Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood
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The original Call of Juarez title that graced our consoles back in 2007 was a unique title. Not unique in the sense that it was a wild-west shooter because we all know that’s been done before. It was unique in the sense that, it was effectively a greatly received PC port by players and critics alike, and that doesn’t happen too often. With the prequel, Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood, a matter of months away, things are definitely different this time around. With Techland creating the title for all the HD platforms simultaneously this time, expectations are elevated, especially if it wants to hold its own in a year where we see Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption join the wild-west race.

On what can only be described as a dreary afternoon in good ol’ London town, the biggest and brightest of the UK gaming sites crammed around a wall of LCD TV’s in a suitably authentic Mexican establishment to duke it out on the playing fields of the latest Juarez title. In our fairly extensive hands on we got to give Bound in Blood’s latest multiplayer mode a run for its money by getting to grips with its traditional deathmatch mode but probably more importantly, its authentic raid-the-safe style objective based game.

First off, it’s important to put Bound in Blood’s multiplayer aspect in context before we run you through it. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill shooter and at no point can you say it tries to be. There is no doubt it’ll only really appeal to a fairly niche audience but everything about the mode is an authentic western experience, and a damn good one at that. From the look and feel of the title, right the way down to its objectives and pacing, everything seems to be right on the money. It’s essentially a different take on the traditional genre.

In the build we managed to get our mits on, there were five different modes and eight different maps to choose from but that could likely change between now and the release. Of the maps we experienced for deathmatch, the fact that your character isn’t that much of a quicker runner (even using the left bumper for sprint) meant that they always seemed to be quiet … a little too quiet. You could hear the bullets of your foes echoing through the deserted wooden cabins around you as your foes dispatched one another but the sheer size of the maps and lack of speed of your character actually left you pining for some action. Once you got into the action however, the controls, weapons and whole setting really comes to into its own. It definitely places a different emphasis on play style as it sacrifices the frantic multiplayer gameplay that many games rely on and replaces it for a more pragmatic and logical experience where you actually have to outsmart your foes rather than jump the gun. Simple actions like reloading because the animation is authentically elongated, have to be done tactically and at the right time otherwise it’s goodnight sweetheart.

Part of outsmarting your foes will come with what class you so wish to adopt to take onto the field. In all, there are 13 classes, each with its distinct advantages and disadvantages. If you wanted to use the “miner” class, you could make use of the sticks of dynamite and a short range sawn-off shotgun; the “hombre” class gave you two dual shotguns which were absolutely devastating at close range; the “officer” (and one of the favoured classes amongst the troops) took advantage of two middle distance pistols; and the list goes on. If you fancy a stealth approach, you could make use of the native that uses a silent one shot kill bow and arrow, although it’s that hard to fire, it’s relatively useless ... but it was fun for a minute. Don’t worry if you don’t get on with a class either, you can simply change it up between deaths or at the beginning of the battle.

Our favourite of the modes was easily the bandits-storm-the-bank-and-skip-town scenario that pits two teams against each other in a classic western cliché. The one team, the local law enforcements, must hold off the other team, the bandits, around various strategic points situated around the map, whether it’s the bank in the centre of town, or a certain gold deposit. If the bandits take over that strategic point, then the local law enforcements must drop back to defend the next point. If the time runs out, the sheriffs win, and if the bandits get out of town, then ... well, they win ... duh. It’s proper Western stuff this ... authentic in every aspect and a great mode to get stuck into and lose a few hours.

Bound in Blood’s multiplayer aspect was definitely a pleasant surprise. In a time where we’re inundated with sub-standard, tacked on multiplayer modes, Techland have created a unique mode with an experience that you can’t really get in any other shooter. Easy to control, a great selection of classes, some great authentic settings with a different and unique pacing means that Call of Juarez’s multiplayer is a blast and one that will provide a fresh experience for shooter fans wanting something different. It’s not going to topple Call of Duty anytime soon and at no point does it try to, but I’m sure it will still provide many nights of intense shootouts. So grab your spurs cowboy, we’re not leaving town without a showdown.

Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood will be available in North America and Europe on June 29th and July 3rd respectively.


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Comment #1 by Brengun
Tuesday, May 19, 2009 @ 06:42:14 AM
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Was the first game actually any good? I find myself struggling to get excited about a western based game for some reason, unless it's Oddworld Strangers wrath of course - one of the best xbox games ever...think I'll wait on this one.

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Comment #2 by Freshmaker
Tuesday, May 19, 2009 @ 06:45:57 AM
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not a big fan of FPS, otherwise this would seem really good, since I love those old westerns, I can always hope froward to Red Dead Redemption, which should blow this out of the water.

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Comment #3 by Nicespliff
Tuesday, May 19, 2009 @ 06:48:57 AM
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I thought this game was 3rd person...

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Comment #4 by Saracin
Tuesday, May 19, 2009 @ 06:53:13 AM
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Call of Juarez was a solid title with a lot of good elements. My only real issue was the fact one character was action oriented and the other had to be more stealthy. Otherwise I'd recommend it as a rental at least and that Ubisoft was smart to allow them to make a sequel.

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Comment #5 by DeviousD
Tuesday, May 19, 2009 @ 06:58:20 AM
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Ive lost all faith in ubisoft.

