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  • Summary: When a tragic turn of events sets one man down a path of supernatural chaos and revenge, he must brutally hunt down all those whom wronged him. Fight and survive through 8 unique story-based scenarios, and try your hand at more than 40 individually designed turn-based combat missions withWhen a tragic turn of events sets one man down a path of supernatural chaos and revenge, he must brutally hunt down all those whom wronged him. Fight and survive through 8 unique story-based scenarios, and try your hand at more than 40 individually designed turn-based combat missions with your squad of 1-4 posse squad members. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 44
  2. Negative: 0 out of 44
  1. Pelit (Finland)
    Mar 3, 2016
    90
    Hard West is turn based combat in the Wild West with demons. I really like this! [Jan 2016]
  2. Nov 27, 2015
    82
    It's more than just an XCOM clone. Hard West is Wild West mystery with tactics, depth and death. It only fails with regard to long-term motivation.
  3. Nov 27, 2015
    80
    Quotation forthcoming.
  4. Nov 18, 2015
    73
    Hard West isn’t the deepest game of its kind, but it does a good job of walking the line between cold, hard tactics, and Weird West-style personality.
  5. Dec 26, 2015
    70
    Hard West has flavor and grit in spades, but it's hard not to wonder what it could have been had its Kickstarter campaign been even more successful. It's not a game for anyone who wants to foster a posse through a single campaign, or who cares about individuals over the demands of the conglomerate plot. Analytic-minded hombres who appreciate unforgiving battles, step right up.
  6. Nov 25, 2015
    70
    Hard West gets a lot of things right, with a number of clever ideas that help to broaden the scope of the standard turn-based formula it draws upon, but a lack of checkpointing and other game design faux pas can spoil the fun.
  7. 50
    Hard West has a strong concept and is fun for a while, but because the core gameplay soon becomes monotonous, along with having some awful overworld segments, the game is difficult to recommend.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 33
  2. Negative: 6 out of 33
  1. Nov 19, 2015
    10
    Fantastic game, I encourage everyone to play in it.

    Well played characters, cool graphics style and beautiful music. Well showed history
    Fantastic game, I encourage everyone to play in it.

    Well played characters, cool graphics style and beautiful music.
    Well showed history and consequences of my decisions.
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  2. Feb 26, 2020
    10
    Get you some good hours of fun out of this one, never seen the west quite like this.
  3. Nov 27, 2019
    9
    This game is totally awesome. Similar to the old, hardcore turn based tactical games like XCOM, but much more accessible. Had very good timeThis game is totally awesome. Similar to the old, hardcore turn based tactical games like XCOM, but much more accessible. Had very good time playing it. 9/10 because of some bugs. You should definitely give it a try. Expand
  4. Jan 27, 2019
    7
    A very solid turn based game, similar to XCOM but in the Wild West. A little rough around the edges but well worth a look for fans of the genre.
  5. Nov 24, 2015
    7
    This is just unbelievable. So much satanism and spiritualism in one game what is supposed to be wild west game, cowboys and sh**.

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    This is just unbelievable. So much satanism and spiritualism in one game what is supposed to be wild west game, cowboys and sh**.

    Other than that, once you skip demonic stuff, you have the game. It is Xcom style game set in the wild west environment. Dark and shallow story leads this adventure. Too bad, because we have enough evil in every day, I personally do not need more during my relaxation hours and gaming hours. I will give it 7/10, however if you never tried XCom, that should be your first choice.
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  6. Nov 9, 2018
    6
    Fairly enjoyable Wild/weird West tale with elements of the occult that follows the adventures of a family struggling to make a living on theFairly enjoyable Wild/weird West tale with elements of the occult that follows the adventures of a family struggling to make a living on the Oregon Trail. The main story consists of several interlinked campaigns which must be completed in sequence, and as you cannot save your progress, checkpoints are instead automatically taken during your progress through each campaign. Gameplay essentially consists of a travel section, where you move your party (represented by an ox skull) to various locations on an overland map, and a combat section, which uses similar mechanics to the XCom or Shadowrun games.

    While travelling overland, you explore new locations, find treasure or shop at various stores. Sometimes you are given a choice as to what you want to do (eg. shoot the bandits or let them flee), otherwise events that happen at certain locations are resolved automatically. There is also a rather poorly implemented food system, where you have to purchase food supplies and then have each member of your party consume a portion of food each day (you have to do this individually for each person via a menu) or else have them go hungry and suffer penalties later on. Strangely, this system is only used while travelling in one of the campaigns and not in any of the other ones. Combat takes place on a large 3d map like X-Com or Shadowrun and typically has your main character and up to 3 followers engaging in gunfights with enemies. The combat system is a bit more simplistic than either of those games, though - you simply equip 1 or 2 guns, 2 single use items like healing herbs or bombs, and a single equipped item that provides certain bonuses in combat like a pair of boots which increase your movement speed or a shirt which makes you more resistant to damage. Taking full or partial cover is mandatory as characters can be one shotted by enemy attacks if they are not careful, so combat can be quite challenging. You generally get 2 actions each turn, one or both of which can involve movement and the other which involves firing or reloading your chosen weapon. Using an item or a card ability is generally free. Enemy AI is not the greatest and occasionally enemies will finish their turns outside of cover when moving, making them easy targets. There is also a clever card system you can make use of where you earn playing cards for completing certain objectives in the campaign and can then make use of these cards to give your characters various active and passive bonuses which can be used in combat.

    The main game is quite short though (and very dark), consisting only of 4 linked campaigns which you play though in sequence. A full playthrough of this will probably take about 10 to 20 hours at most, though there are several other separate campaigns which seem indirectly related to the main story and can also be played through once you have completed the main game.

    The game is definitely worth getting (on sale, which it currently should be) if you enjoy tactical XCom type combat, but is let down a bit by its budget graphics, somewhat clunky interface and short game length. The game also has some performance issues, as it frequently lags when opening the inventory screen. The music is OK though (if a bit sparse) and the voice acting from the main narrator is pretty good, if a bit limited. It would have been better had they focused on fleshing out the main characters more and made the main game a bit longer.
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  7. May 6, 2020
    0
    Very similar to xcom yet only differences are in the ambiance worlds enemies and humans but the rest has been watered down a bit for its ownVery similar to xcom yet only differences are in the ambiance worlds enemies and humans but the rest has been watered down a bit for its own innovation that is lacking immitating xcom yet not using it as a guide on what to do better or new and maintain unique and fun or surprising only worth on sales for very cheap prices. Expand

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