Techland‘s Western-themed FPS Call of Juarez arrives with a DRM-free bang on GOG.
With the recently released blockbuster title Red Dead Redemption 2 it seems that players are still interested in the Western genre, but it might not be the most prolific one when it comes to games in general. The Call of Juarez series, comprising four titles, might just have filled that gap of Spaghetti western violence, with the first one telling the story of Billy “Candle”, a former gunslinger who became a preacher, and Ray McCall, a savage who seems to have killed Billy’s mother and stepfather and who is soon hunted down by him.
What seems to be a simple revenge story soon turns out to be something different, as one plays both characters and finds out that someone else is responsible for the murders. Gameplay-wise it’s not simple FPS action, although there’s a fair bit of ultra-violent shooting with various Wild West weapons. Depending on the characters, they have different abilities, so one also goes through stealth and platforming sections as well as stand-offs and chases on horseback. While the graphics might not impress anyone today, the atmosphere seems to be spot-on, and there’s enough variety in the environments featuring everything one wants to go to, e.g. a saloon, as well as mission objectives to play it, although one shouldn’t expect an open-world, but a more linear experience.
Call of Juarez was originally released in 2006 on various platforms and has been available for quite a while on Steam, but it only now celebrates its premiere on GOG with a 50% launch discount that will last until November 12th, 11pm UTC. Hopefully, the other titles will make it in DRM-free form as well, completing the whole package.
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