Call of Juarez: Gunslinger Articles RSS Feed | Call of Juarez: Gunslinger RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network June 2015 Video Game Lineup for PlayStation Plus Mon, 01 Jun 2015 12:34:29 -0400 Mike Foxx

Sony has finally unveiled their lineup for this month’s string of free video games to add to your PlayStation Plus library. Giving truth to a rumored AAA title, mainly due to E3 coming up.

Subscribers will be able to enjoy an amazing line-up which include four PlayStation 4 titles, two of which can be played on the PlayStation Vita and two PlayStation 3 games.

1. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (PS4)

Leading the list is juggernaut Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes for the PS4. A visually aesthetic chapter in the long-running Metal Gear series. This one is sure to quench our thirst while we wait for the September release of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

2. Skulls of the Shogun: Bone-A-Fide Edition (PS4)

Second PS4 game is Skulls of the Shogun: Bone-A-Fide Edition. Can you regain your honor in this turn-based strategy game with a samurai and undead twist?

3 & 4. Super Exploding Zoo and Futuridium EP Deluxe (Vita, PS4)

Third and fourth PS4 games can also be played on your PlayStation Vita, Super Exploding Zoo and Futuridium EP Deluxe. If saving animal eggs from evil aliens and psychedelic shooters peak your interests, check these out. They are free after all.

 5 & 6. Call of Juarez and Cloudberry Kingdom (PS3)

The fourth and fifth final games on the lineup are for your trusty PlayStation 3, Call of Juarez: Gunslinger and Cloudberry Kingdom. Call of Juarez: Gunslinger is a first-person shooter set in the wild west with a lot of blood. Cloudberry Kingdom is a crazy 2D platformer with the ability to create a “near-infinite” number of levels, good luck trying to memorize this one! 

That sums up this month’s PlayStation Plus free games. What are your thoughts about the lineup? Does it meet up to your expectations?

Skulls of the Shogun: Bone-A-Fide Edition

PlayStation Plus Members getting Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes for Free Thu, 28 May 2015 20:10:55 -0400 Bryan C. Tan

Despite controversial times for Japanese publisher Konami involving the creator of Metal Gear, Hideo Kojima, PlayStation Plus Members will have the opportunity to experience the final Metal Gear game with Kojima's name intact for free this June. 

The latest instalment to the stealth action franchise Metal Gear, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, will be free for PS Plus Members on PS4, as well as turn-based strategy Skulls of the Shogun: Bone-A-Fide Edition. Super Exploding Zoo and Futuridium EP Deluxe will also be free for PS4 owners on cross-buy with PS Vita. First-person shooter Call of Juarez: Gunslinger and 2D platformer Cloudberry Kingdom round out the PS Plus Free Games lineup for June 2015 on the PS3.

The PS Plus Free Games for May such as Hohokum and Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition will remain free until 3rd June before the prelude to the much-anticipated Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and others take over.

My Thoughts On Call of Juarez: Gunslinger Fri, 31 May 2013 17:17:13 -0400 Germ_the_Nobody

It's Not Red Dead Redemption, I Swear

I've seen a lot of people immediately assume it's similar to Red Dead Redemption simply because it is a western. It is nothing like RDR! It's a simple, extremely fun, arcade shooter. I think of it like those arcade games where you pick up and use the plastic zapper guns to play through, only in this one you control the movement of your character and don't use a plastic gun.

The story is really neat. I like that you get to see a new take on very famous cowboys like Billy The Kid, Butch Cassidy, Sundance Kid and several others. You play the role of Silas Greaves who is telling his story to a group of people at a bar while playing poker or something. I can't say why exactly, but I felt pretty rewarded when I completed the game. It was a real decent story.

Story Telling... Differently

One thing that is mentioned in every review is how neat it is that while you play.  Sometimes one of his listeners will correct him during his tale and say, "didn't you say... instead" and you hear the narration while playing the game and he answers along with something like, "oh yeah" or corrects them back and the level you're in changes up a little or rewinds to replay it differently. It doesn't happen often enough to be distracting or ruin the effect, it's almost perfect, I would have preferred a little more environmental popups because they were cool. There is quite a bit of witty banter over the story changes, very entertaining.

Graphic Style

The graphics are one of my favorite things about it, it's my kind of style though. I'm an artist so of course I love this comic book style kind of stuff. The graphics won't impress you, it's not a technically impressive game, but the artwork is beautiful. While the graphics in general won't impress, there are some very nice lighting and water effects, not real looking water mind you, just very pretty, with some cool reflections. I love the flocks of birds you sometimes come across, they also look really great, just the animation as the flock moves through the air, I don't know... I liked it.


