Though it may be hard to believe now, the first Call of Juarez was an example of a Wild West video game done right.
Techland's first effort predated Red Dead Redemption by around four years. It very obviously lifted characters from Unforgiven and followed story beats from classics like The Wild Bunch. It's reverence for the genre and unashamed homages were the subject of much praise.
Over the years the series has suffered a decline in quality. While Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood's varied gameplay redeemed some of its failings, Call of Juarez: The Cartel is an indefensible mess. In our Bound in Blood review we called it an "an inept shooter that manages to make Duke Nukem Forever look like Modern Warfare."
Fans of the Western genre are woefully underserved. Given Rockstar's tendency to take its sweet time with sequels, it might be years before we hear so much as a peep about Red Dead Redemption 2, so it would be nice to have another series offering up gun-slinging gameplay in the wild wild west.
We don't think Call of Juarez's potential has been completely squandered yet, we think it could deliver the goods, and apparently Ubisoft has too. Earlier this week it revealed Call of Juarez: Gunslinger, a PC, Xbox Live Arcade and PSN title coming out next year.
The live-action trailer reveals very little about the game, which is perfect for our indulgently demanding wishlist feature. Below are a few things we want to see in Call of Juarez: Gunslinger. As always tell us what you'd like in the comments below.
From the little Ubisoft has told us about it, Gunslinger sounds like it will be a multiplayer shooter with an emphasis on leveling up and unlocking perks - you know, that old Call of Duty chestnut. As much as we like gunning down our fellow man for experience points, we hope Call of Juarez: Gunslinger also has a strong single-player campaign. The smaller scope of the project means it could be used tell a tightly scripted, memorable story that lasts no more than a few hours. The studio has teased a quest to capture the likes of Billy the Kid, Pat Garrett and Jesse James, we just hope it keeps it short and sweet.