A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The story is about a trio of brothers, two of whom are extremely hard, self-interested men who live by an unusual moral code that places value on loyalty and family (to a degree) but few other things. The third brother, who fears for his siblings souls and is prone to quoting biblical passages, tries to keep the other two in check, but without much success. There is lots of killing, and not all of it warranted, including law enforcement officials. Players cannot, however, shoot non-combatants.
Positive Role Models
It’s safe to say most parents probably wouldn’t want their babies to grow up to be either of the game’s two playable cowboys. These are selfish men with few redeeming qualities, save their loyalty to one another, which teeters on the brink of failing throughout the game.
Ease of Play
Standard first-person shooter controls. Multiple difficulties facilitate players of varying skill.
Violence & Scariness
Violence is constant and intense. All missions involve loud, lengthy battles featuring rifles, pistols, dynamite, cannons, Gatling guns, and knives. A small amount of blood sprays from characters when they are hit, and the screen turns crimson red when player characters take damage.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There is no nudity, nor are there scenes in which sex takes place, but much of the game’s plot revolves around sex and sexual attraction. A shootout early on in the game is spurred after the local sheriff finds out one of the game’s protagonists impregnated his daughter. The two main characters talk about sex, using words and phrases such as "whore," “screwing,” and “diddling her daughter.”
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Frequent profanity in both narrative sequences and during play. The cuss words heard run the bad language gamut, from "hell," "ass," and "damn" to "p-ss," "sh-t," and "f-ck."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Several scenes take place in saloons with liquor bottles scattered around tables. One of the lead character admits to being well on his way to becoming drunk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this Western-themed shooter is meant to be played only by mature players. It is laden with very strong profanity and crude sexual references, and the gunslinging violence, while perhaps not as graphic as that of some other shooters (there is blood, but no gore), is nearly non-stop. What’s more, the two playable characters are shady at best. Their solution to most every problem is to kill the person who happens to be at the root of it, and they have no qualms shooting law enforcement officers when they feel threatened by them. Online play with open voice chat is a further concern.
Is It Any Good?
Though it’s definitely not for kids, Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood is excellent entertainment for adults who enjoy a good Western. Though our protagonists are the sort of men who’d just as soon shoot you as look at you, they’re also strangely engaging. The expertly penned dialogue and terrific voice acting gives them real character, and, given the tribulations they suffer in the war at the game’s outset, it’s not hard to understand why they’ve become the men they are. An added bonus is the game’s art direction, which is wonderfully authentic despite not having the sort of visual polish given blockbuster titles. From the creaking, wooden towns through to the characters’ dusty coats and well-worn hats, everything in the game feels 150 years old despite being rendered with cutting edge modern technology. Simply put, it’s good fun for cowboy-loving grown-ups.
Online interaction: There are several competitive online multiplayer modes that support voice chat. Depending on the players, these modes can either create a sense of cooperation and teamwork among players or result in bullying and name-calling.Players may hear profanity depending on who they are playing with.
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