Wot I Think: Call of Juarez: The Cartel

By Adam Smith on September 12th, 2011 at 6:30 pm.

One large man and his two tiny sidekicks

Call of Juarez: The Cartel moves the series into a modern setting and fills it with a cast of foul-mouthed gangsters and drug dealers. There are still guns though, and sometimes people say ‘outlaw’. I was sceptical about the move but willing to give it a shot. Then Ubisoft delayed the PC release. Maybe they were doing us a favour? After playing the game from its bloody beginning to its bloody end, I am fully equipped to tell you Wot I Think.

The Wild West is one of the great American myths. Based on historical fact but steeped in legend and populated by archetypes, the frontier of the imagination is a rich environment. Lots of people grow up wanting to experience it, dispensing justice with a trusty revolver and being the grizzled yet noble bastion of law in a brutal world. Forget all that though. It’s time to explore another American myth; the war on drugs. It’s definitely worthy of exploration, but not necessarily in an FPS. And how many people grew up wanting to be a corrupt DEA agent with massive gambling debts who is half-heartedly trying to prevent a drug cartel from instigating a US invasion of Mexico?

But that’s one of your choices here and, to me, it was the most appealing. There’s a choice of three characters: Ben, a hard-assed relation of Reverend Ray McCall of the earlier titles; Kim, a streetwise FBI agent whose brother is in a gang; and Eddie, the gambling addict DEA fellow. Ben scares me because he’s supposed to be tough so he is almost constantly sneering. And his eyes roll back into his head whenever he’s angry, which is always.

During the early levels, it’s hard to move past the change in setting. Not because of the game’s title. I have no problem with ignoring that and concentrating on ‘The Cartel’. But the game won’t let you forget that it’s not just ‘The Cartel’ and its attempts to link itself to its predecessors hurt it.

Are we there yet?

The idea is that the three playable characters are badass lawmen (and one lawlady) fighting in the new frontier country. The crime-ridden streets of Los Angeles and the lawless Mexican border. There’s potential to that concept but it simply doesn’t work here. As the plot develops, a stronger connection is thrown up to the previous games and it leads to a nice change of environment, but it’s quickly discarded again and feels like an odd red herring. Other than that, there’s the fact that Ben dresses like a cowboy but that just makes him look anachronistic and silly, particularly when he’s supposed to be undercover. That’s really something that happens. Ben pretends to be a sex therapist while wearing a cowboy hat, a bulletproof vest and with enough ammo to destroy an army strapped around his torso. Despite the attempts to flesh out the characters in overlong, overused cutscenes and dialogue sequences, they’re just swearmachines with guns.

The swearing deserves comment. The Cartel is that game, the one that uses swear words like punctuation and where everyone is accused of taking their Oedipus complex way too far on a regular basis. It’s not even imaginative or realistic swearing. Sometimes it feels like an algorithm has inserted foul language into every exchange, but without checking to see if that language makes sense in context. At one point, grizzled Vietnam veteran Ben shouted out, “These assholes are starting to chap my ass”. As well as conjuring up an improbable yet alarming image, it just sounds odd. It made me realise that I may well be playing an absurdist comedy and I just hadn’t been told. What would be next? “These cocksuckers are really chafing my cock”?

I understood what Ben meant though. He was angry and upset because people were shooting him. It didn’t matter that he was being shot because he couldn’t die but it was still annoying. The reason he couldn’t die is that I was playing in single player, with Ben and FBI lady Kim controlled by the computer, while I took the role of Eddie Guerra of the DEA. The AI characters are no help whatsoever. They rarely get involved in fights, preferring to hide behind cover even though they are invincible. I tested that by throwing grenades at them. They shout obscenities and jump up and down on the spot, presumably to try and put out the flames, but they don’t die or retaliate.

