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Call of Juarez: The Cartel

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Overall 3

Call of Juarez: The Cartel

2 September 2013
  • Summary: Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood wasn't a great videogame by any stretch of the imagination, but it had a certain charm to it, and some terrific ideas. The series seems to be all about these really clever design choices that suffer from a lack of follow-through, be it through lack of time, skill, budget or all three. Call of Juarez: The Cartel is exactly like that. But worse. Far worse.
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Call of Juarez: The Cartel

The Armchair Empire
10 November 2011
  • Conclusion: The game starts with a bang up shoot-out on an LA freeway then flashes back to days earlier when the trio explores Sequoia National Forest to take in the sights and blow up a few outdoor marijuana grow ops, framing another gang for the destruction in the process, which so predictably ends with a shoot-out with a Even though its attempts at depicting a "real" Los Angeles (and surrounding areas), it's connected to reality in the same way the Die Hard series holds true to...
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Overall 6
Graphics 5
Sound 6
Control 7
Addiction 6

Call of Juarez: The Cartel Review

Cheat Code Central
21 September 2011
Overall 7
Performance 6
Gameplay 8
Multiplayer 8
Appearance 6
Singleplayer 8

Call of Juarez: The Cartel Review

New Game Network
6 September 2011
  • Summary: Leaving the Wild West behind, Call of Juarez moves to a new setting with decent results that are undermined by some low production values
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Overall 4

Should Have Cancelled This Reboot

3 September 2011
  • Conclusion: It's a mixture of bad decisions and rush jobs. The only way it could be worse is if the disc punched you in the face every time you opened the case. At least it's not completely broken, I guess.
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Call of Juarez The Cartel Review

1 September 2011
  • Excerpt: With Call of Juarez: The Cartel, developer Techland has taken its now three-strong series into the modern era, but in doing so has produced what feels like the most dated game of the bunch. The Cartel is a desperate and misguided attempt to step into modern times, with a terrible script, basic gunplay and rough graphics overwhelming the handful of good ideas on show in the game's multiplayer modes.
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Overall 6

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Snackbar Games
24 August 2011
  • Excerpt: Call of Juarez: The Cartel is an interesting attempt, but it doesn’t quite progress the series as much as it could have. Bright ideas fell flat due to polish and execution, but the cooperative play is worth checking out for those of you that love joining up with friends.
  • Pros: Interesting story, with great co-op incentives
  • Cons: Bad graphics, no likable characters
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Overall 5
Design 5
Gameplay 5
Graphics 4
Sound 4

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Game Freaks 365
14 August 2011
  • Excerpt: Some games just do not warrant a sequel. You would think that after the first two mediocre entries that they might call it quits. Instead they took a moderately underused premise in video games – a FPS based in the Civil War era – and abandoned it for the tired route of drug cartels. What you get is a wildly uneven experience with a surprisingly shallow story, excessive f-bombs and graphics that make some Wii games look good.
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Overall 5

Call of Juarez: The Cartel Review

PlayStation Universe
12 August 2011
  • Summary: Interesting co-op concepts are lost in a title riddled with copious amounts of gameplay and audio/visual glitches.
  • Pros: The clever use of co-op storytelling, Playing online is relatively rewarding
  • Cons: The gun battles are sluggish and sloppy, The various visual and audio bugs, which ruin the otherwise decent presentation, The poor A.I.
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Review: Call of Juarez: The Cartel (Playstation 3)

Diehard GameFAN
11 August 2011
  • Summary: The game is releasing in the middle of this big summer gaming dry spell and does have it’s moments but in the condition it’s in those moments aren’t worth your time. Maybe if the game gets patched. Or re-released as a directors cut.
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