Call of Juarez: Gunslinger Review
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Call of Juarez: Gunslinger Box Art
System: PS3*, Xbox 360, PC
Dev: Techland
Pub: Ubisoft
Release: May 22, 2013
Players: 1
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Intense Violence, Blood and Gore, Suggestive Themes, Strong Language

Like any good western, Gunslinger is chock-full of showdowns. There's even a Mexican standoff, which made me giggle a little. The dueling mechanic is reminiscent of Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood, but it has been very well refined. During the duel, you'll use the thumbsticks to focus your aim and position your hand. It's a precarious, nitpicky process that's bound to end in your death—at least a few times.

The graphics, like I said, borrow heavily from another western-inspired video game: Borderlands. Techland has chosen to abandon the realistic style that The Cartel attempts to achieve in favor of a more artistic aesthetic. However, the style is a perfect fit for this particular story. Early in the campaign you learn that Greaves' celebrity is due, in part, to a series of dime store novels that contain illustrations of his exploits. The game itself echoes the artistic style of these novels. It's so meta.

Call of Juarez: Gunslinger Screenshot

From time to time, I did find myself becoming annoyed with the relative impossibility of the battles. Some of them rely heavily on your ability to remember enemy positions from a previous death and outshoot them on your second try. I'm a firm believer that memorization is for games like Mega Man and Myst, not first-person shooters that are meant to emulate a realistic gunfight.

Once you get past that, and the enemy AI's obvious stupidity, the game is a genuinely enjoyable experience. The storyline is short, but it’s quippy and compelling. Plus, you get the chance to duel some of the most famous gunfighters in history. And you probably won’t get another chance to tell your grandkids that you killed Jesse James.

Gunslinger is one of those games that doesn't feel like it's trying very hard, but you know that it is. The developers have obviously put a great deal of thought into this game, and it’s evident in almost every element. After being disappointed by The Cartel, I was understandably skeptical about Gunslinger's potential. But this game is infinitely better than Techland's previous titles in almost every way.

Bravo, Techland.

Josh Engen
News Director
Date: May 23, 2013

Perfectly suited for the title, but not impressive.
Only slightly annoying.
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The sound of blood splattering has never been so realistic.
Play Value
Short campaign, but very well executed.
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Meet the legendary outlaws: Billy the Kid, Pat Garrett, Jesse James... Face down the West's most notorious gunslingers and live the untold stories behind the legends.
  • Experience a lawless land: Blaze a trail through the wilderness of the Old West and live an epic adventure through stunning Western landscapes.
  • Dispense your own justice: With a gun holster tied to your leg, become a ruthless bounty hunter on a journey made of all-out gun battles.
  • Prevail in deadly gunfights: Master the art of blasting pistols, shooting rifles, and dodging bullets. Unleash lethal combos to gun down multiple enemies in split seconds.
  • Become the West's finest: Choose the specific gun-fighting skills you want to develop and acquire new shooting abilities to become the West's finest gunslinger.

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