I don't understand how this got a 9.5 but GTA4 got 10... RDR is superior in every way to most games available today.
Red Dead Redemption Review
This stunning Wild West epic raises the bar for open world action games, and stakes its claim as one of the most engaging games this year.
Red Dead Redemption's varied wildlife adds a great deal to the world and also makes it a dangerous place to let your guard down. Crows, hawks, eagles, and vultures fly overhead; armadillos, raccoons, deer, and skunks try to stay out of your way; and cougars, coyotes, wolves, and even snakes can be dangerous if they see you before you see them. All of these species and lots more inevitably cross your path, and whether they're solitary creatures or hunting as a pack, their behavior is always believable. Furthermore, all of these animals can be hunted and then--via an animation that sees blood spattering on the screen--harvested for their skins, meat, and other valuable body parts. Beavers, boars, bobcats, bears, buffalo, bighorn--all have something to offer, and all pose a slightly different challenge.
Other than the fun of the hunt, the main reason to kill most of these animals is so that you can sell the aforementioned body parts to a store owner the next time you're in town. Sometimes, though, there are additional incentives in the form of ambient challenges that, as the name suggests, reward you for objectives that you might complete in the course of regular gameplay. For example, sharpshooter challenges include shooting people's hats off and shooting birds out of the sky from a moving train. Hunter challenges, on the other hand, include one-shotting grizzly bears and taking down a pack of wolves using only a knife. For a change of pace, treasure hunter challenges present you with a treasure map that often amounts to little more than sketches of a landmark, and challenge you to locate the treasure hidden nearby. You become a little more famous every time you complete one of these challenges, and beating a significant number of them is a requirement for unlocking at least one of the different outfits that Marston can change into.
Marston is an impressively detailed character whose scarred face and default outfit play big parts in making him wholly believable as a 30-something gunslinger. Other than donning a bandana that covers much of your face (and hides your identity so that you don't affect your fame or honor while performing certain actions), there's nothing you can do about the scars, but by putting on a different outfit you can change how certain people react to you. There are more than a dozen different outfits to discover and unlock. Some of them, like the duster jacket and the poncho, are easy to unlock and offer no real benefit other than making you look even more dangerous. Others, though, such as military and gang uniforms, can be obtained only after completing multiple challenges, and wearing them makes certain factions more accepting of you. There are even a couple of outfits that can make gambling more fun: one gives you the option to cheat anytime you deal in a game of poker, and another--acquired by signing up for the Rockstar Social Club--grants you access to a high-stakes game.
Believe it or not, even while cheating at cards and gunning down hundreds of enemies, it's possible--with only one exception during a plot-critical mission--to make it through Red Dead Redemption's entire story without ever getting on the wrong side of the law. It's fun to play as a heroic bounty hunter, but it's also fun to be chased by one, or several. Much like the system in GTA, being spotted committing a crime alerts local law enforcement, and until you outrun them, they pursue you relentlessly. Your crimes aren't completely forgotten the moment you escape in Red Dead Redemption, though, because every crime that you commit raises the bounty on your head, and the only way to clear that is to visit a telegraph operator and either pay the amount of your bounty yourself as a fine or present him with a letter of pardon--which isn't easy to come by. It's a great system, because in conjunction with fame and honor it really makes you feel like your actions have lasting consequences.
Depending on how much time you spend completing optional challenges, Red Dead Redemption's single-player mode can take you anywhere from 20 to 40 hours to play through. If you're in a rush to get through the game for some reason, you can use stagecoaches and quick travel options to move between key locations on the gigantic map instantly, but there's so much fun to be had out in the wilderness that bypassing those areas isn't recommended. You should also know that while bugs and glitches are few and far between, there's at least one stagecoach driver who apparently isn't great at math and might inexplicably charge you $100 (not an insignificant sum of money, given that it's enough to buy property) on top of the quoted price for a journey. Other problems worthy of note during our 30-plus hours in single-player included a conversation between Marston and another character in which only Marston's lines could be heard, an attempt to crouch behind a decrepit overturned wagon that resulted in Marston being thrown high up into the air, and a cutscene in which two versions of the same character--one injured and animated, one neither--appeared alongside each other. You might also notice characters having some pathfinding problems when confronted by hitching posts, stacks of crates, and the like, but beyond these extremely rare issues, the world of Red Dead Redemption is very difficult to find fault with. It looks incredible, it sounds superb (though the excellent soundtrack occasionally swells up without reason), and it's just a fun place to spend time regardless of what you're doing or whom you're doing it with.
In addition to its lengthy single-player offering, Red Dead Redemption boasts a good number of multiplayer modes that support both competitive and cooperative play. No matter which mode you want to play, all multiplayer sessions start out in Free Roam. Here, you and up to 15 other players are free to do whatever you please with the entire gameworld at your disposal. You can shoot each other, you can cause trouble with townsfolk, you can form posses to complete gang hideout missions, or you can become the session's most wanted outlaw and then kill or steer clear of any other players who come looking to collect the bounty on your head. Your character in Free Roam mode is persistent, and as you earn experience points you gain access to additional character models, better weapons, and superior mounts. It's unfortunate that you don't get to design a character from scratch, and it can be frustrating to enter Free Roam as a level-one player riding a burro and armed only with a pistol, but it doesn't take long to level up, and even high-level players can be killed with just a few bullets if you can get close to them.
