IGN writes: "The initial announcement of Red Dead Redemption had me a bit skeptical. Yes, Rockstar has a solid track record for making great games, but there has never been a Western that I've truly loved. Not even the original Red Dead Revolver. That might be partly because I'm a big fan of movie Westerns. I've seen a lot -- from the Sergio Leone Spaghetti Westerns to the myriad gruff-talking John Wayne offerings to Gary Cooper's impeccable High Noon to the ultra-violent films of Sam Peckinpah. For a videogame Western to win my heart, it has to have great gameplay (of course) but also embody the spirit of some of my favorite films".