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This is a list of the best western games of all time for any console or system, including cover art pictures when available. These highly rated western games are ordered by popularity, so only the greatest western games are at the top of the list. Spanning the entire history of the genre, these western games are considered the best in the genre. This list includes all challenging western games that have ever hit the shelves, so it doesn't necessarily have all the more obscure or new western games.

Games here include everything from The Oregon Trail to Gun.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best western games?" and "What is the greatest western game of all time?"

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Red Dead Redemption: Undead Ni... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Western Games of All Time
Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare 2010 Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare is an open world, western action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar San Diego and published by Rockstar Games. It was released for the PlayStation 3 ...more

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Gun is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Western Games of All Time
Gun 2005 Gun is a Revisionist Western-themed video game developed by Neversoft and published by Activision for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360. The game was released in ...more

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Red Dead Revolver is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Western Games of All Time
Red Dead Revolver 2004 Red Dead Revolver is a western action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar San Diego, published by Rockstar Games and distributed by Take-Two Interactive for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox. It ...more

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Call of Juarez is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Western Games of All Time
Call of Juarez 2006 Call of Juarez is a 2006 first-person shooter Western video game developed by Techland and published by Ascaron in Europe, Techland in Australia and Ubisoft in North America. Originally released ...more

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The Oregon Trail is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Western Games of All Time
The Oregon Trail 1971 The Oregon Trail is a computer game originally developed by Don Rawitsch, Bill Heinemann, and Paul Dillenberger in 1971 and produced by the Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium in 1974. ...more

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Outlaws is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Western Games of All Time
Outlaws 1997 Outlaws is a first-person shooter released by LucasArts in 1997 using an enhanced version of the Jedi game engine, first seen in Star Wars: Dark Forces. It is one of the very few FPS games with ...more

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Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Western Games of All Time
Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath 2005 Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath is an action-adventure video game developed by Oddworld Inhabitants and published by Electronic Arts for the Microsoft Xbox. Music for the game was written by composer ...more

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Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Western Games of All Time
Condemnation added Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood is a Western-themed first-person shooter video game set in the years of 1864-1866 at the beginning of the American West. Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood was ...more

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Darkwatch is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Western Games of All Time
Darkwatch 2005 Darkwatch: Curse of the West is a 2005 first-person shooter video game for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox. It was developed by High Moon Studios and published by Capcom in the United States and by ...more

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Call of Juarez: Gunslinger is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Western Games of All Time
Condemnation added Call of Juarez: Gunslinger Call of Juarez: Gunslinger is a Western-themed first-person shooter video game, the fourth in the Call of Juarez series. Announced at PAX 2012, it was released on May 22, 2013, via PlayStation ...more

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Wild Arms XF is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Western Games of All Time
Wild Arms XF 2008 Wild Arms XF is a game in the Wild Arms series, the first for the PlayStation Portable. The game was unveiled at a Media.Vision fan event on September 2, 2006 and was released in Japan in 2007. ...more

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Desperados 2: Cooper's Revenge is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Western Games of All Time
Desperados 2: Cooper's Revenge 2006 Desperados 2: Cooper's Revenge is a 2006 computer game. It is the sequel to the 2001 game Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive.

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Freddy Pharkas: Frontier Pharm... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Western Games of All Time
Freddy Pharkas: Frontier Pharmacist Jan 01 1993 Freddy Pharkas: Frontier Pharmacist is a comic Old West adventure computer game created by Al Lowe and Josh Mandel and published by Sierra On-Line in 1993. It was dubbed "the Blazing ...more

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Dead Man's Hand is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Western Games of All Time
Dead Man's Hand 2004 Dead Man's Hand is a 2004 first-person shooter video game set in the American Old West developed by Human Head Studios.

