Hard West video showcases murder, loss, and a man at a Crossroads

Hard West

For lots of gamers, "XCOM-style gameplay in a supernatural-infused Wild West" is the sort of thing you either desperately want to play, or most definitely don't. But if you need swinging over to the yes please camp, or even if you're just curious about how something like that would play out, this video of the first 15 minutes of Hard West gameplay might be the medicine.

The middle few minutes of the video drag a bit—prospecting just isn't as exciting as shooting people in the face—but it covers all the important bases, from the Clint Eastwood-meets-Clive Barker story to inventory management, "strategic map gameplay," ability cards, and the turn-based tactical combat. The supernatural elements are present but subtle, although I imagine they'll grow more conspicuous as the game unfolds. And course, it's all terribly grim, which I suppose isn't all that surprising in a game built around a journey along the Oregon Trail. Maybe Cheech will lighten things up a bit a little further on.

Hard West is set to come out on November 18, and is available for pre-purchase now on Steam.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.