A video game built around an investigation into a series of brazen attacks by a Mexican drug cartel, which culminates in an attack on U.S. soil, may sound like a timely take on the escalating violence in United States' border towns.
From what I've played of Call of Juarez: The Cartel it appears to be just as bad as everyone worried it would. The game is packed with tiny glitches, odd AI behavior and questionable graphics. But it also has a couple of levels starring President Barack Obama.
And there's also this um, western music, and the dusters. So there you go: Western shooter.
I'm still trying to absorb the fact that after making my favorite of the Call of Juarez games, developer Techland decided to shift the entire franchise from the old west to modern times and make it about drug dealing.
Call of Juarez: The Cartel has been quietly slinking toward its July 19 release date, apparently gone to ground after weathering a storm of controversy over its modern-day setting and drug-cartel plot.
Blockbuster video games rarely released during the summer. But scale is no measure of quality; and while not all are of AAA-proportions, we'll demonstrate that this summer's schedule could include some of the strangest and boldest titles of the year.
Ubisoft's new Call of Juarez game, the one that features modern day cowboys and a Mexican drug war, has a new trailer, full of adult language, graphic violence, strip clubs, cockblocks and other things that may render it NSFW.
The creators of the upcoming video game that pits United States law enforcement agents against a Mexican drug cartel deny that they are ripping their subject from today's headlines.
Ubisoft's controversial third entry in the Call of Juarez series tells the story of three very different above-the-law heroes, and players can step into the shoes of any one of them, both online and off.
After officials in El Paso, Texas, made their discomfort over Call of Juarez: The Cartel last week, the Mexican state of Chihuahua is asking Federal authorities for an outright ban on the video game that hits too close to home.
"Call of Juarez" wasn't a provocative title, when it referred to the Mexican border town during the Old West. As the modern-day scene of more than 3,000 murders in the past year, it's a touchier subject.
Trading the open plains for the sprawling streets of Los Angeles, Call of Juarez: The Cartel presents a modern day twist to Ubisoft's western first-person shooter series.