Stranger West is the chaotic genre of immersive Deathloop simulation


One harrowing stop on a journey through the first five seasons of Weird West will remind you of what was so rare in its latest contemporary film, Arkane Studios. Deathloop. Both are immersive simulations by definition, but with different goals: Deathloop was about harnessing an impractical system, while Strange West is about living in it.

Early in the West, for example, I would wander through a communal ritual. The witches asked me to leave them alone, but before I could get away, their ritual succeeded. A horde of undead and their apocalyptic leader poured out from the summoning circle. The sisters were ready for it. They had guns and they took care of the abominations as if it was Monday. I just watched.


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