Absolute Best Video Games Set in the American Old West

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The Old West is as American as apple pie, doubly so if said pie was also baked during the Old West. From stagecoach shootouts to whiskey to eye winces, plenty of lists out there have been compiled of games with Western themes (i.e. rural despair, honor, conquering nature), albeit modern or fantastical settings. This one "aims" (…ugh) to include only those actually set in the second half of the 19th century (1850-1900). That being said, the following rankings embody the best of the best (never mind the rest/they don't stand the test). Anyway buckaroos, this compilation was done by a professional cowpoke. Do not try this at home.
Absolute Best Video Games Set in the American Old West

2Oregon Trail (Old Ass Computers)

When people think of rootin', tootin' good times, undoubtedly the same four words come to mind: "Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium." That's right, the proud creators of this learning game weren't even from Oregon. But that didn't stop the tough-as-nails consortium from introducing generation upon generation to the nitty-gritty of frontier living, replete with snakebite deaths, river fording, and even funerals. The graphics weren't the best, but what Oregon Trail lacked in pixels it made up for in technical immersion. Sure the American Old West was about bandits and high noon hangings, but in between all that tough guy stuff was the day to day drudgery of food rationing and avoiding dysentery. This one gets the number two spot for exposing the harsh realities of the West to basically 3rd graders much in the way a father on the range teaches his young boy to shoot a gun to protect the farm while he’s out doing what men do.

There it is buckaroos, an indisputable grouping of the only games set in the American Old West worth writing home about. Think you can do a lick better? Then go ahead and make an honest fool of yourself trying, but don't be surprised when things go south. Giddy up!


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