Brady Sutton (Philip Carey) used to be one of the most feared members of the Hole in the Wall Gang. He robbed banks with Butch Cassidy (Gene Evans) and the Sundance Kid (William Bishop) and he developed a reputation for being a ruthless outlaw. But that’s in the past. Brady has spent three years in prison and now, he’s ready to return home, marry Nancy (Martha Hyer), and go straight. Though most of the townspeople don’t trust Brady, he’s managed to find a sponsor in newcomer Charlie Veer (Douglas Kennedy), who has given Brady the money to open his own blacksmith shop.
Unfortunately, Brady might be done with the Hole in the Wall Gang but they’re not done with him. When Brady spots some members of the gang in town, he realizes that they’re casing the bank. Despite Brady’s attempts to warn the sheriff, the town assumes that Brady must be in on the plot. Brady grows so frustrated that he finds himself tempted to go back to his old ways. Meanwhile, Charlie is suddenly very interested in being introduced to the infamous Butch Cassidy himself.
Wyoming Renegades is a straight-forward, B-western. The plot is nothing special but Philip Carey and Douglas Kennedy both give good Western performances and Gene Evans is memorably evil as Butch Cassidy. For those who only know the characters as Paul Newman and Robert Redford’s performances in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, the most interesting thing about Wyoming Renegades will be seeing Cassidy and Sundance portrayed as being sadistic and humorless villains. The truth about Cassidy and his gang is probably somewhere in-between the fun-loving rogues played by Newman and Redford and the unforgiving bastards presented in Wyoming Renegades. In reality, it’s said that Butch Cassidy always tried to avoid killing people while Sundance rarely hesitated to draw his gun and start firing.
As for Wyoming Renegades, the ending does feature an unexpected twist, with Nancy proving herself to be more than just a docile love interest. Fans of classic television will want to keep an eye out for a young Aaron Spelling, playing a loathsome outlaw named Petie Carver.
In The Best Man, you take control of Aiden. He seems like a classic “nice guy” and that’s the problem. When his best friend Laura calls him and asks if he would be willing to step in at the least minute and serve as the best man at her wedding to John, Aiden agrees. Just from the opening conversation between you and Laura, it first seems that The Best Man is going to be one of those romantic comedy games where a nerdy guy goes on an everyday quest (like getting the wedding rings before the ceremony) and eventually “wins the girl.”
Instead, the game reveals that Aiden is not a reliable narrator. He spends a lot of time in a fantasy world, where he and Laura are together and have a beautiful future but actually, it’s obvious that Laura has never considered him to be anything more than just a friend. Aiden is so delusional and obsessive that, about halfway through the game, I wasn’t even sure that Laura had actually called him or that Laura even existed to begin with. The game itself features a lot of minor tasks that need to get done before the wedding but the fact that the whole thing might be in Aiden’s head adds a new wrinkle to the usual romantic comedy. Aiden may think about Laura abandoning her husband-to-be for him but the player knows that would be the worst thing that could happen. It takes courage to write a game where you actively root against the person you’re playing and considerable skill to actually make it work. Fortunately, Stephen Bond has both.
The Best Man is well-written with enough interesting details to make it worth replaying. The mix of dark comedy and disturbing drama really pays off,
If was science fiction magazine that was published from 1952 to 1974, by Quinn Publications. Though If was never more than a modest success as far as sales went, it still published work from authors like Harlan Ellison, Robert A. Heinlin, and Larry Niven. It also featured some of the best covers in the business. Here are a few of the covers of If magazine: