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POSTED 4/6/13


CALL OF JUAREZ: GUNSLINGER

Ubisoft

PS3/PSN (also on Xbox 360/XBLA, PC)

We believe in Mr Greaves...

...although it’d be easy enough to accuse him of being full of shit, considering the yarns he spins. We’re talking Silas Greaves, a Wild West (we’re not sure if that should actually be capitalised, but whatever) bounty hunter. He’s stopped off saloon-side to wet his whistle, and is urged to regale various barflies of his escapades with the most infamous outlaws of all time. Or at least of his day, for this was 100-plus years ago and a lot of utter, utter despotic bastards have been and gone since.

It’s a great excuse for a kit-load of all guns blazing, Tarantino-styled first-person action, as you play out often questionable reminiscences. They have a habit of morphing occasionally as haze clears, but the most important thing to acknowledge is that you get to shoot lots of lowdown varmint hombres. Yee-haw!

This is accomplished in various towns, with various weapons, various varmints and the occasional duel. From Billy the Kid to Jesse James, you’re out to do your bountiful duty. As is just the way with these things, the more you progress, the more you can upgrade. The more you upgrade, the more accurate and deadly you’ll become. Dang!

Outside this linear-but-nice tall tale mode there’s also pure arcade fun to be had, still stalking about ducking and covering to shoot thine enemies in their bonces (or anywhere else, but headshots are where the scores are).

Pure cowboys and, erm, those whom cowboys shoot at, and packed with fucktonnes of classic boomsticks, this is a literal and figurative blast. It looks great, it sounds great and if it were on a physical disc it’d stay crunchy in milk. Only an uneven difficulty curve annoyed us, but then we might just be utterly shit at this FPS caper.

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