Generally favorable reviews - based on 47 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 47
  2. Negative: 0 out of 47
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  1. 100
    Outstanding western-shooter, whose love for details, brilliant graphics and great variety make it an instant hit.
  2. It's a great shooter, with a fantastic rendition of the old west that really adds a lot of character to the game overall.
  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. I really am amazed at just how impressive Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood turned out to be. Some technical problems mean the PS3 version is probably the least attractive, but the game itself is so good you shouldn't let that stop you. So don't, buy!
  5. 90
    It was definitely a nice change of pace from the standard World War II/sci-fi settings and until someone does it better, Bound in Blood is, in my opinion, the best Western-themed shooter around.
  6. The game may not be long but what it lacks here it makes up for in quality. A soild and enjoyable shooter which everyone should experience.
  7. 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.
  8. This prequel has a great narrative, great voice acting and improves upon most of the gameplay shortcomings from the original.
  9. In conclusion Call of Juarez Bound in Blood is a breath of fresh air to an overly populated World War II or Modern Military first person shooter experience.
  10. A fantastic shooter that FPS and western fans are going to love.
  11. 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.
  12. 85
    The environments are lush and lively; I'll never forget leaning against a tree and being startled by a tarantula crawling across the bark an inch away, or the time I had my rifle poked over a boulder in a tense standoff, and a butterfly landed right in front of my face, only to fly away when my opponent shot at me.
  13. Play UK
    While it's not outstanding or original, Bound in Blood is an extravaganza of high-octane, gun-toting entertainment that'll have western fans frothing at the mouth and keep any gamer occupied for hours. [Issue#181, p.78]
  14. Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood is an extremely satisfying shooter that should please any shooter fan who is looking for something new.
  15. 84
    Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood is in every way much better than its predecessor. It's just an excellent game in the first person shooter genre with a nice setting. Therefore this game is meant for everyone who's just looking for a little variation in this genre.
  16. 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.
  17. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    A fun, wildly varied romp through the Wild West. [Oct 2009, p.76]
  18. 80
    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.
  19. While it is one of the better looking first-person games to come out this year, it isn’t the most technically savvy. The gameplay isn’t perfectly honed, but an ever-changing mix of clever ideas, evocative locations, and engaging characters tap the best traditions of the Western genre.
  20. Not only does it look fantastic, but the gameplay is exciting, the controls are smooth, and there are plenty of dramatic moments to experience and frantic shoot-outs to enjoy. Inevitably, it’s a game that will appeal to anyone who is fascinated with the Wild West.
  21. Top production values and exciting gameplay make Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood one call you should definitely heed.
  22. 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.
  23. 80
    It does very little new or unique, but Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood makes effective use of its theme and setting to deliver a taut, focused experience which feels novel amidst an ocean of repetitive WWII or post-apocalyptic shooters.
  24. 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.
  25. Thematically the game succeeds with aplomb, the story line works well, the co-op and alternative routes through sections with your brother never feel forced and there’s some welcome appearances of both characters and plot twists during the campaign.
  26. By far, the best game in the Call of Juarez series.
  27. I really liked how the developers were able to learn from the original game and come back and make an even stronger second outing.
  28. PSM3 Magazine UK
    A refreshing love letter to the Wild West, but its variety is part curse. [Aug 2009, p.70]
  29. It’s not long and it’s not the best shooter you’ll play in 2009, but it uses several unique concepts, presents us with a very enjoyable atmosphere, and remains mostly entertaining throughout. It just needed a bit more polish and refinement with the controls for us to wholeheartedly recommend it.
  30. 75
    While it doesn't reach the status of a great Western, it's still a marked improvement over its mediocre predecessor.
  31. 75
    The repetitive nature of the missions, coupled with some technical issues, really keeps this title from standing out more.
  32. 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.
  33. The cinematic sequences are easily skipped at the press of a button, and what remains is a tremendously engaging Western romp.
  34. 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.
  35. We aren't spoilt with a multitude of western games, which is why Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood poses such a fresh gust of air. Graphically this game is excellent, and if you play on the hardest level you'll encounter resistance enough to make it a challenging experience. Online mode is not as fun as it could be, though.
  36. Bound in Blood certainly isn’t without its flaws, but for fans of the genre I definitely suggest picking it up and giving it a try.
  37. The best thing about Bound in Blood is that it feels different from all the modern first person shooters on the market.
  38. 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.
  39. Once again stealth sections lack accuracy and once again there is not a co-op mode that could have been great for the game, considering the chance to use two characters. Anyway, fans of western genre can't miss the chance to transform their pad into a revolver and for everyone else it could be a good way to leave modern and sci-fi warfares.
  40. Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood has a unique and action packed setting and offers some interesting gameplay mechanics.
  41. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    There’s no co-op, which is odd (there are cooperative modes in multiplayer though) – but there are some truly memorable moments, like your first shootout at high noon. Horse mounted battles and even stagecoaches get a look in. [Aug 2009, p.70]
  42. Thanks to a gripping story, furious gunplay and cool multiplayer, Call of Juarez makes for a smart rental.
  43. 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.
  44. Despite Techland's efforts, the Western genre is still wide-open for someone to ride in and claim it.
  45. 60
    This is an entertaining shooter with many good points, but nothing's particularly outstanding or original here. Members of the Old West FPS posse should snap it up faster than Doc Holliday could clear leather, but city-slicker varmints oughta just wait till it hits the bargain bin at the local general store.
  46. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    There's a technically solid shooter here somewhere, hidden beneath ugliness and questionable design. [Aug 2009, p.110]
  47. Bound in Blood is certainly an improvement on the first Call of Juarez. Its impressive visuals and smooth gameplay are let down by repetitive levels and an uninspiring story, however, and the online multiplayer just isn’t good enough to compensate.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 98 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 65 out of 98
  2. Negative: 6 out of 98
  1. samurais.
    Aug 3, 2009
    I thought it an absolutely OUTSTANDING gaming experience! One of the most enjoyable games I've ever played. It totally captures the I thought it an absolutely OUTSTANDING gaming experience! One of the most enjoyable games I've ever played. It totally captures the feeling of the wild west in a very realistic way. The weapons feel spot on and the atmosphere is truly inspiring. One complaint is that you can't move while in slow-mo mode and they could've added a few more "face" designs to the friends & foes. Other than than that, this game is an absolute rootin' tootin' good time!!!! Full Review »
  2. Aug 17, 2010
    This game is solid, decent storyline, well crafted environments, good graphics, good characters, western thru and thru, shooting mechanics areThis game is solid, decent storyline, well crafted environments, good graphics, good characters, western thru and thru, shooting mechanics are good, showdowns are good fun and sometimes challenging, concentration modes are fun, is a fairly average length, around 15 hours, multiplayer is less than inspiring however and the game really does everything GOOD but not GREAT, so a good solid shooter for a western fan, otherwise a good game to rent if no better options exist, really nothing special but still good fun for the short while it lasts. Full Review »
  3. Nijinski1
    Oct 15, 2009
    Shootouts and concentration mode are cool but like the rest of the game are repetitive. As long as you use your rifle the on rails gameplay Shootouts and concentration mode are cool but like the rest of the game are repetitive. As long as you use your rifle the on rails gameplay will never really challenge you. It's essentially shoot a load of guys move to next settign shoot a load of guys then a showdown and repeat. I'm a major western movie fan and shooter fan so this shoudl be an ideal game for me. The only thing that makes this worth playing is a reasonable story, an the mexican chicks fien ass.... i know she is just polygons but it doesn't matter. Full Review »