The gameplay is typical first person shooter stuff, but in a comic book looking style. You don't get very many gun choices, but I didn't have a problem with that, it was still really fun! There are a couple times you get to take control of a really big chain gun and slaughter away. You have your traditional rifle, pistols and shotguns and a couple different variations of each.

There is a neat talent tree that offers up extra features like duel wielding hand held shotguns. As soon as I saw that talent I was like, "that's the one I'm goin for!" and I love it =).  Talents improve your reload time, slow-mo time, allow you to carry more ammo, minor stuff, nothing adds to special abilities really, but it does add some extra flavor. There are three different talent tree's with different focuses, one for each main weapon basically: the rifle, pistol, and shotgun. The further you get along in a tree, you get a suped-up version of those weapons available.

There aren't a lot of talents but there's enough to give you reason to want to level up, and they offer up some good fun like throwing dynamite sticks back at your enemies or shooting them out of the air. Does that seem a bit redundant?  Well I didn't think it was that bad. =p Those talents are far from necessary and they don't take long to achieve. 

Game Modes

There are three game modes: Story, Arcade and Duel. I haven't played Arcade or Duel just yet, but I did jump into a quick match of Duel just to check it out. Duel is a 1v1 where you basically both fire at the same time (you can shoot early if you want) at the sound of a bell chime (no actual bell chime) you know, western standoff kind of thing. It's a different mechanic than the typical point and shoot. You have a large reticle that you control with your mouse and it moves continuously as you try to position it over your enemy. The longer it hovers over your enemy the more it focuses to give you a better chance at shooting them first. It's weird to get used to at first, I've pulled them off successfully but only to progress through the story. I liked those fights enough to look forward to playing some Duel mode. =) Lots of players didn't like it tho and they didn't like to be forced into it throughout the campaign, they also said it was better in Bound in Blood but i wouldn't know because i still haven't played much of that one yet.

I haven't played Arcade mode yet, I imagine the name alone is self explanatory though. =p It's got leader boards for you, so does Duel mode. There's also a New Game Plus available so it should have plenty of replay value. I know I look forward to playing some more and filling out the entire talent tree and beating it on the hardest difficulty just for fun.

Sound Effects

I don't have a real good memory on it right now but I know I loved both the music and the sound effects. I wouldn't say the sound effects were realistic and that just wouldn't make sense anyways since it's a comic book stylized arcade shooter, they were just good, had a nice feel to them. For all I know they could be realistic, it's not like I listen to those types of guns in real life or anything. Very nice with a pair of headphones on too.

Well I hope I gave you some insight and maybe some inspiration to play it. Thanks for reading!

Call of Juarez: Gunslinger Review Wed, 29 May 2013 12:03:49 -0400 Alan Bradley

High noon. 

On a dusty street in some forgotten backwater, two men with twitchy fingers and murder on their minds square off, ready to kill or die in the name of vengeance, glory, or on account of a spare ace discovered tucked up one of their sleeves.  The town looks deserted until you glance at the windows, where countless pairs of nervous eyes look on, fixated on the morbid spectacle about to unfold.  A single shot rings out and one of the men crumples to the ground, never to rise again.

 Call of Juarez: Gunslinger delivers all the high drama of the Wild West, the showdowns, train robberies, and saloon shootouts, alongside western icons like Jesse James and Billy the Kid.  The story is delivered by way of Silas Greaves, a gunslinger, sometimes bounty hunter, and apparent polygamist, who recounts tales of his glory to a captive audience of tavern-goers.  Among them is a wide-eyed, hero-worshiping young fan that’s followed along with Greaves’ adventures by way of the dime novels that were a centerpiece of pop fiction in the Old West, and seems willing to swallow any of Greaves’ stories whole, no matter how outlandish they sound.

That unique frame for the narrative gives Techland the opportunity to take some playful turns with their storytelling. 

Silas’ memory has been distorted by age and a lifelong dedication to strong whiskey, so there are moments where he gets caught contradicting himself and has to amend some of his tales.  At moments like these, the game will slow down or pause, and then rewind through an action sequence or change elements in the environment on the fly.  The other bar patrons will also sometimes butt in with their own retelling of events, which often contradict Silas’ stories, and these too become playable sequences.  The meta-narrative of what’s happening in the saloon and the attempts to figure out how much truth there is in what Silas is recounting lead to some really clever, even whimsical gameplay.    

