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Generally favorable reviews- based on 24 Ratings

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  • Summary: Hard West 2 is a journey to the heart of darkness in the American West. Take control of a supernatural posse and catch the mysterious Ghost Train. Outsmart, outcheat and outgun your enemies in this turn-based tactics game set in a Wild West world where nothing is as it seems.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. Sep 2, 2022
    90
    Hard West 2 is a sequel we didn’t know we wanted. It’s XCOM-esque gameplay is enriched with the especially fresh mechanic of bravado, which leads to a completely unique approach at the shootouts. That’s no small feat for a subgenre where its rules of engagement are deeply embedded to the past.
  2. Aug 4, 2022
    88
    Hard West 2 is just as original as its predecessor, with a very bizarre story that I'm sure many will enjoy as much as I have.
  3. Aug 5, 2022
    84
    A successful sequel that doesn't innovate but clearly improves on the previous game.
  4. Aug 4, 2022
    80
    Hard West 2 is a very solid and challenging turn-based strategy game, characterized by a beautiful story and some interesting adventure elements. That said, the difficulty level can be too hard, forcing you to proceed through a thousand trials and errors.
  5. Aug 16, 2022
    75
    Hard West 2 is a tactically challenging work of art with a beautifully depicted environment and unique features that, much like its name, become progressively harder as you advance. Hardcore fans of tactical RPGs will savor what it has in store with its distinct combat system and necessity for well-thought-out strategies. Still, on the other hand, casual players may not be too happy with the level of difficulty as the game punishes aggressive and lackadaisical gameplay.
  6. Aug 26, 2022
    70
    A good game with a few great new ideas, but this follow up remains a bit too timid.
  7. Aug 4, 2022
    65
    Although Hard West 2 delivers on some awesome visuals and sound design, its gameplay didn’t hook me and its characters never grew on me. For those looking to scratch the itch of a turn-based tactics game until a wave of games releases in the fall of 2022, then this could be right up your alley.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. Aug 8, 2022
    10
    Turn based feeling like an action game, that's something new. Train chasing is awesome. And the bravado system works like charm, though itTurn based feeling like an action game, that's something new. Train chasing is awesome. And the bravado system works like charm, though it requires some getting accustomed to. You need to forget about XCOM and understand that cowboys survived battles not because enemies had 25% of CtH but they did not have a chance to fire at all :). Dead enemy cannot harm you! Expand
  2. Aug 6, 2022
    10
    This game is fire. Finally some fresh ideas about turn-based battle. Bravado and train heists? Fantastic ideas and implementation.
  3. Aug 7, 2022
    10
    Finally a high quality tactical RPG that emphasizes player skill and creativity over some arbitrary RNG systems.
    Definitely a must-have for
    Finally a high quality tactical RPG that emphasizes player skill and creativity over some arbitrary RNG systems.
    Definitely a must-have for all fans of the genre!
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  4. Sep 28, 2022
    8
    It's great when someone actually tries to make an enjoyable game, and not just a cash grab. Hard West 2 is an enjoyable, fun and excitingIt's great when someone actually tries to make an enjoyable game, and not just a cash grab. Hard West 2 is an enjoyable, fun and exciting turn-based western fantasy, that has a gripping enough story to push through, and the gameplay has elements to keep you invested in the characters. It is a little on the light side, combat and mechanics are not super deep, but they are well implemented and actually work. I had fun in the missions. Fun. Can you imagine, big budget games? Fun? No micro-transactions, no nonsense. Just fun. And really, at this price, the quality is over the top! Expand
  5. Aug 11, 2022
    5
    The game might be fun, but the current state of the balance is just out of place. It's either you are going one-shotting everything around orThe game might be fun, but the current state of the balance is just out of place. It's either you are going one-shotting everything around or it's just frustrating. There is no sweet spot in between. How can enemy be able to heal to full 18hp every two rounds, while you are capped to 4-6hp ONCE PER FIGHT??? What with the bleeding bomb spam **** How many bandages should I equip to counter that? In case of melee characters without bandages they are stuck for 4 rounds lol. Fix the balance, and it might be really fun to play, but right now it is just pain to go through. Expand
  6. Aug 17, 2022
    3
    If you thought "xcom in the old west, awesome!" you are very wrong...
    This is not a turn-based tactics game, it's just a mediocre puzzle game
    If you thought "xcom in the old west, awesome!" you are very wrong...
    This is not a turn-based tactics game, it's just a mediocre puzzle game with poor balancing and atrocious difficulty spikes.
    Voice acting, music, and settings are not enough if the gameplay is fundamentally broken.
    Even at the lowish price they are selling it (€25 at the moment) this is a hard pass, maybe for €5 when it goes on sale.
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  7. Aug 6, 2022
    0
    gameplay is really slow, serious rpg games generally have characters and aesthetics to entertain you here not even that conclusion this gamegameplay is really slow, serious rpg games generally have characters and aesthetics to entertain you here not even that conclusion this game is really boring. Expand

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