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Videogame: Outlaws

Outlaws is a 1997 Wild West First-Person Shooter game developed by LucasArts.

It follows the journey for revenge of the retired Marshal James Anderson, who after returning home from a shopping trip to the town finds his wife murdered, his daughter kidnapped and his house burned to the ground by the henchmen of an evil railroad baron called Bob Graham.


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  • Bad Ass Long Coat: Anderson.
  • Bait-and-Switch Gunshot: After the final battle, Anderson is held at gunpoint by Graham, whom he now realizes killed his father. The sound of a gunshot is heard, but it was Sarah, who'd been placed in the same position as Anderson as a child and had grabbed Anderson's gun.
  • Bandito: "Spittin'" Jack Sánchez.
  • Big Bad: "Gentleman" Bob Graham
  • Bonus Level Of Hell: In Ugly difficulty there is an additional cavern section on Level 6.
  • Cigar Fuse Lighting: The player character can chuck dynamite around. Alt-fire lights the fuse, and the animation consists of the PC removing his stogie from his mouth and applying it to the fuse.
  • Cowboy Cop: Anderson was fired from being marshall for gunning down a suspect. It's worth noting that Anderson harbors no resentment for being fired. He fully realises that an officer of the law has to follow the law, and says so when another character claims his dismissal was unfair. Also, uh, he's literally a cowboy.
  • The Dragon: Chief Two Feathers
  • Easter Egg: Numerous, often pretty unusual. Dinosaurs with human faces, poodles with sunglasses that shoot fire at you, aliens in the toilet just to name a few. There are also a couple of more normal ones, such as the golden statue (which is a shout out to Raiders of the Lost Ark), Max from Sam and Max and hell.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Bob Graham disapproves of "Bloody" Mary Nash's idea of killing Sarah.
  • Eye Scream: "Bloodeye" Tim got his alias since he lost his eye in a gunfight and so he now has the habit to shoot people in their eyes.
  • The Gun Slinger: The main character.
  • Homage: The Game is most obviously one to Spaghetti Western, especially those starring Clint Eastwood (on whom Marshall Anderson is clearly based on).
  • Idiosyncratic Difficulty Levels: Keeping with the above, the difficulty levels are "Good", "Bad" and "Ugly".
  • I Shall Taunt You: Don't be a fool Marshal!, Yer' outnumbered! For the Mooks, the bosses are also very vocal.
    • "My horse pisses straighter than you shoot."
  • Mad Doctor: Matt "Dr. Death" Jackson.
  • Outlaw: Well, duh.
  • Recycled In Space: It's Dark Forces in the Wild West which itself was Doom! IN Star Wars.
  • Retired Badass: The protagonist, James Anderson.
  • Roaring Rampage of Rescue combined with Roaring Rampage of Revenge
  • Sawed-Off Shotgun
  • Shout-Out: The Difficulty Levels are named: Good, Bad and Ugly
    • On level 2 (the town) there is a business called Stan's Used Coffins.
    • There is an easter egg in one historical mission that pays a Homage to the opening sequence of Raiders of the Lost Ark.
    • The musical piece called "The Last Gunfight" is a huge one to Ecstasy of Gold from The Good, The Bad and The Ugly(which itself it a prelude to the famous final gunfight from the film).
  • Stuffed In The Fridge: The marshal's wife, Anna.
  • Taking the Kids: In addition of killing his wife, Bob Graham also kidnaps Anderson's daughter.
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    "Slim" Sam Fulton:...Damn it... I told that fool Doctor stealing your kid weren't gonna be good for everyone's... health... uhhhh *dies*
    Anderson: It's a shame he didn't listen.
    • Dr. Death really shouldn't have brought up the topic of the Marshall's murdered wife the way he did, hanging upside down from a rope by his ankle above a mineshaft...
    • In retrospect, the best way of dealing with a former lawman who got fired because he "killed a few men before a jury gave him permission to" was probably not "Burn down the property, kill the wife and kidnap the child". Bob Graham lampshades this to the particular henchman responsible roughly halfway through the game.
  • Traintop Battle: It wouldn't be a Wild West game without it.
  • The Western
  • Weaksauce Weakness: The boss of the first level can take quite a few bullets from his fortified position, but if you get right up to him and give him a good left hook, he's dead in a flash.
  • What Do You Meanitwasntmadeondrugs Mainly the easter eggs.

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