Gamers Bargain Bin: Call of Juarez
Ubisoft and Polish developer brought to the gaming world a first person shooter that went head to head with the top rated Western Genre, GUN. Now, anyone that knows me, will know I like me some good spagetti western goodness. Obviously, in that I’ve plotted out a series of stories that are based on the spagetti western.
But here, we bring you Call of Juarez. As of June, Ubisoft released the prequel, Bound in Blood, which looks sweet. The first game, looked just as good.
Some major pluses right off are the graphics and sound. The scenes appear as though you could explore the entire Wild West world that has been created. Crisp and clean, each enemy looks unique, even if they are based on the same AI. The sounds are great as well, as you can hear the spurs as they jingle as you walk across the old boardwalk, the crunch of old wood as you break a door down, and the report of the pistol and rifle sounding as real as those fired during the fight at the OK Corral.
Game play takes some getting used to, but as expected instead of a simple run and gun against a major chapter boss, you have a battle of reflexes as you are forced into a high noon quick draw.
You have two characters to chose from. The Reverend Ray McCall is a retired outlaw that is forced to pick up his old guns again as he must chase down his own nephew. Carrying dual pistols, or a pistol and a Bible while spouting scripture as he meets out swift justice from the barrel of a gun, the Reverend Ray is an ornery brute that should not be crossed. The second character is Billy, Reverend Ray’s newphew. Step nephew to be exact. Billy’s story is more stealthy, as he’s on the run he must steal what he needs to get away. Holding a whip and at times using a bow and arrow, he must stay one step ahead of his uncle, the Reverend Ray.
Good story, good graphics, and good sound. All surrounding a great spagetti western that includes the lust for Aztec gold. The 2009 release called Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood is the prequel to the 2006 game, and opens more of the storyline.
This one may have the same playability as Return to Castle Wolfenstein, but it definitely is a must have for any gamer who finds the allure of the Western Genre. If you liked GUN, you’ll like Call of Juarez. If you want more, here’s the trailer for the game, Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood.