We've all done it; we have all repeated a line from a western, normally an Eastwood one as well. But Rockstar has brought you the ability to be the cowboy, well okay not so much the bank robbing, people killing, rich type, but you can still break the law!
Red Dead Redemption brings you to the land of Cowboys and Indians, Lawmen and Gangs, Horses and Carts, with the base of a brilliant game, how did Red Dead Redemption Turn out? Is it the new GTA? Has Rockstar made their best game yet? Read on to find out!
Who said westerns were over?
Red Dead Redemption follows Rockstars normal layout of HUD but of course being western it requires a few changes, for example the health bar is gone, instead you have a dead eye meter and your horses stamina bar.
Why no health bar? Because you now regenerate health, so when that screen goes red take cover and wait for a moment.
Another change to the layout of the HUD is the wanted level, or should I say the bounty bar, it is invisible until you break the law and instead of a star ranking you get a bounty of cash amount, and then your run from the law begins as usual.
One slight annoyance with the game overall is that it doesn't work on TV's that are not wide-screen, the horse stamina bar is known to disappear off the edge of the screen, leaving you clueless as to when stop hitting the A button.
Red Dead Redemption brings forward some of the realism brought to you in GTA IV, including beautiful visuals, physics, breakable objects and more. You can walk into a saloon and start a full on bar-fight minus broken bottles. You can lasso a criminal (or an innocent civilian) hop onto your horse and drag them behind you slowly pummelling them to a doomed fate. Or you can hog tie them and carry them, put them on your horse for ride; you can even leave them on a railway reliving those old western moments.
Red Dead Redemption delivers an extremely believable game, allowing you to feel like you are John Maston, with the amazing visuals and excellent voice casting leaving you at times feeling as if you were there at that moment shooting that guy or saving that damsel in distress. The story line goes hand in hand with this unbelievable experience.
The storyline has to be one of the best written ever, nothing to predictable and overall a very believable story again making you feel like you are playing a piece of history.
The graphics as we have mentioned are astounding! The thing you will most likely use the most, your horse, looks and feels so natural to ride, your horse is your car.
Although the storyline is great, in-game dialogue can get a bit repetitive, your character seems to have to tell everyone he meets the story of why he is looking for the gang members he used to ride with and it never differs.
While the main gameplay remains the same, you can free roam or you can do the story, new things have been added. Stranger missions are the first noticeable one, you will talk to a person leading you into a cut scene, then you do as normal, this is a good way of finding areas of the map and to get 100% completion you have to do these!
Another new thing to do is Gang Hideouts, you walk into certain areas of the map and must eliminate the gang members “hiding out” there, once you have done this you earn a reward be it money or weapons. Again these must be done for 100%.
One nice touch to the free roam gameplay is mini games; poker, blackjack, five finger fillet and a strange game called liars dice. These add a nice change to the way of constantly doing missions, allowing you to sit back and yell when you get that achievement for getting a high enough winning in poker. Although be warned, you, like in real life, can become addicted to it.
One last new feature added are Challenges, you can start them by shooting certain animals picking certain flowers or herbs etc., these challenges are another way to earn money, fame and honour and can be completed in between mission locations etc.
Red Dead Redemption is a must have game for this year, with a large expansive single player and even larger Multi-player mode, with beautiful graphics, picturesque once in a life time views and some very funny and interesting moments, Rockstar seem to have outdone themselves, if you thought Red Dead Redemption was just GTA set in a wild west movie you were wrong. It is incomparable to a game such as GTA, in a league of its own Red Dead Redemption only has a few faults which don’t effect the gameplay massively.
Red Dead Redemption gets a well earned 9/10! For its excellent gameplay and graphics only let down by a few minor problems, Kabia suggests you definatley Buy This Game.