Behind the gas station there is probably another identical gas station

As well as being useless, they’re annoying. They shout out the same phrases over and over again, particularly “You don’t have to do this on your own!”, while refusing to get out from behind the wheelie bin they’re cowering behind and return fire. They even occasionally say things like “To the left!” when enemies are coming from the right. That’s not a joke, it actually happens a lot. By the end of the game I was convinced that Kim’s character was designed not to know the difference between left and right. I wanted to sit her down and ask her if she struggled remembering which was which. I would have tried to help, but she would probably have said “Stop fucking my directions, homie, I meant YOUR fucking right.” Maybe she was deliberately trying to confuse me. Messing with my head. You see, that’s all part of the plot as well. I may hate all of these characters, but they also hate each other. And probably themselves.

They all work for different law enforcement agencies and there is no love lost between them. It’s like the army and the navy breaking into a fight at a dance hall in 1943, but worse. And with more swearing. The rivalry actually has gameplay implications, which is interesting. Each of the characters has a secret agenda which translates into items to collect, or individual tasks on certain levels. As Eddie, I was encouraged to find drug stashes to sell on so I could pay off my debts. If I managed to grab them without being noticed, I levelled up and could choose new guns at the start of the next level. Occasionally, my fence would call and ask me to locate something specific in the level, or a dealer I was secretly helping to control the streets would tell me to torch a rival’s sports car.

Unfortunately, none of this works very well when you’re playing single player, which I was. The AI just isn’t responsive enough. There were times, particularly on the later, larger levels, when I’d leave my partners behind only to turn a corner and find them waiting at the next checkpoint. The game can be played co-operatively with all three characters controlled by a human but I reckon the chances of finding three people willing to sit down and play this game together are quite slim. That’s a shame because the concept of having teamwork undermined by ulterior motives is a strong one. Even with other humans, I doubt this is the place for it to succeed though. There’s no variety in the placement of the items and the rewards aren’t worth having.

Frivolous clubbing indeed

None of the above would matter if the actual environments were interesting and the gameplay were solid. Alas, neither of those things is true. Environments in the first half of the game are such exciting locales as nightclubs, strip joints, alleyways and car parks. There are moments that are technically impressive but a lot of the scenery is copied and pasted and there’s no room for exploration. Things pick up briefly in Mexico but only because what came before is so uninspired.

As if to rush the player through the tedious environments, there are constant checkpoints, which appear as ugly, pixelated grey dots. When you reach one, another appears so you always know where to go. It doesn’t make sense because they lead you to criminals who are hiding from you. The characters have long conversations about how it’s going to be a bitch to track down one cartel member, while floating dots lead them straight to his door. Which is just around the corner.

The constant handholding makes the already limited locations feel even more so and I thought the breadcrumb trails were the most annoying part of the game. And then, in a level set in fourteen thousand identical garages, the checkpoint marker suddenly left me. I was lost in a cookie cutter world where every room was identical to the last. I was there for fifteen minutes, but it felt like a lifetime. I never want to go back and I realised then that a permanent guide really is necessary when level design is this poor.

something blows up

The actual shooting isn’t too bad. It’s not good either, but the fundamentals work. You point a gun at people and they die. Pleasingly, the enemies, even later on, aren’t bullet sponges. Headshots are satisfying to pull off and the guns feel at least a bit weighty. But regenerating health and poor AI make the actual firefights far too simplistic and, worse still, every part of the game that isn’t a firefight is worse still.

It all starts with a highway shootout. You press new game and there you are, in an on-rails segment that has the player shoot vans until they explode. The vans shoot back but I’m not sure it’s possible to die. It’s boring and made me feel like I’d somehow managed to skip the real opening. In a way I had, but that’s intentional, because the next few levels are a flashback, showing how the three protagonists ended up on that highway. Here’s an embarrassing admission. I’m still not sure. There are a few highway shootouts later on and I can’t for the life of me remember which one that beginning was a segment of. They’re all so similar. Riding shotgun is like a minigame that I never wanted to play. In fact, the whole game feels strangely like a collection of minigames.

There’s the standard gameplay. Running and shooting. It’s pretty much all corridor-based, even when you find yourself in a desert. Every so often you have to enter a room full of bad guys and the game decides that you and one of your buddies will take up positions on each side of the door and enter together. Slow motion kicks in and the enemies look briefly nonplussed as you shoot them all. They always look surprised when this happens, even though you’ve often been shooting and blowing things up in the room next door for the past five minutes.

