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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.
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.
Weird West: Definitive Edition
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.
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
Accessibility: 29 features
Components: 2D Overhead and Day and Night