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  • Summary: 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 that takes place during a legendary period of American history. Become a Gunslinger - Harness a variety of weapons from various revolvers to heavy-caliber cannons and machine guns. Every accurate shot increases concentration, which allows players to unleash deadly shooting modes when outnumbered and even deadlier ones when the brothers work together. Dual Collaborative Gameplay - Players choose to embody Ray or Thomas, each with a distinctive gameplay style (close or long range), specific abilities (lasso, dynamite, etc.) and arsenal of deadly weapons (dual guns, long-range carbine, etc.). Take advantage of each of their strengths and join in the fiercest fights imaginable. Never Before Seen Western Experience - Experience the iconic settings full of outlaws - the West before it was tamed. The McCall brothers face a renegade Apache Chief, a greedy Mexican bandit, a vindictive Colonel, and others, all driven by greed with moral disregard. Enjoy a wide variety of situations, using horses, canoes and wagons to explore the vast natural landscapes of the fabled Wild West and its legendary period. Innovative Online Multiplayer - Developed in unison with the single player mode, multiplayer offers numerous modes and maps, resulting in endless hours of Wild West mayhem. Gunslingers, bandits and marshals struggle online for the bounty. Multiple characters are unlocked for team-based objective modes or the straightforward team death match. With a new Bounty system, players increase the bounty on their head with more kills. Get rid of the deadliest among you to increase your bank roll. [Ubisoft] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 39
  2. Negative: 1 out of 39
  1. 100
    Outstanding western-shooter, whose love for details, brilliant graphics and great variety make it an instant hit.
  2. 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.
  3. Bound in Blood is a much more enjoyable experience than the first Juarez. It lacks some of the whimsy (such as Ray massacring whole towns while quoting scripture) in favour of focusing on the shooting, but it's a good trade.
  4. Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood is much better than its predecessor in all areas. The gameplay is well balanced, the duality of the gameplay works well and can give you reasons to play the game at least twice. The action is more intense, the scenery changes very frequently, and some sequences differ significantly from competition. Some players will find some choices limiting, such as the inability to use at will the cooperative actions, but we can assure you that the level of quality of the design and pressing action, tend to make you forget the substantial linearity.
  5. If you are looking for a fun western-themed shooter to escape the monotony of Nazis, aliens, zombies, and Nazi-alien-zombies, then Bound in Blood is without a doubt a rental if you can play the console version.
  6. 75
    While it doesn't reach the status of a great Western, it's still a marked improvement over its mediocre predecessor.
  7. It literally feels as if Techland studied the original Call of Juarez, identified all the things that made it feel fresh and interesting, and intentionally left them out of the sequel. What was once a franchise of weirdly intoxicating half-successes has been turned into a dull, unsatisfying, originality-devoid shell of its former self.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 45
  2. Negative: 11 out of 45
  1. Sep 7, 2011
    Bound In Blood is one of (if not THE) best western themed shooters around. Great setting, great story, great voice-acting and great action make the original look like crap. Expand
  2. Mar 2, 2014
    This game completely out of nowhere for me, I had never heard of the game when I first started playing. This game was a fantastic surprise. First off, the variety of gameplay in this game was great, from showdowns, to stage coach chases, this game had a great blend of gameplay that complimented each other. Also the choice between playing as either brother, also let each person choose how they would want to play the game. The graphics were surprisingly good and really captured the atmosphere of the old west.. I really enjoyed the small side missions that you complete to earn money, it had a "mini-open-world", feel to it. I loved the gunplay, everything from the reloading, to the pulling back of the hammer before every shot. The music in this game was satisfactory, and it did capture the atmosphere of the game, but it was nothing to be remembered. The story alone was a 7/10, this game was carried mostly by its outstanding gameplay and environment. The story didn't really have me thinking what will happen next, instead it had me thinking, "Oh who are we going to shoot up now?" or "What new environment will we run around in next?". The voice acting was superb, except for William and Ray's voice. Both of these characters sounded like they were slightly out of place. So it wasn't really the voice acting itself, it was the casting of the voice I found off a bit. Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood will remain my favorite shooter of all time because of its great lend of variety in gameplay, environment and its great story. Expand
  3. D.S.
    Jul 26, 2009
    Great classic western story combined with an authentic, great looking, time-accurate setting all together with very polished gunplay makes for one of the most enjoyable experiences of 2009. And to add to all its glory is pitch-perfect voice acting, great sound, (the guns really make a satisfying boom) and incredible attention to enviornmental detail. Although, the game is not perfect. The single player is over all too quickly and, to my surprise, is not as epic as it tries to be, regardless of what other critics said. It just did not have the frantic pacing of COD4 or the feeling of "overwhelming odds" Thats pretty much it for the cons and i must say, multiplayer was surprisingly interesting and fun. What I liked most about multiplayer was the maps. They are quite convoluted, and much to my surprise, almost every building you see is fully interactive and enter-able, so instead of feeling scripted and linear "you must go through here to reach the enemy base", COD4 type maps, they were surprisingly non-linear and added to the multiplayer experience. Overall, though it is short, its a must buy (and worth the $50 price tag) due to the relatively high replay value (there is unlockable content) and interesting multiplayer which serves as a great diversion. Expand
  4. Apr 27, 2012
    In a gaming world where the western genre is not exactly a prolific, this game cures the itch. As a FPS it's not a bad game and the story area is not bad at all. I enjoyed it since the art direction is great and the playability is great, as a single player game it gives you a reason to play it more than once and the story will make you stay. So i would define it as a fun fps game that gives you a great western adventure and makes you enjoy the atmosphere. Definitely give it a try. Standing at April 2012 for a very reasonable $9.99 (non-deal price) in steam, i would even call it a must. Expand
  5. ChrisL
    Jun 30, 2009
    The game is fun, and brings a lot of the good things from Call of Duty.. If they had a better "gun duel" system, this game would be great. The controls and timing for gun dueling has a high learning curve, which will lead to frustration (especially when your character doesn't even draw at all when you do what you're supposed to). This isn't the best shooter I've ever played, and it isn't the worst. It'll be better after they patch some of the bugs out. Expand
  6. Sep 29, 2011
    A good attempt at a western shooter, but it has nothing fresh or innovative, also the banter between the brothers constantly gets a little annoying, and you can't switch it off. Needs more guns and a much less linear path through each mission. Also if you are having issues with this game loading, be sure to update your sound card drivers, or it repeatedly crashes on the intro to the single player game. There were some posts on the steam forums about the other several errors the game seems to have, but not this one so I hope this helps. Expand
  7. Jun 19, 2013
    Just finished the game and although I had a lot of fun playing it, it still leaves a bad taste in my mouth because the duels were extremely frustrating. If they would have given an option to skip them I would definitely have rated this game much higher. Expand

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