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Desperados: Wanted Dead or Ali... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Western Games of All Time
Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive 2001 Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive is a stealth-based real-time tactics computer game, developed by Spellbound Entertainment and released in 2001. In the game, the player controls up to six ...more

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Gun.Smoke is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Western Games of All Time
Gun.Smoke 1985 Gun.Smoke is a 1985 vertical scrolling shooter arcade game by Capcom. This Wild West-themed game was designed by Yoshiki Okamoto. Gun.Smoke centers on a character named Billy Bob in the NES ...more

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Sheriff is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Western Games of All Time
Sheriff 1979 Sheriff, also known as Bandido, is an arcade game developed by Nintendo R&D1 in 1979, designed by Genyo Takeda with art by Shigeru Miyamoto. Some sources claim that Ikegami Tsushinki also ...more

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Gold Rush! is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Western Games of All Time
Gold Rush! 1988 Gold Rush! is a graphic adventure game originally released by Sierra On-Line in 1988. It was designed by Doug and Ken MacNeill. Gold Rush! is one of the last games that Sierra made with the AGI ...more

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Custer's Revenge is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Western Games of All Time
Custer's Revenge Oct 13 1982 Custer's Revenge is a controversial video game made for the Atari 2600 by Mystique, a company that produced a number of adult video game titles for the system. The player character is based on ...more

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Puss 'n Boots: Pero's Great Ad... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Western Games of All Time
Puss 'n Boots: Pero's Great Adventure Jan 01 1986 Puss 'n Boots: Pero's Great Adventure is a video game released in 1990 by Electro Brain for the NES. There was a Japan-only prequel called Nagagutsu o Haita Neko: Sekai Isshū 80 Nichi Dai Bōken. ...more

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Outlaw is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Western Games of All Time
Outlaw Mar 01 1976 Outlaw is a single-player arcade game by Atari Inc., originally released in 1976. It simulates an Old West fast draw duel between the player and the computer. Outlaw was a response to Gun Fight, ...more

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Bank Panic is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Western Games of All Time
Bank Panic 1984 Bank Panic is an arcade game developed by Sanritsu and manufactured by Sega in 1984. West Bank is a clone of the game, released on several platforms.

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The Yukon Trail is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Western Games of All Time
The Yukon Trail 1994 The Yukon Trail is a 1994 computer game from MECC, the creators of The Oregon Trail. The game is based around the Klondike Gold Rush of the late 19th century. Players start out in Seattle and ...more

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Wild Arms is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Western Games of All Time
Wild Arms 1996 Wild Arms is a Western-themed role-playing video game developed by Japanese software company Media.Vision. Originally released in Japan in 1996 for the Sony PlayStation video game console, it ...more

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Sunset Riders is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Western Games of All Time
Sunset Riders 1991 Sunset Riders is a side-scrolling run-and-gun style shoot-'em-up released by Konami as a coin-operated video game in 1991. The game is set during the American Old West, where the player takes ...more

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Bang! is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Western Games of All Time
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Fast Draw Showdown is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Western Games of All Time
Fast Draw Showdown 1994 Fast Draw Showdown is a live-action laserdisc video game, released by American Laser Games in 1994 for a limited number of platforms. As one of the last live-action rail shooters released by the ...more

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Mad Dog McCree is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Western Games of All Time
Mad Dog McCree 1990 Mad Dog McCree is the first live-action laserdisc video game released by American Laser Games. It originally appeared as an arcade game in 1990. It gained considerable attention for its ...more

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Back to the Future Part III is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Western Games of All Time
Back to the Future Part III Jan 01 1991 Back to the Future Part III is the title of a video game released for the Sega Genesis and is based on the film of the same name. The game is different from LJN's Back to the Future Part II ...more

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Wild Gunman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Western Games of All Time
Wild Gunman Jan 01 1984 Wild Gunman is a light gun shooter game created by Nintendo.

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Cheyenne is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Western Games of All Time
Cheyenne 1984 Cheyenne was a shooting gallery arcade game manufactured by Exidy and released in 1984.

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Samurai Western is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Western Games of All Time
Samurai Western Jun 07 2005 Samurai Western is a PlayStation 2 video game released in 2005. The player assumes the role of a samurai named Gojiro Kiryu, who travels to the Wild West in search of his brother, Rando.

