This here is a great example of old school-type gaming. No bells and whistles, just an incredibly simple concept: fastest person to press the correct prompts wins. It all comes down to the three things that competitive gamers and gamers of yore covet most; speed, skill, and accuracy. There are no microtransactions to give you an edge. There is no grinding involved to give you an edge over your poorly-geared opponent, the only way to get better is to practice, practice, practice. After all, Frogger didn’t just walk himself across the street at a stoplight; it took skill, practice, and a bunch of quarters. Western Press is all about challenging your reflexes. You do have the option of lowering the AI’s difficulty level, but where is the satisfaction in that?
Custom Tournament is the only other mode. You can customize and play a tournament with a mix of up to 16 players and bots. You have a range of characters to choose from, but many have to be unlocked in a variety of ways, such as clearing the Skill Tester challenges or winning a tournament without getting shot. You can also play online, but I haven’t seen anyone else on the two times I checked, so I don’t know what kind of player base a game like this would even have. Custom Tournament has a bunch of rulesets you can mess around with, from choosing how many lives characters have in a duel, to what kind of prompts show up during the matches. You even have two different styles of game to choose from: the usual fastest press or memory mode. Memory mode has the duelists competing to remember increasingly longer strings of button prompts until one of them messes up. I’m horrible at memory games, though, so I stayed away from that one!
So there are two big problems stopping me from recommending this title to everyone. First is the online, which seems like nobody is ever playing. Second is the extreme lack of content. I feel like this game compares to the westerns that it emulates: a single tumbleweed blowing through a mostly deserted town just before a duel starts. Part of the issue is the fact that duels take only a few seconds each, tops. It gets boring after 10-15 minutes of playtime. That being said, Western Press is an excellent game for people who just like to pick up and play for a few minutes at a time, and for people who love video games that test their skills and reflexes. So if any of this sounds good to you, you might as well grab a copy, if not, keep on moseying, partner.
*Note: A copy of this game was provided for the purpose of the review.
Final Score: 5/10
+Great for quick pick up & play sessions
+Good for core gamers who want to test the limits of their speed and reflexes
-Lack of online players
-Gets old fast
-Not much content