Call of Juarez: The Cartel is a first-person shooter for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, and XBOX 360. Developed by Techland and originally published by Ubisoft, the PlayStation and XBOX versions were released in June 2011 and the Windows version in September. It is the third game in the Call of Juarez series, although narratively, it is unrelated to the two previous games (Call of Juarez and Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood), and whereas they were set in a western milieu, The Cartel is set in modern-day Los Angeles and Mexico. The series would go on to include one additional game; Call of Juarez: Gunslinger (narratively unrelated to the other games, but returns to the western milieu).
The Cartel tells the story of an interagency task force investigating a powerful Mexican drug cartel after it bombed the DEA's Los Angeles offices. Featuring LAPD detective Ben McCall, FBI agent Kim Evans, and DEA agent Eddie Guerra, the team must face their mistrust of one another, as each is revealed to have their own agenda. When it emerges that the cartel has infiltrated the American government, the case morphs from a drug-related investigation into a political conspiracy, with no one sure where they stand.