Undercover in the cartel's territory

The next minigame is called ‘running to glowing cover points’. Like the objective system, it’s more handholding. Rather than allowing you to pick your route across a bland room or blander carpark, the game will sometimes tell you to wait for covering fire. So you look for a glowing silhouette of your character and then wait for a message telling you to run, and you run. Then you crouch, look for the next silhouette, wait for the signal and run again. It’s terrible because it makes it clear that the cover fire is essentially just a timer. There’s no threat, just a boring period of waiting.

The final minigame is driving. Every vehicle controls like a skateboard and you’re either following someone or simply moving to a new location. IF you deviate even slightly from the correct path, you fail the mission. I missed a turning once (they are planted every few metres) and after around three seconds was told I had left the mission area. Back to my last save I went. It made me wonder though; what had happened? Had I inadvertently fled in terror or was I simply baked on all the drugs I was stealing? Another time I tried to avoid hitting a large chainlink fence, only to realise I was supposed to drive straight through it when Eddie whooped, “WOOHOO, that’s one way to make an entrance!” This was followed swiftly by Kim shrieking, “Shit, we’re under fire, man!” We weren’t, of course. I had parked sedately at the side of a quiet street.

Press 'F' to punch the unmoving, sad-eyed face

Cutscenes and dialogue are often like this. They trigger too early or just don’t fit very well with the events actually occurring on screen. On the very first level, one of numerous unnecessary cutscenes showed the characters looking at a field of marijuana that they had been sent to find. Strangely, I hadn’t actually found it yet. When I regained control, it was nowhere to be seen, even though I had just seen them standing right by it.

The Old West is a wonderful setting. It’s impossible to be a media consumer without instantly recognising its basic elements and although its popularity has waned since the glory days, there are plenty of revivals and reimaginings. The Cartel riffs on The Wire and The Shield, among others, but it doesn’t have their intelligence. I was surprised by how much effort it makes to tell a proper story, with a dash of political commentary, and references to Vietnam and Iraq. I hadn’t expected it, but despite all the ass chapping and over the top shooting, the game does take itself seriously. That made me feel worse that it fell so short.

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93 Comments »

  1. Berzee says:

    Beer for mah hosses!

    • godgoo says:

      Enough now, enough. Thaaat’s right, lay down, close those eyes of yours, you can rest, it’s ok.

    • Berzee says:

      *slumps sadly against the doorpost* Is it over?

      It’s not, is it?

      There’ll be DLC, won’t there?

      Cowboys are forever…

  2. Sheng-ji says:

    More or less swearing than Kingpin: Life of Crime? – I’m really not exaggerating when I say every other word in that game was a naughty one

    • Ricc says:

      Mashing the “negative” dialogue button and engaging in swearing contests with NPCs was the most fun I had in that game.

    • Matt says:

      “Daaamn, you are one badass motherfucker, motherfucker!” — actual quote

  3. caddyB says:

    What a shame.
    oh wait.

  4. Dominic White says:

    More people need to play House Of The Dead: Overkill. For a while, it held the world record for most swearing in a game script, but it was FUNNY. Even clever. Mainly because it realised just how over the top the swearing was, and ran with it as a joke.

    The Cartel doesn’t seem to have an ounce of self-awareness. And that’s a problem.

    • Lambchops says:

      What does a brother have to do to pacify a bitch!

    • RagingLion says:

      Did Rogue Warrior beat it? Or was it too short to manage it? I wouldn’t put it past it to be the current record holder despite its brevity.

    • siegarettes says:

      I believe it was Bulletstorm that beat out its swear record.

    • TsunamiWombat says:

      “If you assholes try to follow me I will kill your dicks!”

      “..Kill our dicks? WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN?”

      Oh Bulletstorm, why did you have to fail in sale :(

  5. Brumisator says:

    “And his eyes roll back into his head whenever he’s angry, which is always.”

