Excerpt: When I first started playing Call of Juarez: Gunslinger , I wasn't its biggest fan. The shooting felt loose, the game felt uninhabited and the pace felt dull - then I started getting into a rhythm and found out just why Techland's latest is so special. The developers have wisely returned the series back to its Wild West roots (the last game was set in the modern day with a focus on drug cartels) and put the focus solely on the game's unique and fun shooting mechanic.
Excerpt: Call of Juarez: Gunslinger is a first-person shooter developed by Techland, released for PC, Xbox 360, and PS3. I took a look at the PC version of the game, and must say, Techland is doing things right. To begin, if you couldn't tell based on the name, Call of Jaurez is set in the wild west, and you play as the namesake gunslinger and bounty hunter Silas Greaves.
Conclusion: Call of Juarez Gunslinger is Techland at their best and the most fun I have had with a western experience since Red Dead Redemption . It’s kind of a shame to know that their A team was working on this while Dead Island Riptide was thrown together but I’m grateful that Gunslinger exists because it’s a solid and fun first person shooter with some great hooks in it.
Excerpt: It dawned on me while playing Techland’s thoroughly enjoyable shooter Call of Juarez: Gunslinger just how satisfying the traditional Western arsenal is to use. It’s because low-technology guns change how you play. Take the common or garden revolver. There’s a satisfying sense of importance to each click of the mouse when you only have six shots in your gun. You can’t just fire off twenty rounds and slap a new magazine in, instead you have to make every shot count.
Conclusion: Call of Juarez: Gunslinger is essentially a shooter, but it is a good shooter for any fan of the Wild West. The story is enjoyable and the little twists and turns along the way keep it interesting and even funny even though you are basically doing the same thing over and over again: shooting at minions until you get to the final encounter of each scene. Overall, I enjoyed the game and I will be certain to return to it for another playthrough at some point.
Pros: Entertaining even if predictable story, good gameplay, Golden Rifle.
Cons: Slight repetitiveness of the missions, Gattling guns.
Conclusion: Call of Juarez: Gunslinger is a fun first-person shooter that delivers a great arcade gameplay experience, even if its visuals aren't of that high quality. Its level progression system is quite diversified and, while some moments can be a bit annoying, like the gattling gun boss fight, it's more than worth its low asking price.
Conclusion: At just $15, the MSRP of the game is already fairly low. To get through the nine-level single player campaign, you are looking at 5 to 8 hours depending on your difficulty level. It's definitely a fun, entertaining romp while it lasts, even if the ending to the story is somewhat predictable if you have seen any classic western movie. By the way, keep an eye out for Steam and Amazon sales on Call of Juarez: Gunslinger .