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Call of Juarez: The Cartel
16 September 2011
Summary: Call of Juarez: The Cartel is a hodgepodge of bad ideas and performance issues. Even if you can get past the technical problems, this heavy-handed action game never quite lives up to its potential. If you have a couple friends to play with you might get some fun out of it, everybody else might want to look elsewhere for their first-person fix! Tweet This product was submitted by the publisher for review. As a rule, Defunct Games does not review games we spent money on.
Excerpt: Wow. Not sure what happened here. I enjoyed the last Call of Juarez game, Bound in Blood. It wasn’t a Red Dead Redemption, but it was a fun romp that made you feel like you were in a Spaghetti Western. Unfortunately, about the only thing that The Cartel shares with Bound in Blood, or the first non-subtitled Call of Juarez game for that matter, is “Call of Juarez” in its title.
Conclusion: The story gets a little interesting, particularly the way each character is shady and has a different viewpoint with no-one getting the full picture, but there’s not enough to make me want to play it again to find out the rest. Call of Juarez: The Cartel is a disappointment and probably the end of a franchise that always had potential but never quite succeeded. And now it never will. Shame.
Excerpt: At one point there were not enough Western shooter games. You had efforts like GUN from Neversoft (the guys who made the Tony Hawk skateboarding games), and you had mods for Quake 3 that simply lacked anything from the good old days. Outlaws, a brilliant shooter from LucasArts, was the first and only game to capture a bit of the spaghetti Western era, until a little game known as Call of Juarez showed up.
Excerpt: Ditching a traditional prologue, this modern-day reinvention of the Western-themed shooter series immediately tosses you into a raucous highway chase where, from the passenger window of your fast-moving SUV, you pump rival vehicles full of lead and watch them detonate. Within minutes, you meet the three lead characters and learn of their plight against a Mexican drug cartel, but by the time the credits roll, you may wish you’d stayed in those initial, exciting moments.
Pros: + Decent co-op experience with varied campaign locales.
Cons: - Loaded with recurring visual glitches and gameplay bugs., - Grating character quips from inattentive, lazy A.I. partners., ? Any chance for a return to the Old West aesthetic?
Conclusion: Call of Juarez: The Cartel surprised us, and not in a good way, as it took everything that was good about the last game and pretty much ruined it. The technical flaws are numerous, and The Cartel just isn’t fun in any way, shape or form. This is like that terrible one night stand that happened when you’d had one too many and, frankly people, you can do much better than this.
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Excerpt: I really enjoyed the last Call of Juarez game, Bound in Blood. It was a great western game with an interesting cast of characters and some fantastic gunplay. When I heard they were mixing things up with The Cartel by bringing the series into present day Mexico, my immediate thought was why fix what isn't broke ? But then I heard Dead Island developer Techland was working on it and that they threw in three-player cooperative play.
Excerpt: I was a fan of the series until this game came along and after playing The Cartel I think the main problem is in the transition from past to present, the game lost much of its charm. It decided to get serious on us, and that really doesn't work in a game like this. I've played a myriad of present day shooters with a bucketload more polish than this and they were a lot less buggy and had far better stories.
I really enjoyed the last Call of Juarez game, Bound in Blood.