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The Steam Stream Plays Hard West, Aka Wild West XCOM [Update: Finished]

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An XCOM-style strategy game set in an occult Wild West? Hard West is trying to do a lot of things. Is it good, though? Let’s find out. Watch me play it right now.

I have high hopes for this one, given that it combines many things I love (XCOM-like tactical gameplay, saloons, pentagrams), but that kind of ambition doesn’t always play nice with a budget price. Watch me play below, and feel free to click over to Twitch and join the chat. We can talk about anything: the game, cowboys, Satan, etc.


Update: the stream is over, but you can watch the full thing below. Short summary: Hard West is fun. Some really clever twists on the XCOM formula paired with a solid Wild West vibe. You also do a lot of gold mining—perhaps more than you’d expect (which is to say any at all, given this one’s turn-based strategy billing). I’m excited to play more.


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The Steam Stream is a regular showcase of recently released Steam games. The goal? To help you sift through the ceaseless avalanche that is Steam’s “new releases” section in a quick, easily digestible fashion. If you hate the unbridled havoc of moving pictures and prefer slow, easy-going words, fear not: each of these games will also get brief write-ups that will explain why you should (or shouldn’t) care about them.

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