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Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood
23 December 2009
Excerpt: Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood is a game of small details, both visually and gameplay-wise. There are a few noticeable problems, but the details make a big difference in the end. One of my biggest gripes with first-person shooters is characters rarely seem like part of the environment. Think about it, how many times have you climbed a ladder with your gun drawn in front of you?
Conclusion: All in all, Bound in Blood is another solid title. Whilst there may not be anything spectacular about it, the game is an improvement over its predecessor in some respects with increased replayability, and an enhanced multiplayer system. Some of the old niggles are still there, along with the new ones, however these are easily ignored.
Summary: Brothers Ray and Thomas McCall solve most of their problems with six-shooters. Techland employs a similar tactic with Bound in Blood, wisely ditching the cumbersome stealth levels from the original in favor of more intense shootouts in the picturesque Western prairies, mountains, and ghost towns. While a touchy cover system, tricky dueling mechanic, and lack of melee disappoint, the brothers' distinct slow motion kill systems highlight an otherwise solid shooter.
The Chance to Sling a Six-Shooter with the Best of Them
22 September 2009
Conclusion: Concept: From the dark Civil War battlefields to the windswept Mexican deserts, take two brothers on a journey into the Old West
Graphics: Phenomenal environment art highlights this great-looking game
Sound: Excellent voiceover work and an era-appropriate score pull you into the setting
Playability: Some variations on the normal first-person control mechanics take getting used to, but it all works well if you give it a few levels
Entertainment: This is a great ride...
Excerpt: After the disappointing showing that Damnation made with me, I was a little put off on Western themed games. Thankfully I got over that long enough to review Call of Juarez, which puts the action back into the gunslinger genre. The game starts with the tale of three brothers fighting for the Confederate Army during the Civil War. Well, two are fighting and one is becoming a priest.
Excerpt: Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood isn’t a game for everyone – a Wild West themed, story-driven first-person shooter with deliberately (Read: Slower) paced gunfights is bound to turn a few people off, especially with the mature themes and language used throughout the adventure in order to give the game a much harder edge than traditional shooters (even the filthy space marine types).
Excerpt: In the current generation there is probably no genre more crowded than the FPS. It takes a lot to stand out amongst such a heavily populated group of games, and while one way to stand out is to make a game of extreme quality, a rarely used setting can work as well. Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood has a setting in the Old West which makes for a different experience from the norm and comes as a breath of fresh air to a genre dominated by WWII and Modern shooters.
Excerpt: is as follows: a beautiful woman can be deadlier than any bullet. When Ray and Thomas McCall first laid eyes on the lovely Marisa in Mexico, it was the beginning of a widening rift between the two brothers; a rift that would eventually end in blood. But well before this unfortunate – yet perhaps timeless – event, we follow the McCall brothers through the latter stages of the Civil War and watch as they become colder, harder, and more willing to gratify their basest...
Excerpt: delights in telling its twisted tale in an unconventional and sometimes surprising fashion. The next likely event is seldom clear as the player careens wildly from one volatile shootout to another, never far from disaster and a few profanity-laced one-liners. You might not always understand what just happened, but that's okay; the only details you really have to keep in mind to stay on top of things is that you're one of two treasure-seeking brothers and that your job is...
Excerpt: While the foul-mouthed outlaws and frantic shootouts of the Old West are prime subject matter for action games, few titles have saddled up for the ride. 2007's Call of Juarez made a pass at the setting, garnering a middling reception, but now the franchise is back with another tale and a more refined and enjoyable experience. Bound in Blood is a prequel, but the story stands on its own merits.