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When I bought this Product
Shortly after the release of Red Dead Redemption in May 2010 I was looking for ideas for my birthday which was just over a week away, after viewing some game play footage on YouTube and hearing that it was made by Rockstar I knew I would buy this game no matter what.
My Experience / Features
I bought this from Argos on my birthday with some birthday money I got and played it as soon as I got home. I was instantly hooked within minutes of starting to play and was on it all day everyday for a few days.
Story and setting
The game is set in the year 1911 where John Marston, is taken away from his family by the Bureau of Investigation and forced into the uneasy task of bringing the members of his former gang to justice.
The map of the game is based on two fictional United States counties known as New Austin and West Elizabeth, the game also includes a fictional Mexican state known as Nuevo Paraiso. The United States and Mexico share a border and are separated by the San Luis river.
As the game is set at the time when modern technology such as automobiles, machine guns and oil drilling projects were beginning to appear the main form of travel was primarily by horse of which there where a few different breeds.
The Infested Ardennais and the Jaded Tersk are some of the slowest breeds of horse available within the game, they also had the lowest stamina and health than some of the other breeds available.
Breeds such as the Dutch Warmblood and the Highland Chestnut were slightly better in the speed and stamina categories but only have slightly better stamina than the breeds mentioned above.
The Hungarian-Half Breed and the Kentucky Saddler are considered the best horses available within the game with higher stamina, health and speed than the rest of the horses.
Horse pulled carts and wagons are also available to "borrow" when you don't feel like riding a horse, some of these wagons can also be used as a fast travel point to allow quicker access to other points of the map.
Due to the limited options available there are no highly explosive weapons such as Rocket Launchers, there are various Revolvers, Pistols, Shotguns, Scoped Rifles, Rifles and Repeaters that can be acquired.
Hunting Knifes and various throwing weapons such as dynamite and fire bottles can be used when they are needed, some of these weapons may also be useful when out Hunting in the wild.
There is also a feature known as dead eye which is a slow motion aiming system useful for targeting enemies and even animals while hunting, it is also used for duelling.
In most saloons there are usually people playing activities such as Poker, Blackjack and Liar's Dice (I find this one and Blackjack very addictive) where you can enter yourself and try to beat the other players and win all the loot.
In some outdoor areas there will be a table set up where you can play five finger filet (more commonly known as the 'knife game') which involves placing the palm of your hand on a table with a space between each finger and attempting to stab the table repeatedly back and forth while avoiding your fingers.
There are also games such as Arm Wrestling and Horseshoes which involves throwing a horseshoes as close as possible to a stake in the ground, the close you get the more points you get.
While out in the wild you are able to hunt various animals such as Coyotes, Bears, Beavers and Rabbits, once hunted and killed the animal can be skinned and sold at various locations throughout the game, sometimes an animal heart or horns can be acquired which are usually worth a little more than the skin and the meat.
*GTA set in the old west
I have highly enjoyed playing this game and as I mentioned at the beginning of the review I mentioned I was playing this game constantly for the first week or so, I would highly recommend this game to anyone whether a fan of Rockstar's games or not and give this a 5 star rating.
In 2010, Rock* studios offered up an interesting concept, a GTA game set in the last years of the wild west. When the game came to light, video game players from around the world tried to imagine what Red Dead Redemption was going to be like. Whatever peoples wildest dreams on how this game was going to be, they were completely blown out of the water by this masterpiece.
Story: The story revolves around an outlaw called John Marston. You control him and play out his life in the latter years of the American frontier. His mission, which he was ordered to do by the US Marshall's in return for the safe reappearance of his family, is too seek out a couple of his previous friends, members of the gang he was once a part of. On the journey to find his former comrades, he meets many people and helps them with their troubles. There is not just the main story. There are so many little stories that intertwine and run parallel with main objective that the voyage seems never ending. You can chose to be good or bad, help out the townsfolk or leave them to it. It doesn't affect the storyline other than instead of the townsfolk helping you back, they try to kill you instead. So it's your choice...
