There's no shortage of cowboy simulators for fans of the Old West, but Forever Entertainment's upcoming Switch version of Hard West will let players enjoy barroom brawls with a shot of turn-based XCOM-style strategy.
From the screens and the trailer, it bears a passing resemblance to Wasteland 2, a game which struggled technically on Switch, but the developers promise that performance won't be a problem for Hard West. Forever has remastered Creative Forge's PC version for the handheld and it reportedly runs at 1080p in docked mode, too.
Here's a little more flavour from their official description of the 'Weird West':
During journey through the world where the Wild West and the world of fantasy connect, the player will encounter events and choices that will determine his fate. In 8 scenarios consisting of 40 fights, you will meet a colorful cast of playable characters whose fates are intimately intertwined with yours.
During the fight, the player has an access to special skills in the form of cards collected during journey. In addition, the cards can be combined into powerful combinations that allow additional options during battles.
One of the unique features in Hard West is "Luck”, which introduces an additional, exciting element during skirmishes with opponents. "Luck of the Draw" is more than just a pure probability – in Hard West Luck guarantees an exciting and demanding fight, significantly affecting the chances of a shot or miss.
The Switch version comes with the Scares of Freedom DLC, making it cheaper than the same package on Steam at the time of writing. During the first two weeks of release there'll be a 10% discount, plus 33% off for anybody who's got another Forever Entertainment game in their Switch library. We're not sure if those discounts accumulate, but either way it's a sizeable chunk off the full price.
With 'Mostly Positive' user reviews on Steam, this may well be one to watch out for. It's coming on 7th March for €19,99/$19.99 with pre-orders available from 28th February, so if you like the look of this turn-based West-em-up or enjoyed it on PC, you've got something to look forward to.
Played the original game? How does it compare to XCOM? Let us know below...
Looks pretty nice. I'll check the reviews
Meh, would be better if it had some Rabbids in it
Looks good. I would love a feature that replays the round in real time so you could watch the shootout unfold. That would be rad.
Hmmm, it's a Kickstarter game that has a 73 on metacritic. I'm a fan of the genre but actual XCOM would make me much happier.
Actually, I bet Enemy Within would run fairly well on Switch and we got Civ 6 so Firaxis must have experience with the platform. I wonder...
Ill double dip. Quite enjoyed it on pc
Looks by the end of the year Switch won’t have any shortage of turn based war strategy games. This along with it’s hopefully first great realistic racing game (Grid Autosport) and some additional open worldish action games (Dragon’s Dogma, Assassin’s Creed, Astral Chain?) means that you have something for whatever mood you are in. Good to see some gaps being filled in 2019. 👍
Reminds me of Wasteland 2 (which is great in my opinion)
Wow... I got hooked in!
I love Xcom and this has a great aesthetic, so I'm in.
@dystome I'm currently playing XCOM 2 on my PS4. I quite like it, but the major thing holding it back in my opinion is that it runs awfully. Screen tearing, sound effects disappearing, a stuttering framerate and massive loading times don't make for a nice experience. I don't want to be a party pooper but it would surprise me if the Switch would handle it a lot better, but one can always hope!
this is a fun game. played it on pc. definitely leans more into classic x-com though.
I'd love to see the actual game look a bit more like the spectacular story art, but what's on display look like good fun too!
So, kind of a 1990's RDR2?
For what it’s worth, ACG (a very through and articulate reviewer) gave this a favorable review a few years ago. And 77% of the Steam reviews are positive (n=2206).
So, some people liked it!
The turn-based strategy is the only part of this game that resembles X-com. The theme is completely different, there's no base-building element, pre-made characters w/ a force-fed storyline. Basic. Everyone knows the best part of X-Com is creating characters and forming your own story from random encounters and permadeath. Don't get me wrong, this game still looks like fun, and I'll check it out when it releases. Just don't confuse this game with X-Com. Not even in the same league.
P.S. Can we at least get Xcom: Enemy Unknown on the Switch?
pass. I like my west soft and easy to overthrow.
I don't know. Looks pretty amazing. Definitely getting.
Another tactic game for NS? Wild west?!?! Instant buy!!!
@ShaiHulud it runs loads better on pc, and it's a couple of years old now so I can only think that they haven't optimised it for the ps4 very well!
I love XCOM but that trailer did nothing for me. Not fan of the story or art style.
@Chrismakem Alas, I used to be a PC gamer but since I nowadays spend my workdays behind my computer I prefer playing on consoles. It's a shame though, might they have had it optimised better for the ps4 I'd definitely play it more. I'm struggling to finish the game once as it now is.
Get yourself a ps2 and the original xcom it's a timeless classic!
I like western themed games, but I don't really play X-COM. I guess time will tell if I jump in on this one or not.
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