Metascore
72

Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. 89
    An excellent balance of gritty realism and game play. It's been a long time but Outlaws can finally hang up its guns and retire.
  2. A tour de force labor of love from developers who clearly cared, and knew what they were doing, and it's not hard to fully appreciate the end result.
  3. Call of Juarez does a fascinating job of blending an epic period in history with an already proven gaming genre. It strays here and there, but it is the overall experience that Techland set out to provide, which I feel they have succeeded at tremendously.
  4. When was the last time you played a game where you could make your horse slide down the face of a cliff, shooting with the six-gun in your left hand while reading from the Bible in your right? [Oct 2006, p.84]
  5. In the end, it’s all about player satisfaction and if it’s of any importance to you, I’ve played it all in one session. It’s that captivating.
  6. The game is pretty fun for Western fans. Just be prepared for some frustrating stealth mission and a couple minor clipping issues.
  7. Looking at the big picture, however, the story and the atmosphere in CoJ will be good enough to keep you going, so I wouldn't go as far as to say that the Billy missions ruined it for me. There were some that I found exciting.
  8. The best Western game by far, with some outstanding visuals. [Oct 2006, p.100]
  9. Of all the cowboy games in the last few years, Call of Juarez is the one which most feels like it has a soul. Impassioned and imaginative, its velocity of invention can make you smile through any flaws. It's a game which you feel someone actually cared about making.
  10. Rarely do I find myself so absorbed by the characters I play and the world in which they live, and that's a true homage to Techland for creating such an absurdly assimilating game. But the feeling is shattered at times.
  11. Gunfighting is great fun and the graphics are nothing short of stunning. [Oct 2006]
  12. 75
    While Call of Juarez isn’t without its flaws, it is still a remarkably enjoyable game.
  13. A bit creaky in places, but this western shooter has plenty of character. [Nov 2006, p.78]
  14. It has many of the right ingredients, such as great graphics and an interesting story, but it still doesn't have the full package, as it suffers from frustrating, repetitive gameplay, which is hard to forgive.
  15. It has numerous problems, most notably the A.I. But there's something beneath all its faults I can forgive; a Western game that has Reverends, shows reverence and even features the occasional smear of puerile humour. [Nov 2006, p.66]
  16. This is a game of two halves: one a highly enjoyable series of extravagant shoot-outs and the other a tedious crawl through two genres that just weren’t made to work together. [Nov 2006, p.112]
  17. Call of Juarez takes few risks with its setting or genre, but it does what it does well enough to be enjoyable.
  18. Story-wise, the device would work better if the player characters were more likeable. [Oct 2007, p.56]
  19. Overall Juarez is not a bad FPS, with its unusual setting and unique approach; it’s just not as good as it could have been, suffering as it does from some real wasted potential.
  20. 68
    If you're interested in a shooter to bide your time before BioShock, Crysis, BlackSite, and the rest of the this summer/fall's FPSs come along, Call of Juarez might appeal to you, but it's not the Wild West fun we were hoping for.
  21. If you've got the hardware you'll experience a quite stunning game, but one that doesn't fulfil its potential.
  22. 50
    It's just that the really sloppy platforming and box-moving, which take up a good chunk of the game, puts a big damper on any joy that we might find in shooting up bandits and cowboys.
  23. Call Of Juarez has mined its source material well, collecting a wealth of imagery that it then squanders on lacklustre and dysfunctional gameplay. [Aug 2007, p.93]
  24. The presentation is nothing short of stunning in places, but is nothing above terrible in others. It hooks you at the beginning with a promising storyline and the popular setting, but just seems to not care if it keeps you on the line or not, sinking into mediocrity way too often to ever draw you all the way in.
  25. 40
    There’s a multiplayer mode to be had, but it’s hard to recommend Juarez solely based on the fact that you can share the misery with friends.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 192 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 44
  2. Negative: 6 out of 44
  1. Reiver
    Jan 5, 2008
    4
    A cheap and poorly made game thats only real draw is its setting. It's too hard then too easy but almost never fun. the frustrating A cheap and poorly made game thats only real draw is its setting. It's too hard then too easy but almost never fun. the frustrating controls, kidie hand holding and frustrating sneaking sucked all my enjoyment from the game. A stupid and jarring red cross fills the screen any time you mouse over your horse, a civilian or a corpse. So much for the game being for adults. Despite the praise of its graphics i found it to be a very ugly game. Too much bloom and radioactive colour schemes hurt my eyes outside and indistinct baddies against a dull repetitive background strained them inside. I really couldn't recommend this at any price. Full Review »
  2. SmoodRankin
    Feb 26, 2007
    10
    This game is absolutely brilliant. The problem is these kids that have no patience or appreciation for a true shooter... instead adhering toThis game is absolutely brilliant. The problem is these kids that have no patience or appreciation for a true shooter... instead adhering to their kiddy Counter strike games going at 100 mph with pin point accuracy. Call of Juarez brings realism and excitement to the FPS scene and does so with a style and story so incredible you won't know where these developers came from. SeraphiM A is a complete MORON. Rob E. lesser so. Full Review »
  3. RenanK.
    Jun 4, 2007
    3
    A game with a quite repetitive storyline.. make the awesome experience with game on beginning falls to an awful and boring experience after a A game with a quite repetitive storyline.. make the awesome experience with game on beginning falls to an awful and boring experience after a few hours, maybe minutes. Unfortunately its a waste of potential. Full Review »