Visuals: The game starts with a mini film that begins the story. It showcases all the amazing environment that you get to explore. It's graphics are some of the best you will see around, with the way the trees sway in the breeze or the waterfall bouncing of the rocks. One of my favourite things to do was ride on horseback to the top of the cliff, looking over the valley with waterfall crashing down one end and the sun rising in the distance. The exacting detail from the rocks to all the animals you come across is bordering on perfect. The one negative point on this part is there is a glitch on some shrubs which does pixelate them unfortunately. But in the vastness of the environment you are apart of, it's more than acceptable. You physically feel you are there thanks to the amazing graphics.
Audio: Every game nowadays has to have a decent soundtrack, to enhance the experience. With Red Dead Redemption, this doesn't fail in the slightest. The beautiful tunes feel like there reverberating of the beautiful scenery. The way they so compliment each other is a thing of enchantment. There are a couple of songs on the soundtrack which come in to play on two specific moments in the game. On both times the way they are linked to the visuals or story, it just blows you away. One of those amazing experiences you will never forget. The soundtrack itself actually won awards.
Gameplay: It was originally billed as GTA in the wild west and on the surface it is. However, if you dig deeper you find refined controls. Everything flows a lot better compared to previous Rock* games. The natural movements of the human characters have improved lots. One of the major achievements of Red Dead Redemption is the movement of the horses. Everything feels real, like you are riding a horse trying to lasso another or trying to escape from an advancing wolf pack. The main feature added to this game is a system called dead eye, which slows down time when attempting to shoot something or someone. At first you think that's cheating but believe me, the way it works means it is integral to the game and story. As with any Rock* game, you have many side missions and challenges to complete. which entails you to explore every last grain of sand in the deserts and every rock in the mountains. This game will easily consume you of 40+ hours of play time and you won't ever get bored of it. If anything, you will want to play through again and again due too the vastness and brilliance of it.
Conclusion: Non gamers won't get this but there is no difference in getting emotionally involved with a video game as there is with a tv show, film or book. This game pulls you in to it and you feel like you are John Marston. That's what world class games should do and it does. Everything about this game will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. This isn't just a game but an adventure that you do not want to miss.
When I saw the trailer for this game I just wanted it right there and then. I got as a birthday present when it came out and I knew I would have a game that I would enjoy for a very long time.
Visuals: The game looks stunning. It is the best game that I have personally seen based on visual quality. Rockstar games definitely put a huge amount of effort into making the graphics top notch. It comes out flawlessly on my 40" 1080p television! To be honest I find myself just travelling around randomly on a horse just so I can look at the scenery at a leisurely pace.
Playing the game: I won't go into much about the story line as you will find this all out when you play the game. The actual playing of the game is really awesome, there are plenty of side quests to do alongside the main story. There is replayability as you can choose to play as a good or bad guy. It does not affect much but it can cause you to experience more hostile characters if you choose to be bad.
Online mode: Playing online gives you the chance to play against other people online in gang matches, co-operative missions, poker/liars dice, horse racing etc. There is something called entering legendary status and you have to level up your character with experience points to level 50. You can do this 5 times to becoming the top legendary status in the west. This is a great addition as it makes you want to play even more as there is a reward for doing so. There are various downloadable contents that have added extra map areas that you can explore and take part in gang matches and outfits for your characters. There is almost no limit to what you can do. I doubt there are many people that have done absolutely everything there is to do in the online mode.
There is an increasing problem these days, with games being too short, too expensive, and a waste of money. Red dead redemption does not fall into that category. Yesterday I finally achieved 100 % completetion. This took me a total of 47 hours, and not once in that time was I ever bored. Some achievement don't you think? For any video game.
The gameplay is just fantastic, the way the world reacts to your every move creates a realism and sense of atmosphere I have not witnessed since playing the metal gear solid series. The random world events stay reasonably new and refreshing as well. The story missions are enjoyable and would take 20 hours alone. There is a huge range of weapons, outfits and animals to mess around with. The real enjoyment is after you've completed the missions, there are 19 stranger quests which are arguably more exciting than the main story. There are 40 legend of the west challenges that will see you shooting hats off peoples head and killing bears with your bare hand! The detail in the world is rich and plentiful and the graphics are stunning, the water effects are especially notable. For a game that has been out almost a year, its graphics and not to mention voice acting has to be second only ro uncharted.