    Always what? OH GOD! always what is it? AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH, I’m scared, momy, hold me!

    • Harlander says:

      “His eyes roll back in his head whenever he is angry.”

      “When is he angry?”

      “He is always angry.”

  6. lhzr says:

    “Ben pretends to be a sex therapist while wearing a cowboy, a bulletproof vest and with enough ammo to destroy an army strapped around his torso. ”

    oh yeah? well you should’ve seen your character.
    i was playing as the sex therapist while whats-his-name, the DEA guy, was masquerading as a client or whatever, while wearing a gun on his belt and that huge marshall’s badge, that you’ve prolly seen in the cutscenes, on his chest. i was expecting the bouncers at the club to laugh in our stupid collective faces, but they didn’t seem to care.
    perhaps they thought the sex-therapy-thing was more elaborate then we had let on.

    • Thermal Ions says:

      Maybe he was trying to put at ease patients who had grown up watching the Village People.

  7. Echo Black says:

    I know snark is a huge part of writing here in RPS, but this piece goes overboard. You have to squint your eyes and look really hard for actual impressions, not to mention watching your step for the good old “making fun of unrealistic video game conventions”. It’s not a real problem to me as I have been 100% sure this game would suck since it was announced (despite liking the first two COJ games), but wow, take it to Kotaku or something.

    • CaspianRoach says:

      I played this game through and I agree on and confirm every point made in this article.

    • Keymonk says:

      I thought it sounded a lot like his impressions were disappointment, disbelief and more disappointment.

    • food says:

      “It’s shite” is all he really needed to say, but I’d imagine that’d just upset you in some other fashion.

    • Echo Black says:

      I’m not upset, I just feel this is clearly below this site’s usual writing quality.

    • Eddy9000 says:

      I thought it was a good write up! Wonder what’s wrong with me…

    • food says:

      Perhaps ‘The Cartel’ is so abhorrent in quality that only snark and a hat full of poo will suffice?

      “Why aren’t you treating this turd with the literary acumen it deserves?” Really? Some things deserve to be mocked and shamed.

    • LionsPhil says:

      I actually went up to the by-line halfway through this to see which of our hosts were responsible for the amusement, expecting to see John’s name.

      So, uh, this piece is pretty much bang-on for RPS.

    • Vandelay says:

    • Vandelay says:

      I actually thought that this was my least favourite of the writings from the new member of the Hivemind, as there wasn’t that much humour or even that much “snark”, if you want to call it that. It just felt like Adam couldn’t be bothered, which is probably even more damning of the game.

      Definitely plenty of impressions in there though and lots of sections telling us what the gameplay, level design and dialogue are like. I don’t really see how you can come away from this review without an idea of how it will play and what Adam’s thoughts on it were.

    • Kieron Gillen says:

      As the sinister lurking ex hive mind, I disagree entirely. This is my fave wit for ages.

      KG

    • Jesse L says:

      Yeah, this is really funny. Plus Adam must be burning the midnight oil to get all these articles done..

    • Kefren says:

      I didn’t even have any interest in this game but read it anyway because I enjoy the writing on this site, and I enjoyed this article as much as any other. I really like seeing the inconsistencies when a game is played by a human, not the on-rails robot that some developers want to control.

    • lasikbear says:

      I thought it was very nice, also he put alt text jokes on every image! Think about it! Thats so many images!

    • Shortwave says:

      Either way I was laughing my ass off!

    • Trans says:

      Yep, this article had me in stitches… if the game sucks balls then tell everyone that it sucks balls. But it almost makes me want the game for comedy value (but only when it costs £2 on steam sale next year)

    • outoffeelinsobad says:

      I enjoyed this article.

    • KenTWOu says:

      This article is spot on! There is only one thing you can add to it: Get Dead Island instead…

    • hello_mr.Trout says:

      +1 adam smith
      -1 echo black

  8. Eclipse says:

    so:

    - regenerating health
    - poor friendly AI
    - linear levels…
    - …with a randar that tells you where to go?

