Shooting for gold

"Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood," developed by Ubisoft, is the sequel to "Call of Juarez" and is available for both the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3.

However, "Call of Juarez; Bound in Blood" serves as a prequel to the first "Call of Juarez," allowing the player to choose between Ray McCall, the main character from the first game, or his brother, Thomas McCall.

Both Ray and Thomas are fighting for the Confederate Army during the Civil War. They make the choice of family first, and decide to abandon their oath to the Confederacy, and instead head back home to help their mother and brother. When they arrive home they find their mother dead, with their home occupied by Union soldiers. After saving their brother, William, and defeating the Union soldiers occupying their home, they decide to head west in search of, the gold of Juarez. The story could easily be made into a movie and definitely will keep the player entertained throughout.

The game features some of the best voice acting any recent game has offered. The visuals have improved from the first game and players will enjoy the beauty of the McCall’s plantation house and the ancient Aztec ruins in Mexico.

The gameplay is fantastic, with each brother offering a unique way of playing. Ray has the ability to dual wield pistols and Thomas is more, athletic giving him the ability to wield shotguns, rifles, and a bow. Concentration mode returns and allows Ray or Thomas to set their shots before a short time limit is up. The duals are simply amazing and make this game feel like a true western movie.

One small complaint would be that the enemies all look and act the same; some variety would have been welcomed.

"Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood" is definitely a game any fan of western will enjoy. 4.5/5