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CALL OF JUAREZ THE CARTEL <span>(2011)</span> artwork


Type VideoGame

Release dates 22/07/2011

Ratings Info Contains frequent strong language, bloody violence and sexualised nudity

Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.

  • Suitable only for 15 years and over icon15

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Note: The following text may contain spoilers

CALL OF JUAREZ THE CARTEL is a game played from the first-person perspective. The player assumes the role of one of a three member team working to bring down a drugs cartel in contemporary Los Angeles. The game was classified '15' for frequent strong language, bloody violence and sexualised nudity.

At '15' the BBFC's Guidelines state 'There may be frequent use of strong language (for example, ‘fuck’)'. CALL OF JUAREZ THE CARTEL features frequent strong language during gameplay, which is used by both the heroes and villains, and can be aggressive in tone.

At '15' the Guidelines state that 'Violence may be strong but should not dwell on the infliction of pain or injury. The strongest gory images are unlikely to be acceptable'. The strong bloody violence in the game features sight of blood spurting from the bodies of enemies. However, the blood is glimpsed in generalised fashion during fighting rather than being focused upon. While enemies can be shot after death - leading to further spraying of blood - bodies can't be dismembered. Innocent characters can be shot during the levels, but doing this repeatedly will end the mission prematurely with the player required to restart. Also, shooting innocent characters after their death does not produce any blood. The game also features a scene in which the agents interrogate a character who is seen standing in a room with a noose around his neck. A box is kicked out from under him and he struggles for breath. One of the characters begs another member of the party to stop this torture, and after a few seconds he is supported again, immediately providing the information he knows. As with the game as a whole, this sequence is part of a comic book style narrative, with the player's characters shown to be grizzled anti-heroes who will resort to extreme methods to get the results they need. They do not represent typical heroes within a contemporary and / or domestic environment.

The sexualised nudity in the game is seen during a 'cut scene' in which the agents burst in on an underwear-clad woman writhing on a bed with a naked man. While he is not seen in any detail, the woman's breasts are briefly shown as she sits above him and then gets up to leave. No strong detail is provided. This accords with the Guidelines at '15', which state 'Nudity may be allowed in a sexual context but without strong detail'. One level in the game takes place in a strip club, with underwear-clad women shown walking about the club and dancing on stage. There are also references to lap dances in this level.

The game also contains drug references. For example, in one level the player is tasked with the eradication of marijuana plants being grown by the villains, and, after doing so, a couple of comic asides are made relating to the inhalation of the drug. However, the game as a whole does not encourage or promote drug misuse.


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