Call of Juarez: Gunslinger Reviews

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Posted on 02 June 13 at 06:54, Edited on 10 June 13 at 19:13
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If you have played the other games in the "Call of Juarez" series be prepared to not be disappointed this time as Call of Juarez: Gunslinger is a fantastic and needed revival in the western themed franchise.
I will break this review up into three parts the game offers: Story, Arcade, and Duels.

Story: We start with the legendary bounty hunter Silas Greaves entering a Saloon in Abilene, Kansas and is asked upon by local drinkers if he is indeed the bounty hunter they all know. He then proceeds to tell them about his adventures in the Old West and how he met the West’s most notorious outlaws. The gameplay is solid and top notch for an arcade title. The guns sound authentic and pack a punch when they hit their targets. The graphics look stylish and really feel like your back in the Old West. They introduce a couple of new gameplay mechanics: Concentration, and Sense of Death.
Concentration is a ability that Silas has that allows him to slow down time and pick off headshots and kill numerous enemies in one go, some even say he can dodge bullets.
Sense of Death: Silas can cheat death with this unique ability. When he is facing certain death he gets one chance to evade the fatal shot (Time slows down and you must move the left stick to the left or right of the incoming bullet and hope you choose correctly or game over). This ability activates automatically and can save you when you least expect it.

Arcade: Points, Points, Points. In this game mode it's all about rushing through 10 hand-picked levels from throughout story mode and obtain the highest number of points you can. You have a choice at the start of each level to pick between three classes: The Grizzled Trapper (Double Barrel shotgun class), The Cold-Blooded Ranger (Rifleman class), and The Daring Gunslinger (Dual-wield revolvers). Each comes with their own unique set of skills that you can unlock as you progress through the levels. To reach that high score you must keep a high combo during the levels. Killing enemies fast and efficient, while using your abilities is the key to success. At the end of each level you are rated on your performance on a three star system. The higher the score the closer you are to that final third star!

Duels: The heart-racing, fast-paced standoffs against the legends of the west. In this final game mode you are challenged by the legends themselves on a one and one standoff. You must partake in the 15 consecutive duels while only given 5 lives to get through them all. Gunslinger introduces a brand new mechanic here. Your left stick controls your speed, meaning you'll have to keep Silas's hand above his revolver. At the same time, you are using your right stick to aim the reticle on your opponent gaining focus. You must be fast as you draw your revolver at the right time and gun them down if you want to succeed.

Final words: Techland have redeemed themselves with this brave arcade-styled western shooter and is well worth the $15 price tag.

~Zip645 Reviews
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Posted on 13 June 13 at 19:59
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A welcome return to the West

Call of Juarez: Gunslinger puts you in the shoes of Silas Greaves, a bounty hunter who seems to have crossed paths with some of the most notorious western criminals, as he searches for several men that wronged him. The game is full of gunslingin' action, as the name would suggest, and ends up being one of best entries in the franchise as well as an easy to pick and play arcade shooter. Gunslinger does a great job of bringing you back to what made the original games great, while adding some fun elements to enjoy after the campaign has been completed.

Gunslinger has three main modes of play: Story, Arcade and Duels. The story mode is all about Silas Greaves as he recounts his adventures to fellow patrons in a bar, which happens in both the cutscenes and gameplay. Over the course of the story mode, which took me about 5 hours to complete, the patrons begin to have their doubts about the accuracy of Greaves' tale, since most of the famous and commonly known outlaws throughout history pop up at some point during the story.

Throughout the game, many useful skills can be unlocked, and focus on either dual-wielding pistols, close-ranged weaponry, or long distance rifles. Once you unlock enough skills in one of the three sections, you'll be able to use special weapons and boost the abilities of that weapon class. During my first playthrough, I mostly stuck to long-range rifles, and was able to fully unlock all of the skills for that weapon and put the remaining points into dual-wielding before the story mode was over.

Some of the more useful skills you can unlock allow you to slightly slow down time when aiming, increase your reload speed, or carry more ammo. No matter what you decide to upgrade, you're able to utilize the concentrate ability, which slows down time and allows for better headshots, combo kills, and accuracy that can impact your overall score at the end of levels.

The scoring system in Gunslinger is found in both the story and arcade mode. This mode contains various levels from the campaign, and tasks you with getting through them with a decent score to continue to the next level in the mode. Leaderboard rankings are the main motivation here, but it's also a fun way to go through sections of the story levels once again.

Duels mode has you facing off against the games' notorious outlaws in one-on-one duels, basing your score off of how fast and accurate your shots are, and taking points away if you decided to draw your weapon first, creating an dishonest kill. Controls are pretty unique for duels as well. The left stick is used to position your hand near your gun to increase speed, and the right stick controls a cursor which is used to increase accuracy as you hover it around your opposition.

Visually, this game looks great and has a nice cell-shaded appearance, which reminded me of the Borderlands titles. Levels are fairly colorful as well, and contain some great effects for the mostly outdoor environments. The audio is great as well, from the sound effects of bullets whizzing by, to the musical score that you'll hear throughout the title.

I really enjoyed Call of Juarez: Gunslinger, and plan on playing more of the game in it's New Game + mode, which is made available after you complete the game once. Gunslinger is just as good as it's retail counterparts, and in my opinion, right behind the second game, which is my favorite Juarez title. Download the trial and give it a go. I'm sure you'll have the urge to buy it soon after!

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