With Play's January price bouncing back up, you'll have to go with The Hut Group if you want The cartel for under a fiver. It's a good price for an interesting game. Techland certainly didn't make a perfect tile, but with the addition of co-op, not to mention the backstabbing potential, it's a fairly fun package. Thanks, gooner@HUKD.
Call of Juarez fans might be irked by Techland's decision to jump the series forward in times to the contemporary age, but The Cartel's current price is so reasonable it almost makes amends. For just £13.99 you can nab the bloody shooter off Amazon, which saves you almost three quid on the next best offer. Tom's review should fill you in on the game's quality, although be prepared the overall judgement is that The Cartel is a decidedly average shooter.
So once again Zumba Fitness has held the top spot in the charts for a seventh week running and you've got to wonder how much longer it can possibly hold out for, I mean how many fitness fanatics are out there!Click here to see who made it into the Top Ten this week!
In a surprising turn of events, Zumba Fitness' reign atop the UK Games Charts has come to a plummeting end, with the dance-based fitness title dropping from the Top 40 entirely. Well, not really. It's still top; again. For the ninth week running, Zumba Fitness has fended off new releases and sales surges from the competition to claim top spot. Call of Juarez: The Cartel slots in at second, much-maligned The Deathly Hallows Part 2 made it in at third, LEGO Pirates of the Carribean tumbled in at fourth, and Call of Duty Black Ops is sitting snug in fifth.Click here for the rest of the chart
The Call of Juarez series offered a solid, if relatively unspectacular, action-packed representation of the 19th century gold rush frontier with its first two games (although I personally preferred Rockstar's Gun), but now developers Techland have decided to propel the gunslinging action of the Wild West into the modern day. It's a decision that caused a fair bit of controversy early on - the current drug-related lawlessness south of the Mexican border providing a very real, very present conflict indeed - but one that has allowed for a few interesting gameplay elements that Techland are hoping will elevate The Cartel into competition with, and get the jump on, a few of the big hitters later this year.
Techland are doing things a bit differently this time around, with The Cartel concentrating primarily on trying to offer what the developers have called 'Co-opetition'. The idea behind this delightful portmanteau concept is that The Cartel will offer 3 v 3 co-operative gameplay, with players taking on the roles of three law enforcement agents from three different departments: there's Ben McCall (an ancestral successor to Reverend Ray) from the LAPD, FBI agent Kim Evans and DEA officer Eddie Guerra.
Of course, anyone who's seen any American homeland thrillers will be able to guess that factional mistrust is most definitely the order of the day here: none of the agents trust one another and their parent agencies all have their own sneaky little agendas.Click here for headshot challenges and clandestine meetings...
It escaped our attention on Sunday - and Monday, but you'll forgive us for that, won't you - but news of Mexico's proposed ban of the recently announced Call of Juarez: The Cartel is most certainly worth a mention, however belated. As you might know, Mexico is in a state of panic right now, with the law enforcement embroiled in a bloody war with the drug cartels, threatening to destabilize the region. And the state of Chihuahua, where the border town of the titular Ciudad Juarez can be found, has asked the government to ban the release of the game. Over 6,000 men and women died in Juarez due to drug-related violence in 2010 alone.Is Chihuahua state right to ask for a ban? And doesn't this remind us of a certain Afghanistan-set EA shooter?