It's now time for
XBox 360 owners to experience the hit PC game, the Call of Juarez
which new single-player modes, improved graphics and also enhanced
gameplay and controls to truly set this apart from the PC version.
For those that have never heard of Call of Juarez, the game is set
in 1882 South Texas where Billy Candle who has just turned 19 is
accused of murdering his mother and stepfather.
Hot on his trail is
Reverend Ray McCall, his stepfather's brother and an infamous
gunfighter who believes the Lord has chosen him to be Billy's judge,
jury and executioner. With that said, Call of Juarez is an epic
western adventure about vengeance, survival and the search for a
legendary lost treasure that almost makes this feel like you are
living a Clint Eastwood western.
Gamers get to
control two characters in the game with interchanging storylines
that features Reverend Ray, a preacher who is trying to repent his
sins that he managed to gain in his past life and also Billy, an
orphan who has been searching for the Gold of Juarez but
unfortunately is on the run from Reverand Ray who believes he is a
While Billy's missions do have a lot of focus on stealth, it isn't
as good as has been seen in games like Splinter Cell or even Thief,
the good thing though is that the game doesn't just have you doing
that, you tend to explore more and hear more of the story when the
levels are played as Billy, he also makes good use of an Indiana
Jones style whip for getting up trees and across rocky gaps. The
levels in which you are also riding on a horse or using a bow and
arrow are all done with such love of cowboy and Indian movies it is
hard not to enjoy them even when there are some annoyances such as
relying on quick saves to get you through the levels.
Ray's missions on the other hand are more about taking out your
vengeance on the people who get in your way, you do so much shooting
that the adrenaline just keeps flowing. The best feature used in the
game though is the Slow-Motion mode that is done when you draw your
pistols from the holsters, each pistol then has its own separate
aiming reticule, moving slowly towards the center of the screen,
each gun gets fired separately with left or right mouse buttons
meaning you can take out a whole host of enemies at one time if you
can time it right.
The game also has
many chase scenes, from chasing a speeding stagecoach to rides
through and into a mine. There is also a train level which was one
of my favorites and even better there are some levels in which you
have to actually think about what to do next, something that doesn't
happen enough in some of the more recent First Person Shooters. My
only gripe with the XBox 360 version is that you are sometimes
forced to watch cut scenes which does become annoying, especially if
you have seen them before.
The control system
of the title is perfect on the XBox 360 controller and features good
use of the force feedback and has been optimized for the console. We
found no faults whatsoever with the control system and there are a
few different alternatives if you have difficulty with the main
The graphics of the title are quite impressive for the most part,
although it does have a tendency to look a little shabby in some
levels when compared to others. The horse riding scenes are very
good and characters faces and design is great. The game seems to use
HDR for lighting too, this works quite well in some scenes,
especially when moving through mountains and coming out into the sun
later in a level. Compared to the PC version, the XBox 360 looks a
lot more cleaner and features some stunning environments that look
amazing on a high definition TV.
Sound is excellent,
this is one area that I can't fault at all with the speech being
first rate and I have to give my highest compliments to whoever
voice Reverend Ray as I felt that his voice work is possibly the
best and most fitting I have ever heard in a game and for that
praise comes from someone who is usually critical when it comes to
voice work. It should also be noted that the XBox 360 version
contains new scores to really help immerse you into this title.
In conclusion, Call of Juarez is a must have first person shooter,
especially for those that are sick of stock standard sci-fi/doom
clones. Great story, brilliant graphics and addictive gameplay...
this is one title that you really need to check out if you love the
genre or have been yearning for that modern Outlaws experience.
Definitely a must have for the XBox 360!