Sunset Riders started life as a four-player coin-op arcade game. Following its stellar reception in arcades during 1991, it then made its way to the SNES and Mega Drive/ Genesis in 1992. A colourful take on the old west, this was trigger happy twitch gaming at its best, as you and your posse took on outlaws and chased trains on horseback in bonus stages. Playable character Cormano is also famous for having THE BEST facial hair in a game ever. Period.
Red Dead Redemption, the open-world cowboy adventure from the brains behind the Grand Theft Auto series, is shaping up to be one of the must-have games of the year. A stunning take on Sergio Leone style Spaghetti Westerns, it’s a tale of revenge (naturally) served up with some of the finest graphics we’ve seen from the Xbox 360 and PS3.
Cowboys and videogames seemingly go together like bread and butter, but compared to a genre like sci-fi, they’ve been pretty under-represented by games developers.
That said, dig deep enough into the bargain bin at your local games shop and you can find a few western-themed gems out there. And, to be fair, some stinkers too.
So, in preparation for our Red Dead Redemption review next week, Tech Digest take a retrospective look at the good, the bad and the ugly of western-inspired cowboy videogames.