West of Dead on Nintendo Switch. A place of gun smoke and darkness, sin and damnation, wendigos and witches. A shifting, chaotic world that takes its form from the memories, culture or beliefs of the souls who pass through. When a dead man awakens with only the memory of a figure in black, he sets into motion a chain of events that have truly mythic consequences.
Step into the boots of the dead man William Mason and descend into the grim and gritty world of Purgatory. This fast-paced cover shooter which combines the fluidity of twin-stick controls and tactical cover usage. Dodge behind cover as you try to outgun your enemies in the unknown procedurally generated hunting grounds. The Wild West has never been this dark.
West of Dead Nintendo Switch Review
Purgatory is made up of procedurally generated levels, tunnels you can get lost in and sharpshooting enemies. Initially, it feels like a twin-stick shooter, but you will quickly realise not everything is as it seems. You can only reload when stationary, hitting enemies is incredibly difficult and you have to be a lot more careful then you would in other similar games.
There is a cover system in place, but enemies can and will destroy it. You will have to map out enemy placement and then move between covers. You will have to learn how weapons and enemies behave in order to progress. A great trick is to stun enemies then igniting torches in dark rooms. This will give you enough time to find a hiding spot to take them on. I made the mistake of using it to try and attack the bad guys head-on, which doesn’t work.
Though each level is random, it didn’t take long for me to start to learn the layouts and have the best way to attack a room. Weapons and charms can be picked up to give you the upper hand. These can be purchased, but I’d leave that and pick them up as you play. As enemies die, you can pick up their “Sin”, this can then be used to upgrade William at the end of the level. This is a nice touch and means you are building up your character.
Overall, West of Dead on Nintendo Switch has a slow start, but the visuals and gameplay make for a fun game. Finally, check out our site for other reviews. Also, don’t forget to connect with the Jabba Reviews team on Facebook or Twitter.