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But those are the only real problems that I had with the game, which says a lot about the overall quality of the title. It took me about seven hours to beat the game and I'd have to say I was thoroughly engaged about 90% of the time. It was definitely a nice change of pace from the standard World War II/sci-fi settings and until someone does it better, Bound in Blood is, in my opinion, the best Western-themed shooter around.
We have no doubt that Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood is set to be the hit of the summer, it offers a great single player experience and this will also be backed up by a fantastic multiplayer mode. If you love your shooters then you better get ready for one hell of a showdown.
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If you’ve been waiting for a great Western-themed shooter, then look no further than Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood. The gameplay is fun and varied, the story is entertaining, the visuals are well done, the voice acting is terrific, and the game even sports a respectable online offering. Fans of the original Call of Juarez should also be quite pleased, since Bound in Blood’s story provides insight into Reverend Ray’s past while improving upon almost every aspect of the previous title. So, if you’re a fan of the previous game, the Western theme, or are just looking for an alternative to killing aliens with space marines, be sure to give Bound in Blood a try.
The soundtrack adroitly combines modern notes with the signature sounds of Old West soundtracks; Morricone flutes and trumpets loft above chugging electric guitars, and you think, "Certainly the barrenness of the Western landscape is a fitting metaphor of the human condition." Then you kill an entire town, and it feels great.
Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood is op alle vlakken beter dan zijn voorganger. Het is een uitstekende game binnen haar genre en setting, en het is daarom ook een aanrader voor iedere gamer die ook maar een beetje variatie zoekt in het first person shooter genre.
"Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood" é um interessante jogo de tiro em primeira pessoa que sabe usar bem o cenário do velho oeste e suas peculiaridades. Ao se focar nos tiroteios e na forte caracterização dos personagens, o game consegue cativar os fãs do tema, que ainda podem prolongar a experiência com um modo multiplayer bastante robusto. Embora o design seja bastante linear e problemas técnicos quebrem um pouco da ilusão, é um game essencial para a coleção de qualquer admirador do bom e velho bangue-bangue.
Call of Juarez is an average shooter that gets by on the strengths of its setting
Thematically the game succeeds with aplomb, the story line works well, the co-op and alternative routes through sections with your brother never feel forced and there’s some welcome appearances of both characters and plot twists during the campaign. There’s lots to like here, presentation is great, the game runs smooth enough (there’s some slowdown and tearing, though) and for once it’s a multiformat game where the PS3 version doesn’t seem to suffer particularly badly. If you were looking for a Western FPS to cure an overdose of bald space marines with ridiculous guns, this is the perfect tonic.
Bound in Blood is one of those rare games that you'll remember more for what it did right than the many ways it fell short of the mark. There's a slight awkwardness to the gameplay experience that's forgivable thanks to engaging characters and an addictive storyline, which build an adventure that's more than worthy of the Wild West genre.
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It does very little new or unique, but Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood makes effective use of its theme and setting to deliver a taut, focused experience which feels novel amidst an ocean of repetitive WWII or post-apocalyptic shooters.
Abusa de estereotipos, los lleva al máximo, nos mantiene en un mundo de incorrección política, y nos muestra unos entornos duros donde la vida no vale nada: el Lejano Oeste del cine y de la literatura penetra en Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood, se hace videojuego, y sigue siendo reconocible en todos sus elementos sin rechazar la espectacularidad del medio en el que estamos. Es un juego de acción en primera persona con una fuerte personalidad en su desarrollo y en su planteamiento y eso, en un ámbito cada vez más saturado de juegos de esta clase, todos ellos clónicos, es de agradecer. Con un sabor único, Bound in Blood se presenta fresco e intenso, algo que suple sobradamente las carencias que le hemos encontrado en otros puntos.
Game Informer Magazine
Whether you’re playing alone or multiplayer, the game isn’t the most polished action experience, but that’s not the reason to get excited about Bound in Blood. Look to the gorgeous locales, the spot-on tone of your favorite dusty old Western movie, and the chance to sling a six-shooter with the best of them.
Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood isn’t the perfect Wild West adventure, but it does embody the spirit of the era with a suitable amount of style. Not only does it look fantastic, but the gameplay is exciting, the controls are smooth, and there are plenty of dramatic moments to experience and frantic shoot-outs to enjoy. Inevitably, it’s a game that will appeal to anyone who is fascinated with the Wild West. If that’s you, grab your Stetson and pick up a six shooter, and we’ll see you down at the OK Coral.
And that film comparison is apt, because this game's strong narrative and high production values make it an almost cinematic experience. Add to that its exciting gameplay, and Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood becomes the ideal sequel--one that is an improvement over the original in almost every way. Though the game is marred by its short length and weak enemy AI, those looking for a fun and different shooter experience shouldn't have any hesitation about biting the bullet and taking a ride with the McCalls.
Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood is a thematic triumph that makes you look past the gameplay lumps. Come for the western fantasy, revel in the visual presentation and get a decent shot of first-person action in between.
