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User Review : Red Dead Redemption

  • Western Atmosphere
  • Wealth of Extra Content
  • Engaging Narrative
  • Lacking Online Multiplayer
  • Clunky Controls

GTA: Wild West?

I'll admit that after I completed my first mission in Red Dead Redemption, I came away unimpressed. And this was coming from a person who absolutely loved GTA 4. There was all this hype over this game being GTA in the wild west. And for the most part, that's accurate. I loved GTA 4 so much that I was unable to try something new with the same formula. But after a slow start, Red Dead Redemption has easily become a contender for Game of the Year. Why? Well, maybe Rockstar is a God at making games, or maybe the story, gameplay, and atmosphere all come together to make a beautiful recreation of the 1910s Western US and a fantastic western game above westerners that tried, but failed.

Red Dead Redemption, if you don't already know, is a tale of redemption for a former gang member by the name of John Marston. His job is to help the government eliminate his former gang members in hopes that he will be able to go home and live with his wife and son. As John's story takes you through the undeveloped wild west, to the heartland of Mexico, and back to the modern city of Blackwater, his story becomes more and more convoluted and much more than just ridding the West of a few bad guys. For John, his family is the only thing that matters and he goes through many struggles in order to see his family. And just when you think you have the story figured out, get ready for a surprise you probably won't expect.

The story is just one part of Red Dead Redemption that makes it so special. The atmosphere of the Wild West at the turn of the century just makes the story all the more meaningful. For fans of GTA 4 (like me) who loved the bright lights and fast cars and something happening at every corner will definitely be disappointed when they first play Red Dead. For me, it was a major turn off, until I got engaged in the story. It's hard trading in a car for a horse, but they will grow on you too, and I soon realized there is more than enough content for me to be playing this game long after it's over. The locomotive trains, dusty trails, Mexican Shanty Towns, and the cobblestone streets really set the old west vibe and once you let yourself enjoy this change, Red Dead becomes magical.

Red Dead Redemption's gameplay, unlike it's story and setting, is completely similar GTA 4, which, after playing two games with controls like these, it's time to move on. If you are planning to just play through the single player story, it wouldn't bother you in the least bit, but if you are a completionist and like to play online (both of which I did), you know these controls are flawed. John Marston controls very stiffly, and unlike Uncharted 2, I felt like I was having trouble "trying" to get him to move smoothly. The cover system is still out of wack, which doesn't bode well in a gang hideout when 20 guys with shotguns are gunning on you. The shooting system is solid, but there needs to be changed, which in turn, led me to use the new Dead Eye system more than I needed to. Dead Eye is basically Red Dead's Bullet Time system and it works quiet well, if not helping you cheat a little bit. But, it works in a western game and I'm glad it was an option. Many people had a problem with GTA 4's car controls, which I thought were just perfect (it was realistic), and again, horse riding isn't exactly "fun", but it's realistic. Every horse has stamina, and once your meter turns red, you need to let up. To be honest, it's not the ideal way to travel (as it takes too long to travel from one town to another), and I would usually just "fast travel" by using my camp site.

Another thing that I touched on earlier is that there is just SO much stuff to do in this game. You can complete objectives to earn new outfits, challenge yourself as a "Master" Hunter, Survivalist, Treasure Hunter, and Sharpshooter, go on stranger missions, similar to GTA 4's strangers (even if they are mostly fetch quests), raid gang hideouts around the West, become a bounty hunter, and the list goes on. You can even play a game of poker and blackjack, as well as arm wrestling and Five Finger Fillet (and let's not forget Liar's Dice). I just recently attained 100% at about 40 hours in, so that puts in perspective how long this journey of a game is. And the best thing is that you can do most of this stuff from the beginning, so if you grow tired of Red Dead's fetch quest missions, you have an option to do what you want.

Online multiplayer in Red Dead Redemption is something that has been coveted ever since they announced a free roam mode where you can ride around with friends and do stuff similar to what you do in single player. And I'm probably not the first to tell you it's not that intuitive or fun. I found getting into a friend's lobby and jump from game to be too complicated and after playing the competitive modes, like deathmatch and "Capture the Bag", I came away with a "who cares" attitude. While I liked the team duels at the beginning of every match, that alone does not give a reason to play this as frequently as a Call of Duty or (in my mind) Uncharted 2 multiplayer. Online multiplayer, much like the single player, is full of glitches varying from a horse flying in the air to people disappearing and people exploiting glitches to gain unearned xp (how you level up, from 1 to 50).

