Embark on a bloody road trip from Los Angeles to Juarez as the lawlessness of the Old West into is brought into present day. Welcome to the new Wild West.
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Release Date: Sep 13, 2011

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About This Game

Welcome to the new Wild West.
This first-person shooter brings the lawlessness of the Old West into present day. You’ll embark on a bloody road trip from Los Angeles to Juarez, Mexico immersing yourself in a gritty plot with interesting characters and a wide variety of game play options.
Experience the lawlessness of the modern wild west as you hunt down the Mendoza cartel in a world where the ends justify the means. Your hunt for the Cartel boss takes you on an epic road trip from a meth lab in the Sequoia national forest to the Cartel headquarters in Ciudad Juarez. With over 10 distinct environments including urban LA brothels and back streets, gritty boat docks, a swanky yacht party, the open deserts in Arizona and New Mexico, a Mexican funeral and more.

Key Features:

*NEW* CO-OPETITION GAME PLAY

Partner with 2 other teammates to achieve joint objectives, while sneaking behind their back to advance your secret personal agenda. Play the 20-mission campaign mode solo or with up to 3 friends Triple the replay value: Play the entire campaign with each of the 3 characters; each character has their own unique story and distinct ending.
FUN MULTIPLAYER EXPERIENCE

Play up to 6 vs 6 in Team Death Match and Cops vs Gangsters. As you play, your character will evolve, unlocking weapons and gear.
RICH STORY COMBINED WITH GAME PLAY VARIETY

Relevant character-driven story that unfolds differently depending on which character you play. Game play is driven by variety: Punitive raids, witness protection, tough interrogations, undercover missions, shootings in crowd, car chases and more Choose between 30 weapons including pistols, revolvers, sub machine guns, machine guns, assault rifles, shotguns, sniper rifles, anti air weapons and more.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP/Visa/7
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz, AMD Athlon 64 X2 2Ghz (Intel Core 2 Duo 3GHz, AMD Athlon 64 X2 3Ghz or better recommended)
    • Memory: 1GB for Windows XP, 2GB for Windows Vista/7 (2GB for Windows XP, 3GB for Windows Vista/7 recommended)
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c compatible - Nvidia 8800GT /ATI 3850 (Nvidia GTX 260/ATI 4870 or better recommended)
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 8GB
    • Sound: DX 9.0c compatible
    • Multiplayer: 512kbs(broadband)
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NERD WITH NO GLASSES!
( 8.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
This game was my first own game from steam!
And BOOOM i can't get in! So i downloaded the
Game in my dads pc and it works but no one is
Playing the game online!
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fex
( 22.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 11
You're really startin' to chap my ♥♥♥.
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Encantador
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 7
Call of Juarez: Gunslinger was FANTASTIC! Creative story-telling approach, style, action, points-experience-powers, duels, etc. None of that is found in The Cartel. Nothing. Gained experience (given for stealing secret items only!) is used to unlock new guns only. So it always goes like this: cutscene (full of f-bombs and violence) followed by a linear shoot-out. Sometimes a short drive in a car that feels like plastic. That's it.
Big fan of ALL previous Call of Juarez games. Disappointed with this one.
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Random to the Core
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 2
Combat: crap
Voice acting: omg please no!
Physics: worse than Risen (Risen physics ain't that bad)
Overall: I want my $$ back!
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Tye
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
I literally can't play this game it won't load at all, I want my money back!
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Mercdes
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Nice game!
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Raulmateas2004
( 21.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
This game is fun!
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[SCP] Mlg Kirito
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 16
Battlefield Hardline aint got nothing on this game.
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The Ghost
( 8.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 7
It's a good FPS.
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Wolfy!! x2
( 7.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Call of Juarez: The Cartel
+It works
+I didn't encountre ANY bugs
+few small inovations
+You can play it in co-op...
-...but why would you do that
-graphics are ♥♥♥♥
-shooting is weak
-multiplayer is dead
-story wants you to commit suicide
-mission structure
-driving section
-there to just to much on a bad side tthat there is even no sense for writting it anymore