 The gunplay, the core of the game, is executed extremely well and always feels satisfying, whether you’re gunning down bands of vengeful Apache warriors or fighting your way through a passenger train to try to claim the bounty on the James-Younger gang.  The more traditional first-person shooting, which leans heavily on bullet time to keep the action fresh, is punctuated by tense one-on-one duels against some of the West’s most famous outlaws.  These duels, and the occasional quick time sequences where you snap off killing reflex shots at groups of bad guys while you’re falling from the roof or a train or sliding down a mine shaft, ensure that the huge volume of gun-slinging never feels stale.


The same can’t be said about the environments. 

Though Gunslinger is an excellent looking game, and uses its cel-shaded art and character design to good effect, there are only so many paths through the wilderness or Old West towns you can walk before they all start to kind of blend together.  Though the sequences on board trains or in rocky canyons help to break up the tedium of the setting, by the end of the game all of the places you’re shooting up feel a little too familiar. 

 The Call of Juarez franchise has a very uneven track record, but we’re glad to report that Gunslinger is a much needed high point with a bunch of interesting ideas and some fantastic gameplay.  Leave it to the fifteen dollar downloadable title to inject new life into a franchise on the ropes.  If the next triple-A Call of Juarez borrows more from Gunslinger than some of the other, regrettable entries (*AHEM* The Cartel *AHEM*), consider us back on board that rickety train.

Call of Juarez: Gunslinger's New Trailer Takes a Page Out of the Onion's Book Tue, 21 May 2013 23:23:10 -0400 Stephanie Tang

Did you ever wonder what would happen if Serious Sam became a cowboy?

I didn’t either. But hey, Doctor Who made it work with a wild, wild west rendition of Robocop, who’s to say Ubisoft won’t make it gold with a game that centers around shooting people in the face? As a cowboy (sorry, “bounty hunter”). That shoots people in the face.

Django Unchained has a lot to answer for.

In Call of Juarez: Gunslinger, the latest in the Call of Juarez series, you play protagonist Silas Greaves, a bounty hunter tracking down some of the most famous outlaws in the Wild West. Such historical characters as Billy the Kid, the Dalton Brothers, Butch Cassidy, and Jesse James are name-dropped in such quick succession, you’d think it was Kim Kardashian trying to schmaltz her way into the Met.

Silas narrates his grand adventures... and like all old man stories, he’ll sometimes get a little confused. In the midst of a heated gunfight with Apache Indians, a rapt listener interrupts him and says, “Hold on, you were attacked by Apaches? What happened to the cowboys?”

With a wave of his magical memory magic, the enemies reform around you. As cowboys.

“Did I say they were Apaches? I said cowboys attacked me Apache style!”

Anything goes to get one more free drink, I guess. You can check out the latest trailer for yourself here:

What do I think?

Now, it’s hard to say. There might be a story in this. After you shoot everyone in the face. There really might be. But to me, it just looks like a slightly more polished version of the Onion’s Close Range:

And while I’m a fan of over-the-top awesome, it’s not exactly what I had in mind when I remember that once upon a time, Call of Juarez had a story—and a damned good one at that. 

Do I really lack a sense of humor if I'm not wholly enthused?

Call of Juarez: Gunslinger - A Return To The Old West Fri, 03 May 2013 15:30:22 -0400 Smoky Grey

The Call of Juarez series has returned with the new Call of Juarez: Gunslinger Landing in Steam, Xbox Live Arcade, and the Playstation Network on May 22nd of this year.

The Call of Juarez series has been a favorite of mine since the first, (who doesn't like being a cowboy in the old west), and the new Gunslinger promises a return to the old west. I don't know about you but I am giddy as a school girl for this one, the very deep and exciting story-line and the gun-slinging action has kept me coming back for the Call of Juarez releases.

If you haven't heard of the Call of Juarez series it is a story driven first person shooter usually set in the old west, and the new Gunslinger is packed with old westy goodness. The new story centers around a wild west bounty hunter named Silas Greaves on the trail of some of the most famous outlaws from history.

If you pre-order the game now you will receive a free copy of Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood as a gift, and if you pre-order from Uplay you will receive a free pack of Legendary weapons. Overall this game looks awesome and I am really excited to play it, make sure to pick it up on May 22nd.