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Call of Juarez: The Cartel trailer fights against drug lords

Call of Juarez has, as a series, stayed in the wild west. While The Cartel aims to move to a more modern setting, it's still a bit of a western. There's definitely a bit of thematic influence from the excellent No Country For Old Men, and the characters definitely remind us of the classic western archetypes. Besides that, this is entirely a stylistic trailer. Lots of cool cinematics and explosions, not much else.

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Call of Juarez The Cartel should be banned from Mexico, say lawmakers [Update]

Call of Juarez The Cartel was just announced a couple of weeks ago but the upcoming first person shooter from developer Techland is already generating controversy in the mainstream media. Reuters has posted a story that reports that some people who live on the US-Mexico border believe the game, described by publisher Ubisoft as depicting a "bloody road trip from Los Angeles to Juarez, Mexico"; will glorify the real drug murders and conflicts across the border.

Laurencio Barraza, a youth worker in the Ciudad Juarez town of Mexico, is quoted as saying he believes that the game "glorifies violence, as if victims were just another number or another bonus." An Ubisoft spokesperson defends the game, saying, "While Call of Juarez the Cartel touches on subjects relevant to current events in Juarez, it does so in a fictional manner that makes the gaming experience feel more like being immersed in an action-movie than in a real-life situation." The game itself is due out sometime this summer.

Update: According to the Associated Press, lawmakers in the Mexican state of Chihuahua (where Ciudad Juarez is located) have now voted to ask Mexico's Interior Department to ban Call of Juarez: The Cartel.

Dead Island movie rights acquired (in 2009, no less)

Dead Island made a big splash this week with its reintroduction, thanks in no small part to the release of the very cool, even moving, CGI cut scene that showed a family being attacked by zombies in reverse. Now comes word that the movie rights to Dead Island have already been secured.

The Wrap reports that movie producer Sean Daniel (a producer on the Mummy series of films, among others) and Union Entertainment actually bought the Dead Island movie rights from the game's developer Techland rights way back in 2009. (Dead Island was first announced in 2007). The story says that Daniel and Union are now moving quickly to get a script written for the adaptation. Union also has the movie rights to Techland's Call of Juarez shooter series.

Call of Juarez: The Cartel announced

The Call of Juarez first person shooter franchise is getting a third installment later this summer titled Call of Juarez: The Cartel, thanks to developer Techland and publisher Ubisoft. While the first two games in the series (Call of Juarez and Call of Juarez Bound in Blood) took place in the American Wild West timeframe, Techland has decided to make a "Modern Warfare" move and set Call of Juarez: The Cartel in the present day.

Details are scarce at this point but the official press release for the game states that it will have a "gritty plot" and "interesting characters". The game chronicles what we can only assume will be a violent road trip from Los Angeles to Juarez, Mexico. More info on the game will be revealed in the latest issue of Electronic Gaming Monthly's latest print magazine. By the way the game's press release specifically said the title would be coming to "Windows PC" despite the lack of a PC mention on the game's official web site.

Download: Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood Dedicated Server

Installing this file will allow you to host a dedicated server to support Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood PC multiplayer games. The dedicated server will requires the full game to be installed first and updated with the v1.1 patch and supports custom maps made using the Content Creation Pack. Continue reading after the jump for a more detailed listing of the dedicated server features. A demo showcasing the single player experience can be downloaded here.

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Download: Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood Demo

This is the playable demo for the Wild West shooter, Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood. The demo includes a single map, the prison break level, and there is no online play. Additionally, players can only take the role of Ray. Using Ray, players will have to find a way out of the prison, eliminate the deputies while your brother Thomas covers you, get to the saloon and win the dual. System requirements are shown after the jump.

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The retail gaming web site is at it again with its latest price cut sale. This particular one lasts until 3 am Tuesday and is filled with lots of PC games, both new and old. Perhaps the one that will generate the most interest is Left 4 Dead which can be picked up for $29.90 during the sale.

Other games on sale at GoGamer include the just released Overlord 2 for $34.90, The Sims 3 for $37.90 and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen for $19.90. You can also grab some older games at rock bottom prices including Rainbow Six Vegas 2 for just $5.90 and the original Call of Juarez for a mere $4.90.

Get free game with Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood download pre-order

The upcoming Western shooter sequel Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood from developer Techland and publisher Ubisoft is due for release later this month and now the Direct2Drive download site is offering PC gamers a free copy of the original Call of Juarez when they pre-order the sequel from their site. Pre-orders also get some extra in-game cash to unlock new weapons and multiplayer character classes.

In related news Direct2Drive is offering a 50 percent discount off pre-orders of Sword of the Stars Ultimate Edition. The new collection of the space strategy game franchise from developer Kerberos Productions and publisher Paradox Interactive includes the original game, the first two expansion packs and the upcoming new mini-expansion Argos Naval Yard for just $16.95.

Ubisoft records solid full fiscal year; previews game line-up for next 12 months

Ubisoft is hanging in there with some mostly solid financial results for the France-based game publisher. Today the company announced their that full fiscal year sales results (for the year ending March 31) came in 14 percent above the previous year's results. Sales for the fourth quarter were 206 million euros, down from the 217 million euros recorded from the same time period a year ago but still in line with previously announced expectations for the period.

Ubisoft said sales of its new Tom Clancy game brand HAWX, which shipped in March, matched its expectations of 1 million total unit sales. This coming quarter is a bit light on releases with only Day of Discovery (also known as Anno 1404) and Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood due for the PC for the current quarter that ends on June 30. As a result Ubisoft expects the quarter to have sales that are 44 percent lower than the same period a year ago.

However, the company is prepping for a big holiday 2009 season which will include releases like Assassin's Creed 2, the long-delayed Splinter Cell Conviction and the game adaptation of James Cameron's sci-fi movie epic Avatar. Other games that are scheduled for release sometime in the current fiscal year are the RTS game R.U.S.E., the action game I Am Alive, and a unnamed new game in the Ghost Recon military shooter series. Unfortunately no mention was made of Beyond Good and Evil 2, the sequel to the acclaimed action-adventure game that Ubisoft first announced nearly a year ago at their last Ubidays event.

Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood trailer seeks redemption... and treasure

This trailer for Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood lets viewers know about the game's plot. The McCall brothers lose everything in the Civil War, and one becomes an outlaw in search of Aztec treasure in hopes of rebuilding. The Wild West game is expected to release in June.

Download HD Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood 'Redemption' Trailer (174 MB)
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