Red Dead Redemption

Red Dead Redemption

Video Game - 2010 | PlayStation 3 (PS 3).
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"America, 1911. The Wild West is dying. When federal agents threaten his family, former outlaw John Marsten is forced to pick up his guns again and hunt down the gang of criminals he once called friends. Experience an epic fight for survival across the sprawling expanses of the American West and Mexico, as John Marsten struggles to bury his blood-stained past, one man at a time"--Container verso.
Publisher: New York : Rockstar Games, [2010]
Edition: PlayStation 3 (PS 3).
Copyright Date: ?2010
Branch Call Number: Video game 793.932 RED
Characteristics: 1 DVD-ROM :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in. +,1 booklet, 1 map.

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Available on PS3 and Xbox 360.

More horses! And good old fashioned western fun. Play the storylines or get lost in the desert, either way you don't need any serious skill to enjoy this game. Just watch out for mountain lions.

I have a real weakness for gritty westerns and morally ambiguous protagonists, so it's not really a surprise that I was keen to get my hands on this game when it first came out. When given the choice I often want to be the bad guy, but my conscience always struggles to make peace with my bad guy ... Read More »


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AdlerC
Feb 15, 2013

Red Dead Redemption is miles better than Grand Theft Auto 4 in my opinion (but GTA 4 is still amazing). Not only does Rockstar know how to create an amazing open world game. They know how to create an amazing open world game in a Western theme setting. There are so many references to some of the greatest Westerns we have seen by film makers like Sergio Leone, Clint Eastwood, Sergio Corbucci, John Ford and many more. This game feels like the video game version of one of their films and there is no doubt in my mind that a lot of inspiration came from their movies. The storyline is good enough to be in the same league as their films. The same goes for the characters, soundtrack, cut scenes and even the cinematography! Rockstar knows how to make games for the aging gamer who as they grow older get more concerned with storyline and characters. More recently their games have become increasingly cinematic with the use of motion capture, good camera angles and excellent dialogue but at the same time they maintain good gameplay. It is as though they are trying to appeal to both, the video game loving side and film loving side of people. This is one approach many video game companies should follow as only a few do. I have never played a game that has made me feel like a cowboy in the Wild West. Every aspect of this game comes together nicely to create an unforgettable spaghetti Western experience. From the clothing to the guns, the list is endless. You can choose to be an outlaw who murders and steals or the good guy who helps people with their troubles. Whatever side you choose will either be advantageous to you or not. The landscapes with their animals look quite realistic at any time of the day. As well as the towns with their saloons, their small general goods shops and gun dealerships. One of the most fun things to do in this game is bounty hunting just like in the movies. Bring a wanted man to the authorities dead or alive and collect you bounty. And who could forget John Marston, the protagonist who has everything a proper cowboy/gunslinger/outlaw needs. Scarred face, a no non-sense personality, disrespect for authority and quite a large collection of weapons. Lastly the excellent soundtrack is what seals the deal. Riding your horse or having a shootout while hearing an harmonica, a violin, a flute or a string instrument in background wow I never felt like The Man with No Name until I played Red Dead Redemption. Referring to gameplay, there is a lot of variety. There are so many things you can do in this game while not on the story missions. You can hunt animals, break/ride horses, murder, steal, play poker, treasure hunt, buy and sell goods and so much more. I mean really so much more. Playing this game is a good way to “experience” the Wild West. It is so believable. This is an epic open world experience that combines good story telling and excellent film making elements while maintaining exceptional gameplay. It is easy to see that Rockstar Games worked very hard on this game and their work has paid off. I would say so far this is their best game out of all their next generation games that they made for PS3 and Xbox 360.

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britprincess1
Jun 12, 2012

Fantastically well developed storyline. So immersive, so interesting, and so easy to fall in love with, RED DEAD REDEMPTION is a sequel to RED DEAD REVOLVER, but could easily be picked up by newcomers with nothing missed. The story is fantastic; you'll actually want to watch every cutscene and revel in the dialogue of the collection of quirky characters. Every detail is important, and they try to be realistic (for example, if you pull a gun in the middle of town, people don't shrug it off; they run screaming, and if you dare shoot, a witness or two will try to alert the authorities; another example would be how the horse reacts to how you treat it, and truly acts similar to real horses). You have control whether to play as a good honourable law-man or as a bad outlaw. You also rack up fame, making you either more recognizable or more notorious and fearsome. In fact, there are so many additional side-quests and unlockable costumes and mini-games and means to level as hunters or herb-pickers or this or that, that even when you've finished the main story, there's still so much more to go back and do, making it a delight for completionist gamers, as well as anyone who likes to get bang for their buck. Truly sensational. Easily one of the best games of our time.

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