Review: Red Dead Redemption

Rockstar Games. Any gamer will automatically think GTA at this point. But they do make other games (gasp). One of their most recent examples is the Spike VGA’s Game of the Year, Red Dead Redemption.

Story

Red Dead Redemption follows on from a previous game called Red Dead Revolver and continues the storyline of John Marston. He was brought up in an Orphanage until joining into a Gang run by Dutch. Red Dead Redemption follows the part of Marston’s story after leaving Dutch’s Gang. He’s started a family, had a son and owns a farm. But the Government have other ideas. You get sent from Blackwater to the town of Armadillo to start bringing in your former Gang mates to the Government. Why? Because the Government have taken John’s family away from him and he will do anything to get them back. The game pretty much follows this goal through its entirety. On his way, John meets a vast cast of interesting, annoying and in one case disturbing characters. All of which have an important part in the story in some way or form. Without wanting to say too much though, the ending to the story is rather cliché and disappointing, to me at least. I saw it coming and wish that they actually hadn’t put in that one last mission. Partially because I didn’t want such a gripping story to end, but mainly because I didn’t want it to end in such an obvious way.

Gameplay

Red Dead doesn’t just offer and enticing Storyline though. It also has a large free-roaming world to explore and interact with. This world offers plenty of things to keep you playing through long after the story’s end. There is a vast array of Stranger missions to complete, which offer an insight into the lives of people in the times of the Old West. There are Gang hideouts to play, offering exciting large-scale gun battles. You have outfits to collect, which require you to do a list of set tasks. Bar games such as Liars Dice, Five-Finger Filet and Poker which also add to the longevity of the game. Then, on top of that, there is the continuing support of DLC with packs such as Undead Nightmare and the Liars & Cheats Pack. Rockstar really succeeded in a game that can keep you playing.

In terms of controls, they are for the most part great. They respond well and are rather intuitive. Although, now and then you will find yourself unable to jump over a simple object for a few times, a complaint I often find with Rockstar’s other big free roaming adventure title, GTA.

Multiplayer

In terms of Multiplayer, Red Dead’s is almost as big as the Single Player itself. There are plenty of outfits, ranks, weapons and horses to unlock as you level up. As for how you play, it is just the map from single player, transformed into a multiplayer environment. You can join into a “posse” with other gamers, which basically means you can run around the multiplayer environment as a great big gang. Conquering gang hideouts, grabbing land to call your own and winning Team Death matches against other players, are just a small proportion of what’s to offer. It’s all a great big expansion on the great single player experience and works really well.

Graphics and Sound

Red Dead offers a stunning appearance that really helps you to be engrossed in the Wild West environment. The blend of colours, textures and sounds all work well together and look absolutely stunning. Couple with that the amazing soundtrack and you’ve got one hell of a visually and orally gob-smacking experience to be immersed into.

Pros:

  • Great Storyline which grips you to the end.
  • Brilliant multiplayer which provides the right mix of gameplay from the single player to work great with other players.
  • Amazing Graphics and Soundtrack.

Cons:

  • Disappointing ending.
  • Sometimes run in to problems in the sandbox.

Verdict: Buy!

Red Dead Redemption is a stunning game, and really manages to transport the GTA system of gameplay into the past era. A great storyline and the continued support just help you to be able to warrant this buy. It was game of the year at the Spike VGA’s and with good reason, if you haven’t played this yet then you know what you need to do.

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About Nick Duggan
I'm 19 an I study Computer Games Design at Staffordshire University. I'm a video gamer and also a Yu-Gi-Oh! collector/player. Twitter: @30DiedOnMars

One Response to Review: Red Dead Redemption

  1. I’ve only played the multiplayer, but it’s definitely worth it for that alone, I love the game.

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