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YMMV / Westward

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  • Evil Is Sexy:
    • The female bandits in 3 and 4. Possibly 1 and 2, of course YMMV on that.
    • The female gunslingers in 2 and 3. They aren't evil by the plot standards but they do work and kill for money, so...
  • Funny Moments: 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.
  • Game-Breaker:
    • Food industries - the Baker and especially the Butcher - produce ridiculous amounts of gold in exchange for a token extra drain on your food supply. In fact, a one-man butcher shop can outproduce a two-man gold mine, and unlike the mine, uses 100% renewable resources.
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    • The marketplace means that once you have a strong industrial economy going, you don't need to worry about wood or coal (both of which are nonrenewable) - just buy what you need out of your endless cash flow.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: If one took Anne Turner from Westward IV and replaced her job at a train station with a job on an apple farm, she'd be practically a human version of Applejack, down to a very similar southern accent, attitude and cowboy hat. Westward IV predates that series by several years.
  • 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.
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    • Westward Kingdoms, 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.

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