Call of Juarez Bound in Blood
There's never too many Wild
West games and Call of Juarez Bound in Blood by
UBISOFT is no exception to that rule. Set during the
Civil War in America, the tale revolves around the
McCall brothers who must work in conjunction to
successfully free themselves of this deadly environment
that holds them in gridlock with violence, outlaws and
guns. So grab your guns, strap on your bullet
belt and think hard because concentration is the key to
successfully completing Call of Juarez Bound in
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I must admit that I was a huge fan of Call
of Juarez on the XBox 360 that featured brilliant next generation
graphics that actually looked like the Wild West which also boasted some entertaining
gameplay as I battled Cowboys and Indiansm all in this authentic feeling game.
Thankfully two years later, the sequel has finally arrived with
developers Techland truly adding something unique to this franchise with a few twists of
gameplay and once again some impressive graphics. Paying homage to those classic Spaghetti Westerns and Hollywood movies,
this game is oozing with Western goodness which would make Eastwood and Wayne proud.
Best of all, even if you never played the
original, this will not disadvantage whatsoever as as you embark on another first
person shooter experience set in the Wild West.
As mentioned, the game revolves around the McCall brothers who
to reach the Mexican border with intrigue and excitement thrown in for
fun. Without ruining any plots for those who are
"hanging" to play this game, the story is quite impressive and will draw
you in from the start as you are searching for your brother who might be
dead. The characters that you meet are quite diverse and interesting
which only adds to this gaming experience.
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As mentioned, the game is a first person
shooter but the catch to the game is the collaborative gameplay which
means the player has access to both brothers, each with their pros and
cons. For instance, Ray McCall is a master of explosives and cannot
"climb", however Thomas McCall is more agile and can reach places the
other brother cannot.
said, Ray is the master of the gun and is a classic Western gunslinger who
can also dual wield weapons. His use of dynamite is needed in certain
parts of the game and it's a very satisfying experience seeing things
blow up. Thomas on the
other hand uses guile and stealth to succeed and of course his rifle
You are also joined by Reverend William McCall, a preacher who
takes no for an answer and generally provides direction for the plot. As
a fun fact, the reverend was in the original story who used a bible and
a gun to get things done and it's great that this character has returned
in this installment. I must commend the developers on a decent
AI in the game because the brother that you don't control is actually
very life-like at times and does assist you in a number of situations.
The control system is perfect on the PS3
controller and although it's a rather stock standard shooter, the fun of
the game is using the concentration mode that allows you to slow time
down, pick your enemies with the target and viola, the time returns to
normal as you blow your enemies away.
If you do become injured, you can
hide or run away to heal, however the cover system is to die for because
when you run up to a box, it automatically goes into cover mode and
quite a few objects in the game can be used for cover. It should be
noted that the cover system does not automatically activate but when it
senses you have stopped, it moves you to cover which is great. Peaking
behind boxes is also a great way to dispose of your enemies or wait
until your concentration has recovered to use.
The game contains a
variety of authentic type weapons from traditional six shooters to
something more powerful like Gatling guns. For those who love vehicles,
Bound in Blood allows you to ride horses which is quite fun or my
favourite bit in the game, defending the stage coach.
To liven up the gameplay of this traditional shooter, the
title contains some interesting "boss" fights where you must engage in a
showdown with the enemy that was a little tricky to master at the start
but once you do, flicking up that analog stick to draw is very
Apart from the main campaign mode, the title does throw in a few side
missions where the player is awarded cash which can be used to upgrade
your weapons and actually spices up the story by giving you a break and
allowing for some player freedom.
After the single-player mode, the
title does support an interesting online mode of Outlaws vs. Lawmen for
up to 12-players for traditional death matches and team battles.
Unfortunately the gamers online are way too good and really handed me my
butt, even though I did manage to hold my own most times.
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Graphically, the title is a visually quite
impressive on the PS3 with next generation graphics that boasts detailed
characters and some wondrous Wild West inspired environments. It's one
of those games that actually makes you stop during gameplay and look
around to admire.
special effects in the game such as the lighting is quite professionally
which goes hand in hand with the Matrix like concentration mode. The
soundtrack of Bound in Blood is like it has been taken directly from a
Hollywood Wild West movie and suits the game perfectly, however the
stars of the game is the perfect voice acting, especially our good
friend, the Preacher.
In conclusion Call of Juarez Bound in Blood
is a breath of fresh air to an overly populated World War II or Modern
Military first person shooter experience. The graphics are great, the gameplay is
sturdy and the voice acting is pure ingenious which makes this game so
The only drawbacks to the game is that it was unfortunately rather
short and we managed to successfully complete the game in around 8
hours. There were some load time issues as well but fortunately it did
not hamper the experience but if you're looking for something different
in the world of shooters, than this is the game for you.