Video Game / 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.


  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Most bosses take several bullets to bring down, compared to just 1 or 2 for regular Mooks.
  • 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.
  • Bang, Bang, BANG: You can instantly tell when you're fighting a boss before you even spot them due to the extra loud report from their weapons.
  • Big Bad: "Gentleman" Bob Graham
  • Brawn Hilda: "Bloody" Mary
  • 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.
  • Cut Scene Incompetence: After beating the final boss, Anderson foolishly drops his gun and runs over to check on Sara without making sure Graham is dead. As a result, Anderson is nearly killed when Graham gets up to shoot him, surviving only becuase Sarah picks up his gun and shoots Graham.
  • Deadly Doctor: Matt "Dr. Death" Jackson, who along with "Slim" Sam Fulton is responsible for killing Anderson's wife and kidnapping his daughter, and who receives the most screen time out of all the villains besides Bob Graham.
  • The Dragon: Chief Two Feathers, although he only really shows up at the end just before you go after Bob Graham himself.
  • 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: Both Graham and Jackson disapprove 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.
  • Gatling Good: An old school Gatling Gun appears the game's BFG. While it provides plenty of firepower, Anderson can't move around while wielding it. Well, unless you cheat.
  • The Gunslinger: 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).
  • Gory Discretion Shot: "Henry" George Bowers Cruel and Unusual Death
  • 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."
  • Lumber Mill Mayhem: The 5th Level.
  • Nintendo Hard: On "Bad" (Medium) or "Ugly" (Hard), difficulty, the game is very hard. You die in just a handful of shots, and can be killed in one or two hits at close range. Plus, all enemies use hitscan weapons. Despite the appearance of the game, if you run around like it's Doom you'll be shot to death pretty damn quickly. The key to success is to treat the game like a tactical shooter and methodically pick off enemies from behind cover and around corners. Or you could play the game on "Good" (Easy) difficulty and, well, run around like it's Doom.
  • No-Gear Level: You lose all of your weapons at the beginning of the final level thanks to Cutscene Incompetence.
  • 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: One of three different shotguns available in the game. A full length double barrelled shotgun and, in a very rare move, a single shotgun are both available.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Along with Dr. Death, "Slim" Sam Fulton is directly responsible for the murder of Marshall Anderson' wife and kidnapping of his daughter. He is also the first who bites it.
  • The Southpaw: Outlaws is a very rare example of a first person shooter that features a left handed main character. James Anderson is left handed.
  • 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, Dr. Death also kidnaps Anderson's daughter, and Bob Graham ends up keeping her around because he can't figure out what else to do with her.
  • 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: One of the first successful video games set in this period.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Bosses can typically take quite a few bullets, but can be taken out with a single good left hook.
  • Would Hurt a Child: "Bloody" Mary Nash.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Bob Graham firmly draws the line at harming children when Mary Nash suggests just killing Sarah. Dr. Death agrees with Graham, although seeing as he was the one who kidnapped Sarah in the first place strictly For the Evulz it rings a bit insincere.
  • Would You Like to Hear How They Died?: Dr. Death does this to Anderson, bragging about how he helped murder his wife Anna. It doesn't end well for him.
  • You Killed My Father: At the end of the game when Bob Graham has him at gunpoint, Anderson realizes that Graham is the bandit who killed his father in front of him when he was just a child.