“This place ain’t big enough for us two, cowboy” Yeah, the classic quote. And FINALLY, I get to put it to good use. Red Dead Redemption, is produce by RockStar Games. We all know who R* is. They are the same creators of our beloved game series, Grand Theft Auto. They did an excellent job with that, and they have done a superb job on this. RDR, comes from the ol’ western time in our civilization. So, to all you western movies buff, strap your saddle because you will be fulfilled in this ride!
For a western game, the graphics is great. The sunset, which is my favorite part of the game, really brings the western town to life. You will get to notice the mainlands of the game very close. Maybe, when you are resting you may stare at your surroundings or the stars. Now, I don’t watch western shows or movies that much(Unless it’s Green Acres 😉 ), but I was very interested to see how this game was going to look. And once you sit and stare at the surroundings, there’s no doubt in the world of gaming that you will be amazed. I was especially amazed, and shocked, when I was looking at the mountains. When the sun shines over it, you will think that you are actually in the western city(Well, almost). You can tell that the graphic artist spend an allotment of time working on this aspect of the game.
The character models look good too. Look like real cowboys. They got the “rugged” feel to each individual character. I also love the creatures they made too. There’s not that many animals in the game. The one’s that I came across is cougar’s, bears, horses(of course), deer’s and birds(Which all of them is shoot-able). They are very “life-like” in the way they look.
My favorite part of the graphics is the level design. For one, you have to realize that this is in the western days. Back then, they did not have sky scrapers, amusement parks, highways or even cars. It was compiled of very small towns and loooonnnnnggggg fields. If your expecting to ride in a town in under a minute, I hate to cut your dreams short, but don’t buy this game. It’s not for you. Towns are spread WAY apart from each other that it will take you awhile to ride there. Luckily, for the impatient folks, they have taxi wagons and fast travel for you all to get to place to place. Anyways, the designers tried to make it look realistic as possible; And realistic it looks. The towns are old wooden buildings. There is some fortress that your able to get into. There is only one town that comes close to “Modern”. I think the level designers did an excellent job in getting RDR to look like it’s a westernized game.
As in any jam pack game, RDR doesn’t disappoint with the story. You play as a character named John Marston. Of course, he is a outlaw that is trying to prove something. I am not going to give away all the details, but I will give some snippets of the story. In your adventure, you will be getting cattle to one spot to another; You will be hunting down fugitives. On your route to the end, you will be meeting some extraordinary fellows on the way. That’s what a western civilization is all about. There’s bumps and twist that will keep you guessing till the end. You may feel bored to hop on your horse to travel those long ways just for a story, but it will be worth every mile of it(And that maybe under-exaggerating).
Now, I may say this time and time again; The meat and butter of any games, is the gameplay. RDR’s gameplay comes in different packages. There’s tons to do in the game. Outside of campaign missions, you are able to play poker, blackjack and sometimes you maybe be in a 1 on 1 gun showdown. In poker and blackjack you can cheat. But, be very careful; the wrong sneak look may end you in a showdown. A showdown is just like you see in the western movie. You and your enemy with a gun. The best reaction wins. Cool, ain’t it?
Everything in the game moves gracefully. The characters run and walk like a true cowboy. The horses run smoothly. And in time, you will get the hang of riding the horse from town to town. The gun action is great too. If you use a gun in different type of situations, then you will notice how each gun is overpowered in certain areas. Nothing wrong with that. The bad thing about this game, is the money. Once you get far into the game, there’s no need to buy guns. In your save house you have a treasure chest. You’ll get ammo with guns that you use on a regular bases. It’s a GREAT touch(R* definitely learned something from Saints Row). But, you really don’t have any motive to buy guns; Unless you really want to buy it.
From each town, you will have different interactions with other people. Just like GTA IV, you have the option to say nice and bad things to passerby’s. You can also go the “Good Guy” route where you save people and do good deed’s. Or you can opt to be a “Outlaw”. Where everything you do is bad. But that comes with a price. You’ll get wanted by the local policeman and will be haunted down by ANYONE. That’s unless you pay off your bounty. Do you want to tough it out? Or just pay your dept? That’s your choice.
The last part I want to get to, is the Multiplayer mode. I wasn’t really interested in this mode that much. My favorite mode was Undead Overrun. You will get that, once you buy the DLC Undead Overrun. It’s a fun zombie game where you and 3 others fight for the safety of your lives. The other modes is team based and solo. You can also roam the land in free for all. Free roam eventually ends up being a deathmatch. Your character level’s up when you reach a milestone. You can also be asked/make a clan. Which is ideal in free roam! They could of made the multiplayer mode something worth while. Team based modes are the only fun thing you do. In one of them, you go against CPU controlled environments. Up to four members are on a team and you are trying to get to the objective. I wish they spiced it up a little.
To conclude this review, Red Dead Redemption is a great western game. You can try to relive the moments that you see on those old western movies. Lots of areas to roam, and get lost(Trust me, use the GPS!). The activities that you do outside of missions make this game re-playable. If your replay, you may want to be the “bad” guy side of things. Either way, you will be spending a long time in the wild wild west. Strap in your boots, and ride off into the sunset!!!!