By James Pinnell on May 27, 2013 at 11:18 am
There are few genres more contentious, risky and chock-full of tropes than the horse ridin’, gun totin’, damsel savin’, paint the goddamn-town-red Western. Usually full of burly hardened cowboys with bushy moustaches, tall tales, warm beer and an atrocious disregard for the sanctity of human life, the Californian desert during the late 19th to early 20th century was a place of extraordinary tales with questionable legitimacy.
The latest effort from Polish outfit Techland’s Call of Juarez franchise heads back to its roots after their less-than-impressive third outing with Gunslinger, a thoroughly polished downloadable that puts you behind the barrel of Silas Greaves, a bounty hunter whom claims to be the “real” killer of the West’s greatest bandits. But can clever pacing, stylised bloodletting and a powerful six-shooter put some faith back into this franchise?