When you enter competitive online modes, you don't get to use your persistent character, and everyone is on a level playing field. The five modes on offer are free-for-all and team-based versions of Shootout and three versions of Capture the Bag. Clearly, these modes are variations on the traditional deathmatch and capture-the-flag themes, but they do more than just apply a Wild West lick of paint to them. For starters, all multiplayer games kick off with an awesome standoff in which all players stand around in a circle (or in two opposing lines if it's a team game) and wait for all hell to break loose when the word "Draw" appears on the screen. And in Capture the Bag modes, the bags of gold that you carry weigh you down so that you move more slowly, making you an easy target in the free-for-all Gold Rush and making escorts or cover fire vital in the team-based Hold Your Own.
Between the Free Roam and competitive modes, there's enough great multiplayer content to keep you playing Red Dead Redemption long after you've watched the credits roll at the end of the superb single-player mode and gone back in to finish up any optional challenges and missions that you missed. This is an outstanding game that tells a great story with memorable and occasionally laugh-out-loud-funny characters. Think about great moments that you remember from spaghetti Western movies, put them all into one 20- to 40-hour epic feature, and picture yourself in the starring role. Now you have some idea of what's waiting for you in Red Dead Redemption.
this game was perfect in almost every way
one thing always pissed me off in the campaign is that one mission you have to do for the mexican officials is to burn an entire villige just so can the general rape the girls of the villige
if that shit was optinal i would give this game a 10
but that mission was so bullshit, why couldn't john just help the rebels first?
so much for non-linear
@turtlethetaffer Nah, not everyone can have good taste thats all...
Agreed. I just finished it and I found a large chunk of it to be boring. And though the world is painstakingly rendered, the music is downright dull. The story wasn't very compelling either. I wish there were badasses/bosses in the world that you had to pit your skill against or something to that effect. Oh, well--8/10.
@Keivz_basic @turtlethetaffer It's not your kind of game. With the story and the gameplay and the beautiful environment I thought it deserved the rate it got, also with the multiplayer, extremely fun, but I like playing with my character as if I was playing Sims (or Skyrim in that case) and the game didn't offer that but oh well.
What was so great about the story? Aside from the ending, it just seemed like a whole lot of errands to run for bizzare people. The gameplay was really only fun when shooting, which hinders the open world. Sure, there are things to do in it, but the only ones that are really enjoyable are the ones that involve shooting. Game is still good, but hardly a masterpiece.
Describing it as "GTA on a horse" really doesn't do it justice. Unlike GTA4, which felt painfully linear and unrealistic at times as compared to San Andreas, the world of Red Dead Redemption feels alive and vibrant, and really is best enjoyed on the biggest HDTV you can find, especially if it has a surround sound system so you can really become immersed.
It's one where almost all the sidequests and optional missions are worth doing, especially the "legendary animals" trilogy where you hunt down Khan the Jaguar etc. In fact one of the great joys of the game is becoming a skilled hunter/gathered type - even though the storyline is pretty decent and has several memorable missions that equal or better the jetpack/harrier missions in GTA:SA, it's the literal wide open sandbox that really impresses. Seriously, just go a-wandering in the wilderness while showing a friend who hasn't played it like I did, and they'll probably be stunned by things that pop up, like stopping a safe being robbed, helping a damsel in distress, successfully stopping someone stealing your horse, trying not to die at the hands of bears and cougars.
All in all it's a fantastic achievement, and like Bully stands as one of the best Rockstar Games efforts yet. Sadly, just like Bully, I very much doubt there will be a sequel which does make it more unique and special but seems like with the eighth generation of consoles around the corner something of a missed opportunity.
Oh, and not to add more fuel to the long-burning console wars of the seventh generation, the Xbox360 version is graphically superior to the PS3 one: you can play it in full 1080p rather than being limited to 720p, the frame rate is set higher so gameplay is smoother, and I swear the textures are just a tad more detailed. Whichever one you play though, you WILL have a great time if you really dive in and try everything that's on offer.
@zekepliskin There probably will be another sequel to Red Dead series, because Redemption is actually a sequel to Revolver. Not in story though. Bully, maybe. R* tends to take their time with these sort of games. They do have money and they deliver quality games so, they don't really go for annual releases, not even close I know. But DLC and things like that that come out for these games are always worth downloading or buying in my opinion.
F*** you for giving this awesome game just 9.5!!!!!! If one game deserves a 10, it's this one you F***in morons!!!!!!
Got it in the mail last night as a late birthday present. 2 hours into 1p and maybe a half hour into multiplayer and it already seemed pretty frigggin awesome.
Just p/u the last unopened copy for $29 @ G/Spot (game of da year edition to boot!) CANNOT WAIT to play this title ,FN AWESOME game/idea R/*
unique all the way baby ! if this was not in "caps" it's because R* to often mentions something and builds up hype when the game is light years away ! ...
Sorry R* I apologize and please have patience with me < I always wanted to say that because I hear it from R* a lot ! ... GET THE GAMES DONE !
- Player Reviews: 503
- Game Universe:
- Red Dead Revolver (PS2, XBOX),
- Red Dead Redemption (X360, PS3),
- Red Dead Redemption: Liars and Cheats (PS3, X360),
- Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare Pack (X360, PS3),
- Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare (PS3, X360),
- Red Dead Redemption: Myths & Mavericks Bonus Pack (PS3, X360),
- Red Dead Redemption: Game of the Year Edition (PS3, X360)