I have been waiting for a good western game ever since GUN. For me, none since then have lived up to that one... until this one.
Tried this one since a couple friends played it and liked it... and while the first level for some reason I just didn't care much for.. after that it was really amazing. The graphics, the gameplay, sound, all are really great.
Multiplayer was fun, kind of repetitive... and all the game modes feel kind of the same, definitely still had a great time playing it.
Graphics, amazing. Sound, amazing. Gameplay, nice and smooth once you get used to it. Replay? Yes definitely going to go through again using the other brother. After that? Probably!!
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.