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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Weird West (2022) is a role-playing game set in the supernatural wild west, where you play five different related stories. You explore the world and talk to townsfolk, but rather than a pre-build story, it's your choices that direct how things unfold: shooting and violence or thoughtfulness and cunning. Every action has consequences, from making or losing allies or squandering your reputation which makes for an unusual, bizarre and engaging experience.

Each of the five stories is set in a strange world called The West, where man-eating monsters and cannibals coexist with robbers and bandits. You play a consciousness that's transferred into different bodies by a shadowy group of people. In each person you inhabit, you discover a different story.

In this way, you explore the world, talk to locals and choose how things progress with your actions. This can change how each story unfolds drastically. Many parts of the game offer choices between fast-paced combat or more methodical methods to complete a mission non-violently.

The result is a game that offers an unusual mix of game-altering dialogue, branching and intertwining narratives, and the option to choose violence or cunning. It's a game about how your presence affects the world rather than a strong premeditated narrative. For those willing to go along with this emergent approach to storytelling there can be some fascinating and unexpected moments unique to you and your choices.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Weird West 13 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 7 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action, Role-Play and Simulation game with Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Platform, Shooting and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 13 hours and 30 hours to complete. To discover everything the game has to offer, you would need to play through it multiple times, potentially taking over 100 hours to do so.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This rating refers to Weird West Definitive Edition: Rated PEGI 16 for strong violence and use of strong language. The opening cinematic scene shows a person's face being branded, with a realistic reaction to the pain before they pass out. Violence during gameplay involves a mixture of human, animal and fantasy characters, with realistic reactions to the violence, albeit shown from a distance. The player's character can undertake stealth attacks and choke human characters from behind. There is some sight of blood when characters are shot and bodies remain to be looted, eaten or buried. There is use of strong language ('*!@?*'), as well as milder terms including '*!@?*', '*!@?*', '*!@?*' and '*!@?*'. There are references to alcohol and tobacco, which are among the items that can be looted, although they are not seen being used. Some locations in the game feature brothels, with references to sex workers, but no sexual activity is shown. There are some gory images, including when zombies are seen with missing limbs and wounds.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. There are lots of different systems to keep track of and fast and precise reactions are required, as well as the ability to solve problems independently without any guidance on how to do so.

CostsCosts

Weird West usually costs £30.99 to £34.99.
 

Weird West

XBox Store Xbox One £33.49
PlayStation Store PS4 £32.99
Steam Store PC £30.99
Switch Store Switch -

Weird West: Definitive Edition

PlayStation Store PS5 £34.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £34.99
Steam Store PC £30.99
XBox Store Xbox One Free Free

Xbox Game Pass

There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
 
On PC, you can play the first story for free in a separate release called Weird West - The Bounty Hunter Journey. If you then buy the full game on PC, all your save data from the first story carries through to the main game. 
 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 31/03/2022, updated in 2023

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch and Xbox One

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Role-Play, Simulation (Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Platform, Shooting and Traversal)

Accessibility: 29 features

Components: 2D Overhead and Day and Night

Developer: Wolf Eye Games (@WolfEyeGames)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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