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Call of Juarez: The Cartel Preview

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Scheduled release date:

Q3 2011

Publisher:

Ubisoft

Developer:

Techland

Number Of Players:

1-12

Genre:

FPS

So, how do you make a Western-themed shooter that isn’t set in the Wild West? …sounds like a trick question, doesn’t it? But Techland is going to take a stab at it; their latest project is Call of Juarez: The Cartel, and it’s set in 21st-century Los Angeles and Mexico. The developer says we’ll receive the “best elements” of that iconic period in history, despite the modern-day setting. We don’t need cowboy hats and a whole lot of cacti to maintain the theme in question; we only need that which defined the Wild West: the rampant lawlessness, the sheer amount of freedom due to the unbridled possibilities of an untamed land, and a time when men were men. So yeah, you can have gunfighters in this day and age…but instead of horse thieves and locomotive bandits we have gang leaders and drug cartels. Therefore, welcome LAPD detective Ben McCall, who is a direct descendent of the franchise’s preacher, Ray McCall. He's ready to throw down.

Plus, we’ll be introduced to a corrupt DEA operative, Eddie Guerra, and FBI agent Kim Evans. All three are members of pissed-off organizations after the bombing of a US government building is traced to a Mexican drug cartel. Techland told GameSpot that at the core of this game’s attitude is an atmosphere most reminiscent of gritty TV dramas like “The Shield,” “Sons of Anarchy,” and “24.” Additions to this new entry include melee combat, although the developers admit this element of the gameplay is still in a “prototype” phase. Furthermore, multiplayer fans will be happy to know that a cooperative mode will be featured as well; we’ll have the option of drop-in co-op play for up to three players, along with a brand new cover fire system that lets you flank your foes. A ghostly silhouette shows where one player should move, while another provides covering fire, and this sounds like a decidedly cool and effective mechanic (provided it’s implemented correctly).

As for returning features, you can look forward to the slo-mo concentration mode, which is always a crowd-pleaser. The modern setting won’t put a stop to the all-out, chaotic firefights that are so commonly associated with old west shootout situations, and Techland should keep the intensity high throughout. The benefit of this new setting is that we can get our hands on more advanced weaponry; current sniper rifles and assault rifles await, and instead of horses and carriages, we get high-speed chases. Of course, it’s always a challenge to include various game mechanics, but if you’re concerned about the driving parts in The Cartel, remember Techland’s last project: the entertaining off-road racer, nail’d. Based on the screenshots, we’re also anticipating a greatly enhanced visual presentation, and one that’s as slick and stylish as it is refined and satisfying.

If you watch the debut video, just recently revealed at this year’s GDC, you’ll hear the opening line- “Times have changed since the Old West…yet, nothing’s changed.” And then later, “welcome to the new Wild West.” Basically, three bad-ass characters who appear to break all the rules will take out the Cartels, which real-life authorities haven’t managed to do. Maybe it’s because of all the red tape they face. This ruthless trio is going to fight dirty to get things done; this is way beyond slapping the cuffs on someone and sticking him in a cell. This is more like, “I’m gonna adopt the age-old idea of justice; an eye for an eye, and maybe something extra because you pissed me off.” My only question is whether or not they can somehow make this still feel like a Western shooter. It doesn’t really seem possible but then again, there are some parts of the game that will take place out west, so…

Either way, it looks promising. Call of Juarez: The Cartel will drop later this year.

3/3/2011 Ben Dutka

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Comments (27 posts)

WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, March 03, 2011 @ 10:24:20 PM
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My God black ops has taken over this site!

Oh, this is about CoJ (pronounced CoW) instead of CoD? Pass either way.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, March 03, 2011 @ 11:33:23 PM

Yes, well, CoD should pay us ALL in some capacity. ;)

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Lawless SXE
Friday, March 04, 2011 @ 3:54:03 AM

I'd say that it's pronounced CoH...

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maxpontiac
Friday, March 04, 2011 @ 7:57:52 AM

Indeed Ben, Indeed. Now where do I sign the form to my cut?

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BikerSaint
Thursday, March 03, 2011 @ 10:58:07 PM
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I smell a semi-GTA styled clone

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Beamboom
Friday, March 04, 2011 @ 9:48:13 AM

Yeah... A really bad one...

