Lead and Gold: Gangs of the Wild West - Xbox 360

Lead and Gold: Gangs of the Wild West
Game Description:Lead and Gold: Gangs of the Wild West catapults the player straight into the dramatic crescendo of the Western myth. Allowing players to relive the thrills of a gunfight in classic western settings such as main street of a frontier town or the claustrophobic depths of a gold mine. Immerse yourself in gameplay drawing from a perfect mix of cool-headed player skill and the brutal close quarter brawl of the classic Western shoot out. Third person shooter with team multiplayer. Supported platforms are still to be announced but the game is developed for digital distribution on both consoles and PC. Lead and Gold - Gangs of the Wild West raises the standards for online distributed games by utilizing graphics and gameplay features similar to those used by a majority of today’s AAA-titles.
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Lead And Gold Hands-On Preview

Lead And Gold Hands-On Preview

By Stephen Johnson - Posted Dec 14, 2009

Lead and Gold

Recently, I gathered with five of my closest G4 friends in a conference-room for an old fashioned LAN party, courtesy of FatShark’s Lead and Gold: Gangs of the Old WestL&G is a downloadable third-person multiplayer shooting game with a Western theme for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and the PC. My LAN-mates and I put the game through its paces, sampling each of its four game types, playing every class multiple times, and generally shooting each other in the face a lot. After a couple hours of playtime, we reached a unanimous verdict: Lead and Gold is a really, really fun little game.

Lead and Gold features four game types: Conquest, where teams compete to capture zones, Greed, where each team tries to steal a bag of gold and bring it to their base, Powder Keg, which is like “Bomb Strike” in Counterstrike, and Robbery, a combination of Greed and Powder Keg. We tried out each game mode, and while they all have their pluses and minuses, Powder Keg and Robbery were the group’s favorite – there’s something palm-sweatingly awesome about carrying a powder keg toward an objective and praying your enemy doesn’t blow it (and you) to smithereens.

Lead and Gold

L&D’s class system is reminiscent of Team Fortress. Players start by choosing from among four classes, who can be described in terms of range, and each class has a secondary skill or perk to keep things interesting, as well as an area of effect buff for teammates.

  • The Trapper is analogous to a sniper, with a long-range rifle and a bear trap that snaps onto enemies’ ankles.
  • The Deputy has a medium-range firearm and the ability to tag enemies with a mark that can be seen through walls.
  • The Gunslinger is a utility character with the ability to rapid-fire his six-shooter.
  • The Blaster is a short-range shotgun-wielder who can also chuck armloads of dynamite at enemies.

Lead and Gold supports ten players online at once, but it works really well with six people, and under optimum LAN party conditions on gaming laptops, it ran great. The developers assure me that the game will run that well on the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live when it comes out.

Lead and GoldI’m not a huge multiplayer fan, but this game did a lot to change my mind. The rule-sets are exceedingly simple to grasp and the game’s HUD makes objectives clear, so you won’t be spending time wondering where you’re supposed to be going or what you’re supposed to be doing, and the cartoonish graphics and familiar Western settings definitely add to the fun of the game. How well the game mechanics and maps will  support more in-depth, strategic approaches wasn’t possible to determine in the playtime we had, but, judging from the variety of character abilities and how evenly matched classes seemed, my guess is that it will work out pretty well.

Lead and Gold's controls were generally tight and intuitive; switching weapons was smooth, as was activating special attacks.  But on the negative side, the game’s reticules sometimes seemed exceedingly large and hard to gauge, and the accuracy of thrown dynamite was hard to get the hang of, but these are small complaints about an otherwise solid game.

At its best, Lead and Gold is the video game equivalent of running around in the backyard with your friends, pointing cap guns at each other and pretending you’re Clint Eastwood in A Fistful of Dollars -- expect lots of laughs and good natured curses and trash talk. It will cost you about $15.00 when it comes out in early 2010, and it is well worth the ticket price for fans of The West, multiplayer gamers and anyone who has ever dreamed of being a cowboy.

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  • TheJoker2607

    looks good

    Posted: May 23, 2010 6:07 PM
  • schtoor

    The game is Awesome!

    Posted: April 16, 2010 4:10 AM
  • pmc_soap

    a third person team fortress in the medwest with rather large looking maps im in again

    Posted: December 24, 2009 11:54 PM
  • pmc_soap

    a third person battlefeild 1943 with more gore in the mid west i am in

    Posted: December 24, 2009 11:54 PM
  • MrFrank

    I like the idea of a cheap multiplayer shooter, kinda like BF:1943

    Posted: December 23, 2009 7:11 PM
  • Moye

    Bear traps are the best.

    Posted: December 14, 2009 4:57 PM
  • ismosm

    Looks good. I love western based games. Not enough of them in my opinion. And 15 bucks is great price tag

    Posted: December 14, 2009 1:17 PM