Meta Song: Call of Juarez: Gunslinger Trailer

I used this screenshot just for the tag
I am still surprised when games have their own songs. I view music like magic, but not in the Kieron way. I think you shouldn’t be able to sit down and just come up with up a song based on a subject. That seems like it shouldn’t work. It should be, hmm, involuntary? And if someone sits down and just thinks up a song, then it shouldn’t be catchy or good. And then this bloody Gunslinger trailer comes along, with a song about Silas Greaves and his shooty ways, and is kind of catchy and good. It is confusing, and will lodge in your head like a bullet.

Honestly, I’m staring at this like a monkey at a monolith. There’s a bit in the song that references the slow-motion mode, which shouldn’t work. It’s a bloody game conceit, not a song lyric. And yet it flows off the singer’s larynx like an, er, thing from a thing. Damn music journalism is hard. I think I’ll stick to games, where I can at least point out that Gunslinger is a surprisingly decent shooter, with a few neat story-telling tweaks in a linear story. And the guns are the slingiest. See? Games journalism is my calling, make no mistake.

And I can say “here’s the trailer”, which is something that no-one ever wrote in Smash Hits. Proof, if ever it was needed, that games are best.

Thanks to this song, my brain totally made the Greaves/grieves connection. I am slow. It’s out May 22nd.


  1. Bracknellexile says:

    Oddly, the only song that’s lodged in my head now is not this one but the Ballad of Jayne Cobb which is, I suspect, what they were trying to emulate.

    • paddymaxson says:

      Which in and of itself is an emulation of old timey cowboy style songs. It’s not exactly Zappa and the Mothers. It’s essentially just a simple rhyming poem but sung with a lot of gusto.

      • lordcooper says:

        Yeah, you can tell these guys are only in it for the money.

    • sonson says:

      Seems like a fairly blatant rip off of Johnny Cash’s The Man Comes Around to me

      • ralindel says:

        My thoughts exactly…

      • riverman says:

        holy heck, did that ever make me angry. that was one of cash’s last songs and it was a powerful beast of a song and this guy turned it into an uncredited shitty commercial. I went from wanting to play this game to wanting to punch this guy in the face.

  2. Siythe says:

    Sounded more like they were riffing on The Man Comes Around to Me. Overused in westerns even more than geek culture like to reference firefly. Either way I like what they’ve done here.

    • pledouth says:

      Me too, but I in my opinion the song is awfully derivative. And it kinda fails to establish the premise of the game. The previous westerny CoJ was a really good narrative (hard to admit, but the finale made me cry a bit), so this one has a hell of a job to do in terms of quality of the narrative. And I don’t think that such a publicity stunt like this song is going to help.

    • staberas says:

      Well, I still give full point for the interesting lyrics.

  3. Anthile says:

    This looks surprisingly good. I never would have thought the franchise could recover from the Cartel disaster. Lots of raspberry jam, too.

  4. Michael Fogg says:

    To the town of Agua Fria rode a stranger one fine day…

  5. Saarlaender39 says:

    Do you hear this whirring?

    That’s Johnny Cash…spinning in his grave.

  6. PedroBraz says:

    I would like, just once, to see a game in the western theme, where the goal isnt to slaugther half the US population. The reason the gunfight at the OK Corral became so famous is that it was a rare event. This shit didnt just happen all the time.


    I´m too old for FPSes.

    • maninahat says:

      Like an Al Swearengen simulator?

      Press x to pass kidney stones!

  7. John Mirra says:

    link to
    Bullet with the shell casing? Quite lame.

    • Ringwraith says:

      Considering the game is told as an embellished story, having inaccuracies actually fits.

  8. Davie says:

    The only good thing about the previous CoJ game is that its trailer introduced me to Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.

    I probably won’t play this, but I like what they’re doing with the music.

  9. armyofdan says:

    Every western game since it came out makes me want Red Dead Redemption on PC.