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Call of Juarez: Gunslinger

By Jeff Haynes, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Mature shooter has violent Western justice, clever story.

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Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 1 parent review

age 16+

Worthy, Satisfying, Short/Sweet Spinoff

Delicious gunplay, frantic levels, appealing stand out visual style, giddy humor make this game a success. Lots of stylized blood splattering everywhere with each shot.

Is It Any Good?

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Players looking for a unique twist on the legends of the Wild West will enjoy blasting their way through the outlaws in this shooter. Call of Juarez: Gunslinger sprinkles in some revisionist history and unreliable narration to produce an engaging take on the first-person shooter. The story uses a Liberty Valance-like approach ("When the legend becomes fact, print the legend") to draw the player in. It's a nice and unexpected gameplay twist when Silas keeps changing the "story," making you question whether he actually participated in the fights he's talking about or his entire life is based on tall tales. He's always facing down an army of thugs or blasting through entire tribes of Native Americans, before someone checks his facts and the numbers are adjusted. That said, you'll still blast a ton of nameless gun-wielding cowpokes over the numerous chapters. Though the cel-shaded graphics decrease the impact of gunfights, the violence, especially the close-ups, may be too much for some younger players. At least there are scattered "nuggets of truth," which provide historic information about key moments or people in the West. The points from these collectible objects provide Silas with new abilities, such as reloading his pistols more quickly or tossing out multiple sticks of dynamite to destroy criminals.

Fortunately, even though he may bend the truth, Silas is a skilled gunslinger, which you'll notice as you face off against some of the most notable criminals in duels. These can be difficult if you're trying to honorably deal Western justice and jump the gun (no pun intended). You have to constantly adjust your trigger finger and your aim as they move, then wait until they draw before you fire. Juggling all these minute adjustments, especially when facing off against very skilled gunslingers, can be hard. But since the only negative in shooting early is you get fewer points for your score and the upgrade system, duels boil down to giving yourself a challenge to legally shoot enemies. Also, though the game's arcade-like scoring system is good for leaderboards, the gunslinger duels would've been a great multiplayer mechanic, so gamers could've tested their skills against everyone else. These issues aside, Call of Juarez: Gunslinger's unconventional, arcade-like take on the West is an entertaining look at how the West was won, usually at the barrel of a gun.

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