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  • Summary: Descend into the grim and gritty world of Purgatory in this fast-paced cover shooter which combines the fluidity of twin-stick controls and tactical cover usage. Dodge behind cover as you try to outgun your enemies in the unknown procedurally generated hunting grounds.
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  1. 85
    A furiously stylish roguelike gothic western that blends genres with deft and aplomb, West of Dead is a resoundingly enjoyable offering that makes picking yourself up and dusting yourself off after every death a ravenously compelling proposition.
  2. Aug 31, 2020
    The story is interesting enough that I do believe its telling could have been handled a bit better. I think that there should have been concession to story with end level saves and the ability to continue the story from the level you were on when you finished. This could have been turned on or off depending on how hard the player wanted to push themselves. Overall I’d still encourage people to get West of Dead. It would be one of the most enjoyable roguelike games I have played in a long time, and if those little niggly issues are ironed out then I think a lot of people are going to enjoy the challenge and story of this really cool game.
  3. Aug 21, 2020
    There's a lot to like here. The grimm, mysterious atmosphere, for one. Ron Perlman's lived-in voice-overs, for another. On top of that, the intense shootouts are often incredibly enjoyable. All of this makes the flawed technical execution all the more disappointing. Bugs and glitches, as well as an annoying camera, keep West of Dead from reaching the lofty heights it aims for.
  4. Sep 2, 2020
    West of Dead adds enough new elements to an overdone genre to keep things interesting and the visual design is truly stunning. If it had more to offer in terms of exploration and map size along with some more enemies to shoot, this would be even better.
  5. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Sep 18, 2020
    But losing it all still stings, not least since some runs stack the odds unfairly. You might wander into a room where two shooters are entirely shrouded by the inky shadows, where a wall obstructs your view of an advancing threat, or an enemy-stunning lantern stubbornly refuses to light. When the RNG is against you, too, West Of Dead feels someway south of a good time. [Issue#180, p.76]
  6. 40
    West of Dead has a lot of charm, confidence and potential but is currently a bit too flawed to recommend. However, a few patches down the line this one might end up being your huckleberry.
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