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Wild Wild West: The Steel Assassin (Windows)

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Written by  :  Jeanne (75633)
Written on  :  Apr 30, 2002
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Summary

A not-so-good mix of action with adventure

The Good

The feeling of Steel Assassin reminded me of a Sherlock Holmes mystery, only with a western theme, of course. But since Holmes never had to shoot it out with the bad guys, that was the only similarity.

Playing in 1st person sometimes and in 3rd person at other times was somewhat interesting. Switching between characters gave a good twist to the story too. The adventure puzzles were creative and fun.

The graphics during the adventure segments were pretty good, but during the action sequences they changed and looked more blocky and pixelated. The musical theme of the television show and was not especially different or worth noting.

The Bad

I haven’t seen the movie on which this game was supposedly based, but I’m a big fan of the original television show. Instead of using the movie’s actors, I wish they had used the original Jim West and Artemus Gordon from the tv series.

I had a lot of fun with the beginning adventure elements, but quit playing when I got through the first shoot out. While aiming and shooting were okay, I wasn’t given any opportunity to practice and so I was terribly inept at it. Darting behind wagons and bushes was not as easy as it should have been either. Actually, the action portions of the game (at least in the beginning) seemed out of place.

The Bottom Line

If you’re in the mood for a western, and you don’t mind action mixed with adventure, you might enjoy this game. I personally didn’t find it interesting enough to finish.