Call of Juarez: The Cartel

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Lucathegreat Dec 25, 2013 @ 2:16am
This game is actually pretty good.
I don't quite get all the hate and bad reputation this poor game has earned.
Sure, it isn't a Call of Juarez like the two before, or.. a Call of Juarez at all, as the only things in common are a guy called McCall, a trip to Juarez in a couple of stages, and the bullet-time which isn't as good as in the previous titles, and that's it.
It wasn't ported perfectly on PC, that's true. You almost can't set up the graphics at all, there's a motion blur and a depth blur that can be annoying at first, but you'll get used to them pretty soon. And it freezed a couple of times, but this happens with every Ubi game, so no big deal.

But for the rest? It's a simple action fps like tons of others, with badass characters "maxpayneing" their way against an army of bad dudes, a lot of gunfightings, explosions, car pursuits, a story that's maybe a bit confusing but overall good, great voice acting, the same easy controls as every fps... It may not be the most original fps of all times, it's pretty easy and very linear and doesn't allow you to explore anything, but.. who cares?
It's fast paced, funny and entertaining for all its length, and never bored me.

Give it a chance if you can, I heard awful things about it and had no expectations at all, but I was actually pleasantly surprised.
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realkman666 Dec 28, 2013 @ 4:15am 
I'm tempted, after having watched the great series The Bridge, but I don't understand where it says if there is Uplay or not.
Lucathegreat Dec 28, 2013 @ 6:26am 
Yes, there is, but it's not a big deal. Never had any problems with Uplay, it just opens up and stays there, you don't even notice it.
realkman666 Dec 28, 2013 @ 11:40am 
Originally posted by Lucathegreat:
Yes, there is, but it's not a big deal. Never had any problems with Uplay, it just opens up and stays there, you don't even notice it.
Oh no, none of that. But thank you. :/
moop (moop is bear) Jan 16, 2014 @ 3:42pm 
The linearity in the game is really pretty bad and it just feels bad and cheap. I'm sorry I can't put it into words but it just feels badly designed. It doesn't have bad graphics but imagine one of those Russian fps games that are so laughably bad- it has that kind of vibe.
a hobo Feb 15, 2014 @ 4:09pm 
the only problem i have with it is that it basicly feels like the shooting mechanic from dead island, which i didnt like, but apart from that i agree, its alot of fun and the mutliplayer is suprising good, to bad there arnt maybe people playing
Uncle Bob Feb 21, 2014 @ 5:45am 
ill buy when its down to 1 euro.
Lem Feb 24, 2014 @ 10:55pm 
There's a lot to hate. The way it undermines cooperative gameplay is terrible, with the characters conspiring against each other carrying over into the gameplay. Finding collectables in secret, and conflicting instructions particularly. Sure, it's a neat character drama and adds a great deal of replay value, but the Donleavy bit really shouldn't be done by friends who want to stay friends.

On top of that, none of the characters are actually likeable at all. They're all scumbags, and are utterly unlikeable. And when controlled by AI, you can add incompetent to that, shouting "you don't have to do this by yourself" repeatedly without appreciating the irony in that statement.

Add to that the way if you're sprinting, you barely get a second to read the "leaving the mission area" warning before it fails you and you go back to the last checkpoint. And the way most levels look like they've had contrast and saturation turned down way too far. And the dizzying first person driving camera which remains crooked even when you're driving straight. And the checkpoint placement right before sections of unskippable dialogue. And the enormous weapon view models. And the bugs involving characters falling through the floor or going through walls (I guarantee you'll see this at least once on your first playthrough).

Techland seemed to learn a lot though. As Gunslinger is enormously more fun, and astranomically better in every way. Every complaint I have about the Cartel is sorted in Gunslinger. Far less bugs, it's well written with enjoyable characters, it's more colourful, has no vehicle sections, and is genuinely funny at times. :D
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