It’s taken some time, but western-themed video games are now among the most popular in the medium.
One of the best ways to escape to a different world and enjoy a variety of genres is via the use of video games. In video games, horror and sports are easier to adapt to, but other worlds have been more difficult. It’s been a long time coming, but cowboy-themed games are suddenly hugely popular.
After a long journey, westerns are now a terrific way to enhance first-person shooters and action video games. As a result, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best video games for western and cowboy fans.
Tom Bowen’s latest update, from May 13th, 2022: Even though westerns have lost some of their lusters in recent years, action fans will find much to appreciate. Even though they tend to be a touch deficient in explosions, they typically make up for this with their captivating conversation and tense shootouts. In the same way, western and cowboy-themed video games are a terrific choice for aficionados of the genre. Listed below are some of the top western-themed video games available right now.
12 Red Dead Revolver
Red Dead Revolver was a good game when it came out in 2004 for the PS2 and Xbox, but it didn’t have the same impact as the first two games in the series. Sadly, it hasn’t aged all that well, but those who appreciate cowboys and western movies can still enjoy it.
Most importantly, Red Dead Revolver provides an intriguing glimpse into the roots of a major video game series. Exploring Rockstar’s humble roots is essential for any fan of the Red Dead series, no matter how big or little your fandom may be.
11 Hard West
A few good games have come out of Creative Forge since it was created in 2011, but the studio hasn’t produced a lot of content. As the title suggests, the story takes place in a fictitious version of the Old West in a fictionalized version of the United States. This bizarre encounter is shaped by supernatural forces that the game’s title fails to communicate.
A lot of people who enjoyed the Undead Nightmare DLC for Red Dead Redemption will find much satisfaction in Hard West. As they attempt to survive the lynchings, rituals, and shootouts that pepper the game, players can expect to come face to face with a slew of other horrific foes (such as ghosts and demons).
10 Darkwatch: Curse Of The West
Even though Darkwatch: Curse of the West is a fantastic mix of genres, it’s a little sad that it didn’t get the chance to become the basis for a long-running series of odd games.
The story of Jericho Cross, a vampire cowboy on the prowl for a greater evil, blends elements of the western genre with gothic horror and steampunk. If you’re looking for a new twist on the western genre, Darkwatch is worth a second look.
9 Wild Guns Reloaded
Super Nintendo game Wild Guns is a story of revenge and family pride, albeit with a very adorable, unassuming art style. For western aficionados, Wild Guns Reloaded is an excellent remaster and modernization of the classic game. Streamlining shooters and brawlers while simultaneously paying homage to the classics is at the heart of this game.
Despite the addition of new characters, Wild Guns Reloaded retains the spirit of its predecessor while amplifying the amusement value of this zany western shooter.
8 Gunman Clive HD Collection
That art design and visual appeal have become so crucial for consumers have been uplifting. For a while, there was a time when just high-quality visuals attracted attention, but now there’s a greater emphasis on games’ aesthetics, particularly in indie releases. A good example of this is the Gunman Clive series.
They’re western-themed indie sidescrollers, but the truncated art style is what makes these games stand out. Modern gamers can now enjoy these classic games thanks to the HD collection.
7 TimeSplitters 2
TimeSplitters 2 may be a contentious choice, but with so many western and cowboy games resembling each other, it’s a refreshing change of pace.
TimeSplitters 2 is a sequel to one of the most popular rail-shooter games, but the periods it covers are extremely wacky. To excellent effect, TimeSplitters 2 spends some time in the Old West. If you want to see both high-tech and a zombie-infested dystopia in one game, this is it.
6 Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD
In the video game industry, spin-offs are not uncommon, but Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath is a rare exception to this rule. Taken from Oddworld, it reimagines them as dark westerns with an entirely new perspective.
The grizzled bounty hunter known only as Stranger is out to make a quick buck. Oddworld’s savage Gizzard Gulch is a fantastic addition, and a 2012 remake ensured that Stranger’s Wrath would not be forgotten.
There were western games like Gun that attempted to do the same thing just a generation before Red Dead Redemption and other western-themed masterpieces. An open-world full of robbers and thugs prepared to kill anyone who looks at them slyly is the setting for Gun, which was a huge undertaking for its day.
Gun’s rich side quests and world-building make it one of the best RPGs out there. It was seminal on the original Xbox and PlayStation 2, even if its heights have since been surpassed.
4 Fallout: New Vegas
Even though the finest Fallout game is a hotly debated topic, many believe Fallout: New Vegas to be its crowning achievement in the series’ history. New Vegas may not be set in the Wild West or include any cowboys, but its Mojave Wasteland setting inspires a similar sense of adventure.
In addition, the world in Fallout: New Vegas is devoid of any laws or regulations. Even though it’s set in the future, the environment is as deadly and unpredictable as the Old West.
3 Desperados III
It’s worth mentioning that the Desperados PC series is set in the late 1800s when the West was at its most brutal, and it makes excellent use of the strategy genre to explore this period’s shady dealings.
Players in Desperados III are on a mission to track down bandits, but a diverse squad of allies is available to help them out. It may be slower and less visually advanced than other games on this page, but it develops the tension of a robbery or heist just as well as everything else on this page.
2 Call Of Juarez: Gunslinger
Even if not all of the Call of Juarez games are set in the Wild West, the series has come to realize that it produces some of its best work during that period of the series’ existence. Silas Greaves, a bounty hunter, is at the end of his rope and progressively fed up with the desolate society in Call of Juarez: Gunslinger.
“Duel” mode is a brilliant addition to Call of Juarez: Gunslinger that enables multiplayer mayhem to invade the premise. Despite its flaws, this is a compelling story that revolves around a troubled anti-hero.
1 Red Dead Redemption 2
It should come as no surprise that Red Dead Redemption 2 is at the top of our list. In comparison to its predecessor (and even Xbox’s Red Dead Revolver, a highly polished take on the genre for its time), the sequel enhances every aspect and delivers a more rewarding experience.
When it comes to open-world games, Red Dead Redemption 2 sets the bar high. It doesn’t matter if you’re hunting down bandits or just relaxing in a saloon, the game makes sure everything is as realistic and engaging as possible.
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