Red Dead Redemption 2’s release date is confirmed: The game is coming to PC on the Rockstar launcher on November 5. This is great news to those who have waited for months for the game’s PC version, after wonderful console launch.

While waiting, you might want to check out some of the games with the same western theme. In this list below, we have collected some of the best western on PC

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The unique art style of this game, with only 3 colors, black, white, and red

This weirdly named shooter is pretty similar to Hotline Miami, however, the gameplay is more focused on saving ammunition, carefully aiming, and stealth. Shooting is pretty clunky, as you have to move your hand with the right button while fire using the left, with R as the, reload hotkey. If you run out of bullets mid-fight, your only choice is to rush out of with a knife. This game has been very successful in recreating the rhythm of a wild west fight gone south, in which everyone is attacking at each other in the street or a barn.

Hunt: Showdown

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In this game, you will play as bounty hunters in the land filled with strange monstrosities

Hunt: Showdown is a product of Crytek, with the usual settings of the wild west twisted into darkness. The game is a part competitive shooter, part survival with a horror theme in a western backdrop. You would play as a bounty hunter in a twisted version of the west, which has zombies and giant spiders. The character design and weapons are very appropriate for the setting in the 1800s Louisianna.

Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood

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Part of the Best Western game series before red dead, Bound is Blood is rather dated, however, you can still have a lot of fun with it

The best Call of Juarez amongst the three, Call of Duty is an Action-Adventure game with RPG elements. It is not nearly as good as Red Dead, however, the game would serve well if you are just looking for some wild west fun actions. Quests are rather simple, as you just go to the objective marker and shoot everyone on the way. The game is pretty much perfect if you do not want to use your brain much and just want a bit of fun.

Call of Juarez: Gunslinger

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Gunslinger is focused more on the combat than the western setting

Gunslinger is rather different from other Call of Juarez games, as it is an arcade-style cover shooter. You would duck inside covers and shoot at your enemies, with bonus points assigned for every headshot and combo. The game is set in a comic-book style of the west, with the protag pursuing the frontier’s most dangerous outlaws.

Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath

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Oddworld is a fictional wild west setting in another planet, with everyone being monsters

Oddworld is just as weird as its name implies. The usual western setting was twisted into comedy and madness, with the series’ own unique brand of comedy. The world is filled with the usual dusty shantytowns, populated with anthropomorphized redneck chickens. The protagonist is a bounty hunter, and his job is to catch the target dead or alive – very similar to an Eastwood movie. The best part of this game, however, is the strange guns that use living ammo. Stunkz would send your enemies into vomiting fits, Stinbees would chase your targets, and Chippunks would distract them by constantly making noises. Stranger’s Wrath is not your usual Western settings, but sometimes it would have to do.

A Fistful of Gun

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Being a coop top-down shooter, this game is best playing with other people

In this game, you would get to choose between eleven characters, each with their own unique control scheme and attack patterns and shoot your way out in the colorful landscape of the west. Some characters would require a gamepad to work properly – while some can only be bound to mouse controls. The game has both local multiplayer and online coop, for the maximum amount of jolly cooperation.  You can gather a team to fight against other teams or play solo in a free-for-all battle royale.


Being a side scroller instead of a shooter, this game is rather unique in its own way

A western-themed side scroller, with an amazing soundtrack and the creative “luck” system. You can collect and store luck while playing – with a decent amount of luck stored, fortunate events would happen, such as a shot missing you or a platform appear out of nowhere to save you from a failed leap. As the usual side scroller goes, Luckslinger requires you to have the patience of a Mega Man player, in which you would have to redo stuff over and over until it works.

Westerado: Double Barreled

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A roguelike pixel game in the wild west

Westerado is a pixelated open-world Western RPG with plenty of gunslinging to do. There are combat, exploration, side missions, expertly weaved into a tale of revenge. As you track down the man who murdered your family through various towns, you would be able to piece together a general portrait of him, through interrogations and investigations. As Westerado is a rogue-like, every time you start a new adventure, the enemy you have to hunt would be re-rolled again so each playthrough would be a unique experience.

Hard West

An XCOM style tactical RPG, with you escorting a band of settlers through a land filled with dangers

Hard West is a turn-based strategy game in which you would be given control of a party of four, doing objectives in a series of tactical maps. The setting of Hard West is a twist to the usual western genre: demons, arcane rituals, and satanic cults are swarming Western America. Your job is to protect a group of settlers so that they can establish some measure of civilization amongst the chaos.


Old but gold, Outlaws is one of the earliest western-themed video game

Outlaws is the only western FPS game LucasArts ever released. It is rather dated, built on the 1997 engine of Star Wars: Dark Forces. The protagonist is a retired U.S. Marshall, who returns home only to find his wife dying and his daughter missing. After that, he embarks on a roaring rampage of revenge. The game generally has good level and enemy designs, a fantastic soundtrack, and decent shooting mechanics for the 90s.

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