Timeline

Retro Gamer - - BLUFFER’S GUIDE TO WESTERN GAMES -

1971

One of the first videogames and the first west­ern is cre­ated: The Ore­gon Trail.

1975

Mul­ti­player shootout sim­u­la­tor Gun Fight hits ar­cades, in­spir­ing Atari 2600 clas­sic Out­law.

1984

Law Of The West stakes a claim as the first west­ern ad­ven­ture game thanks to its tough-talk­ing di­a­logue sys­tem.

1985

The NES is re­leased in the US, with light­gun shooter Wild Gun­man as one of its launch ti­tles.

1990

Light­gun shooter Mad Dog Mcree hits the ar­cades with its stand­out live-ac­tion footage.

(cont.) 1992

Kon­ami brings its fan­tas­tic ar­cade run-and-gun Sun­set Rid­ers into the home with its Mega Drive port.

1994

Amer­i­can Laser Games re­leases the last of its light­gun westerns, turn­ing its back on coin-on ma­chines for good.

1995

Alone In The Dark 3 takes a stab at bring­ing hor­ror to the west­ern genre.

1997

Lu­casarts FPS Out­laws re­leases, in­tro­duc­ing some in­no­va­tive ideas like a ri­fle scope and reload­ing.

2001

Des­per­a­dos: Wanted Dead Or Alive brings a tac­ti­cal edge to the Wild West, spawn­ing two se­quels.

2004

Red Dead Re­volver re­leases to a luke­warm re­cep­tion, but it would prove to be the launch­ing pad for some­thing much more im­pres­sive.

2006

The west­ern genre’s best-known first-per­son shooter series be­gins with the re­lease of Call Of Juarez.

2009

Call Of Juarez gets a se­quel that builds on some of the good ideas in the first game with Bound In Blood.

2010

Red Dead Re­demp­tion re­leases to crit­i­cal ac­claim, quickly gain­ing a rep­u­ta­tion as one of gam­ing’s greats.

2013

Tech­land makes a few well-judged ad­just­ments to the Call Of Juarez for­mula and re­leases and un­der­ap­pre­ci­ated gem in Call Of Juarez: Gun­slinger.

2018

The wait for the highly an­tic­i­pated Red Dead Re­demp­tion 2 comes to an end.

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