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June 29 2011
Call of Juarez: The Cartel - PS3 Preview
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Call of Juarez: The Cartel is coming to PS3.
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Visually Techland's COJ: The Cartel impresses.

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Bloodshed and gunfire in the strets.
Polish developer Techland is making a bit of a name for itself of late. As well as the successful Call of Juarez series of games, of which this preview looks at the latest title, the developer also has Dead Island coming out in the coming months and it's another title generating a lot of buzz. But back onto this game, Call of Juarez: The Cartel is the third game in this franchise but the focus has moved from the Wild West to modern day.

When a Mexican drug cartel bombs a US law enforcement agency, a US task force begins a blood-soaked quest for justice. As you fight to dismantle the Cartel and unravel the mystery of the bombing, youíll embark on an epic, bloody road trip from the streets of Los Angeles to Ciudad Juarez. Experience the lawlessness of todayís Wild West as you hunt down the Cartel before the violence escalates north of the border.

The game allows you to choose from three main characters; Ben McCall is a brutal LAPD cop and descendant of Ray McCall, Eddie Guerra is a DEA agent with a chronic gambling habit and Kim Evans is a gang-affiliated street kid turned FBI agent.

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Taking the battle out of town.
The game includes a wide range of missions including raids, witness protection, interrogation, undercover missions, shooting in a crowd, car chases and more. As one would expect The Cartel includes a wide range of weapons including pistols, machine guns, sniper rifles, anti-air weapons among others while the locations are varied and include Sequoia National Park, Los Angeles, Candy Store Gentleman's Club, The Port of Los Angeles, Panorama Night Club, East Los Angeles and of course Juarez in Mexico.

The developers have focused on the multiplayer aspects of this title and besides the normal modes such as Deathmatch have included a new mode called co-opetition. No that's not a typo. Indeed this is 3-player cooperative mode with a competitive twist. Staying alive while taking down a powerful Cartel requires you and your buddies to work as a team. With this new mode, as you work together, you'll have opportunities to prove that you're the best. Combat challenges, such as "the first to get 5 headshots," destruction challenges, such as "the first to blow up 4 cars," and more will give you plenty of chances to prove your dominance.

In addition to challenges, each character has their own agenda - be it revenge, loyalty or debt. As you play, youíll need to feed your character's demons, which may mean undermining the team's common mission... So be careful and donít get caught - no one likes to be double crossed.

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Call of Juarez: The Cartel is action packed.
Visually The Cartel looks the business with some detailed character models, some impressive locations spanning from modern day Los Angeles to modern day, but much older looking Juarez in Mexico. The game uses Chrome Engine 5, the latest build of Techland's in-house developed game development platform and if the game can maintain a solid frame rate with little or no screen tearing.

Set for release in July 2011 Call of Juarez: The Cartel looks like being an exciting prospect indeed. Visually impressive and with two solid previous games we expect Techland will deliver something quite special indeed. We'll find out for certain in a few weeks time.