This game is the definition of value, it will provide you with 40+ hours of entertainment, there are so many different activities to embark on, everyone unique and interesting. The perfect game.
Mind you if you have read reviews that has always compared Red Dead Redemption to Grand Theft auto western-style, well let me tell you you may have read most of them. While both games are both open-world sandbox type game with a Rockstar logo on their boxes, the comparisons do stop there.
Red Dead Redemption is game set in the Old Far west with a soul in the form of its main character James Marston. Martson, a reformed outlaw has to hunt down his old acolytes through the vast open fields of America and Mexico under the US Marshall orders as his wife and teenage son are held by the government. Throughout his search and travels, Martson will meet new allies, make new enemies, run errands and quests for other people, hunting and invole in deadly duels.
Besides the main storyline, the game offers players to involve in different sidequests as Martson rode in different cities and towns, customise their characters, upgrades weapons and horses (well you can just buy one with higher pedigree) where most quests helps to increase Marston cash flow or skills. The characters expressions, movements and voice acting has all been in realistic tone and the developers have try to bring the kind western vibe on the screen. Characters faces and clothes are rough, unkempt and untidy which is different from the glamourous gangster-styled of Grand Theft auto franchise.
The game do have the occasional glitches and bugs and you may find yourself killed numerous times whether it is the occasional ways your horse fall down on the river or you are killed accidently by wild animals.
More atmospheric than GTA 4, more engaging than L.A. Noire, more fun than Manhunt. Not only is this the best Rockstar game yet, Red Dead Redemption (RDR) is also one of the most impressive games ever released. You take charge of John Marston, a former gang member who is tasked with tracking down his remaining ex-comrades by government agents. Marston leaves the big city behind and heads for the wild western territory of New Austin, a world apart from the life he knows.
RDR is immersive. The map is huge, bigger than GTA 4's Liberty City, and feels even bigger due to the wide-open countryside setting. In most games the setting is just a background for the story to unfold in; in Red Dead, the locale is a living, breathing character of its own. Lively townships of general stores, bars and gunsmiths give way to sprawling dusty plains, broken up by ranches and farms, each with their own possibilities.
Many games feels as though you're just going through the motions from cutscene to cutscene, but RDR is as far from that as you can get. Just like in the GTA games your missions are marked on the map and you can choose which of these missions to try next, however they are not your only options. Township folk are often in need of help, whether it be searching for a kidnapped person or helping a groom-to-be please his future wife. Of course, side missions such as these can be found in other similar games, however the genius here is that once activated you can complete them at any time. You don't feel obliged to complete the task immediately. Out on the open plains you can partake in hunting birds, deer and other animals while watching out for deadly bandits and road agents looking to take your life. You can even herd cattle on the ranch, break in new horses and protect the land from destructive critters.
There's so much to see and do in RDR, it really feels as though you are living the life of a 1910's cowboy. While all the open-world options make for an immersive playing experience, everything is tied together with strong characters and an engaging story. Marston himself is a fully formed three-dimensional character, a rebellious young man in his 20's turned good in his 30's with a family back home that he's been forced to leave behind. His character is a sympathetic one that's easy to relate to. The cast of cast of characters that surround him are equally well drawn. The twisting tale is told through cutscenes before each main mission, however they are not over-long or invasive; infact they are a joy to watch thanks to the fantastic voice acting, careful direction and wonderful graphics.
RDR is simply a pleasure to look at. There's a high level of detail here graphically, from the landscape to the characters. The game still looks great even when compared to more recent PS3 releases. Sunny, cloudless days look so radiant and sharp you can almost feel the heat, while stormy downpours make you feel sodden as the ground squelches under your horses hoof. Graphic pop-in is minimal, even on wide open landscapes, thanks to the design of the map. The animations are slick, from riding your horse to shooting at foes. Everything looks as real as it possibly can.
