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  • Aug 7, 2010
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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 is the West were "Red Dead Redemption" takes place. It centers around a man, John Marston, a long-since retired criminal who, against his will, is essentially forced into being a bounty hunter. He's sent out west and spends the game running after criminals so that he can see his family again. It's a simple, serviceable plot, and hardly original, but as with many things the genius is in the execution, and this game executes the story quite well, with several great side quests, a wonderful voice cast and a strong central theme.

The gameplay is really great! If you've played "Grand Theft Auto IV", you know the controls. They've been refined a bit here and are very easy to use, even if it is a bit odd to be riding around on a horse instead of a car. I also like shooting system, which even though it's third-person, works quite well, taking you into an optional slo-mo shooting mode that enables you to shoot to wound and not kill. It also makes small game hunting much easier.

There's also much to do in the game, from gambling to collecting flowers. You can buy locations, though you can't do much with them. You can collect different outfits. You can even go to see a movie (though the developers lost a real chance to do something impressive with that feature, like scrolling some pre-1911, public domain pictures, such as "A Corner in Wheat"). And of course as you'd expect, you can be a good guy or a bad guy, though being the latter is much less fun.

What to say about the graphics? My goodness, but they're impressive. I live in Arizona and there's quite a lot of beauty here that's reproduced in the game. The detail is amazing, as is the variety, where the parts that are in Mexico look and feel very different from the parts in the USA.

Really I don't have anything bad to say about the game. It does a great job of reproducing the look and feel of an era that was already on the way out by the time the game takes place. It's fun, enjoyable and gives great value for the money!

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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.


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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 ...
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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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