The Spirit Of The West

If Gun lacked Rockstar’s polish, it *was* trying to do it all on PS2-era tech. The spirit of the West is all about dreaming big in harsh conditions. You play as Colton White on his path to revenge, the product of an Apache-American union during the 1880s – in the years after the Revolutionary War as well as the American Indian Wars. Sounds like a history lesson, is actually about shooting lots of people in the head in a open world that’s not beautiful by today’s standards, but overflows with things to stick on your cowboy bucket list. You can hunt wild animals, become the king of Poker, herd-cattle and hunt bounties whilst fending off bandit attacks along the way. Make too much noise and you better believe local law will be on your rump, too, adding to the chaos. You can also scalp your victims, which is so horrible you probably deserve a short stint in jail afterwards. If you`re up for more peacefull games with real cash, go here:

It has all the makings of a solid (albeit melodramatic) Western: it’s all about legacy, revenge, hot lead at high noon and responding to the call of the great American Country. It helps that it’s brought to life by a cast of character acting heavyweights, like Kris Kristofferson, Brad Dourif and Ron Perlman. It may have come out twelve years ago but it still holds up. It saddens me to think that the only reason I played Gun at all – on original Xbox and not the PC, I have to admit – is because it came inside the console I bought from a neighbour. Talk about the best surprise of all time. That said, it may be as old and basic a version of Read Dead Redemption as a cowboy sipping a Starbucks, but Gun is a pretty good ‘dupe,’ as they say. Worth checking out in my view. Desperados was made by Spellbound and when I played it I was mesmerized – the way it blended cinematic western with adventure game storytelling and real-time strategy dazzled my 11 year old mind. To go from The Sims to knives and dynamite was quite a gear shift. It’s a real-time tactics game like Commandos, only with six-barrel pistols and tinkling stirrups instead of gruff British soldiers.

I was captivated by the isometric perspective of a world we usually see up close or veeeery far away on the Silver Screen. You can control several heroes at once in your bid to capture an infamous train robber, though the star of the show is John Cooper. He’s not The Man With No Name, but you might wish he was The Man With No Body — guards have incredible eyesight and hunt you down at the tiniest hint of trouble. I was raised on some of the best Westerns ever made – I guess it’s mandatory when you raised by an American on top of a relatives supplying me with violent films years before I was old enough for them – so Desperados is a dream come true for those well-versed in the genre.