The controls are easy to master. Riding your horse is as simple as driving a car in GTA 4, all you have to watch out for is the horses stamina. Once Neddy's stamina is drained he will throw you off his back in anger. Shooting feels intuitive and the guns respond with a satisfying kick. You have the handy 'Dead Eye' at your disposal, which once activated slows everything down allowing you to aim at your enemy more easily. Marston snaps to cover with a press of R1, allowing you to hide behind walls and rocks. You'll use cover often during gunfights as Marston is killed after four or five shots.
Red Dead Redemption is a contender for the best game ever. It is Rockstar's best release to date, which is no mean feat, and the best sandbox game out there. It even manages to top the much lauded GTA 4. Everything is so well conceived and presented it never feels like a chore to play. The only negative is it will take up so much of your time, but when you're having this much fun, who cares?
Anyone remember Gun from 2005 on the PS2? Let's all stop talking about Red Dead Redemption like we'd never seen anything like it before, fact is, it's been done. That however is not to say that Red Dead Redemption isn't fantastic, it's just not that innovative or full of new ideas like the marketing would have you believe. It is, as they say, Grand Theft Auto with horses, that's another thing that gets on my nerves, it was the marketing that told us all how not like GTA it was and the fact of the matter is that although there are huge adjustments making the game a thousand times better than GTA and there's enough new features in the game to mask the niggling similarities, but the fact of the matter is, Rockstar will have to try harder to shake there annoying little child of there back and of course the marketing department is going to harp on and on about how different it is this time... Right I think that's off my chest anyway, lets take a look at Red Dead Redemption with as few GTA references as possible.
The Story and the world around you.
Suffice to say your a rootin tootin cowboy bandit by the name o' John Marston, and after his ol' possie left him for dead after a job gone terribly wrong, John's lookin' ta' go straight and raise up some kids with his family. But his past is never far behind him and he's forced to work for the government who've kidnapped his missus and he's sent to hunt down his old gang.
Nice simple storyline to get you in the mood, typical of open world games where the story is fed to you as you go along leaving room for any twists and turns there might be, and of course just enough flavour to get you in the mood, and your thrown straight into one of the most gorgeous open world environments you'll ever have the pleasure of seeing in gaming. You wouldn't have thought they had the most extensive palette under there belt here (think desert and cacti), but the world around you has some amazing texturing and detail and the lighting, it all just roars out of the screen at you, so the huge open world just sits there begging to be explored. The sun beats down on the environment and you can really feel the heat, it works a great contrast because when it's raining you feel genuinely cool and refreshed so absolutely top marks for setting with this one.
As with most open world games there's plenty to keep you sidetracked from the main storyline. Essentially by completing the story missions and sidequests offered to you by townsfolk, you gain fame, something that was quite entertaining was when people came running at me out of nowhere and you wind up helping them defend their wagon from bandits and other times a horse thief might decide to try his luck, and you can mount up and chase em down! Other ways of gaining fame is by becoming a bounty hunter or perhaps looking out for people who want to challenge you to a duel more takes your fancy, a nice touch is that you gain more fame by taking in bounties alive, and also by shooting guns out of peoples hands in duels as opposed to killing them outright. Being famous grants you the respect of the NPC's and a discount in the local stores in each of the towns. You can however choose to be infamous by terrorising the good townsfolk and just generally drinkin' an' fightin' an' stealin' yer way round the old west. The disadvantage being that most stores won't even sell to you and you'll be accosted by bounty hunters all over the place. There is a way round this though, throw a bandanna round your moosh and you won't be recognized, but the sheriff will come out with his possie and you'll need to outrun them, even if you escape there'll be a bounty on your head unless you can pick up a letter of pardon or pay the bounty off yourself.
Short of cash? there's a number of ways to make a little dough on your jaunt through the old west apart from bounty huntin', in town you can relax with a nice game of poker, liars dice or some other gambling mini games. Perhaps horse racing is more to your taste, or you could just run around in the wilds huntin' down the wide variety of species available and skinning them for valuable hides, and strangely.. pick wild flowers...
