“An American Stalker” appeared on Steam and GOG.com last week, as a Blood West tester put it on Valve’s online platform. After the release, the reviews are “very positive” as in the 22-month early access phase – 91 percent of buyers recommend the stealth shooter continues with the western setting.
The launch trailer gives you a quick overview:
Story sequences, gameplay and casual western music come together in the trailer for Blood West
What is Blood West and why is it so praised?
Let’s take a closer look the around 2,000 Steam reviewsto find out who the game is suitable for. Also at GOG.com The players draw an extremely positive conclusion with 4.7 out of 5 stars. Developer Hyperstrange (Postal: Brain Damaged) advertises Blood West by stating that the shooter offers over 20 hours of play time, spread across three scenarios or episodes.
You play a cursed cowboy who always resurrects after death. In the game you are only out and about at night; The open-world environments can be freely explored and are teeming with undead and monsters from nightmares and old western legends.
Although you primarily operate in secret and should attack the overpowering enemies from behind with a knife or ax, there are also a number of firearms. With a perk system you gradually improve your character; Blood West is a rogue-lite game in which death is your constant companion and you lose your equipment when you die.
User min3r95 writes in his review: “A very good, immersive horror first-person shooter with stealth elements.” CultishEncounters also gives a thumbs up and says: “A super good game, I’ve had it for a week and have already been playing for 28 hours the account.” And Ashur Hart’s conclusion is:
»The pixel style is cool and clever. The curvy monsters and NPCs are great to look at, and it’s fun to find your own groove and play style. You can be a super ninja or a clever gunslinger. […] The unique weapons are fun, cool and can change the way you fight.«
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There are also negative voices, but these are clearly in the minority. Tonera complains: “You are punished for every small mistake that alerts nearby enemies.” And Tokamatsu states after six and a half hours of play:
»The premise and concept are solid, but the overall execution misses the mark. The weapons feel clunky and the damage values are very inconsistent. Death is an unnecessary punishment because, in addition to losing all resources used in that run (potions, bullets, and temporary buffs), you gain a health debuff every third death.”
Have you already played Blood West or are you thinking about buying it for around 25 dollars (currently with a 30 percent discount on just under 18 dollars on Steam and GOG.com)? If not, what’s stopping you? Write us your opinion in the comments!