GamePro: "Sure, The Cartel isn't the worst shooter ever. I mean, it's fine. It's meh. Hell, it's not even meh, it's eh. That "m" is too good for it. Techland has taken what was a really cool setting (the Old West) for a shooter, and some really nifty characters and dialogue, and turned them into a weird combination of a Vin Diesel movie and every curse word ever, with a subtle patina of racial stereotyping thrown in.
What happened to the Bible-thumping, fire-and-brimstone dealing, Reverend Ray McCall from the original Call of Juarez? Whither his snappy one-liners and "power-of-Christ-compels- you" ass kicking? Replaced, unhappily, by a series of cliches and boring shooting sequences. The Cartel, instead of making use of an interesting milieu, simply sticks the player in modern day Los Angeles (later Mexico), and has him gun down an endless series of interchangeable enemies in pursuit of some ill-defined law-enforcement-related score at the end of the line."