Overall rating 4/10
Terrible game, ONLY worth a buy for die hard CoJ fans. It's a badly made game with a list of flaws. What even hurts more that it was made by the same dev's that did amazing CoJ Bound in Blood.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
Call of Juarez: Gunslinger was FANTASTIC! Creative story-telling approach, style, action, points-experience-powers, duels, etc. None of that is found in The Cartel. Nothing. Gained experience (given for stealing secret items only!) is used to unlock new guns only. So it always goes like this: cutscene (full of f-bombs and violence) followed by a linear shoot-out. Sometimes a short drive in a car that feels like plastic. That's it.
Big fan of ALL previous Call of Juarez games. Disappointed with this one.
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
Recommended
22.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
You're really startin' to chap my ♥♥♥.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
67 of 74 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 16, 2015
The Call of Juarez series is one I'd definitely recommend giving a go. Every game in the series is distinct and has its own identity, which is something I really appreciate. I'll avoid going into too much detail about the rest here, but they're all a good time with individual strengths and weaknesses that form a satisfying whole.

Unfortunately, the defining characteristic of game number three, The Cartel, is that it's an utter shambles. The classic Wild West setting of the previous games was ditched for a staggeringly uninspired modern-day Los Angeles/Mexico counterpart, which is exactly as appealing as it sounds (i.e. not at all). Likewise, the hole left by the entertaining and likeable cast of the first game and Bound in Blood (like legendary gunslinger Ray McCall) is filled with some of the flattest caricatures to ever spout tired one-liners. Once all the character and charm of Call of Juarez has been stripped away, what you're left with is a medicore first-person shooter that is an absolute chore in single-player and probably not much better in the new co-op mode. Solo players be warned: your AI partners are incompetent, and they will make no effort to hide it, though they will continually belittle your performance as you carry them for the game's entire duration.

Lackluster AI, boring gunplay, dull visuals and an uninteresting plot combine for eight hours of unmitigated tedium. The only saving grace is the way the game ends, which could have been a pretty cool conclusion to a much better game, but is of course held back here by being part of The Cartel. In retrospect it's good that the series had one final outing after this, though The Cartel remains a testament to how quickly good games can go bad. It's almost worth playing just for that lesson, though I'd suggest you try any of the others over this rubbish.
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114 of 148 people (77%) found this review helpful
193 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 8, 2015
I bought this game, it wasn't on sale, I bought my friends copies too, I have many regrets and no more friends.
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68 of 95 people (72%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
63.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 2, 2014
Weak link in Call of Juarez series. Why modern world? Ubisoft attempted to make this game like Call Of Duty but messed it allright. Finally understood its mistake and a miracle born; Gunslinger. Play Call of Juarez, Bound in Blood, Gunslinger and ignore this one.
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88 of 132 people (67%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 29, 2014
Let me start by saying I really do enjoy this game, it really isn't as bad as the reviews say. However, I completely and fully say do not bother with it on Steam. The uPlay is absolutely awful, and the game refuses to play on every computer I have tested it on (and I am FAR above even the recommended settings.) After attempting to start new game, the game crashes and you are taunted with a "Thank you for playing Call of Juarez: The Cartel" window from ubisoft. ♥♥♥♥ those guys, and ♥♥♥♥ this game on steam.

Oh, and ♥♥♥♥ the censorship here, you can eat a ♥♥♥♥, censorship you punk ♥♥♥ ♥♥♥♥♥
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34 of 42 people (81%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
22.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 5
I have finished about 1/3 of the game. So far so good. I would love to give it thumbs up. But unfortunatelly i will have to do the opposite.

I cannot continue.
On first day everything was fine. Uplay and steam worked fine together. Accounts were conected and i have seen no problems.
Day after - Uplay doesn't allow me to log in. "Too many log-in attempts". Rubbish. If 0 is too many then f*** you ubisoft. Click on play offline - to play offline log in to your account... Argh...

