YMMV: Westward

  • Crowning Moment of Funny - Quite often in the first 4 games. Almost entirely subverted in game 5.
    • The female bandit's valley girl speech in 4 includes a long rant about going to the hootenanny. It's unbelievably funny because her dialog is about a century ahead of the setting.
  • Evil Is Sexy - The female bandits in 3 and 4. Possibly 1 and 2, of course YMMV on that.
    • Possibly the female gunslingers in 2 and 3. They aren't evil by the plot standards but they do work and kill for money, so...
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks - The original Westward was done in a purely 2D format with an overhead view. When the second game was announced, it was shown to use a fully 3D engine with an isometric view. The game was also redesigned with an experience and quest system used to unlock buildings and upgrades. A town happiness system was introduced which could either help or harm the town. The main setup also featured the Hero character, a selectable main character that didn't need a home and served as a cross between citizens and gunslingers. While this trope was mostly averted in the long run, the initial reaction to the sequel change was surprising.
    • Westward Kingdoms may also apply as it completely shifted everything to a medieval setting with a new art style. Much of the humor seemed to be removed and the music felt less cheerful.
  • Uncanny Valley - some of the 3D models starting with game 2. They're all fairly simplified to start with but many have these odd, unsettling smiles on them. It's just creepy.