Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 39 Critics

Critic 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. Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood is without a doubt one of the best prequels I’ve ever played. Everything just clicks at the end of the adventure for those who played the first Call of Juarez.
  3. From start to finish, the single player campaign of Bound in Blood definitely provides one of the most memorable FPS gaming experiences of the year.
  4. Shoot to kill, kill to survive. Thrilling duels in authentic setting, gripping story and strong characters make you forget that you don’t hold a six-shooter in your hand but only a common mouse. [July 2009]
  5. 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.
  6. Three Brothers, one woman, one destiny: the tragic story of the McCalls in Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood is one of the best ever told in an action game. If you're looking for a diverse (albeit linear) shooter with a great story, duels and chases, this is the game for you.
  7. Bound in Blood is gritty, violent and frantic. A must have for western movies fans, and a videogame with amazing gunfights and eye-catching graphics.
  8. Drawing a thin line, Bound in Blood is far from being a perfect game. Fortunately, the story has such a rapid pace and takes you from one area to the other that you won’t really have the time to get frustrated.
  9. 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.
  10. Whether you liked the first Call of Juarez or not, Bound in Blood offers a great story, a nice multiplayer-component, great graphics and solid gameplay-mechanics. The only real flaw is the missing coop-mode.
  11. Good old fashioned western shooter with an excellent story. Too bad you get to spend so little time with the two rough main characters. Coop play would have been nice as the game feels like designed for it. [July 2009]
  12. Between the fantastic characters, wonderful story and largely entertaining gunplay, this is a title that's worth checking out.
  13. It uses many stereotypes, brings them to the maximum and keeps us in a world of political incorrectness, showing us hard environment were life is worth nothing: Wild West from cinema and literature enters Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood, turns into a videogame and is still recognizable in all its elements, making the most of the spectacle of the medium.
  14. Top production values and exciting gameplay make Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood one call you should definitely heed.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. While the game itself is better than the original by far, the western aesthetic isn't as fresh as it once was. If you're not interested in the multiplayer then this game will probably feel short and empty.
  18. Great setting and atmosphere. [Sept 2009, p.68]
  19. An excellent FPS and is easily the best cowboy game on the range. [Issue#22, p.50]
  20. It's what the pack shot suggests - an honest paint-by-numbers shooter set in the Old West. The story might be over too soon, but the multiplayer will hold your attention for much longer. A definite improvement over the original Call of Juarez.
  21. 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.
  22. With two characters and a fairly lengthy story, Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood is a great game for fans of westerns and fans of shooters alike.
  23. While there is still some room for improvement, Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood is a prime example of what can be achieved with enough care, attention and (dare I say it) love for a shamefully under-appreciated genre.
  24. 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.
  25. 77
    The repetitive nature of the missions, coupled with some technical issues, really keeps this title from standing out more.
  26. 75
    While it doesn't reach the status of a great Western, it's still a marked improvement over its mediocre predecessor.
  27. Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood succeeds in bringing a great Western vibe, and we love the amount of action. We are missing a co-op mode and the game is sometimes a little to scripted, but in the end it is a very decent game.
  28. The cinematic sequences are easily skipped at the press of a button, and what remains is a tremendously engaging Western romp.
  29. Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood is a good shooter to play. It really makes the player feel they are an outlaw in the Wild West. The story and gameplay drives it all home, but the multiplayer aspect probably won’t make the player stay after one or two playthroughs.
  30. 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.
  31. Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood has a unique and action packed setting and offers some interesting gameplay mechanics.
  32. Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood is a promising western shooter that unfortunately is too short for its own good. Great replay value and excellent multiplayer saves it though and puts the game up there with games like Gun. A great game, especially for western fanatics.
  33. Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood is a solid shooter that requires players to take a more tactical approach then some other recent releases. However, it can also be an extremely frustrating experience due to the very unforgiving AI which may have the less hardcore shooter fan struggling to stick with it.
  34. More "Young Guns" than "Unforgiven" but still worth it. [Sept 2009, p.64]
  35. The best thing about Bound in Blood is that it feels different from all the modern first person shooters on the market.
  36. Looks like Bound in Blood is bound for the bargain bin. The six-hour single-player campaign and stock multiplayer modes are so forgettable that one can’t help but wonder what a true sequel to the original Call of Juarez could have been like. At any rate, it would have turned out better than a forced prequel.
  37. A mildly diverting shooter that's more concerned with telling its story than retaining the interesting aspects of the original. [Aug 2009, p.92]
  38. Makes for a good diversion. It doesn't last too long, tells a decent story, and offers enough multiplayer to give you something to mess around with when the single-player's done. It certainly isn't the most ambitious game in the world, but if you're looking for a competent western shooter, Juarez fits the bill just fine.
  39. 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.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 247 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 46
  2. Negative: 11 out of 46
  1. Jun 3, 2013
    7
    This game has some amazing scenery for a low budget 2009 game. The rich world environment is where I feel the game excelled the most. There isThis game has some amazing scenery for a low budget 2009 game. The rich world environment is where I feel the game excelled the most. There is very little to complain about with this game, however, if I had to it would be about the lack of a melee attack when your enemies and comrades perform them with ease throughout the game.
    I was skeptical about the quality of the story at first, but by the end of the game I had felt like it was a great performance overall.
    I was never amazed by any feature or aspect of this game, but never at any time was I disappointed or bored either. Though this game fails to deliver an epic experience, it is by no means an unworthy one.
    In the end, Bound in Blood is an extremely solid title sitting at a base price of only $9.99. Any gamer should be able to enjoy this game at its price, but this is a must-buy if your a western fan. Do to the amount of content, taking only 6 hours to beat the campaign, I cannot rate this game higher than a 7/10, but for its price it is a worthy title.
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  2. Sep 7, 2011
    10
    Bound In Blood is one of (if not THE) best western themed shooters around. Great setting, great story, great voice-acting and great actionBound 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. Full Review »
  3. Jan 12, 2012
    8
    Bound In Blood is an underrated game, insane shootouts, good story, nice graphics (for its date).
    I played right through in a day so it is a
    Bound In Blood is an underrated game, insane shootouts, good story, nice graphics (for its date).
    I played right through in a day so it is a bit short, but quality not quantity in my opinion. Best western shooter I've played. 8/10.
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