UPlay is steaming piece of s***.

AVOID BUYING ANYTHING THAT REQURES DOUBLE DRM (especially if second drm is uplay).
Sadly CoJ:TC is one of those games.

:(

UPDATE!

Uplay kindly allowed me to log in after some time, and I was able to finish the game. Still cannot recommend it. On highest possible difficulty game was easy and I was still dying all the time because of technical issues (for example killed by enemy that fell below the ground xD).
Driving in this game is terrible (and they made too many parts that needs driving). Shooting is nice and story is decent (especially endings). AI is probably worst AI created ever and your companions deal almost no damage. Game was designed for co-op, but you won't find anybody to play with.


SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT for Achievement hunters.
Achievements are broken. Probably because of double DRM.
Haven't received Achievo for beating game on hardest difficulty.
In the middle of the story - game stopped counting towards some achievements (fe. kill 30 people in slow motion), while other were working.
Turning off steam cloud, setting uplay to offline mode, deleting all saves (in steam and uplay) and reinstalling game helped with some achievements. But not with the one for beating game in hardest difficoulty - looks like this one is impossible to get.


SUMMARY:
DON'T BUY THIS
Bloom effect will burn your eyes, technical issues will frustrate you and double DRM will do everything to not let you even launch the game.
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38 of 54 people (70%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
26.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2014
Even though I'm giving it a thumbs up, I have mixed feelings about this game. The Cartel is the worst game in the Call of Juarez series, but it does have a few features that other games in the series (and even many co-op FPS games in general) don't have and make this game unique and somehow enjoyable to play. I would recommend this, but only when it's heavily discounted and you've got one or two friends to play in co-op with.

PROS
+ Good campaign mode with an intriguing (and underrated) storyline and characters, 4 endings and amazing soundtrack. It includes co-op mode, which is required for the full experience.
+ Replayable: 3 playable characters each with their own objectives, roles and dialogues (e.g. talking with different characters on the cellphone). Playing the story once with one character, in fact, may lead to plot-holes.
+ Varied levels with car chases, nightclub shooting, highways and more.
+ Random challenges mid-game (e.g. kill X enemies before the other players). It kinda kills the teamwork sometimes but I find it to be a nice addition, also because the main characters, plot-wise, don't get quite along with each other.

CONS
- Unfinished: the game got released when its development wasn't finished yet. It is technically horrible, with dull graphics, many bugs and audio issues. Expect frustrating moments.
- The main menu and the first levels are dull (luckily the game gets slightly better and more interesting afterwards).
- The gunplay, the driving and grenades.
- No drop-in joining (players can only join your co-op match at the start of a level).
- Multiplayer is dead.

Personal rating: 58/100

The game as-is, is MOSTLY technically horrible, but if you can get past its technical issues and focus on everything else, you might enjoy it in co-op with one or two friends.
If only Techland had more time to develop this it could have probably been a masterpiece; co-op mode is good and unique, the story is decent with memorable moments, but the rest is heavily unpolished. Dead Island, which is made by the same devs, got released in the same year.

Tip before you play: don't tell your friends what you're doing and what your character says in certain moments for the full experience!
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25 of 33 people (76%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 15, 2014
An extremely mediocre offering and I write this as a RABID Call of Juarez and all things western fan. I went into this looking for even a schlocky B-movie sort of good time after purchasing it on sale and I had to muster a LOT of courage to make it through to the end. Disappointing gunplay, terrible driving segments, paper thin characters and plotting, only play it if you're desperate for a gritty crime shooter and you've literally played everything else on your backlog. A huge disappointment. The series was thankfully put back on track with Gunslinger and I expect great things from Techland regarding the future of the franchise. But this one?

Keep clear.
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23 of 30 people (77%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 8, 2015
This game's co-op, which was what I bought it for, was somehow more broken than I imagined. It doesn't help that this game is also just effluvial grime.

Verdict: Don't do it!
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