A perfect pairing of gameplay that’s absolute fun and a narrative that isn’t simply another retread, Call of Juarez: Gunslinger is one of the true standout titles of 2013. Once again evolving the Call of Juarez franchise, Gunslinger goes into a different, albeit slightly traditional, direction that perfectly encapsulates the Old West era and the spaghetti western tone. With enough content to keep gamers busy thanks to the addition of an arcade centric bonus mode, Call of Juarez: Gunslinger is a game that those who are fond of the Old West shouldn’t miss out on playing.
+ Gameplay is stunning in how much fun it is.
+ The vibe feels authentic but unique thanks to the slight cell-shaded tone of the visuals.
+ Constant sense of variety in the level design and boss encounters.
+ Music is oozing with that Ennio Morricone feel.
+ Length is right on the mark of keeping the pace tight yet not being over too quickly.
- Occasional technical hiccups with enemies appearing out of thin air.
With the ever constant flow of releases, both in the retail arena and that of the ever growing sea of digitally distributed titles, it can sometimes be hard for a game to stick out. In some cases a project may have some pre-existing hype for it due to chatter on message boards, social media, or the more common occurrence of it being yet another sequel in a popular series. But when a game comes around that is effectively a darkhorse in whether or not it’ll be good, some attention is ultimately garnered.