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Call of Juarez (Xbox 360)

Mature
ESRB Rating
Genre
Perspective
Theme
75
MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.3
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Description

Billy Candle fled the town of Hope when he was young. Beaten by his dad on a daily basis, he looked for a way out and was drawn to the Call of Juarez - a myth about a great treasure buried near the city border of Juarez. His search yields no result and he returns, disappointed, to his birth village to visit his mother. One of the other villagers is Billy's uncle Ray McCall, once a fearsome gunslinger. Twenty years earlier, he decided to shed no more blood and take up the bible instead, becoming a reverend in Hope. When Billy secretly meets with his old friend Suzy, he is chased down the village and becomes an unlucky witness of the murder on his mother and father. He is spotted at the scene near their corpses while the farm is on fire and becomes the prime suspect. Reverend McCall swears vengeance and takes up his guns, disturbing the quiet village life. Fugitive Billy and hunter Ray become the two protagonists of Call of Juarez, a first-person Wild West shooter.

Players alternately take the role of the Billy or Ray. Their missions are set in the same locations, they sometimes briefly meet and their actions influence each other, but the paths are entirely different. Both characters can dual-wield revolvers or carry around a shotgun, a winchester or a rifle with scope, but Ray also holds a bible he can cite from to stun enemies, uses his fists, and he can kick and wear a protective vest. Billy on the other hand is younger and more athletic. He can climb rocks, shoots with a bow and uses a whip to scare off animals and swing from branches. Both characters have access to a time-limited concentration mode. Similar to the "bullet time" made famous by Max Payne, the game slows down and the cross-hairs of the weapons slowly move from the side of the screen to the middle. Players can use this technique to take out multiple enemies at once.

The playing style is also different. Ray usually moves around all guns blazing, while Billy is a fugitive, forcing him to sneak around and hide in shadows. Enemies respond to movement, sound and even flashes of lighting illuminating areas. The story takes the characters through villages, mines, but also train robberies, chase sequences on horses and one-on-one duels based on reflexes. Compared to its contemporaries, Call of Juarez is more similar to Dead Man's Hand with the linear mission structure, in contrast with GUN's large amount of freedom and the open environment.

Most objects can be picked up and moved around to the player's advantage - mainly as cover, but also for building structures, opening drawers, pushing carts and throwing oil lamps followed by a shot to set an area aflame. A compass with a red dot always points to the next checkpoint. Weapons need to be reloaded regularly, automatically or manually, and health is replenished through drinks. Players collect ammo from crates or dead enemies and can choose to exchange weapons.

The multiplayer mode features online play against up to 31 other people in different modes. From deathmatch and team deathmatch to modes like "gold-fever" in which players pick up as much gold as they can find on the map. The Xbox 360 version adds achievements, three bonus missions when you finish the game and ten duel challenges.

Screenshots

Call of Juarez Xbox 360 Reloading.
Call of Juarez Xbox 360 A sermon in progress.
Call of Juarez Xbox 360 Race against time to find out what happened at the nearby farm.
Call of Juarez Xbox 360 Busted while trespassing.

Alternate Titles

  • "Call of Juarez: Cокровища ацтеков" -- Russian spelling

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The Press Says

XBox Front Jul 10, 2007 84 out of 100 84
Game Captain Jul 20, 2007 83 out of 100 83
Giery.eu Sep 05, 2007 32 out of 40 80
Eurogamer.fr Jul 02, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Power Unlimited 2007 80 out of 100 80
Kombo.com Jun 12, 2007 7.9 out of 10 79
Fragland.net Aug 22, 2007 74.5 out of 100 74
GamePro (US) Jun 25, 2007 3.25 out of 5 65
Withingames Aug 25, 2007 3 out of 5 60
GameSpy Jun 18, 2007 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50

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Is this just awesome or am I really dumb? 8 chirinea (33100)
May 26, 2012

Trivia

Cut versions

In the German PC version several blood effects when shooting enemies were removed and arrows no longer get stuck into corpses. In the Xbox 360 version all blood on corpses was removed.

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Kabushi (116470) added Call of Juarez (Xbox 360) on Jun 08, 2007
Other platforms contributed by Sicarius (61034)