“Life wasn’t so bad after all. That if you don’t mind my father kicking me early in the morning.”. This is an approximate quote from the introduction of this game. The game starts quietly, Colton the main character and his faith, Ned have to get up early in the morning to hunt, “’cause the traders don’t wait for us”. Wild west. quiet life. A sign of trouble when a grizzly bear attacks your father and you have to rescue him – good occasion to use his rifle. Nice, isn’t it? This is only the tutorial .
Yes, I love this game. From the end of the tutorial things are developing fas, you loose almost everything and your life changes completely. And not only once during the game, you cannot trust anyone and everything it seemed right becomes wrong and vice versa. Yeah, this sentence makes no sense if you don’t play this game.
Plainly, what this game offers? I’ve played two thirds of it according to the statistics and I have it for about two weeks, playing almost an hour per day, almost anytime I get the chance, even in the overcrowded tube. Well, you have an excellent scenario, revealing itself during the game. What options do you have? Well, you can go hunt outlaws for a bounty, you can make deliveries riding as hard as you can (oh, yeah, the game involves a lot of riding, the fastest way to cover not – so long distances in the game – “Hi-yo Silver!” ). You can also do various missions for the lazy sheriffs. Care for a game of poker old west style? Can do that in the local saloons, tournaments are to be unlocked. You also have the possibility to hunt wild animals later on, but you have to do it by sneaking and shooting them with an arrow, so you have a new challenge in those missions. The story missions are far more interesting, from escorting the stage coach to using dynamite for creating a stone wall in order to stop and rob a train.
Another thing that that I think contributes to the depth of the game is the skills system – so this is an extra reason to do the side missions – they will give you extra skills and money. What are the money good for? To purchase upgrades, extra ammo slots, quick reflexes and firepower. Speaking of which you have a “quick draw” mode, meaning the time is slowed Matrix – like and you can shoot very fast a large number of enemies. This can be a life saver sometimes or depending on your skill, this might decrease the difficulty level of the stage.
No matter how much things I would say in this article, nothing can describe the feeling of “being there”, the feeling of freedom when riding through the plains or the badlands, the narrow canyon, the unexpected shortcuts, mines or bandits hideout. You never know what will happen when you reach the site of the mission, so this ads to the general impression.
I am a gamer, so there are not many games that impress me, but this one is great in my opinion. Not perfect, but I love it, nine out of ten from me. It’s been long since I had so much fun, an experience not to be missed.