Week in Arcade: Call of Juarez Gunslinger

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Call of Juarez turns into a $15 digital download this week.

Call of Juarez Gunslinger

Stupendous XBLA first-person shooter with enough energy to pass as a next-gen light gun shooter of sorts. Dynamic visual style boosts contrast and deepens a cel-shaded facade, while celebrating insane levels of violence. The underrated Juarez series has never been better, ignoring the side mechanics and honing in on generous, powerful shooting mechanisms that splatter heads with the best of them. First-person narration delivers a stock western tale with generous enthusiasm to match the needs of the action’s pacing. Repetitive as can be and no worse for it, Juarez is charged up with simplicity, loving every minute of it.