Aside from an almost (in my opinion) unneeded online multiplayer, Red Dead Redemption delivers on every front, giving players a great narrative and atmosphere that immediately needs to be experienced and good enough controls to have fun while doing it. With a wealth of extra content that no other game rivals, Red Dead Redemption is the definition of "The Complete Package" and needs to be played. GTA 4 will always have a place in my heart, but I will always look back on Red Dead and think "I had a great time with that game". And it's genuine.

Graphically, Red Dead improves immensely over GTA 4. The Wild West is lively, characters have fluid animations, and almost no visual pop up make this one of this generation graphical darlings.
The sounds of wild animals howling, guns shooting, trains screeching, horses panting, and birds chirping draw into the old west like no other game every has. Cap it off with excellent voice acting (props to John Marston's actor), and you have yourself a beautifully sounding game.
While controls could have you screaming at the TV later on, the gameplay in Red Dead Redemption is rock solid, and, for the most part, enjoyable. Gameplay is, at most times, frantic and exciting. Though many missions in the story are fetch quests, you'll enjoy shooting bad guys with your guns.
Fun Factor
We've been wanting a Western game for years, and now we have one that not only has an engaging story and captivating atmosphere, but includes a wealth of content to last months. What's not fun about that?
Red Dead Redemption struggles to show why people should keep playing online, and nothing that's offered in multiplayer struck me as "I must play this!". It's offerings are solid, and if you can get a posse organization, free roam has potential.
Playerz84890d ago


But I wonder who disagreed with you? Lol.


Red Dead Redemption remake rumours have fans losing their minds

Whispers of a potential remake or remaster of Rockstar's classic cowboy epic Red Dead Redemption have intensified.

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RaidenBlack124d ago

PC gamers never got RDR1 ... of course gamers are ecstatic.
hell, bring other old titles to PC too, like Killzone 2,3 & shadowfall, infamous 2nd son, MGS4, Uncharted trilogy, TLOU 2, Halo 5, Fable 2, Bad Company 1, Bloodborne, Demon souls, Army of Two, etc ...

Profchaos123d ago (Edited 123d ago )

PlayStation games probably also no longer have a convenient way to play either with the game on a console Sony isn't willing to emulate it's a bit of a forgotten game like GTA IV

ActualWhiteMan122d ago

3rd partyPS4 emulation will likely be our only hope

Abracadabra122d ago (Edited 122d ago )

Only be exited if it's a Remake.
If not, then it's likely another crap remaster like the GTA3 remaster.

bababooiy122d ago

Supposedly the studio behind GTA remasters is no longer working with Rockstar, like they arent involved with them at all anymore so im curious whos working on this remake if its true.

Yui_Suzumiya122d ago

Hell yes.. I recently went from gaming on Switch OLED to doing all my gaming on my laptop and I definitely wouldn't mind blasting through Killzone on it. Also want Gears 2 and 3 on it as well. All available on Steam would be a mighty blessing as well.

Profchaos123d ago

The earliest rumours due this remaster must go back like 10 years basically when the PS4 came out this however is the first time I've felt confident saying it's happening

isarai123d ago

Eh, I'll believe it when I see it. Also I don't see a remake happening, maybe a remaster, but no way a remake.

closed_account122d ago

Yea, they've never even properly remade a GTA game yet, as much as I'd love to have a RDR remake. Hopefully we'll be proven wrong, but I'm not going to hold my breath.

MadLad123d ago

I actually just started playing the original again for the first time since it originally released. Not sure when this remaster is supposed to be out, but maybe I should just wait.

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Red Dead Redemption Remaster May Be Coming to Nintendo Switch

The Red Dead Redemption remaster may also be coming to Nintendo Switch, judging from some recent findings on the newly updated website

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iAmyRose124d ago

Is this going to be another GTA situation?

Derekvinyard13123d ago (Edited 123d ago )

People on Reddit have been saying that the logo they put up says rockstar presents on top of it. Let's hope rockstar does it and it not pushed off onto another untalented house

AuraAbjure123d ago (Edited 123d ago )

The switch is just under or about as powerful as the base Xbox One. Why don't you think it can run an Xbox 360 game well?