Secret Ponchos: Most Wanted Edition Review: Adios Amigos
Greg Johnson / Oct 21st, 2015 No Comments
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.
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.
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.
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.
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