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Outlaw (Atari 2600)

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Written by  :  eratik (114)
Written on  :  Dec 10, 2007
Platform  :  Atari 2600
Rating  :  1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars

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Dawn of the fighting game.

The Good

This game introduced the genre of fighting games. Just like the hundreds or thousands of fighting games to follow, if you've got a friend this game is almost infinitely playable. A few different settings, too, lend some variety.

The Bad

While much of the charm of the arcade forefather Gunfight is retained, the Atari version feels more limited. You have a fairly small box in which to move, you can shoot at only 3 angles, the barriers don't vary. The graphics and sound are not great.

The Bottom Line

You are a cowboy and you've got a gun. If you've got a friend, you and that friend shoot across the screen at each other until somebody's been killed 10 times. If you haven't a friend, you shoot across the screen at a moving bullseye until you hit it 10 times. Different settings provide for destructible or indestructible barriers (cacti, Conestoga wagons, walls) between you and your opponent.