There was a time when Arcade styled games were extremely popular. These games always aimed to be a short experience that didn’t last long but offered fun gameplay and replay value that encouraged you to attempt them again just to set a new record. These arcade style games are getting rare these days so Wild Guns Reloaded feels like a blast from the past.
If you have played any of the 90s Arcade shooters, you will have a fair idea of what to expect from Wild Guns Reloaded. It is not exactly a new game and it was originally released in 1994 for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. This latest release is essentially a remaster that was tackled by the original developers of Wild Guns. It not only brings the game back to the current generation consoles, there are new additions to enjoy here including more playable characters, enemies and stages. The game also adds 4 player co-op making it the ultimate arcade experience for the classic fans.
Wild Guns Reloaded features the same 16-bit art style that looks pretty good on the Nintendo Switch if you fancy some portable mode. The gameplay seems to suit the style of the Switch JoyCon controller since it is pretty minimal in term of the control requirements. There isn’t a lot to accomplish aside from the jump and shoot gameplay here. You can also utilize a power skill that basically eradicates any threat on screen.
Gameplay in Wild Guns Reloaded involves around your character shooting at any threat on a static screen where you see the enemies keep popping out left and right, either hidden in the background, or rushing to attack you directly on screen. These enemies must be defeated with your gun in hand so a good aim and carefully placed shoots should make short work of them. The game keeps throwing new challenges at you and while it is possible to finish it in quite a short amount of time, the fun can be endless if you are able to play it with a partner.
Don’t take the game easy, Wild Guns Reloaded can prove to be a challenging game if you can’t manage to keep up with all the difficult enemies that are sometimes thrown at once. You will be required to dodge any shooters that are aiming at you while also making sure that no one gets close enough to hit you. It can get chaotic during certain moments but if you maintain your composure and remain calm, you should have no trouble powering through the main campaign mode.
The thrill in Wild Guns Reloaded comes in the form of the co-op support. If you have a friend who doesn’t mind the classic look for the game, it is possible to enjoy the multiplayer mode with another player. The offline co-op implementation is done rather well on the Nintendo Switch so you won’t be required to get another controller just to play the game in multiplayer.
There is plenty of replay value to be had here. As I mentioned, the support of co-op works really well here letting you enjoy the game by challenging a friend. There are also online leaderboards for those who are obsessed with setting new world records. If you are looking for extra challenge, you can select from the many difficulty settings which are available in the beginning of the campaign. Aside from that, you can expect to see the usual time attack and boss rush mode that is for the perfectionists.
Wild Guns Reloaded Review (Switch)
Game Reviewed on: Switch
Game description: Wild Guns Reloaded is a fast-paced arcade-style shooter, mixing the Wild West with steampunk. Play as Clint, Annie, Doris, or Bullet the dog with his sentry drone. Grab some friends and play together for some four player action!
This game is certainly not for everyone. It can be challenging and difficult at times and while it offers a good amount of replay value, the new content doesn’t make it a worthwhile purchase if you have already bought and played it during its original release.