D+PAD Magazine writes:
The Wild West – it was dusty, barren and if the movies of old are anything to go by, plagued with lawlessness and gun-toting cowboys. It was also not without its charm, giving way to the aforementioned Hollywood flicks as well as a few high-quality games, most notably Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption. One title which never quite received the praise it deserved was Techland’s Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood; the prequel to the generally overlooked first instalment. It’s almost impossible to mention The Cartel without fondly referencing the last game, as this latest attempt may have undone all of the groundwork laid down by its predecessor.