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Call of Juarez Bound in Blood is a very intimading game set in the wild west, you play as one of two brothers (Ray and Thomas McCall) they also have another brother (William) who only really acts as a good guy that you don't get to play as.
You complete lots of different missions like saving an indian tribe from attack with a trusty bow and arrow or fighting in a war against 'the Yankies'. Either way the gameplay of the single player game manages to stay fresh and interesting no matter what brother you're playing as. Though both eventually end up fighting against a girl called Marisa that tears them apart.
Both brothers have different abbilities such as Ray who can deal more damage and is stronger and more resistant to damage whereas Thomas opts for a more long range style and can use ropes and climb walls. Both prove to be interesting and different characters.
This game has a very fun special feature, with the ability to pause time you can lock on to up to twelve enemies which afterwards all will be dispatched quickly. This is great fun but shouldn't really be needed unless in a dire situation.
I'm not a fan of the online play for this although it is not bad, it is just not up to par compared to other game online like Call of Duty. They do have a variety of games which is nice but you do have to unlock certain classes which may take a long time.
No matter how you play this game you will not regret buying it, it has some interesting achievements and some classic lines. In my opinion a must buy!
Having not played the previous 'Call of Juarez' my review is completely without prejudice carried over from the first game.
I cannot recall too many excellent Wild West Style FPS, but in my opinion this is the best there is. You take the part of one of the McCall brothers (either Ray or Thomas) each with their own strengths. You begin the game during the American civil war but soon desert and become outlaws.
Graphically & Musically this game is top notch and really gives the player the feeling of being in the game. As always i'd suggest you begin the game on Medium difficulty as you may find the game ends too quickly on easy.
This game doesn't get samey at all - lots of different wild west locations and styles of gaming such as horseriding, firing big cannons, saloon brawls etc and fighting Indians & other Cowboys along the journey.
One good thing about Bound in Blood is you can replay the game as either character and play from their perspective so adding to the titles replay value.
I'm an online gamer at heart and this aspect had me quite excited - you can play in 5 different styles of game against others online. My favourite is where you have to defend a bank against other online players playing as Outlaws. A word of warning - my review is about 6 months after the release of this game and at various times there are not many online to play against.
All-in-all a great title, perhaps more deserving of praise than it has been given.
I am a fan of the First Person Shooter (FPS) genre, but even I am a little jaded with the numerous games out there. So many FPSs are about bald space marines shooting each other's heads off! I have quite literally seen it, done it and in some cases owned the T-shirt. I want something a little extra and something new; I want a story to go alongside my gunplay that is more than just a way of stringing the action together. One game that tried this was 'Call of Juarez' a FPS based in the world of cowboys and for that alone it was fun. Although the first game did have a plot it felt a little flat, but the potential was obviously there. Techland have gone away and tried again with 'Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood' (CoJ2), could they add a great storyline to their interesting game world?
As mentioned 'CoJ 2' is a FPS set in the Wild West. This means that there are subtle differences to how the game plays to the usual shooter. The guns are authentic for the time so they hold limited ammo and take a little longer to reload. I found this fun as the different pistols all behaved like they should do. The feeling of shooting two six shooters from the hip was a fun and different from other FPSs. Apart from the rare use of the Western setting the majority of elements are FPS standard as you must shoot your way to the exit.
Techland have tried to mix things up in a number of ways. Firstly, the game allows you to play as one of two brothers. Ray, The elder brother, is a little hot headed and likes to charge in head first. This means that is well armoured, but slow and not good at long range weapons. Thomas, The younger brother, is cooler and prefers to hang back and shoot from a distance. You can play most levels as either brother and they have different paths through some of the sections. Another element is the duel system. These are specifically realised sections that see you have to gun down a man in a duel; they require you to be patient and wait for the toll of a bell, then draw quickly. The final element differs from brother to brother. Once you shoot enough enemies you gain the ability to slow time and take out a few people at once; Ray does this with two guns crossing the screen, Thomas by tapping the Right Trigger like it were the hammer of a pistol. All the separate elements of the game make it slightly different from other FPSs, but the vast majority is merely typical shooter action and for that reason still feels average. (3 out of 5)
This is one area that will divide the audience. Techland have spent a lot of time in creating a rather melodramatic storyline of love, loss and brotherly tension. Personally I liked it, but the cut scenes do go on for a while and may bore some people. As a fan of the first game I appreciated how Techland used this prequel to plump up the back-story of Ray and Billy's (Thomas is the father of Billy) parents. There is an issue that Ray in particular is a very unpleasant man, but if you are aware what he becomes you realise that he needed to go to the edge before being saved. (4 out of 5)
Most FPS games are not really long enough to warrant a full RRP as they are about 8 hours long. The best fill themselves with single player elements that will have you coming back, or a great online mode. 'CoJ 2' tries both and unfortunately fails. The game itself clocks in at the requested 8-12 hours and for that alone is ok. However, I do not want to go back through a game to find numerous bland items. I will discuss the online separately, but it was not enough for me to add much value.
