6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Good game, but let down by lots of small things,
This review is from: Call Of Juarez: Bound In Blood (PS3) (Video Game)
I played the demo for this game, and was pretty impressed, so decided to give it a go as the price had come down quite a lot by the time I bought it. As a Western it also makes a welcome change to the classic shooter, following the success of Gun.
The gameplay is good, the controls work pretty well, the graphics are solid and in places beautiful (though the lip-syncing isn't great to be honest), the story is pretty robust, and altogther the game is very enjoyable to play.
However, there are several points that let this game down, and mean that it will only ever be a good game, not an excellent one. Firstly, the game freezes momentarily during quicksaves, which can be pretty frequent. Now, this may be a small point, but it does interfere with the gameplay, and frankly there is no excuse in this day and age for such sluggishness. Secondly the showdowns: they are a great idea but are far too frequent and fiendishly difficult. Basically you have to draw your weapon faster than your oponent and kill him first. Now, after the very first one they just become impossible, and will take you a good few attempts to pass, even when you develop the knack for it and work out exactly what is required. By the fourth or fifth attempt you will want to throw your controller through the TV. This would be OK if they weren't so frequent. In my opinion they should have reserved them just for major enemies / bosses, as when you find every bonus or side mission ending with a showdown too then it simply gets highly tedious and can detract from the epic FPS section that preceeded the showdown.
Lastly, multiplayer. It seems every new shooter at the moment needs a multiplayer element, something which I don't agree with, especially when it is done badly like here. It was an unnecessary addition in my opinion. The bounty idea is a novel one (i.e. the more kills you get the more you are worth when someone kills you), however the controls don't lend themselves well to multiplayer as they are slightly cumbersome. There is no scope to customise classes, and, most annoyingly, the game kicks you straight back into the home screen when the multiplayer game has ended. Don't buy this game for the multiplayer - you will be disappointed.
I realise that this has been a largely critical review, but I didn't want to gloss over the bad points as for me they spoil the game somewhat. I did actually mostly enjoy the game overall. The standard FPS sections were very enjoyable. It's a nice change using the classic weapons, and the sandbox sections (though few and far between) are very enjoyable. I particularly enjoyed the American Civil War level at the beginning. It's also a nice touch to be able to chose which brother you want to play as before the mission, as they both have their strengths and weaknesses.
Overall, this is a decent game, just try not to lose your patience with it. If you can pick it up cheap then definitely go for it, if for no other reason than it just makes such a refreshing change to every other shooter out at the moment.