the Ray and Thomas McCall brothers who become fugitives after deserting towards the end of the US Civil War in 1864. The McCall brothers then travel to find civilization’s “Gold Juarez” Aztec.
Like Dead Eye in Red Dead, Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood also has a slow attack mode, namely “Concentration Mode”. Cowboy-style shooting duels are also frequent, and you have to keep your hands close to the gun so you can shoot first! Unfortunately, this game was not able to score sales of touching 1 million copies.
2. Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive
Released for Windows-based PCs in 2001, “Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive” is a real time tactics game by Spellbound Entertainment and distributed by Infogrames. In 2019, this game will also be available for macOS, and Linux.
Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive is set in 1881. You play as a sniper cowboy, John Cooper. Cooperating with five of his colleagues, Cooper wants to catch a train robber named “El Diablo”. So, in this game you can control 6 characters.
In this game, you can also run the spyglass feature, which is peeking through the eyes of the NPCs. In addition, you can also activate Quick Actions, which is the ability to compose attacks so they can be executed later.
3. Call Of Juarez: Gunslinger
The fourth series of Call of Juarez, “Call of Juarez: Gunslinger” was also developed by Techland with Chrome Engine 5 and distributed for PS3 (via PSN), XBOX 360 (via XBOX Live) and PC (via Steam). In 2019, this FPS game is here for the Nintendo Switch.
Call of Juarez: Gunslinger tells the story of revenge in 1910 about a hit man named Silas Greaves. Believe it or not believe it, here, you will meet a young boy who turns out to be the 34th President of the US, Dwight D. Eisenhower. The ending in this game can be different depending on your decision.
Just like other Call of Juarez, Call of Juarez: Gunslinger also features duel between cowboys and a concentration mode for more effective aiming. To find out the truth about Silas’ past, you also have to collect the “Nugget of Truth”. Apart from Story mode, you can also play two other modes:
Arcade: You fight multiple enemies at once.
Duel: You are a one-on-one gun duel with many opponents.
In 2018, this game was temporarily withdrawn from the market due to a dispute with Ubisoft. Finally, Techland became the official publisher for this game.
Developed by Neversoft, Beenox (PC), and Rebellion Developments (PSP), “Gun” is an RPG game that has an open world environment. Distributed by Activision, Gun was released in 2005 on PC, PS2, XBOX, GameCube, and XBOX 360. In 2006, Gun was released for the PlayStation Portable (PSP) under the title “Gun: Showdown”.
Set in 1880, you play as an Apache Indian cowboy named Colton White on a mission to avenge his tribe on Thomas “Tom” Magruder. Gun also places several tokok in the game adapted from dominant figures in Old West such as Hoodoo Brown; Clay Allisson; to Thomas “Tom” Magruder.
As Colton, you will hunt down criminals, whether on foot or on horseback, to fulfill missions. You can also hunt animals and run side quests. For the PSP version, you can play multiplayer, get new weapons, and even new missions that are not available on consoles and PCs. As of 2008, Gun sold up to 1.1 million copies and received many awards!
5. Red Dead Revolver
Developed by Angel Studios (Rockstar San Diego), “Red Dead Revolver” is the forerunner of the Red Dead series. Interestingly, this series has been financed since 2000 by Capcom; and was announced in 2002 as the successor to the shooting game “Gun Smoke” (1985).
Red Dead Revolver is set in the 1880s. Here, you will play as a cold-blooded paid cowboy named Red Harlow who wants to take revenge for the death of his parents at the hands of cowboys.
With the Dead Eye mechanism, you can aim at the target and then shoot automatically! You can also play multiplayer with friends against bots. Making its debut in the game, the mechanism remained until Red Dead Redemption 2. Released for the PS2 and XBOX in 2004; Red Dead Revolver scored sales of up to 920,000 copies as of 2010.