There are plenty of achievements available for those into getting them. You will have to spend a lot of time online and play the game at least twice to get all of them. This was no interest to me. (3 out of 5)
I am increasingly not interested in competitive online games as I find that those people who have plenty of time to play will beat me using their increased experience and ability to know the maps well. For this reason the death match gameplay type of 'CoJ 2' online was not great for me. There is a saving grace in the form of fun objective maps. These maps are designed to ape real life situations such as 'Tombstone'. You play as either the lawmen or outlaws and must either attack or defend a series of objectives such as a bank or church. What it fun is the way that the objectives make the map a rolling battle. Once the outlaws get a prize they must run for their horses. This means that the lawmen could still have a chance to gun them down before they escape town. I found this game mode good fun for a while, but soon realised it was another form of team death match. I now prefer my online games to be co-op versus the AI. (3 out of 5)
As a smaller studio you would expect Techland to struggle in the graphics department and this is not the case. As areas of the world are pretty open there are some glitches, but a lot less than I expected. The Wild West is all dust and sand and it is captured well. I was a little disappointed by the reuse of the same character models over and over again, but as a rule a decent job. (3 out of 5)
'CoJ 2' is a funny game in terms of level design because it changes during the game. The vast majority of the levels are normal straight levels were you must get from one end to the other. These are fun and span many Cowboy clichés. The strange part is that on a couple of occasions the game opens out and you are in a sandbox environment and must discover missions before moving on. I found this disconcerting and not well designed. I was enjoying the traditional type levels that there was no call to spice things up. (3 out of 5)
'CoJ 2' does a great job of using sound and music to create the feel of the old west. The gunshots all sound authentic and the ambience is top-notch. The voice acting on the other hand will leave some people dubious. This is an Eastern European designed game about the American West, therefore it sounds like the cliché that people in the East think. The voice acting is too hokey and OTT to be taken seriously and perhaps takes away from what otherwise is a pretty sensitive story. With less aggression in the vocals they could have captured what the writers wanted, rather than the feel of an ultra violent shooter. (3 out of 5)
Like the first game in the series 'The Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood' is a fun and different take on the FPS genre, but with several flaws. As a straight shooter it ticks all the boxes with some interesting levels and good gunplay. Techland also did a particularly quality job in creating a compelling storyline and making the West feel authentic. However, a lot of this benefit is undone with the OTT voice acting and reliance of ultra violence in terms of gameplay. In the end there is nothing wrong enough with the game to make it unplayable, but there is enough to leave it an average experience and not a great one. (3 out of 5)
Maker: Techland RRP £50
Amazon uk £30.39
Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood is, rather unsurprisingly, the prequel to 2006's Call of Juarez. You can choose to play as 'Reverend' Ray from the original game, or his brother Thomas. Ray is the brash, slow but strong brother, where as Thomas is the quicker, more agile of the two.
The game is an FPS set in America's Wild West, and its story follows the the two brothers (and their other brother William) on their quest for a lost treasure, and takes them from the end of the Confederacy, through to Mexico and Native America. The story is mildly engaging, but doesn't really pick up until about halfway through the game, and involves the aforementioned treasure, betrayal and of course, a woman.
The game is well paced, if short, and is well broken up by things like vehicle sections, very loose stealth sections, duels, and decent cinematics. 'Concentration mode' is the game's 'Matrix' style time slowing feature, which is a good addition if you're in a pinch, and lets either brother take out a multitude of enemies in no time. Weapons are well spaced out through the game, and you can increase your arsenal by buying more weapons as the game progresses, although to be honest I didn't really notice that much difference between the weapon classes.
The boss fights in the game are old west style gunslinging duels, which I found very difficult to get on with. You circle your opponent until you hear a bell, and then BAM! Go for your gun and shoot. Except about nine times out of ten it was me on the receiving end. You control your hand with RS and when you hear the bell are required to grab your gun in a fraction of a second, which I found nigh on impossible. The hand movement was clunky and not well suited to the split second reaction required to win the duel. Also, as you circle your opponent, your carefully posistioned hand moves further and further out of position, making life even more difficult. It's not anything super-frustrating, I just found my small victories down more to luck than any skill on my part.
Still, while it lasts, which isn't long, Call of Juarez, is an exciting and unique shooter that I would recommend to any fan of shooters.
Call of Juarez Bound in Blood in a Wild West shooter for the Xbox 360 developed by Ubisoft.
This game is set in the good old Wild West and the story follows the three McCall brothers though only two of them are playable characters. Throughout the games hunt for the Call of Juarez treasure you will have to go through many obstacles, from meeting Indians, visiting saloons and engaging in duels Call of Juarez has your western needs fully covered.
As I previously mentioned you will play as either Ray or Thromas McCall.
Each brother has a slightly different style of gameplay, Ray has the iconic duel pistols and is the more hardy of the two. Thomas can take down enemies with more precision with his rifle and has a bow and knives for those stealth kills.
The play styles are slightly different, Ray is more in your face while Thomas can hang back and get some stealthy kills in, so the game offers some replay value for you to go back and play as the other brother.
My only dissapointment with the game is that it should have been co op enabled, the game is set up perfectly for it with two characters that are with eachother for most of the game! Perhaps they rushed it out and co op had to be emitted.
The gunplay is satisfying and you will easily be able to mow down enemies with your weapons, both brothers can also enter a slow motion concentration mode (which returns from the first game) where they can take down enemies in style which is really cool. The games gun duels are by far the most epic moments the game offers though by the end the enemies draw so fast you may get a bit fed up!
The graphics are really fantastic, no other game provides such a good looking Wild West environment for you to mess around in. Enviroments and characters look sharp and detailed bringing the Wild West to life.
If you are a fan of the Wild West you shouldn't hesitate to add this to your collection, it's definitely a nice change of pace from all the modern or futuristic shooters that are around now!
Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood is the prequel to the critically acclaimed Wild West action shooter Call of Juarez. As the McCall brothers, players enter a doomed quest for the legendary Gold of Juarez leading them from a ravaged Georgia during the Civil War to the Aztec ruins of Mexico. They make their lawless trail into the wildest West ever depicted, using their gun slinging skills and killing all of those that stand before them. But when brothers face Lust, their bound of blood feels thinner than ever...