Gunslingers, Bound in Blood for the PS3 is, by far, the best game in the Call of Juarez series. Yes, there are a few issues that hold the game back but what the game does right makes for a wildly good time that should appeal to those looking to jump back into the dusty streets of the Wild West.
Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood is absolutely worth a look, especially considering the fact that July and August are looking pretty thin in terms of high-profile releases. It’s not long and it’s not the best shooter you’ll play in 2009, but it uses several unique concepts, presents us with a very enjoyable atmosphere, and remains mostly entertaining throughout. It just needed a bit more polish and refinement with the controls for us to wholeheartedly recommend it.
In der Tat: Als geradliniger Shooter im Stile von Call of Duty macht Bound in Blood viel richtig. Aber da sind eben auch merkwürdige Verrenkungen, mit denen die Figuren in Filmszenen auftreten. Warum wird die spannende Geschichte bloß so lieblos präsentiert? Da sind auch unnötige Levelgrenzen auf der einen Seite und spielerisch belanglose Offene-Welt-Abschnitte auf der anderen. Da sind kaum nennenswerte Unterschiede zwischen den beiden Protagonisten und da ist vor allem ein auf Dauer furchtbar eintöniges Abspulen der immergleichen Action. Wieso baut Techland nicht auf dem abwechslungsreichen Vorgänger auf, um einen lebendigen Western zu inszenieren? So nimmt das Prequel leider erst am Schluss Fahrt auf und schließt geschickt den dramatischen Bogen zu Call of Juarez - zu spät, als dass es dem Vorgänger noch das Wasser reichen könnte!
Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood zet een prima westernsfeer neer en biedt genoeg actie om de speler geboeid te houden. De game is misschien niet baanbrekend, het is jammer dat de co-op ontbreekt en hier en daar komen bepaalde scripted events niet helemaal lekker uit de verf. Gelukkig maken de vele verschillende vuurgevechten en actievolle scènes dat meer dan goed. Yee ha!
As a prequel, Bound in Blood does a good job of presenting the characters, their storylines and what eventually leads back into the franchise history. It also packs in a ton of fast action, loads of explosions and a heavy dose of duels against opponents that want to take you to Boot Hill. Unfortunately, the repetitive nature of the missions, coupled with some technical issues, really keeps this title from standing out more. What's worse, the constant freezing whenever the game saves checkpoints breaks up the action, which really breaks you out of the flow of the gameplay, and is simply inexcusable.
Though, even with these sloppy glitches, Bound in Blood is still, overall, a solid rollercoaster-disguised-as-FPS ride with Western trappings. Maybe I'm just a sucker for games featuring ornery old men gunning down fools, but he fact that it's a competent game in the Western genre is something to congratulate it for, and I'm hoping that for future games, Techland continues to improve as a developer. Perhaps it will finally hit the "Man With No Name Game" status with Call of Juarez 4 or something.
Call of Juarez : Bound in Blood est un bon FPS, bien ficelé et rondement mené, qui ne souffre d'aucun défaut majeur. Certes, ce n'est pas l'expérience vidéoludique de l'année, mais les fans de jeux d'action et/ou de westerns auraient tort de passer à côté. Pari réussi pour les développeurs Techland donc, qui prouvent qu'ils ont du talent et des idées à revendre. Et qui sait, peut-être ce deuxième épisode marque-t-il l'essor d'une licence et que l'appel de Juarez résonnera à nouveau...
Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood is een degelijk cowboyspel, dat over het algemeen vooral weet te overtuigen. De game kent een vrij unieke setting, is rijk aan actie, en bevat enkele interessante spelelementen. Het is een slimme zet dat Ubisoft Bound in Blood nu in de schappen legt, want tussen het rap naderende najaarsgeweld zou dit ongeslepen pareltje ongetwijfeld volledig ondergesneeuwd worden.
Thanks to a gripping story, furious gunplay and cool multiplayer, Call of Juarez makes for a smart rental. Be sure to grab your six shooter and come out firing.
Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood doesn't make the most of its setting, but it's a solid FPS with a few twists to give it an identity of its own. It's often gorgeous to look at and the story is worth experiencing, but the multiplayer is nothing more than a slight distraction and the lack of co-op is a missed opportunity. Bound in Blood is worth a look, but as a sequel it doesn't take the series on enough.
Bound in Blood is certainly an improvement on the first Call of Juarez. Its impressive visuals and smooth gameplay are let down by repetitive levels and an uninspiring story, however, and the online multiplayer just isn’t good enough to compensate. The Western twist is the only real reason to buy Bound in Blood over other First Person Shooters out there, and the aspects of the game that are done well, others, unfortunately, do them better.
The bottom line is that Bound in Blood wisely sticks to the formula. But for all the good that does it also forces the game to live in the shadow of its predecessor. This is an entertaining shooter with many good points, but nothing's particularly outstanding or original here. Members of the Old West FPS posse should snap it up faster than Doc Holliday could clear leather, but city-slicker varmints oughta just wait till it hits the bargain bin at the local general store.