    Meh :-(

    • Askeladd says:

      Yeah I know Warhammer 40k Space Marine Singleplayer sucked, huh?
      4 YEARS?! REALLY?

    • Shortwave says:

      That’s just not fair!
      Warhammer Space Marines is a beat em’ up game!
      Isn’t it?

    • Askeladd says:

      Yeah, and like every good beat ‘em up game I should have played it with a controller instead of mouse and keyboard. This is an insult.

    • Shortwave says:

      Theres nothing wrong with that man! : )

  9. CaspianRoach says:

    At least the game has uncensored titties (7 or 8 pairs in the whole game, I was counting).

    • Lambchops says:

      Possibly 7.5 pairs of mammaries.

      A lost Bob Dylan classic.

  10. nootron says:

    This game sounds amazing. I cannot wait to buy it and play it multiple times!

    I mean, fucking ass fuck this fucking ass fucker looks like a jolly fucking ass fucking!

  11. metalangel says:

    £20, new, on 360, in my local Blockbuster. Already.

    • cjlr says:

      You still have a blockbuster?

      Or is that the liquidation price…

  12. wccrawford says:

    It sounds like a laundry list of what not to do.

    I’ll admit it, I like regenerating health. I’m not a hardcore FPS-ist or whatever.

    But the rest of it… Ugh. The insane hand-holding would have me giving up, if nothing else. Give me a nice open world and enough ammo and health to kill everything, maybe a little plot, and I’m happy. I don’t ask for much.

    • Navagon says:

      I think that what RPS needs to do is post a copy of Stalker CoP to every publisher that releases FPS with a note that simply reads:

      “Dear Publisher,

      This is how it’s done.

      Love and kisses,

      Your friends at RPS”

  13. Anthile says:

    You know, that reminds me of that story where a man has three sons, the two oldest sons become western shooters and then when the youngest one is old enough the man comes to him and says “Son, you will become a western shooter just like your brothers, they are not amazing at what they do but they live fulfilling lives.” – “No, dad, no! I’ll be a modern shooter!” Then the son runs away from home and becomes a stripper. It’s kinda like that.

  14. T. J. McCormak - Parent says:

    I’d need to invest in a set of earplugs for little Timmy to let him anywhere near this disgrace. Just as well, I wouldn’t want him to be brainwashed by what is clearly a liberal conspiracy to legalise drugs and have heroin outlets on every corner of our fine country.

    What’s more it’s just boring. Who would want to play at being in a cartel? All the administration, paying your dealers, laundering money, taking a really long route home to avoid survaillance. Dull, dull, dull.

    T. J. McCormak (parent)

    • food says:

      I think I’d get a kick out of playing Mike from Breaking Bad. Think Adam Jensen but with a potbelly and even more gravelly voice

    • ucfalumknight says:

      I see what you did there Mr. Conservative Radio Host Expert on Everything.

      Also, your 5 year old will be upset from killing all of the polar bears!

    • TheGameSquid says:

      VIRTUAL polar bears.

    • Teddy Leach says:

      Don’t ever stop, T.J. Please never stop.

    • Pathetic Phallacy says:

      Yeah! I agree with my fellow conservatives! We certainly do not want to legalize drugs and give citizens the right to choose what is and is not good for them. That would be bad. It’s important that we let our government decide things like that for us. Like all conservatives, I believe the bigger the government and the more hold it has on the individual lives of its citizens the better. That’s the Republican way!

      . . . oh . . . wait . . . I mean . . . small government is good! But drugs are bad . . . but I believe in individual freedom! But I don’t want fags getting married . . . No, small government for sure. But wait, what about prostitution, I don’t want people to go against the Bible! Big government is good! Oh shit, gun regulation! No! No! Small government works best. No! Yes! Wait . . . *hypocrisy overload*

    • TsunamiWombat says:

      Whats that whistling noise?

      It’s the sarcasm flying over everyones heads.

      … TJ is sarcastic right? It’s just a bit he does.

      Right?

      oh god someone hold me i’m scared

  15. Bart Stewart says:

    “They shout obscenities and jump up and down on the spot, presumably to try and put out the flames, but they don’t die or retaliate.”

