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

5Sunset Riders (Arcade/SNES)

Who doesn't remember shelling out serious coinage at the local pizza parlor for a chance at target practice as Steve, Billy, Bob, or the illustrious Cormano. This side-scroller delivered exactly what it needed to: colorful bosses, multi-level action, and unlimited ammunition. In addition to the run-and-gun setup, certain levels found the titular Riders on horseback or fending off threats from the POV of each cowboy, which for the time was pretty darn cool. With bad guys named Sir Richard Rose or Chief Scalpem at the end of each level, Sunset Riders earns its rightful place here for boiling down the American Western to its most basic components: shoot, kill, repeat.

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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