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Call of Juarez Gunslinger
Reviewed by
Simon Black
on
Call of Juarez Gunslinger 360 Review. If you have a hankering for a Western Video Game or need something a little different than the classic Red Dead Redemption than Call of Juarez Gunslinger is for you that successfully manages to refine this genre and include a few tricks up its sleeve.
Rating:
4.25

Gameplay 8.5
Graphics 8.0
Sound 8.1
Value 8.7
Distributor: Ubisoft
Rating: MA15+
Review Date: June 2013
Reviewer:
Simon Black

8.5


Call of Juarez Gunslinger

After a rather disappointing zombie game from Techland (Dead Island), this developer is back in business with the excellent XBox Live game, Call of Juarez Gunslinger that takes this franchise to a whole new gaming level, especially after the abysmal Call of Juarez The Cartel! Hey... some people liked The Cartel but I didn't! Unlike previous Wild West first person shooters, Call of Juarez Gunslinger returns the series back to its roots in this excellent Western first person shooter with a unique story twist.

In the game, players control the gruff and wizened Silas Greaves, a bounty hunter who returns to a familiar town. As Silas enters the saloon and makes some acquaintances, he begins to share his story with other drinking patrons about his adventures in the Wild West. Best of all, the developers have actually taken real characters from American Western history such as Billy the Kid and Jesse James to help tell the tale of Silas Greaves. I love this link to history as the information on these characters is actually 100% accurate in the game. Some artistic liberty has been used to incorporate Silas into them however.

But what makes this story unique is that when Silas is retelling his story, the player is then transported back in time to control this character but if he recalls something different as you play, things change in the gameplay. For example, if Silas remembers something about the story he is telling, the gaming environment may change slightly or dramatically such as changing Indians to Bandits. It's actually quite surreal but one of the most clever uses of video game storytelling. Another element is that if Silas recalls something incorrect, the entire mission rewinds or if another saloon patron remembers part of the story, these words can influence the gameplay and the story.

Another interesting element of this first person shooter gameplay is that it allows the player to specialise in their favourite Western weapon thanks to the skills tree. For example, you might favour the shotgun or prefer the traditional pistol. No matter which weapon you choose in the tree, it gives an additional bonus to the player but my favourite was the rifle. The game also allows Silas to level up thanks to experience points and the player is awarded scores for taking out enemies in clever ways or performing "gun" tricks. It's kind of fun how the game scores you for your attacks in the game and does up the ante for leader boards.

Add in a combo system and the combat of Gunslinger works perfectly from start to finish, especially with the bullet-time ability which allows you to chain together your combos as time slows down. In relation to bullet-time, one bar is used to slow time down to assist in taking down your enemies and the other for dodges that saved by bacon on more than one occasion. The trickiest aspect of combat is the duel system which does require some timing on behalf of the player but once you figure out how the system work, the duelling works quite flawlessly. The AI in the game is actually quite decent as well.

The only slight drawback of Call of Juarez Gunslinger is that some of the graphics look a little dated and crowded but given the almost flawless gameplay, it's nothing too drastic. The musical score is brilliant and has this great Western atmosphere behind it and the voice acting is quite professional and really lends itself to this engaging storyline. Gunslinger plays good, looks good and sounds good!

Final Thoughts?

If you have a hankering for a Western Video Game or need something a little different than the classic Red Dead Redemption than Call of Juarez Gunslinger is for you that successfully manages to refine this genre and include a few tricks up its sleeve. Add in the great price and there's very little to complain about.

 






 
 



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