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The Wild West Comes To PlayStation 4 With Secret Ponchos

With each passing day, the list of intriguing indie titles headed to the PlayStation 4 seems to expand. Another one to keep your eye on in the launch windows is Secret Ponchos.

Developed by a few former employees of Radical Entertainment (The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction, Scarface: The World Is Yours), Secret Ponchos is a unique competitive multiplayer game that places a bounty on each outlaw's head. If you're the fastest gun in the west, your notoriety will grow as quickly as the bounty on your head.

Players create a persistent gunslinger from a collection of six archetypes. The Deserter is a former soldier who is handy with a sniper rifle and brings medkits to each gunfight. The Gordo Hombre moves slowly, but packs a mean punch with his Gatling gun and molotov cocktails. Kid Red packs two pistols and a stick of dynamite, and is by far the most fleet of foot character in the game. The Phantom Poncho moves slowly and deliberately, but can quickly dash to close the range between himself and an opponent, opening up opportunities to drain health quickly with his double-barrel shotgun. He also carries a bull whip, which can be used to disarm enemies. Last but not least, The Killer is your classic outlaw. He packs a revolver and hunting knife. Upon selecting your character, you can rename him.

Secret Ponchos features several different gameplay modes, including one-on-one duels, two-on-two shootouts, four-on-four modes, and an eight-player free for all. It supports both split-screen and online play, and tracks your performance over time. As you rank up, you unlock perk points that can be used to tweak your character's appearance and skills.

This twin-stick shooter follows the basic genre control scheme .The left analog stick controls your movement, the right analog stick controls your aiming, and to shoot your weapon you must pull the right trigger. Secondary weapons are married to the right bumper, and you also have the ability to dodge with the circle button. I played through four rounds, and each character feels very different from the others. Some have long-range weapons, while others need to get close to inflict damage.

Secret Ponchos is slated to release on PlayStation 4 sometime in the first half of 2014. PlayStation Plus subscribers will get free access to the game for a limited time.  

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  • "Gordo Hombre". Was this intentional?
  • Looks neat! I don't really need another twin stick shooter but with Playstation Plus I will definitely be checking it out.

  • It's good to see that former Radical devs are still kicking.

  • And who is the sixth character?

  • I really like the look of this one! Plus, I get it for free? Even better.

  • Awesome! Its free with PS plus. I'm gonna be Phantom poncho

  • Pretty cool, might have to check it out when the time comes.

  • Secret Ponchos is kind of a cool name, but why didn't this developer make a game named after their studio? I want to play "Switchblade Monkey" now! :D

    Good to see some Radical guys back in action. Although I don't think this looks super engaging - it's got cool visuals though. As far as top-down, multiplayer PS4 shooters go, it's gonna be hard to top Assault Android Cactus imo. Link: Though that one is, thankfully, also coming to Steam and Wii U. This is PS4 exclusive, yes?

  • The game looks pretty cool. Probly a buy for me.

  • I didn't realize until now that this was multiplayer only.

  • It doesn't look half bad. I'm also a sucker for any wild west type game.

  • I miss read the article but then watched the video & it is free for PS Plus members glad I have PS Plus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!