So there's plenty of things to keep you occupied in the game world and to be honest, I really enjoyed exploring the world and a few side missions are a great excuse to get out there, you can even get yourself down to the train station, wait for the train to roll around and hitch a ride, just settle down and watch the world go by. Fantastic!
John Marston is a gun slingin' galoot there's no question there, but he comes across as a genuinely likeable character with the aid of some expert voice acting, there is in fact some of the best voice acting iv'e ever heard in a game. Every single character right down to the NPC's matches their look and there place in the story. The game is just bursting with characters who you quickly learn to love or hate, and they all come across as very memorable. My particular favourite was the first sheriff you encounter who has two deputy's with him, there both thick as muck but come in very handy in a gun fight, they where like the comic relief duo, the Laurel and Hardy of the story, and despite the plots serious notes there are some comic moments, you'll come across town drunks, even a Welshman, which I thought might be a clever reference to Billy the Kid who was in fact himself a Welshman.
So, onto the horsies. The horse riding mechanic works nicely, it has a few little niggles but overall I didn't find it too difficult, and in this game you'll be riding around a lo. so you can be thankful that the horse riding mechanic works! You can steal or buy horses as you see fit, perhaps you should shoot a bad guy off his horse, steal it, then ride around gunning down the rest of the gang, you can do that here! On top of the horse riding, one of the best parts about the "driving" aspect of the game, was thundering around in the carts and wagons, as you speed along they creak and rattle like they might fall apart at any moment! Firing a weapon while on horseback can be a little difficult but it's helped along by the dead eye mechanic, i'll get to that in a little while.
The gun play never gets old, John will take up anything from pistols to shotguns, throwing knives and lassos! The Lasso is great fun, you can wrangle horses with it, or tie up bandits (or townsfolk) and take them for a ride on your steed, or take em' down to the ol' jailhouse. And for those of you who can't aim for toffee (me), there's the dead eye mechanic, it slows down time and allows you to select your targets and then watch the resulting bloodbath ensue Yeehaw!
The story missions themselves are nicely varied, seeing you take out hideouts or blow up mountain passes to block trains right down to a little cattle drivin' there's an impressive display of variety within the game, they've taken the best of the west and squeezed it all nicely into one package. It all works together to create an amazing western movie aspect and atmosphere, all nicely helped along by the Sergio Leone'esque soundtrack that can put a tear in your eye.
Also once the credits tick over you can experience some of the sweet sweet multiplayer on offer. You can have huge shootouts or put together a possie and just roam the free world wreaking havok in the old west.
There's not all that much to "round up" (ooh bad puns again) with Red Dead Redemption, if you like the western genre in general and you like openworld gameplay (see I didn't say GTA!), then it's safe to say that Red Dead Redemption is the game for you. Plus don't forget to check out the DLC, Red Dead Redemption Undead Nightmare!
So saddle up boys i'm off to write me some reviews.
Bringing Grand Theft Auto to the Wild West! Instead of stealing cars and picking up prostitutes, you will find yourself hunting down bears, rescuing country damsels in distress, and hijacking and taming horses. The game play itself and story lines are very good, although I would say that the individual missions themselves weren't exactly testing, until you joined an online community, where you are able to hunt down other gamers and be hunted in return, so by those standards the original game is not for the gamer looking for a challenge. The graphics are really good (HD 720), with characters faces and movements life like for its time. The sub missions are great if you have done/ had enough of the story mode, however you can play the submissions as you go along, though, they can be quite time consuming. The overall package is not technically complex, however it is great for losing yourself in for hours upon end and becoming your very own Clint Eastwood.
This is the probably the best game rockstar ever made and ever will make there is no reason why you shouldn't buy this game, and spend hours upon hours playing it.
Yes this is technically a sequal to "Red dead revolver", but no one played that game and i think rockstar knew that as i never had any trouble understanding what was happening. The basic story is you are John marston, your family has been taken by the government and they won't give them back until you hunt down some of the gang members you used to ride with. The story is well told by great writing and intersting charecters who leave a big impact. The game is HUGE, this has always been a staple of Rockstar but i was blown away at the size of the world and how much there is to do in it, you can accept bounties, help stranges, hunt, storm gang hideouts and so much more. It's also amazing how much life they put into this game, you'll pass by other cowboys, see other people hunting, wild animals can attack you, it feels like a living western world. The game's size is also one of the problems i have with the game, most of the missions require you to travel great distance, and then you ussualy need to re-travel that distance to get the next mission. This is esspesialy prevelent around the halfway point.