    SOLDNER: The Cartel.

    • pepper says:

      It’s not Soldner until the AI decides to destroy itself and any nearby asset when your sight appears on the horizon.

    • mejoff says:

      Oh Gods! I actually played that recently, as advised by this very site.

      The ‘blow up the oil tank’ mission ended abruptly when an enemy soldier sank beneath the snow, and then shot me from directly beneath with an RPG.

      I love SOLDNER.

  16. Torgen says:

    What a —-ing shame.

    • Eddy9000 says:

      The game sounds desperate.

      Your fucking turn. Twat.

    • LionsPhil says:

      I’m worried about ARSE. The rioting is intensifying to the point where we might not be able to ARRRRRRRRRRSE.

    • TsunamiWombat says:

      I’m starting to fucking believe one can be too motherfucking self sufficient.

      Go in like the goddamned US Marshalls. If you lose that fucking vaccine i’m sending your ass to the mayor to explain why him and his three fucking daughters aren’t getting their fucking pills this month, bitch.

      I could go on but I expect my mum and a nun to jump out and viciously beat me with rulers.

  17. Xercies says:

    “Press ‘F’ To Punch the unmoving, sad-eyed face”

    I loled so much at this!

  18. NathaI3 says:

    So you are rewarded for collecting pick-ups out of sight of your co-op buddies…

    Is there any incentive for them to try and stop you collecting said pick-ups? Is it a case of him or me getting the cool new gun? Otherwise, why wouldn’t he just turn around for 2 seconds while I pick up the pickup?

  19. heretic says:

    Did the RPS overlords force you to review this?

    can’t have been a nice experience ;_; might as well have given this one a miss

  20. Eddy9000 says:

    Reading this review makes me think that all games reviews should be written using the language style of the characters, because if developers think it’s an appropriate way for their characters to speak it should be an appropriate way to represent their game.

    Call of Juarez reviews should make every other word ‘fuck’, whereas Deus Ex Human Revolution reviews should be written in the style of Letitia the trash lady and go:
    “yessum boss, this Deus Ex issa fine game, where the White massa gets aug-men-tations, oh lordy lordy”

    Like I said, good enough for the game, good enough for the review.

    • LionsPhil says:

      No thanks. I still remember when a bunch of reviewers tried that for Max Payne.

      Turns out games journalists are not good at writing noir parody.

    • TsunamiWombat says:

      Rain poured down on the blood slicked street, drumming a staccato beat like the hammer of a gun while suit wearing pizannos hit the gravel around me. Time slowed down and the world spun to get a good angle of me as I lept from behind a corner and emptied my twin baretta 32′s into the chest of a shotgun wielding Goomba, stitching holes down his two piece suit with red threads of blood like a professional tailor.

      The phone rang.

      “Max, i’m going to need that review tomarrow”

      It was a bad line and a prank call, someone spouting insane babble. I couldn’t make sense of it. But I had an overwhelming sense of de ja vu and the callers voice sounded oddly familiar.

      Somewhere, a baby was crying.

      Ratatatata went the twin uzis in my hands, carving a path through a line of paramilitary thugs standing between me and the answers I needed. I could feel the weapons vibrate in my hands, hacking bloody paths through the darkness like twin machetes of truth. But before I could stumble headlong into the jungle, something yellow caught the corner of my eye.

      There was something disturbingly familiar about the post-it note before me. The handwriting was all pretty curves.

      “You are a videogame reviewer, Max.”

      The truth was a burning green crack through my brain.

      Dramatic screenshots unrepresentative of the final game hung in the air, arbitrary number review scores glimpsed out of the corner of my eye. Endless repetition of the act of shooting, time slowing down to show off my moves. The paranoid feel that someone had already paid for a 9 out of 10.

      I reviewed videogames.

      Funny as hell, it was the most horrible thing I could think of.

      8 out of 10.

  21. Jesse L says:

    ‘F’

    Edit: I don’t mean this game or review gets an F, I mean what’s the game trying to convey in that last screenshot?