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Mad Dog II: The Lost Gold is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Western Games of All Time
Mad Dog II: The Lost Gold Mad Dog II: The Lost Gold is a live-action laserdisc video game produced by American Laser Games, released for the arcade, Sega CD, 3DO, CD-i and DOS, the first release being in 1992; the ...more

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Dust: A Tale of the Wired West is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Western Games of All Time
Dust: A Tale of the Wired West Jan 01 1995 Dust: A Tale Of The Wired West is an American computer game made for the PC and the Macintosh. It was released on June 30, 1995 and was produced by Cyberflix and published by GTE Entertainment. ...more

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An American Tail: Fievel Goes ... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Western Games of All Time
An American Tail: Fievel Goes West An American Tail: Fievel Goes West is a Super NES video game released in 1994. It's the second game released based on the film of the same name, the other title being an adventure game for the ...more

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The Lone Ranger is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Western Games of All Time
The Lone Ranger 1991 The Lone Ranger is an action-adventure video game released by Konami for the Nintendo Entertainment System exclusively in North America in 1991. It is based on The Lone Ranger radio and TV ...more

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Outlaws is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Western Games of All Time
Outlaws Jan 01 1986 Outlaws is a video game for the Commodore 64 developed and released by Ultimate Play The Game in 1985. In a break from earlier arcade adventure titles such as The Staff of Karnath and Entombed, ...more

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Wild Arms 5 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Western Games of All Time
Wild Arms 5 2006 Wild Arms 5, released in Japan as Wild Arms: The Vth Vanguard, is the fifth video game in the Wild Arms series of role-playing games. The game celebrates the series' 10th anniversary by ...more

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Lethal Enforcers II: Gun Fight... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Western Games of All Time
Lethal Enforcers II: Gun Fighters 1994 Lethal Enforcers II: Gun Fighters is a 1994 arcade and prequel to the original Lethal Enforcers. In contrast with the first game's modern law enforcement theme, Lethal Enforcers II takes place ...more

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Oregon Trail II is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Western Games of All Time
Oregon Trail II 1995 Oregon Trail II is an educational video game released by MECC in 1996. It was published by SoftKey Multimedia. It is a revised version of the original Oregon Trail computer game. It was ...more

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Blood Bros. is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Western Games of All Time
Blood Bros. Jan 01 1990 Blood Bros. is a 1990 arcade game developed and published by TAD Corporation in Japan and Europe, while it was later published in North America by Fabtek. It is a spiritual sequel to Cabal, with ...more

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Law of the West is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Western Games of All Time
Law of the West 1985 Law of the West is a computer game for the Commodore 64, the Apple II family and the NES. It was one of Accolade's launch products and is the only game in Accolade's history to be designed by ...more

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Live A Live is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Western Games of All Time
Live A Live 1994 Live A Live is a role-playing video game developed by Square for the Super Famicom released in Japan on September 2, 1994. It was never released outside Japan, but it has been unofficially ...more

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Wild Arms 2 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Western Games of All Time
Wild Arms 2 1999 Wild Arms 2, known in Japan as Wild Arms: 2nd Ignition, is a role-playing game, and the second installment in the Wild Arms series, developed by Media.Vision and published by Sony Computer ...more

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Lost Dutchman Mine is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Western Games of All Time
Lost Dutchman Mine 1989 Lost Dutchman Mine is a non-linear adventure video game which puts the player in the role of a gold miner, circa 1860. The game was the biggest success for its publisher, Magnetic Images. The ...more

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Shootout at Old Tucson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Western Games of All Time
Shootout at Old Tucson Shootout at Old Tucson is a live-action laserdisc video game, released by American Laser Games in 1994 in the arcade. The game saw a limited production run and was the only release by the ...more

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Cowboy Kid is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Western Games of All Time
Cowboy Kid Cowboy Kid is a video game for the NES inspired by Konami's Ganbare Goemon series. It was first released in Japan in 1991 as Western Kids by Visco. In January 1992 it was published in North ...more

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Alone in the Dark 3 is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Western Games of All Time
Alone in the Dark 3 1995 Alone in the Dark 3 is the third installment of the Alone in the Dark survival horror video game series created by Infogrames. The video game was released for DOS computers in 1994. It was ...more

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Gunfright is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Western Games of All Time
Gunfright Jan 01 1986 Gunfright is a ZX Spectrum video game developed by Ultimate Play The Game for U.S. Gold in 1986. The game makes use of the same scrolling isometric projection engine used previously in ...more

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Qwak! is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Western Games of All Time
Qwak! Qwak! is a 1 player arcade game by Atari Inc., originally released in 1974. It simulates duck hunting, whereby players fire at flying on-screen ducks using a rifle with a light gun attached to ...more