Call of Juarez: Gunslinger is a first-person action game that puts you in the shoes of a bounty-hunter whose mission is to take down the biggest, most infamous criminals of the time. You and your Colt .45 are all that stands between you and legends such as Billy the Kid and Jesse James. Are you up for the fight?
A classic Wild West drama
After a quick modern detour with The Cartel, Call of Juarez: Gunslinger follows a classic storyline that you'll recognize from most cowboy films - bounty-hunters, bad guys, and shootouts. It's simple, but effective, with a totally linear story that you progress through by looking for your bad guy, who, as you might guess, will be protected by a band of gunslingers. As bounty-hunter Silas Greave, you must finish them all off, and claim your reward.
Make no mistake: when the developers designed Call of Juarez: Gunslinger, they wanted to make a game that kept players entertained without making them think too much. Your aim is to take down some of the most infamous gunslingers around, using a varied arsenal that includes rifles, revolvers and even dynamite, if you're lucky.
You'll see places like classic wild west saloons, mines and ranches. You'll need to use everything to have to hand to defeat the band of outlaws and, just like in the movies, things are likely to end in a duel with your main target.
Classic Wild West weapons
Call of Juarez: Gunslinger is a standard, first person action game. Levels are very linear, and enemy AI looks a lot like it did in early iterations of games of this type. In other terms, you know exactly where they're going to come from, and when you need to shoot them. Advanced strategical planning skills aren't needed here - you really just need to shoot and leave.
Strangely, the game contains some unusual aspects. For example, some of the duels are QTE (quick time events) and some enemies repeatedly use dynamite as their weapon of choice, something that doesn't seem very fair.
A unique take on graphics
Nobody would claim that Call of Juarez: Gunslinger is a game that's intended to look realistic. The style, which is sort of comic-like, is done very well, with particular praise going to the fluidity of characters and the visual effects associated with shots and explosions.
We were big fans of the game's soundtrack. The story is narrated, which keeps you up to date while playing the game, and we also liked the music, which is nicely varied.
Call of Juarez: Gunslinger gives you exactly what it says on the tin: a first-person action game where you need to hunt down some of history's most famous gunslingers. With technical prowess, fun gameplay and great soundtrack, it's a great wild west game for PC.
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