A guest review by: The Shadow.
There’s a lot of FPS out there, there’s pretty much a FPS for everything these days. Every genre has been covered from science fiction to dark horror and you have some great titles like F.E.A.R and Condemned to stack along Half Life 2 and Call of Duty 2.
So when new games come out and they’re FPS’ we don’t often give them as much as a second glance, unless they’re really something special. Now I like my FPS and I know what I like in a FPS, this new Wild West genre shooter: Call of Juarez is one of the better shooters I’ve played recently and it’s got some nice touches.
You play as two characters in the game. Billy, a smart-mouthed young kid that gets mistaken for a murderer by the second character in the game, Reverend Ray: a smoke, fire and brimstone preacher with a pair of six-guns.
The two characters alternate through the levels of the story and one is focussed on stealth while the other is definitely brutal. God’s killing machine with a smoking gun in one hand and a bible in the other. I’m not kidding, old Rev can whip out the good book and let rip with some choice passages Revelations style.
Billy is your stealth guy and the developers could have done a bit of a better job with the controls and stealth in the game, but it’s not done too badly, its fun. Usually Reverend Ray is close behind Billy so when you play a level as the kid running away from the grumpy badass preacher, you’ll follow with the Rev for some blood soaked baptisin’ of the heathens standin’ in your way.
Reverend Ray not only has his bible but he has a kind of bullet time mode that slows things down, you aim the guns and fire independently with the RMB and LMB – this makes it much more of a skill than a quick-draw killing solution.
Techland, the developers, have used their Chrome engine (I wasn’t too fussed on that game) but they’ve made significant changes to it. Now this means you’ll need a bit of a monster machine to run it since it requires a tad more horsepower than you’d expect from the look of it.
There’s some nice environmental stuff used in the game though, especially when you can set something on fire and keep adding wooden objects to make it burn longer. More games should use physics and environmental features like this to bring their worlds to life.
The game has some nice dramatic moments and the storyline is homage to many of the old Spaghetti westerns of the past, they tell their tale with a good quality in the storytelling and pretty good dialogue.
The action scenes and the actual gameplay itself are crisp and they give you a rush of adrenaline, especially when you play as the Reverend, with the bad guys tasting holy smoking death around every turn. It is hard to believe these are the same developers that brought us Chrome to be honest; they’ve pulled out a lot of stops with this game.