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Secret Ponchos: Most Wanted Edition Review: Adios Amigos

/ Oct 21st, 2015 No Comments

Secret Ponchos Review

After a long stint in early access phases, the completed version of Secret Ponchos: Most Wanted is finally available. The Wild West-inspired top-down shooter received plenty of feedback from its community during its test period — including from us. The final product seems to have benefited greatly.

Of The Lost and Lawless

As the old Wild West saying goes, “this town ain’t big enough for the two of us.” That’s the case in Secret Ponchos, as various outlaws battle for supremacy in an area where only one man can rule (or teams of two or three). There really isn’t much depth to the plot, but what the game lacks in story it makes up for in atmosphere.

Players choose from a multitude of outlaws and attempt to gun down all others who stand in their way. The world of Secret Ponchos beautifully captures the Wild West with maps that showcase run-down saloons, desert atmospheres and trainyards in disarray.
 

Secret Ponchos: Most Wanted

Only one man may leave alive… the other will respawn some distance away.

This attention to detail tells the story of a once prosperous area that has become a warzone harboring outlaws fighting for control. Each character also has his or her own backstory, told by brief summaries of who they are and how they obtained their skills. From the disgraced sheriff to the native pushed to the edge, every character has a reason for joining in on the killing.

All Work and No Gunplay Makes…

The top-down gameplay is solid, but there are a few balance issues. In the same way classes like the Pyro in Team Fortress 2 are far more easy to pick up and do well with, Kid Red is somewhat overpowered in Secret Ponchos. While some of the outlaws are just simply better than others, a case can be made that it’s an intentional decision for Secret Ponchos’ gameplay.
 

Secret Ponchos: Most Wanted

Never underestimate El Matador.

Players can grow accustomed to one class easily, but more practice is required to perfect the rest. The Matador is equipped with ranged attacks but excels in close range situations, while mastering the Outlaw takes more precision. Overall, the characters offer a range of play styles that isn’t often found in multiplayer games.

Lone Tumbleweed Tunes

Secret Ponchos might be best remembered for its distinct art style. Outlaws look like they stepped out of a Gorillaz music video, and the set pieces beautifully depict the Old West. All players should take the time to explore maps in the game to truly appreciate its level of detail, although it will spell certain death during a match.

The high noon showdown feel is amplified by unsettling scores that create tension and the poignant bang of gunfire. The need for great sound and music is critical in a period piece like Secret Ponchos, and the score intensifies the level of immersion players feel.

Overall

Secret Ponchos: Most Wanted is a unique online multiplayer experience. Well-crafted maps and unique characters will lasso players in, and there’s enough depth with the leveling system and range of outlaws to continue playing.

Secret Ponchos: Most Wanted was reviewed on PC using a code for the game provided by the publisher.

 

Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson

Associate Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Greg is a Nintendo fanboy who would cry if they ever went third party. He writes news, previews and reviews at Gaming Illustrated.
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SECRET PONCHOS: MOST WANTED EDITION REVIEW: ADIOS AMIGOS

Gaming Illustrated RATING

Overall86%

GAMEPLAY8.5

While some classes can feel a tad unbalanced, the variety and speed of matches makes up for any discrepancies.

GRAPHICS9

Great attention to detail and unique maps that tell a story.

SOUND9

Eerie and tense tunes mixed with easy to distinguish weapon sound effects.

STORY8

What could have been a multiplayer bloodbath with no context instead is given life via character bios and maps brought to life through their details.

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