Throughout the Call of Juarez series, there are numerous similarities and references to the Western genre.
Call of Juarez SeriesEdit
- In Episode VI of Call of Juarez, on the right side of the train, by the cliff is a wooden cross. At the base of the cross is a human skull. This is the only area in the game that this is seen. The cross or skull can be picked up, both of which cause the cross to collapse.
- In the Aztec Temple in Treasures Hidden in the Sand, on the booby-trapped path, the stones that are "safe" have the Aztec Calendar on them.
- The secret Wanted Posters scattered throughout the game feature the developers of the game.
- Ray McCall is featured as a Nugget of Truth in Call of Juarez: Gunslinger. He also is seen on an achievement/trophy tile for Call of Juarez: The Cartel.
- Several achievements in Call of Juarez: The Cartel reference various cop and action movies from the 1970s to 1990s. Notable examples:
- The achievement "Guns. Lots of Guns", is a quote from the film The Matrix.
- The achievement "Rubber Duck" is a reference to the 1978 film Convoy (Which is also the mission's name), in which the protagonist is called Rubber Duck.
- The achievement "Alba Varden" is a reference to a ship of the same name in Lethal Weapon 2.
References to FilmsEdit
- Tom Manson, Ty Stewart, and the McClyde Brothers are likely a reference to Marshal Stockburn and his men from the film Pale Rider.
- Ray McCall is a possibly a reference to the character Will Munny from Unforgiven. He also is a possible reference to Preacher from Pale Rider. Coincidentally, both characters were played by Clint Eastwood.
- Billy Candle's use of a whip, and the exploration found in Episode XII are obvious references to Indiana Jones.
- Ray also bears a similarity to "Black Hand" Kelly from the film Tremors 4: The Legend Begins.
- Silas Greaves was inspired by the "Man With No Name" from the Dollars Trilogy.
- In Call of Juarez: Gunslinger, when fighting Henry Plummer, he says "I'm going medieval on your ass", referencing the movie Pulp Fiction.
References to Television ShowsEdit
References to LiteratureEdit
- Ray McCall bears more than a passing resemblance to the character Saint of Killers from the Preacher comic series.
References to Real-LifeEdit
- Billy Candle could be a reference to Billy the Kid who was one of the most infamous outlaws in the West.
- Outlaw Killin' Jim Miller was a hired outlaw who wore a sheet of iron over his chest under a frockcoat. He also was a frequent attender to church. It is highly likely Ray McCall was based off Miller.
- The character "Dirty" Dave is a reference to outlaw Dave Rodabaugh, who would later appear in Call of Juarez: Gunslinger.
- Rifle ammunition is made by "Chesterwin" a reference to the firearms company Winchester Repeating Arms Company.
- A drink is found throughout the game called Daniel Jackson. It is a reference to Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey.
- At least in the Candy Store nightclub, there are draught (draft) beer called "DeadIcelander". It is a possible reference to Techland's other 2011 title, Dead Island.