The graphics in the game are really good, but they never blew me away like games such as uncharted 2 or god of war III did. Rockstar however made everything extreamly detailed and overall the game looks good.
As i said before the voice acting is amazing, some of the best i've heard from a game. All the voices fit the charecters and the game dose it's best not to make the cliche.
One other little gripe i have about the game is the last hour or two is kind of boring and it leads to an un-satisfying (at least for me) conclusion.
Critics have complianed about gliches in this game but only encounterd a couple.
And i haven't even started on the multiplayer yet!
There are your typical deathmatch, team-deathmatch, capture the flag ect. But there is also a free roam mode where you and up to 15 (i think) other people can do whatever you want in the game's single player world.
Overall this is a fantastic game that i have some minor gripes with, but there is som uch content in the game that i can safely say that you are getting your money's worth with a puchase
I do not like GTA games, but I really like this. Red Dead Redemption is a game which makes you really feel you are part of the Old West. Early missions require you to heard cattle and chase off coyotes and rustlers and the world is just sparse enough to make it believable with each dusty town around 3 minutes horse ride away. Anyway, lets get to business:
Visuals: Fantastic. Characters and scenery are detailed and lifelike.
Controls: Generally sharp, though there are a few small issues like the annoying way the main character falls down small hills/cliffs and rolls on the floor for a few seconds and how horses can be a little awkward to keep track of. Combat is simple with the auto targeting system, though there is still a deal of skill involved in tweaking the aim for one shot kills.
Story: Brilliant. The lead character John Marston is an excellent new character to gaming with a believable backstory and dialogue throughout the game. Other characters you meet are varied and believable and the story is well written with plenty of twists and turns that you won't see coming before the end.
Life-Span: With plenty to do (main missions, side missions, bounty hunter missions, sharpshooter, treasure hunter herbalist and hunting challenges, random world events, a variety of gambling or mini-game opportunities, outfits to collect and just going around killing stuff) there is absolutely loads to do in this game.
Replay Value: As there is the option of committing crimes and building up a bounty on your head, you can re-play the game with the sole purpose of being an outlaw, though this is not hugely enjoyable as the way main characters interact with you and the missions themselves do not change whether you are the perfect gentleman or have thousands of dollars of bounty on your head.
Overall: One of the best games of 2010 and a great world to loose yourself in for a while.
Red dead redemption is produced by a company called rockstar, rockstar in my opinion have never failed to make a entertaining game and red dead redemption carries forward their great reputation. The game is a action, adventure type game and is rated 18. Also the game has a offline playable story and some thrilling online multiplayer action.
The technical aspect of the game in my opinion is exemptlary, rockstar have always had very good graphics but in this game they seem much more defined, however i am playing with a HDMI cable. The gameplay (eg the smoothness and running of the game.) So the gameplay is also fantastic the game doesnt lag or take anytime to load it is very smooth which is surprising considering the detail and size of the terrain.
The storline/campaign is i think perfect (except the ending) dont worry i wont reveal this, just i think it could have been better. Everything else is very well done, you are in the wild west sent to look for you old gang mates (for various reasons) however finding those you seek is made very difficult by twists in the storline, random events, and even random cut scenes. The length of the storyling is very similiar to any grand theft auto game if you have played one of these, and if you havent it is not completable within 24hours, and even when you do complete it theres side missions and trophies to collect.
The online multiplayer consists of free roam, and many other competitve game modes much like call of duty however transefered in to the wild west gives a much different edge to the game modes. The one thing multplayer lacks is hardcore game modes i thin other than that, the game modes are fine. When it comes to levels and ranking there are 50 ranks and 10 prestiges and with each prestige comes a legendary character. To gain more xp and maximise your enjoyment you can play coopretively with your friends to complete online missions. The only i see with online is when you first load the multiplayer to enter your match the loading time is too long for me however this is a minor price to pay for otherwise a brilliant game.
