The list of iconic Western games is pretty short, and while we might not be ready to grant Call Of Juarez: Gunslinger icon status, it is a fun summertime diversion. Drew Toal and I were both intrigued when we heard about the novel frame that the developers at Techland dreamed up for what is essentially a spinoff from the moribund Call Of Juarez series. You play through the memories of an old man, Silas Greaves, as he recounts his Wild West adventures to a spellbound audience in a dusty saloon (an audience that grows increasingly irritated with the narrator’s penchant for embellishment). It’s a neat storytelling device, and sometimes all it takes is a conceptual flourish like this to make an old formula feel fresh for a few moments.
Speaking of old formulas, Drew and I are pretty confident that the gumball eyes on our “frozen confections” have been sitting in a warehouse since Silas Greaves’ heyday.