Lead and Gold Gangs of the Wild West Review (PC)

Posted by Christophor Rick (TheSuperGuido), Apr 14, 2010 09:49

Lead and Gold: Gangs of the Wild West, from Fat Shark Games, is done, finally! Can it live up to the hype? Was there any hype? Who cares. Let’s start shootin’ pardner.

Lead and Gold is an online multiplayer, team-based, third-person shooter (whew that’s a mouthful). Each match has a specific goal and it’s not all about killing the other team. Several types of matches include stealing gold (and killing the other team), protecting the gold (and killing the other team), blowing up or defending objectives (and killing the other team). Hmmm, maybe it is all about killing the other team.

In the game you get to choose from one of four classes - Gunslinger (run and gun type), Trapper (long-range sniper type), Deputy (medium to long range rifle), and Boomstick-wielding, dynamite-throwing miner, Blaster, the up close and person type.

Each of the four classes radiates a particular unique synergy bonus: Accuracy, Critical, Damage and Armor. They also have their own special attacks and items like the Trapper has a bear trap which can stop an enemy long enough to get a bead on a headshot, etc.

There are six modes in all:

  • Conquest - 6 maps, Control strategic points
  • Robbery - 2 maps, one team defends gold, the other tries to steal it.
  • Powderkeg - 2 maps, one team defends, the other uses powderkegs to blow up objectives.
  • Shootout - 6 maps, team deathmatch.
  • Greed - 5 maps - Both teams are out to get the gold.
  • Gold fever (coop) - This is like a survival mode for 1-2 players. You’ve got one map and you have to survive wave after wave of enemies. Plus, you have to grab the gold and haul it home.

Some of the maps have multiple modes so it’s not 22 maps total.

While the graphics aren’t awe-inspiringly real, neither is the premise even though it’s rooted in history. But it’s fine as the graphics are good enough to not be distracting from the game. Although, the faces of the characters are sort of creepy in their sort of frozen expressions. The graphics certainly add to the atmosphere and enjoyment of the game. They fall in-between Battlefield Heroes and Counter-Strike I would say.

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Our Rating for Lead and Gold Gangs of the Wild West Review (PC)
9.0 Replay
It’s all about going back and doing it again and again. The six modes give you some variation to the standard deathmatch.
8.0 Graphics
They’re cool but have some rough edges and the character faces are scary sometimes.
9.0 Sound
Spot on, booms of the boomstick, echoes of the trapper rifle, richocets and more.
8.5 Gameplay
It’s mostly about killing the other team, even though that’s not the actual goal most of the time. Lag can make the game frustrating.
8.5 Multiplayer/Online Content
The game emphasizes multiplayer team-work which is cool. Has a good number of modes but boils down to blasting away at the enemy usually instead of attaining the goals.
9.0 Overall
The game is cool, fast-paced and constant action. Hopefully they’ll get some updates in the future to make it more about the goals and add more maps and maybe new modes.

Rating: 4.7, votes: 9

#1 Apr 14, 2010 17:51:32 Apr 14, 2010 21:52
This game looks awesome. I’d love to get a copy.
#2 Apr 14, 2010 20:52:13 Apr 15, 2010 01:07

The art-style looks great and it seems to have nice variety in the game modes.  This game looks very promising, but the lack of dedicated servers is a big letdown. ): Enter me in the drawing please.

#3 Apr 14, 2010 23:01:19 Apr 15, 2010 03:02

I’ve been interested in this for a little while now after seeing it pop up on steam. Would also love to get a copy.

#4 Apr 15, 2010 05:33:20 Apr 15, 2010 10:07
Christophor Rick (TheSuperGuido)

Congrats to Komrade_KonRad and TheUltiMatt who won codes for the game. The other codes were won on Twitter by damnmooks, 9mm3piecesuit and IronCladMaht

Codes are on the way guys!

#5 Apr 15, 2010 06:07:57 Apr 15, 2010 10:09
Christophor Rick (TheSuperGuido)

Aha! TheUltiMatt and IronCladMaht are the same person. Therefore Bubba77 gets a code as well! :D

#6 Apr 15, 2010 11:31:27 Apr 15, 2010 15:32

haha sorry, meant to mention that ;p

#7 Apr 15, 2010 12:10:32 Apr 15, 2010 16:11
Christophor Rick (TheSuperGuido)

No worries Matt we got it sorted and now everyone should have their keys and that’s what it’s all about. Getting gamers games and info.

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