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Red Dead Redemption is an open-world, third-person, action-adventure game set at the tail end of the American West West era. Action takes place in the first few years of the twentieth century and revolves around the choices that the protagonist, former outlaw John Marston, is forced to make due to his blemished past. The game features a morality system assigning honor and fame points generated through the player's choices. It also features Wild West themed mini-games, new targeting and cover systems, extensive horse riding abilities, a wealth of period specific weapons and more than 40 huntable animals.

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Red Dead Redemption is a Western epic, set at the turn of the 20th century when the lawless and chaotic badlands began to give way to the expanding reach of government and the spread of the Industrial Age. A follow up to the 2004 hit Red Dead Revolver, this game tells the story of former outlaw John Marston, taking players on a great adventure across the American frontier.

 

John Marston packing heat in Red Dead Redemption
Choose to fight for honor or fame as former outlaw John Marston.
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Gameplay
Red Dead Redemption is a third-person action-adventure game set a fictional open-world American Wild West environment for players to explore. Gameplay area types include frontier towns, rolling prairies teaming with wildlife, and perilous mountain passes - each packed with an endless flow of varied distractions. Along the way, players will experience the heat of gunfights and battles, meet a host of unique characters, struggle against the elements and animals of one of the world’s last remaining wildernesses, and ultimately pick their own precarious path through an epic story about the death of the Wild West and the gunslingers that inhabited it. In their travels throughout the territories of the gameworld players partake in a morality system built on honor and fame, where they gain or lose points in each area based on their actions. The game features an easy to use cover system, a variety of mounts and period specific weapons including a cattleman revolver, a mauser pistol, a repeater rifle, a sawed-off shotgun, a throwing knife, a lasso and more. Western themed mini-games are also available, including showdowns, gambling, hunting bounties, cattle herding and five finger fillet.

Key Game Features

  • Expansive open-world gameplay set in the final years of the American Wild West.
  • Massive play area made up 3 unique regions composed of towns and outposts filled with characters with varying looks, accents, etc.
  • Morality system based on honor and fame generated by the players actions throughout the game.
  • Loads of unique non-player characters to interact with.
  • Western themed mini-games including showdowns, gambling, hunting bounties, cattle herding and five finger fillet.
  • An assortment of period specific weapons including a cattleman revolver, a mauser pistol, a repeater rifle, a sawed-off shotgun, a throwing knife, lasso and more.
  • The Dead Eye targeting mechanic, allowing the player to slow down time for shot accuracy.
  • Ridable horses and more than 40 kinds of animals that you can hunt or be hunted by.
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Marston taking aim on a distant enemy with a sighted rifle in Red Dead Redemption
Cover and targeting system.
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Marston about to become catfood in Red Dead Redemption
All the dangers of the period.
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Showdown mini-game from Red Dead Redemption
Western themed mini-games.
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Marston attacking a train from horseback in Red Dead Redemption
Realistic mounted combat.
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Details

ESRB:  M
Number of Players:  Single-player, multi-player
Publisher:  Rockstar Games
Developer:  Rockstar San Diego, Rockstar North
Console:  PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Genre:  Shooter
Release Date:  May 18, 2010 (NA)
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review by . July 29, 2010
posted in The Gaming Hub
Them tender feet won't be so tender after life on the dusty trail, green horn.
I've recently became a fan of Rockstar games.  They're Grand Theft Auto IV is a large and immersive game that allows a lot of flexability as far as what you want to do and live.  Red Dead Redemption ramps up all the "do all, live all" aspects of the sandbox genre in the colorful sunsets of the wild west.      In Red Dead Redemption, the year is 1911.  John Marston (you) have been strong armed by the feds to find your old gang and bring them to …
review by . March 11, 2011
Red Dead Redemption Review: How The West Was Won
Red Dead Redemption is Rockstar Games follow-up to 2004′s Red Dead Revolver which was set in the mid-1800s and focused much more broadly on the classic myths of the Old West. Red Dead Redemption focuses much more on a specific time in American history, the story takes place during a time that some refer to as the death of the Wild West. This was a heck of a time in history as industrialization and the expanding reach of the federal government slowly crushed the last remnants of a way of life …
Quick Tip by . September 26, 2010
posted in The Gaming Hub
If you saw it in a western, then chances are good it's in this game. Play Poker, quickdraw, steal horses and more adds up to fantastic game play.
review by . August 07, 2010
posted in The Gaming Hub
In 1911 what we think of as the Old West was rapidly dying. It hadn't really ever existed in the form we think of for quite some time, with cowboys and Indians and gunslingers and the like. That era lasted only for a couple years and was largely gone by the late 1800's. By 1911 we had movies, telephones, electricity, cars and, despite what the intro to this game would have you believe, airplanes. It was the tail end of the Gilded Age, and only three years from the start of World war One.    This …
Quick Tip by . July 29, 2010
Rip roaring fun on the wild prairie as you bounty hunt, ride horses or pretty much ANYTHING you can dream up in the old west on a quest to rescue your family. An instant classic the day it was put in stores.
Quick Tip by . July 10, 2010
posted in The Gaming Hub
The soundtrack to this game is mind-blowing! Love the environments and the beautiful details in the landscapes.
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