Before Red Dead Redemption – 10 Great Wild West Video Games

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The recent announcement of Red Dead Redemption 2 has sent the gaming world into a frenzy. There are very few games in recent times that have had the impact of Rockstar’s 2010 game for the Xbox 360 and PS3. I myself was very late to the game with that generation, but when I did finally pick up a 360 (I was a Wii guy most of that gen) the original Red Dead Redemption was one of the first games I added to my collection, and I very quickly became totally consumed by it. For a while, I lived and breathed Red Dead Redemption. It almost became my life. I spent every spare hour I had immersing myself in it, and I know that I am not the only one.

When RDR was added to the Xbox One backwards compatibility list, my journey started all over again. I once stepped into the boots of John Marston, saddled up and set out to capture Bill Williamson one more time. There are very few video games in my life that I have enjoyed more than Red Dead Redemption, and so it got me thinking about the Wild West themed games of the past. Cowboy games have been around since the dawn of our favourite hobby, and so I thought now would be a good time to look back at what came before: the games that forged the way to Red Dead Redemption. So here are ten gun-toting titles to keep yer spurs shined and yer six shooter loaded until Red Dead Redemption 2 rolls into town!


Boot Hill – Arcade


Midway’s Boot Hill was the sequel to the revolutionary 1975 coin-op Gun Fight, which was the first game to feature human combat and the first to have a microprocessor. Arriving two years after Gun Fight, this follow-up was pretty much more of the same, only a bit better done, becoming an equally huge success for the company. The main difference between this game and Gun Fight was that you could now play as against the computer, as opposed to the two-player only action of the original. As well as the two cowboys trying to shoot each other you also have some scenery to hide behind. The game inspired many clones and copies, most notably Atari’s own Outlaw that will be well remembered by owners of both the Atari 2600 and Atari 8-bit computer. It might seem simplistic by today’s standards but back then Boot Hill was a real blast and set new standards for competitive arcade games.

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