Red Dead Redemption Review

Posted: June 11, 2010 in Gaming
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Rockstar San Diego recently brought to us another free-roam sandbox style game titled “Red Dead Redemption”. It’s a wild romp through the final days of the western frontier.

The game follows John Marston, a retired outlaw, Reluctant bounty hunter and wannabe rancher as he travels through New Austin and Mexico hunting down his former gang members. His travels take him to some diverse locations and in contact with some colorful characters.

While in the game you will NEED money, for ammo as well as items that could prove useful, such as a bandanna to hide your identity or a bandolier to increase your ammo carry size. Luckily for you there are numberous ways to earn money in this game. You can hunt bounties, do ranch work, skin animals and sell the skins at the general store or of course rob people.

The controls take a few minutes to get used to, especially on horseback, but once you are used to it, and comfortable with it you will love it!

Some reviewers will say “This game is basically grand theft auto IV, but set in the wild west.”  Those people would also be wrong. Yes, there are similarities, This is true. That’s to be expected considering it uses the same game engine. However the differences are multiple! For one thing, it uses a health system similar to the newer call of duty games. It also has a moral system to determine if you are a bad guy or a good guy. There’s obviously no radio stations. It has the Dead Eye feature which basically is slow-mo while you take aim and  target multiple enemies. Lastly they employ an improved duck and cover combat feature, so you can shield yourself behind objects in the environment and poke out to fire off a few shots before returning to cover.

Those are just a few MINOR differences. If anything, I would say the game is a cross between Fallout 3, GTAIV and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. The game takes all the best features and aspects of those 3 titles and blends them together really well to come out with this masterpiece.

Another thing you might be interested in knowing is that the game is a sequel to another game titled “Red Dead Revolver”. However, if you haven’t played it, don’t fret! Redemption is not a DIRECT sequel, more like a spiritual one. The stories don’t really connect, so you don’t have to worry about being lost in a plotline, or scratching your head in confusion, because an event being referred to is from a different game.

Apart from being an incredible single player experience, it also has an Online multi-player feature. Most games either shine in their single player campaign or the multi-player aspect. Very few game titles manage to provide an enjoyable experience in both fields. However, Red Dead Redemption has managed just that.

Bottom line: The game is visually stunning, with a fun story that will leave you begging for more! If you love sandbox games, shooters or Role-playing games you will no doubt love this game.

Here’s a tip for you though. If you think you have beaten this game, there’s a chance you might not have REALLY beaten it. There’s a point in the game, that really seems like the end but isn’t really. To avoid any spoilers, just remember this: Most games have credits when they end. Red Dead Redemption is no different! If you haven’t gotten the credits, then you haven’t finished the game.

So, if you are one of those people who didn’t actually finish the game like you might have thought, and now just discovered that there’s more of an ending than you actually experienced, and are now wondering how you access that bad-boy? The answer is quite simple really. Just do the stranger missions! Need help finding em all? Check this page out. Now, go finish the game for reals this time!


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