gamers (80%) found this review helpful
Call of Juarez is a prequel. It doesn't require you to have played the first game in order to make sense of it.
The game begins in a civil war battle, introducing you to the two characters one by one, pointing out special abilities for each. The first thing many will notice is that the game looks amazing. Scenery is absolutely beautiful, presenting lush environments and sunlight that shimmers through swaying foliage. The world looks large, but the player is not free to explore all that much.
At the beginning of each mission, the player is given the option to play as Ray or Thomas. The only difference between the two are the guns they wield and some minor path differences. There's really not much a difference. The controls are solid and gunplay is simple, with some special concentration mode events thrown in. These events are there to get the player out of sticky situations, and are pretty fun.
However, the game gets repetitive. Fast. There is very little mission variety. Go here, shoot anything that gets in the way, go somewhere else. It gets old fast, and can detract from the fun. There are too few special missions, like mounting a gatling gun to defend your carriage.
The story is rather uninspired. Cutscenes are dull, slow, and boring, and present little motivation for the player to continue. The only characters one cares about are Ray and Thomas. And maybe the other coward brother. All others are stereotypical, one-dimensional cutouts who are there simply to connect the plot. The girl, especially, is a terrible cliche who becomes horribly annoying as the game progresses. This isn't good, considering the game tries desperately to elicit sympathy from the player, but fails.
Multiplayer is okay, but suffers from severe class balance issues. It's not very fun, but there are many game modes that are creative. Also, there's NO CO-OP. That makes no sense.
It's worth a look at if nothing else is out. But mostly, fairly derivative, except the environment.
gamers (75%) found this review helpful
I'm not really into the western theme of gaming, but this games developers have really thought of everything. You have shootouts in the saloon, battles in a runaway stagecoack, showdowns in the square, mostly for boss fights, battles with the union army as a confederate. That was a rare opportunity to see the civil war throught the eyes of a confederate. Battles with native americans, Apaches and Comanches. There are 2 brothers each of which you can choose to play on any level, aside from the first two which are training for either brother. Thomas has 2 guns but can only weild one at a time and he's good long range with a rifle, carries a bow and a lasso. Ray dual wields pistols, either a rifle or a shotgun and dynamite. Which does come in handy, and is necessary at several plot points. You can't play the campaign co-op, which is too bad because it would have been the absolutely perfect co op campaign. Took me about 7 hours beginning to end. Graphics are good, although the antistropic filtering is terrible. You can hardly see anything that's not 15 feet in front of you. You're supposed to be shooting people off in the distance that you can't even see until they've shot you several times. The combat is good too, I usually dont' work with an auto aim system but I did on this game, it was essential, at least my first time through. They also have this concentration mode, you can access it for 60 sec. after you kill 6 enemies. It automatically targets enemies as Thomas and you use your right trigger and right stick like it were a guns hammer and trigger, very cool. And as Ray you have so much time to choose where your 12 shots will hit, then he shoots whatever you've selected with perfect accuracy, but you have to keep in mind that time is still progessing, although slowly, while you're picking your shots and some of the enemies can duck out of the way before you're done. Very fun game, highly recommended.
gamers (73%) found this review helpful
Call my a sucker for Western games but I found this game to very good. I never played the first one and you dont really need to since it is a prequel. After you play through the story you will want to play the first one. the story was well written and the voice acting is top notch the gamplay was great too. There were only two problems I had with the game. First was the Quickdraw events, they were not bad it is just that it took me a couple of times to get it down but everytime the events happened it took me three times to beat it and it really got frustrating. Another problem was the online multiplayer, It took me awhile to find a game and when I did I found the game to be very boring and not exciting at all and that goes for all the types of games too. So, if you like a good story, gameplay and grade A voice acting you will just eat this up.