Welcome back everyone. Today we’re covering Westerado: Double Barreled.
Westerado: Double Barreled is the expanded re-release of a free browser game made by Adult Swim Games and Ostrich Banditos, released this April. The basic premise is that your family has been killed while you were away, but you have no idea who the culprit is, and no one is willing or able to tell you outright. They do, however, have scraps of information that they are willing to divulge in exchange for your help. So, you do work for the people of the towns and surrounding lands, building up your money and clues until you are prepared to face the culprit.
The weapon handling system is pretty cool. You have to draw your weapon, pull back the hammer, pull the trigger to fire, then reload each bullet individually. It feels like a streamlined version of the reloading in Receiver, making you feel like a badass for properly handling your weapon but without the lengthy acclimation time of the former game. Also means you’ll rarely shoot someone by mistake. Now, you can only fire directly left or right, so positioning is half the battle in a gunfight. This restriction actually makes the gun battles a tense affair, as you try to line up shots with one opponent while keeping track of the others trying to do the same to you. There’s also some different weapons available for people that want an upgrade from the starting revolver, including dual pistols, a shotgun, and a rifle.
You can draw and cock your weapon at any time, including while conversing with NPCs. Some people will immediately refuse to do further business with you, some will offer up anything they can to save their own hides, and others will be impressed by your sheer bravado. And instead of health, you have hats. As long as you have a hat on your head, you can survive another hit. You can get more hats by buying them at the haberdasher, or by shooting them clean off the heads of your attackers, which is also a way to defeat your enemies without killing them outright.
There is an impressive amount of freedom in this game, up to having a special ending for players that ran around shooting everyone trying to either break the game or find the culprit via process of elimination. Completing some quests will lock out others completely, and it is entirely possible for something to go horribly wrong, like accidentally hitting a civilian while aiming for a bandit and starting a city-wide gunfight. Between that and the unlockable characters, I’d say the replay value is above average.
Now, the graphics are all retro, but between the film-like style and the western charm, I don’t mind it one bit. The Sound Department is pretty bare-bones too: Not many SFX, and maybe a handful of audio tracks with one being used for all combat encounters whether you’re just starting out or finally facing your family’s killer. That said, the quality of said tracks and SFX is entirely acceptable so even with the sparse selection I’m not going to complain.
Overall, I’d highly recommend this game to any fans of Westerns, fans of sandbox games, or just fans of good games period. Westerado: Double Barreled is available on Steam for $15.