Call of Juarez: The Cartel

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Call of Juarez: The Cartel
Call of Juarez: The Cartel cover
Developers
Techland
Publishers
Ubisoft
Engines
Chrome Engine 5
Release dates
Windows September 8, 2011
Reception
Metacritic 51
IGDB 51
Call of Juarez: The Cartel on HowLongToBeat
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Call of Juarez: The Cartel on Wikipedia
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Key points

DirectX 11 renderer is slower and doesn't offer any noticeable improvements in graphics quality.[1]
Online multiplayer services have been discontinued.[2]
Uplay actions, and rewards can no longer be unlocked.

General information

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Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
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Windows
Steam (unavailable)
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Windows
All versions require Steam and Ubisoft Connect DRM.
Currently not available digitally due to a publishing dispute between Techland and Ubisoft.[3]

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Pre-Order DLC
Windows
Pre-Order Pack 1
Windows
Pre-Order Pack 2
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Skip Intro[4]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\MD\Data\Menu\Movies\
  2. Delete or rename Intro_720p.wmv.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Call of Juarez - The Cartel\out\Settings\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/33420/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\33420\remote\out
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/33420/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Ubisoft Connect

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
Image is heavily letterboxed.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Default is 50° vertical. See Field of view (FOV) or use The Cartel Overhaul Mod for 68° vertical/100° horizontal.
Windowed
Only borderless available. See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

This game uses vertical FOV. See FOV Calculator for help.
Edit default_levels.xml[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\MD
  2. Open Data0.pak with 7-Zip or similar.
  3. In it go to Skills and extract a file default_levels.xml
  4. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Call of Juarez - The Cartel\out
  5. In this folder create a folder Data.
  6. In folder Data that you've just created, create another folder, named Skills.
  7. Now move default_levels.xml that you've extracted to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Call of Juarez - The Cartel\out\Data\Skills
  8. Open default_levels.xml in Notepad.
  9. Change <prop n="CameraDefaultFOV" v="50.0"/> to the desired FOV value.

Notes

Changing FOV affects gun physics. Too high FOV will result in a gun kicking downwards.

Windowed[edit]

Video.scr[citation needed]
  1. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Call of Juarez - The Cartel\out\Settings
  2. Open Video.scr in Notepad.
  3. Remove the line Fullscreen()

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
5.1
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Czech
Dutch
French
German
Italian
Polish
Russian
Spanish

Issues fixed[edit]

Microstuttering[edit]

Changing CPU Priority
  1. Open the Task Manager, and go to the Details tab.
  2. Right-click 'CoJ_TheCartel' and select 'Set Priority'.
  3. Select 'High'. Then click 'Change priority'.
This has to be done every time the game is launched.
Disable repeat keystrokes while in the game[5]
  1. Enter the Ease of access center (this can be accessed through Accessories after clicking Start).
  2. Click 'Make the Keyboard Easier to use'.
  3. Click 'Set Filter Keys'.
  4. Click 'Set up Filter Keys'.
  5. Click 'Turn on Repeat Keys and Slow Keys'.
  6. Click on 'Set up Repeat Keys and Slow Keys'.
  7. Select the option to ignore all repeated keystrokes.
  8. Reduce the time option at the top to 0.0 seconds.
  9. Go back.
  10. Ensure that 'Turn on Filter Keys' is ticked at the top and apply.
  11. When you're done, untick the box and apply.

ADS Sensitivity[edit]

Edit default_levels.xml
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\MD
  2. Open Data0.pak with 7-Zip or similar.
  3. In it go to Skills and extract a file default_levels.xml
  4. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Call of Juarez - The Cartel\out
  5. In this folder create a folder Data.
  6. In folder Data that you've just created, create another folder, named Skills.
  7. Now move default_levels.xml that you've extracted to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Call of Juarez - The Cartel\out\Data\Skills
  8. Open default_levels.xml in Notepad.
  9. Change <prop n="LookAimVertSpeed_Mouse" v="0.125"/> to <prop n="LookAimVertSpeed_Mouse" v="0.25"/>
  10. Change <prop n="LookAimHorzSpeed_Mouse" v="0.125"/> to <prop n="LookAimHorzSpeed_Mouse" v="0.25"/>
  11. Save the changes.

High FOV Causes Clipping[edit]

Use The Cartel Overhaul Mod
When using a higher FOV there will be a large amount of clipping on most weapon models. This mod fixes the issue by setting the FOV to 68° vertical (100° horizontal) and moving the positions of every weapon to remove as much clipping as possible.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
vorpX
G3D
User created profile, see here.

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
12 Versus, Co-op
Online functionalities have been discontinued on the November 11, 2017

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9, 11
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Mods[edit]

  • The Cartel Overhaul Mod - Massive overhaul mod for Call of Juarez: The Cartel. Increases the FOV to 68° vertical, fixes weapon model clipping due to high FOV, unlocks all weapons including previously unobtainable ones, improves the sluggish movement, removes motion blur, and much more.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz
AMD Athlon 64 X2 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB (XP)
2 GB (Vista, 7)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT
ATI Radeon HD 3850
DirectX 9.0c compatible

Notes

  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>/33420/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (33420) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References