Evil West – Zero Punctuation

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This week in Zero Punctuation, Yahtzee reviews Evil West.

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Maybe it’s because we’re living in the evil timeline where George Bailey never existed and Mr Spock has a beard, but I’m currently appreciating video games as a way to experience previous, more hopeful eras from history. We can play World War 2 shooters to remember a time of noble camaraderie and Blitz spirit, Assassin’s Creed 4 to live out a boyish dream of the golden age of piracy, and of course we have today’s subject, Evil West, which immerses us in the wild and lawless days of 2010. When the Xbox 360 rode tall in the saddle and people really didn’t expect much from their third person shooters. Evil West is not to be confused with Weird West. This isn’t one developer exclusively making cowboy games and doing the Sonic thing where they just take the recurring franchise word and bolt a second word on the end, the two games have absolutely no relation. If you’re confused, just remember: Weird is rubbing your scrotum up and down the inside of a tureen, Evil is serving gravy to your in-laws out of it afterwards. Evil West is a third person action adventure about a government agency in Wild West times who must fight a secret war across the entire American continent against an organised race of vampires, despite only employing, like, two competent dudes who mostly hang out together arguing over who has the most grizzled cowboy penis.

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Yahtzee Croshaw
Yahtzee is the Escapist’s longest standing talent, having been writing and producing its award winning flagship series, Zero Punctuation, since 2007. Before that he had a smattering of writing credits on various sites and print magazines, and has almost two decades of experience in game journalism as well as a lifelong interest in video games as an artistic medium, especially narrative-focused. He also has a foot in solo game development - he was a big figure in the indie adventure game scene in the early 2000s - and writes novels. He has six novels published at time of writing with a seventh on the way, all in the genres of comedic sci-fi and urban fantasy. He was born in the UK, emigrated to Australia in 2003, and emigrated again to California in 2016, where he lives with his wife and daughters. His hobbies include walking the dog and emigrating to places.