Hard West 2 Video Review by Noisy Pixel
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Hard West 2 Review - Noisy Pixel
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The age of the wild west was a time where death from dysentery was as certain as the site of a cowboy chasing cattle the american frontier was an era of exploration and discovery but it was also known for its rampant lawlessness and sprawling badlands you wouldn't be wrong in thinking that life during this period was difficult but in the world of hard west 2 life gets even harder for those unfortunate enough to get caught up in the battle between the living and the dead nothing funny about this one an exile even among his own tribe what he did i do not know hard west 2 is part turn based tactical rpg in part open world text-based adventure set in a supernatural version of the american old west where you not only take on the usual enemies like bandits and criminals but also paranormal ones although this is a follow-up to the initial game released in 2015 it's not a direct sequel and can be played independently without prior knowledge of the first the introduction throws us straight into the action and starts like any other day in the wild west with a train heist of course our main protagonist jyn carter convinces his gang to take over a locomotive dubbed the ghost train allegedly carrying federal gold but to get to that our troublemaking posse must first go through the guards riding alongside and inside the train once they get to the carriage containing the valuables they find it empty and the promised reward they were expecting instead becomes a living nightmare the opening mission serves as a tutorial and initially lets you take control of four party members which happens to be the maximum amount of characters you're allowed to bring into battle the starting group consists of the charismatic leader jyn carter the mystical
now it wouldn't be a western themed game if it didn't include some sort of gambling reference and that's precisely what it does with its clever integration through the use of playing cards and poker hand combinations in individual and team progression playing cards can be found as you progress through your journey by completing minor open world quests or fulfilling side objectives in battle the cards can then be equipped to upgrade one of four character stats namely health points which affect how much damage a character can take before fainting there's also speed which influences how far a party member can move luck which impacts shot accuracy and bullseye chance which is just the game's lingo for critical hits but what makes the playing cards a favorite facet of mine is the ability to combine them into poker hand combinations because they not only upgrade member attributes but also unlock character specific skills and traits that can help turn the tide of the battle in your favor each character has a unique skill to tailor your strategy to based on their strengths the skill i enjoyed the most was flynn's shadow swap which enables her to switch places with any ally or enemy as long as it's within her line of sight the only catch is that both individuals hp would get reduced by one however the trade-off is considerably favorable since it's instrumental in eliminating stronger opponents by getting them out of position yet no matter how unique in charming it's graphics and features are hard os 2 has some glaring shortcomings the limited number of usable party members becomes a big issue especially in the game's latter stages encounters