West Of Loathing (Nintendo Switch) Review: Delightful

If you’re an indie gamer, West of Loathing was the game that stole your Fall last year. If you’re more retro and mainstream; your first encounter with it is the Switch version. While not much has changed in the port, it’s a wonderful experience on the go and ultimately one of the best RPG experiences on the console.

Final Fantasy fan? Fan of old school CRPGs? Want to laugh? Want to try something different? West of Loathing checks off all of these boxes thanks to a cool aesthetic, a solid score and some of the best writing in a video game in ages.

Centered in a fictional Wild West, you take control of a character and quickly get immersed in a wacky, but infectious story. Much like the Fallout series, it’s the stories of the characters around you that matter the most. Your ability to help them not only progresses the story but invests you completely. After about 20 minutes, you’ll care about this world just as much a Skyrim, The Wasteland or Hyrule. To do that with stick-figure visuals is a testament to the power of the story and charismatic writing.

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