Great great game would definatly buy even if wild west isnt your thing as its something deiffernt and fun.
Red Dead Redemption is an open-world western set in the western years. Produced by Rockstar, a company held highly in the industry for producing the engrossing Grand Theft Auto series.
The 20 hour story follows the adventures of John Marston who is sent to kill his former gang members to save his wife and child who have been taken hostage by the government. The game itself is set in three states, New Austin, Nuevo Paraiso and West Elizabeth. The story in Red Dead Redemption is fantastic and you really feel for John Marston, even when he is doing a crime. You actually believe that John Marston is a real person, a very difficult achievement for a video game to achieve. The characters in the game are also very different and can be very funny at times, the insane ones in particular.
The massive setting for the game, could have been better. Most landscapes seem to just be copy and pasted and just sand after sand. The towns are also basically the same, except for Blackwater with its industrial theme. A saving point for the setting is the wildlife you encounter, whether it be birds, coyotes and even bears! It is really fun hunting down bears late at night with your fists. Another saving point is the thriving A.I in towns. It makes you feel that the towns are really alive and being used. A final point is the random encounters you, well, encounter. Some times when going to a town you may meet a person who has had his wagon stolen or someone who wants them to hunt with you. It is very unique, if not a bit annoying as it sometimes happens in the worst of times, like during a mission.
The game follows the same structure as a GTA mission, go to a place marked on your map and start a mission. The missions in the game are usually very action-packed and involve a lot of travelling on horses. Some missions feel out of place, like the Cattle Herding missions. They are just useless and boring.
The many side quests in the game are a strong point as some of the characters are bonkers, such as a person who wants to fly and a man who thinks his dead wife is still alive. The missions themselves are usually just fetch missions, but the cutscenes make them worth it.
The combat in Red Dead Redemption is very fluent. You can buy weapons from any gunstore in a major town or pick one up, much like an RPG. The controls seem to be very quick and easy to use. The most major feature in combat is Red-Eye, a feature that slows down the combat and allows you to mark targets to shoot. The marked targets are then shot at in a fast array of bullets. This features really separates this game's combat from Grand Theft Auto 4 and other sandbox games on the market and it is thrilling when you kill ten men by marking them.
You can also shoot while riding horses, although it does take time getting used to, but it does make you feel like an outlaw on the run, which John Marston is.
Graphics-wise, the graphics in the game give us the western grainy feel of the Eastwood and Wayne movies. The game utilises motion blur, a very dramatic and nice looking feature. The graphics do seem a bit washed out, on the PS3 version at least. The characters of the game look and act brilliant, thanks to the Euphoria Physics Engine. Other graphical points that have to be mentioned is the lighting and the shadows.
Sound-wise, the game has very atmospheric sounds and the voice acting is very good, as with all Rockstar games. You can hear growl of bears before they are on the screen, it's that good.
Although I do not play it that often, Multiplayer deserves a mention. Multiplayer is very good and Free Mode is a blast with friends. Trying to hunt bears with friends gets hilarious. 16 players really is an achievement for a console game.
very refreshing for fans of grandtheft auto style games (this is a rockstar title afterall) its grand theft auto with horses, and it works! this is a great example of a game where nothings left out, if youve ever played a cowboy themed game and thought, "man i wish i could ride that stagecart" (weird thought i know) well in red dead you can! just hop on and trundle yer way to runnin down some bandits n' outlaws!
The graphics of this game are incredible for a game with such a huge map, the shading and water effects are great and its a real genuine pleasure to work your way round the fantastic towns and cross the dusty plains of this old west wonderland.
For once the main character is very likeable, and the voice acting is superb which is a boon for any game as voice acting for games is not known for its excellence lol the script also often has some funny gags and carrys the story of the game very well.
The gun slinging in this game is also something worth playing, once you have mastered the controls the fighting feels fluid and very satisfying, you can almost feel the pistol chambers clickin!
All in all, definitely worth a play.
