Call of Juarez: Bound In Blood is quite simply the best video game based on the western genre we have ever played, now Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption may have something to say about that but for now it is. Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood transports players from a ravaged Civil War-era Georgia to the Aztec ruins of Mexico. In the wildest West ever depicted, players can embody both McCall brothers in an intense storyline full of greed, lust and lawlessness.
Call of Juarez: Bound In Blood takes players on a journey through the eyes of two brothers who go from fighting on the front lines of the civil war to becoming some of the baddest bandits this side of the pacos. The underlying story though is one that has played out time and time again throughout history, two brothers who even though they love each other see the world very different and because of that it ultimately causes conflict between them. Well that and a women :). The game utilizes a gameplay style that lets players choose which brother they want to play with in the majority of missions, leaving it up to you to decide which brother’s skill set gives you the best advantage on a particular mission (this is most of the time, though sometimes they force you to play with one or the other such as at the beginning of the game).
While you can normally chose either Ray or Thomas before a mission, don’t underestimate the importance of that choice because it will affect the gameplay dynamic. Both brothers have their own set of skills and for a particular mission one may be better than the other. While I will tell you that you from an attitude standpoint you will probably like Thomas better, but when it comes time for a fight I would rather have Ray. Thomas is very good from distance and carries a very nice lasso that really comes in handy a lot of times, but Ray is a classic gun slinger preferring to get up close and personal with his dual six-shooters and from time to time a large stick of dynamite. I have to admit that I wasn’t exactly sure how the dual gun wielding would work, I mean its been done before most memorably in the Max Payne franchise but it’s not something that is trivial to pull of and still have it feel natural but they manage to do that in Call Of Juarez. Perhaps the most exciting part of the gameplay is the showdown, its you versus your enemy in a life or death struggle to prove who’s the quickest draw and if you are too slow well let’s just say that .
Another one of the games strong points is the online gameplay. It’s fast, its furious, and its brutal. It’s the closest thing to the Call Of Duty online gameplay I have seen in a while. In all the time we played online, it was tons of fun if you could find enough people.
If there was one MAJOR problem with Call Of Juarez: Bound In Blood it would have to be the abundance of checkpoints. But checkpoints are good you say, how could you have too many? Well put it this way, your gameplay will be interrupted at least every 10 minutes with a checkpoint loading pause, I mean the first few times it happens you are like ok but as you get further in the game and realize that it wasn’t just how the game started but it was in fact architected that way then you will get annoyed. The game actually has a very good story, LOTS of narration by the youngest McCall brother William, and good controls but it’s very hard to really get into the story if you get interrupted every few minutes by a checkpoint pause, the pauses aren’t long its just the frequency of them.
Call of Juarez: Bound In Blood is definitely a very solid addition to the FPS catalog on the PS3 and if you can get around the constant gameplay interruptions because of checkpoints then you will really like it. As we said earlier this is the best game based on the Western era that we have ever seen. The game manages to achieve the balance of staying true to the genre but making the gameplay feel fresh and modern and that is no easy task. Call of Juarez: Bound In Blood is a riveting tale of love, hate, and betrayal in the Wild West and for that we give it 8.5 out of 10.