Call of Juarez: Gunslinger
You’d think that there would be more western themed FPS’, since this genre seems to be made for it, but no. They must sell like… not at all. Whatever the reason, this seems to be the first really good one since Outlaws.
While you can’t really go far out with weapons and equipment in such a setting, the gunplay just works. There isn’t any kind of weapon missing that anyone would want to use in this game.
The various levels are framed by the narration of a seemingly old drunkard, who stumbles into a bar and starts telling stories to a couple of other dudes in this saloon. This is extremely well done and they get a lot out of using this method. At some point he’s so drunk, he just starts singing a song and it’s really cool, I remember it as a true highlight. The listeners sometimes make it clear that they hardly believe his tall tales and their sarcastic remarks are spot on. Right when he was again attacked by a gattling gun and I thought “not again” one of them suddenly said “you sure get attacked by those a lot”. :D
The game somehow seems to have the image of being of a lower production budget, but it doesn’t really show. It maybe lacks big elaborate cut scenes, but I didn’t miss those at all and that’s seriously it. I’d also repeat that I liked how the story was handled and it added lots of charm. I take that over boring, unengaging cut scenes any day. It’s also an Ubisoft game and I seriously only bought it, because it doesn’t have/use Uplay. Gunslinger and South Park must be the sole Ubisoft games in a very long time which come without it and both of them are coincidentally awesome.
Some people said the game was short, I didn’t think so, this way you are done before it ever gets boring/repetitive.
I didn’t really go into maxing everything out in the end, after I completed the story, but this is mostly due to the neverending flood of games waiting to be finished, and not because this game wouldn’t have deserved it to be played some more.