    • TheGameSquid says:

      It took me like twenty seconds to realize that was a button prompt, and not part of the subtitles. I imagined the character was about to yell “FUCK” (as in “F—”), but then Ben decided to strangle him. In retrospect I’m sort of bummed that this isn’t the case.

  22. Juan Carlo says:

    I think the senselessness of the swearing has something to do with the fact that they are Polish and probably don’t speak english that well. Dead Island was made by the same company and it also is loaded with a tons of swearing that just seems to be there for its own sake and that doesn’t always make a whole lot of sense.

  23. Pointless Puppies says:

    Well, men, it has happened. We have finally arrived.

    We have finally reached the point where game designers have gotten so fucking lazy that they have devolved their own game into a glorified connect-the-dots newspaper timewaster. First there was the overly-informative GPS. Then came the corridor shooter, whose walls shrunk with each consecutive game like a pair of cheap skivvies after every wash. Then came the combination of overly-informative GPS with the corridor shooter. Now level designers have thrown their hands up and said “fuck it all” and just jumped right into the abyss we all knew they were headed without further ado. Just put the destination on the screen at all times and have people walk toward a dot it until it magically disappears and they see the next one. At this point just make the marker a laser-pointer red dot and make us shout “MEOW” into the headset every 10 seconds, it’s just the natural progression of things.

    Congratulations, level designers, you have officially reached a new low.

  24. Iskariot says:

    The only thing that saved me from buying this failed game is that they stupidly moved the release date from a month without any competitive releases to a month with several competitive releases. Morons. But I thank them for it.

  25. Shortwave says:

    I honestly deleted this game after playing it for ten minutes.

  26. DigitalSignalX says:

    Ѿ۞∞◄ Agree with entire bitch. Buy some fucking shoes. Crap is Kane and Lynch on fucking handbags for cheap assholes! ♥∆

    • Radiant says:

      What damned key gives you this letter Ѿ?
      And what is it… A bum king?

    • MD says:

      Ha! It totally is a bum wearing a crown. In the interests of equality though, I’m going to call it a Bum Queen 50% of the time.

      ѾѾѾѾѾѾ

    • DigitalSignalX says:

      It’s the Cyrillic capital letter “Ot” – I copied it directly from windows char map, next to omega Ѡ Which looks a lot like some testicles or breasts and will hopefully be used quite often now :P

  27. Arglebargle says:

    Wow, yet another modern game not worth playing for free. That really does take a special kind of vision and talent. So bad, so sad.

  28. SpaceAkers says:

    Was there even a point to this write-up? Did any1 think this game was going to be anything other than a bad shooter with a worthless story?

    • Thants says:

      If you’re going to put down writing I wouldn’t write “any1″.

    • SpaceAkers says:

      I wasn’t criticizing the writing quality. I just found this choice of game for a Wot I Think curious.

  29. donmilliken says:

    I had a feeling this game was going to faceplant hard when I saw that they were updating the setting. There are so few games set in the Old West. The first two Call of Juarez games are hardly among the best of the bunch, but just the setting alone was enough to take them a couple notches above the average Man-Shoot. Why cast off the only unique thing about the franchise?

    That said, I might still pick this one up when I can get it for like five bucks. Shouldn’t be long.

    If there’s another Call of Juarez, I have a feeling they’ll be heading back to the Old West.

  30. Jarenth says:

    Dead-eyed fish-faced leaves-for-hair man scares me. I really don’t want to find out what that ‘F’ is for.

  31. Shadowcat says:

    where everyone is accused of taking their Oedipus complex way too far on a regular basis

    Superb :)

  32. adonf says:

    “Behind the gas station there is probably another identical gas station”

    So it’s an accurate re-creation of Los Angeles ?

  33. vodka and cookies says:

    Best thing about the game is the music, still very spaghetti western themed. The article is pretty much spot on though, interesting but flawed but still I give them props for not doing the happy ending bollocks some games love to do, everyone gets screwed no-matter which side you pick.

  34. DarkByke says:

    no comments on the awful graphics/lack of textures and polygon models?