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JMO_INDY
Thursday, March 03, 2011 @ 11:10:17 PM
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Not gonna say it didn't look badass, because it most certainly did, but I hope the gameplay mechanics are razor sharp, because this looked clunky and not too mention confusing on which side the three main people they showed were on. It's a confusing badass looking game i suppose haha

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kraygen
Thursday, March 03, 2011 @ 11:53:39 PM
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From the video it looks like it should have been called "Dog the Bounty Hunter goes Country"

Lets weigh the pros and cons.

Cons
Fps, western that's not a western, Ubisoft, and it's an Fps.

Pros
It is a video game.

I'll pass.

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ffyfe7
Friday, March 04, 2011 @ 12:40:10 AM
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Has me intriguied but I need to know more. Still, with all the great games coming out this year, it'll have to do something revolutionary to do well and I don't see anything revolutionary.

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___________
Friday, March 04, 2011 @ 1:55:36 AM
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on the fence with this.
bound in blood was ok, not great and not crap either.
see when it comes out, might get it if theres nothing else to play.

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crunchy_nut_kid
Friday, March 04, 2011 @ 2:04:34 AM
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the idea sounds good, but it will be a real challenge for them.

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Lawless SXE
Friday, March 04, 2011 @ 3:57:27 AM
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Hey, I thought that this was a TPS. Here I was starting to get excited too. I don't see how people would think that it'd be difficult to do a modern Western. There are certain cues to the era, but it's hardly impossible. I'll remember to check out how this turns out, but I don't think that I'll actively follow it.

More amped to see what Techland manages to do with Dead Island.
Peace.

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Danny007
Friday, March 04, 2011 @ 6:15:43 AM
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Heck yes, the trailer sure was a breath of fresh air and I can't wait for summer to come.

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maxpontiac
Friday, March 04, 2011 @ 7:57:02 AM
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I loved the Call of Juarez, so much in fact it is my favorite western themed game.

I will be passing on this title.

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CrusaderForever
Friday, March 04, 2011 @ 8:36:01 AM
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Confused on this one. Are they time traveling to present day looking for the gold? Is this some sort of ancestor of the great reverend? Is that Halle Berry? What a tough year to try something new and so far away from the first 2 games. Good luck guys, you are going to need it.

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big6
Friday, March 04, 2011 @ 10:21:59 AM
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It's supposed to support 3-player co-op. I'll see how that works, before deciding on getting this game.

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DirtySkillzHD
Friday, March 04, 2011 @ 10:27:47 AM
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La and mexico ? The cartel? It better not make stereotypes about drug cartels in mexico my wife is mexican and my kids are half

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MyWorstNightmar
Friday, March 04, 2011 @ 11:05:10 AM

I would hate to have you in charge of coming up with ideas for video games. With that line of thinking whites, blacks, Asians, Hispanics should all be off limits in video games for fear of stereotyping.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, March 04, 2011 @ 12:13:10 PM

It isn't stereotyping.

No offense to you personally, but um...have you not noticed that Mexico is having some serious drug problems? It isn't stereotyping to state facts.

It doesn't have anything to do with you, an American citizen, but I wouldn't walk down a street in that country's capital without Kevlar.

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DirtySkillzHD
Friday, March 04, 2011 @ 10:30:30 AM
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I know i might get flamed but its what i feel not all of mexico is drug cartel, and im white

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maxpontiac
Friday, March 04, 2011 @ 10:40:01 AM

You really shouldn't put your heart on your sleeve when it comes to video games. Just a suggestion.

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DirtySkillzHD
Friday, March 04, 2011 @ 11:33:17 AM
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I said the stereotype of cartels in mexico and im not even hispanic so stop owning yourself

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MyWorstNightmar
Friday, March 04, 2011 @ 12:47:34 PM

Oh, my bad, you are concerned how a drug cartel is depicted? That is what you just said, so ok. I didn't know they had feelings. Thought they were too busy selling drugs, killing people, extorting politicians, and bribing the police to have feelings.

But I'm sure you would know, since you're lady is Mexican.

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DirtySkillzHD
Friday, March 04, 2011 @ 11:34:51 AM
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Ben, what do you think of my opinion is it wrong

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, March 04, 2011 @ 12:13:29 PM

Responded above.

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Zorigo
Friday, March 04, 2011 @ 4:28:53 PM
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West 21st century?
i neednt hear anymore. im in anticipation mode!

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tlpn99
Saturday, March 05, 2011 @ 11:27:44 AM
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I enjoyed the first one so ill give this one a look see. :)

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