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Comment #6 by Nozza XBA
Tuesday, May 19, 2009 @ 07:06:04 AM
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cannot wait!

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Comment #7 by Webb [STAFF]
Tuesday, May 19, 2009 @ 07:06:12 AM
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@ #5 - You're going to miss some good games then this year ... Ghost Recon 4, Assassin's Creed 2, Beyond Good & Evil 2, Splinter Cell: Conviction ... shall I go on? =P

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Comment #8 by DeviousD
Tuesday, May 19, 2009 @ 07:08:19 AM
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After the Far cry 2 farce out of principle im not going to line the pockets of the twats at Ubisoft.

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Comment #9 by SegaJack
Tuesday, May 19, 2009 @ 07:12:49 AM
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The first one was not bad, even though I only played the demo but it didnt have enough spectacle for me. But walking around with a bible in one hand and a gun in the other was pretty cool

Ghost recon 3 and beyond good and evil 2 are must haves for me and i bet a LOT of other gamers. Far cry 2 wasnt that bad i think

well, anything is better then Ea's games

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Comment #10 by Gackt
Tuesday, May 19, 2009 @ 07:22:55 AM
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I hated the first one, but I will still give this one a shot.

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Comment #11 by Nozza XBA
Tuesday, May 19, 2009 @ 07:40:37 AM
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lol @ #5/8 - i bet ull end up with at least 2 of the games Webb mentioned, then ull look like a twat urself and Ubisoft will be laughing at you....

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Comment #12 by Mosizzle313
Tuesday, May 19, 2009 @ 08:26:50 AM
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giddy up cowboyy

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Comment #13 by Jayfiend138
Tuesday, May 19, 2009 @ 09:38:28 AM
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The first game is personal favorite of mine and the multiplayer was phenominal and this one will be awesome as well what really gets you pulled in is the story.

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Comment #14 by exo-apollo
Tuesday, May 19, 2009 @ 09:51:11 AM
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Please, have you all forgotten the many brilliant titles Ubisoft have put out???I don't know where all this Ubisoft hating madness comes's like you people dislike good things.

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Comment #15 by asilent boom
Tuesday, May 19, 2009 @ 12:29:44 PM
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@8 Far Cry 2 was FINALLY patched last week. Not sure what they fixed, but they were supposed to fix the game save data from being corrupted and some other MP problems.

@14 I spent overe 10 hours of playing the single player campaign of Far Cry 2 only to have it wasted when my game save got corrupted somehow, it took them 7 months to patch it, should of been patched in the first month.

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Comment #16 by eXtreme 1138
Tuesday, May 19, 2009 @ 03:20:00 PM
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You thought wrong, number 3.

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Comment #17 by x EA x Nayyy x
Tuesday, May 19, 2009 @ 04:21:00 PM
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Goshh can't wait for this
The first one was soo underated yet it was such a good game, just dead online ;p

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Comment #18 by Ink129
Tuesday, May 19, 2009 @ 07:52:33 PM
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Ubisoft is a powerhouse with integrity (unlike EA). My opinion of course.
I love most of Ubisoft's titles, and I am beginning to think that I'm the only person in the world who loved Far Cry 2. It was really an intense and satisfying shooter, imo.

This game looks interesting too. Found the first game for the PC a pretty decent experience, although a little buggy. If the second game is a little heavier on the shooting side and a little less buggy then we got a winner!

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Comment #19 by STONE DEVIL
Tuesday, May 19, 2009 @ 10:53:07 PM
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The first game sucked. I hope they made improvements

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Comment #20 by Zak777
Wednesday, May 20, 2009 @ 02:00:23 AM
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Hated the first game with a passion, I'll have to try this one.

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Comment #21 by bigquackster
Wednesday, May 20, 2009 @ 04:42:44 AM
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first game was shit but this ones lookin good

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Comment #22 by Astrex
Wednesday, May 20, 2009 @ 06:01:32 AM
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I hope this is better than the first one, I lost interest in the first one very quickly

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Comment #23 by Bonorly
Wednesday, May 20, 2009 @ 09:43:24 AM
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I just want a GUN remake :(

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Comment #24 by garb77
Wednesday, May 20, 2009 @ 11:20:09 AM
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why would you want a gun remake and not a sequel? dumb ass.

the game looks cool, though.

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Comment #25 by Jmashed
Wednesday, May 20, 2009 @ 05:52:25 PM
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Assassin's Creed was fun, I'll give them that but it wasn't memorable, the whole technology thing could of been skipped, I don't know why they even bothered. Call of Juarez was alright but I'm really looking forward to Red Dead Redemption.

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Comment #26 by Dov
Thursday, May 21, 2009 @ 12:10:26 AM
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@ STONE DEVIL and Zak777

I always enjoy people who bash games that never even played them. It's an achievement tracking site: you're gamertags are in your f'ing profile, geniuses, and anyone can see what you've played and haven't.

The original is one of the most underrated shooters out there. Can't wait for this.

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Comment #27 by Leibrockoli
Thursday, June 25, 2009 @ 01:47:37 PM
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First was really good. This one looks even better.

Can't wait to see Reverend Ray's story!

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US July 01, 2009
Europe July 03, 2009

ESRB: Mature
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