First of all let me state I was eagerly anticipating this game, after being a huge fan of the first one. Thankfully, it did not disappoint me.
From the very beginning the production value really grabs your attention. The two main characters, Thomas and Ray (both playable at different points of the campaign) are soldiers for the south in the civil war. The war eventually comes to there home, literally, where they meet up with there younger (annoying) brother who happens to be a priest. Eventually revenge turns to a treasure hunt and so on.
The controls are pretty good, very similar for each character. Thomas has the ability to use a rope. While Ray can can be hampered by not being able to climb over certain obstacles and relies on Thomas to help him through segments.
The game takes you various part of the old west. From old broken down towns to barren desert scapes. There are some great parts in the south west and Mexico where you can spend a great deal of time on horseback traversing the open plains and deserts, and even complete some side missions found in the trading posts.
On a sour note the AI in this game is almost non-existent. They kind spawn in certain spots on a portion of the map, if you find the right spot you can sit there and pick them off as they spawn without ever moving your crosshairs.
The game does feature the return of some CoJ multiplayer. There is the modes we saw in the last game like the replaying of historical western events, like the OK Coral. There is also your typical deathmatch/teamdeathmatch. My favorite was manhunt, which pits two teams against each other. One team has a waned man that the other team has to try and kill. This is a great mode because you can be rewarded with lots of points. Points are used to unlock various classes of characters to be used online.
There are some balancing issues online, for example the bow and arrow seems to be faaaar to effective.
Though it has a few shortcomings I highly recommend CoJ.
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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.