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Hard West

Hard West review

Scratch that XCOM or Jagged Alliance itch.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 was made by five million people working nine day weeks, but does it have a duck that collects your discarded throwing knives? Actually, I don’t know, as it’s not on PC. But a game that does feature a magic duck, and can be played on your home computer, is the lovely Luckslinger. It’s one of eight delightful cowboy ‘em ups that…

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At first glance, Phantom Doctrine [Steam page] looks an awful lot like a Cold War flavoured XCOM. That's quite an exciting prospect and the closer I looked, the more exciting it became. There are agents instead of aliens, and some novel infiltration and reconnaissance systems, but everything from the UI to the cover system is immediately familiar. The tactical missions are hiding unexpected twists though,…

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3 years ago

Feature: Scratch that XCOM or Jagged Alliance itch.

Hard West review

Much has been made of how Hard West [official site] is XCOM-with-cowboys, but if anything it's more like Jagged Alliance. With cowboys. Demon cowboys, yes, but really they're just cowboys with horns and a flame effect. Point is, this isn't a game about gradually building up a super-squad and a grandiose base in order to take down an almighty, otherworldly threat, but about a small…

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XCOWBZ: Hard West Riding Out On November 18th

Hard West [official site] looks interesting, taking XCOM-ish turn-based tacticalising into the supernatural Weird West. I dig XCOM and I dig the Weird West so yes, thank you. It had been lined up to begin rootin' and tootin' next Wednesday, but developers CreativeForge Games have decided to push it back a fortnight. They could've launched next week, they say, but think a little extra polish…

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Weird Weird West: New Hard West Gameplay Video

"Think X-Com combat with Heroes of Might and Magic world map," is the pitch that saw Hard West [official site] successfully crowdfunded in 2014, and it sounds just as great one year later - and looks it too. With the turn-based tactical action game slated for release this autumn, developers Creative Forge Games have put together an eleven-minute commentated gameplay trailer showing a bank robbery.…

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4 years ago

Hard West Kickstarter Offers Turn-Based Cowboy Tactics

"In a nutshell, Hard West is a turn-based squad tactical with adventurous world exploration. Think X-Com combat with Heroes of Might and Magic world map." The idea of an elevator pitch is that it explains the concept of something in the time it takes to ride an elevator. Hard West's Kickstarter pitch does it in the time it takes to travel between a single floor,…

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