Call of Juarez

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Call of Juarez
Call of Juarez cover
North America Ubisoft
Europe Focus Home Interactive
Chrome Engine 3
Release dates
Windows September 5, 2006
Metacritic 72
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Perspectives First-person
Genres FPS
Art styles Realistic
Themes Western
Series Call of Juarez
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Call of Juarez on Wikipedia
Call of Juarez
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Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood 2009
Call of Juarez: The Cartel 2011
Call of Juarez: Gunslinger 2013

General information Community Discussions for game series Support Page
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Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SecuROM 7 DRM disc check
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Humble Store
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DRM-free after installation through Steam client (notes may include more details)
Can be played without Steam running.[1]
The gameplay in certain sections of the game is different depending on the installed patch version and on the local version (European vs. North American), e.g. a stealth sequence gets replaced by a chase sequence and several sub-levels are cut out.[2]


A demo is available here (German site).

Essential improvements[edit]


Patch is the latest patch available. Included in GOG and Steam version. Mind that different patches and different local versions (European vs. American) have some gameplay differences that some might regard as changes to the worse.[2]

Censorship in German version[edit]

When playing the German version (German retail or installing the German version in GOG / Steam), most blood effects and a few other things are censored out (see here for a complete description in German). This can be mitigated by installing the English version in Steam or GOG, but then the German language support is gone. To remove the censorship while keeping the German version, first install the German version and then download and install this patch.

This patch garbles the description of two graphics options in the options menu, but they keep functional, so this doesn't impact the game.

Black bars on top and bottom[edit]

To remove the black bars on top and bottom of the screen, download this patch, unpack it and put the content of the archive into the game folder.

Make sure to use the DirectX 10 version[edit]

The game comes with two .exe, one for DirectX 9 (CoJ.exe) and one for the much better looking DirectX 10 (CoJ_DX10.exe). Make sure to launch the game from the DX10 version to get improved graphics. When using Steam or GOG, make sure that this exe is the one that gets started when clicking Play.

On GOG Galaxy, this is done by clicking on the symbol to the right of the play button, then Manage Installation -> Configure. There you select the DX10 as Default Executable.

When launching with the DirectX 10 version, you can go to the graphics menu in-game and change the option at the very bottom to "yes". This will activate all DirectX10 improvements.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\call of juarez\out\Settings\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/3020/pfx/[Note 1]
CD-key is stored in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Techland\CallOfJuarez\SerialNumber

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\call of juarez\out\save\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/3020/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
To remove the black bars, see the WSGF entry. Image gets cut on top and bottom at certain 16:9 resolutions.[3] The patch can be downloaded here.
Vert- by default. See the WSGF entry for a fix.
Vert- by default. See the WSGF entry for a fix.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See the WSGF entry
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up to 8x FSAA.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
See Run the game at screen refresh rate.


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
No mouse acceleration.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, SFX and Speech.
Surround sound
Up to 7.0 output with DirectSound3D restoration software or OpenAL.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
Supports EAX through either DirectSound3D or OpenAL.
OpenAL mode has reversed front and rear channels. Use DirectSound3D mode instead.[4]
DirectX mode has reversed height channels for enemies even with DSOAL. Sounds above you will sound like they're below you.[5]


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Setting the language to German causes the violence censorship to activate, unless using this fix.
Only available in the retail version.
Only available in the Fullgames (retail) version


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Online play

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
User created game profile, see vorpx forum profile introduction.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Crash in Episode 4 when reloading left gun[edit]

In episode 4 (where Billy has to sneak to the mine/train), getting a revolver for your left hand and then reloading it sometimes crashes the game in DirectX10 mode.[6][7][8] This is especially problematic for the section at the end where you have to defend your position and wait for the train.

The same bug can happen during the two bossfights towards the end of the game (seemingly whenever a boss' health bar is on screen). The same solutions apply.

There are some workarounds for this:

Don't use your left revolver in this section
  1. Play through that part just using your right revolver, pick up a rifle and use your bow. The bug also doesn't happen if you dual-wield with sawn-off shotguns, so you can pick up those. It just happens with the weapon in your number 1 slot.
  2. After the next loading screen (end of episode 4), you can use it again.
Use DirectX 9 mode

The bug seems to not happen when playing the game in DirectX 9 mode.

  1. Start the game with CoJ.exe instead of CoJ_DX10.exe.
  2. If using Steam or GOG, you can set which exe the client uses.
  3. After the next loading screen (end of episode 4), you can go back to CoJ_DX10.exe.
Use safe mode

The bug seems to not happen when playing the game in safe mode.

  1. Start the game in safe mode.
  2. Play through that section (ends with jumping on the train).
  3. After the next loading screen (end of episode 4), you can go back to normal mode.

Issues fixed[edit]

See also the game's page on TweakGuides.

Game crashes on launch after Techland logo when running in DirectX 10 mode[edit]

The DirectX 10 version may have compatibility issues with Windows 7 and later[9]
  1. Launch the game in compatibility mode for Windows XP SP 3

Run the game at screen refresh rate[edit]

Maximum selectable refresh rate is 100 Hz. This does not limit FPS, but may set your monitor's refresh rate to 100 Hz, which may result in screen tearing on a 120 Hz or 144 Hz monitor.
Set screen refresh rate[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Video.scr with a text editor.
  3. Set MaxRefresh to the screen refresh rate (e.g. MaxRefresh(120)).

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9, 10
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Audio DirectSound3D, OpenAL

Make corpses stay[edit]

There is an option in the game menu to make corpses stay longer, but this only increases the time for a few seconds. Corpses still quickly disappear, which makes it hard to find their guns laying around. You can install this mod to make the corpses stay much longer. The mod installation UI is in German, but it works with any game version.

Careful, this mod also allows you to shoot civilians, but you still fail the game when you kill one. However, it is easy to distinguish civilians from enemies.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 2000
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 2.2 GHz
AMD Athlon 2400+
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 6600
ATI Radeon 9800
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX 9 compatible


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/3020/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (3020) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.