Western games are a pretty small genre, you could count the last five year's westerns on your hand, whereas you'd need to be an Indian god to do the same for all the modern, war-type shooters. Why is this? Maybe because most of the previous titles are good but not excellent, and since there's about a two year gap between every game. Red Dead Redemption however, has changed pretty much all this.
It's developed by Rockstar (of GTA fame) and it is, essentially, Grand Theft Auto: Old West; This is certainly not a bad thing though, as it has the dark humour, realistic shoot-outs and massive sand-box environment of infamous GTA games. In fact, if there's no sequel I'll be damn surprised.
-GRAPHICS- Cut-scene and in-game animation graphics are as you would expect; not to say they are below average, but are simply dead-on what you would expect to find in a big-budget 2010 PS3 game. Sometimes objects characters are holding look a little silly and textures seem a bit mixed in together like some kind of tapestry, but when you venture into the big bad world, and see birds in the sky, waterfalls, wildlife and sunsets on the horizon, you experience some of the best visuals created so far. The semi-gritty feel most Rockstar game graphics have work best on this game, which of course fits right in with the poor and grimy Wild West.
-GAMEPLAY- Early gameplay is tedious but forgivingly so (yeah, you're a cowboy so you have to herd cows...) but when you hit the main missions i.e. taking out gang hideouts or shooting at bandits on horseback, you realise it really has the feel of a true western. The guns used are surprisingly accurate (historically I mean, not the shotgun) and you have superb variety of rifles, revolvers, pistols, shotguns, explosives and of course a lasso which you unlock and buy throughout the story. The shooting can be either fantastic or frustrating, with often less than five bullets sending you to an early grave. However, this adds realism and the shooting itself is more duck-and-cover and careful aiming due to single shot weaponry so this isn't a big problem. Apart from that, there's a dead eye mode used for duels and multiple enemies, to put hit markers over enemies in slow motion for easier kills. The horse-riding itself is fun but does get a little dull and in my opinion, overused. The game itself takes part in three areas, the atypical wild west full of frontier towns, Mexico full of bandits and sombreros and Blackwater, a built-up early 20th century town, all of these have different stores, missions and characters which bring each to life Overall, one of the best open-world games on the market that I've played so far.
-STORY- Game stories are evolving, with better cutscenes and more in-depth stories and Red Dead is firmly a part of this. As well as the gameplay and general atmosphere, the story also draws heavily from Leone's spaghetti westerns. John Marston, the lead, is a combination of The Man With No Name and Col. Mortimer from the Dollars trilogy and Clint Eastwood's aging gunslinger Bill Munny from Unforgiven. John is an ex-bandit who, after having his wife and son kidnapped by the Government is forced to hunt down and kill his own gang members. Of course, there's plenty of 'two-timin'', tense moments, whores, lawmen and general Old West testosterone with an ending that really has an impact.
-SOUND-Apt, Morricone style whistles and strings often play in the background and a couple of modern tracks are even inserted which actually fit well, like the rest of the score. The guns sound just like you expect them too if you've seen any Western movie and the voice acting (especially Marston) is some of the best found on a console.
-Also, if you have online the Undead Nightmare DLC is THE best value for money download on PSN by far.-
This game is more than Grand Theft Auto with Horses. The storyline is well crafted, with many twists and turns along the way! There are some very crazy characters within Red Dead's world and they are all playable in Red Dead's multiplayer!
The world is divided into two locations, one being Mexico and the other one in America. There are differences between these two locations (mainly the Mexicans try a kill you off) (especially when you first go there). There are beautiful sprawls of desert that are inhabited by many different animals and the occasional person does come along so you can steal their horse.
It does use the GTA4 engine and there are no major changes to the graphics within the game! The mission structure is the same as GTA4s, with new missions opening up after completing older ones or after a certain amount of time! The story is much more heartfelt and you really emote a lot better with the main character.
All the standard weapons are in the game such as pistols, rifles, molotovs and other classic western weaponry.
The multiplayer is a lot more fun than GTA4's, with people you can get into possys and ride round mowing other people down. Always fun! Plus Undead Nightmare is amazing!