Default Prime's Lucas Stephens writes, "The curse of the third installment strikes many a franchise. The Western-themed Call of Juarez series became such a victim in 2011 when Ubisoft released the critically panned Call of Juarez: The Cartel. Plagued with broken mechanics and questionable design decisions, its biggest mistake was taking the lore out of the Old West and plastering it in the modern age. They reduced the series to nothing but a run-of-the-mill shooter. Developer Techland has honorably stepped up to not only return the series to its former grace, but make quite possibly the most memorable installment to the Call of Juarez franchise with Gunslinger."