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Scheduled release date:

April 27, 2010


Take-Two Interactive


Rockstar Games

Number Of Players:

1 (1-16 Online)



Despite the apparent awesomeness of the 2010 lineup, it would be a mistake to ignore Red Dead Redemption, which is already shaping up to be the single best Western-themed shooter ever made. And you know, after learning a lot more about the gameplay, I’m immediately reminded of the stellar Assassin’s Creed II, simply because the freedom involved is most reminiscent of the wandering, open-world setup we find in ACII. Heck, there are even treasures to find, as there were in ACII (even though finding them in Rockstar’s Western will involve a bit more in the way of player attention). The bottom line is that RDR has all the potential in the world: you play as John Marsten, a reformed outlaw who can’t quite escape his shady past. If you’re a fan of movies in this same genre, you won’t be surprised to see stagecoach chases, classic gunfights with both six-shooters and rifles, train robberies, and much, much more. Furthermore, the environment – the turn of the 20th century on the US/Mexico border – is the perfect atmosphere.

Rockstar is taking a cue from their famed GTA franchise in setting up RDR, as I just mentioned. You will wander across three very large territories and each area is loaded with stuff to do; NPCs to interact with, quests to attempt, and treasures to nab. Man, it really does sound a lot like ACII, doesn’t it? But the point is that you’re not really restricted to the main storyline and if you wish to cause mayhem, you can do exactly that. If you’re not the biggest fan of your new do-gooder status, maybe you want to kill off a few townspeople, or maybe you’d rather let them be and practice your aim via hunting excursion. As is the case with most sandbox-type games, the extra stuff and side missions will undoubtedly take up a lot of your time, especially if they’re entertaining and the rewards are well worth the effort. And depending on your actions in town, your notoriety will increase or decrease; it’s called the “honor” level and you’ll want to keep a close eye…

For instance, you can help the local authorities take down an outlaw…or you can turn on the authorities yourself. If you wish to help, your honor level will rise and this will have a direct impact on how civilians and other people in the world of RDR respond to your presence. If you continue to keep up the evil charade, few will want to stop and chat and maybe none will ask for your assistance. Personally, I’ve always liked the idea of hunting for buried treasure and although it’s more of a pirate thing, it works in the Wild West, too. You will locate treasure maps during your travels (some you can buy, others are rewards for completed quests) but this process goes well beyond simply going to a spot on your map. It will show you a certain location and it could seem entirely random; like a piece of the landscape with only a somewhat distinct landmark. Remember those hidden packages you’d have to find in inFamous, where it would show you a snapshot of the package’s general vicinity but not the exact spot? Yeah, something like that.

The storyline progresses along with news of your exploits, so don’t take your reputation lightly. If you commit enough atrocities, the authorities will be out to end your reign of random terror. But hey, there’s always corruption in the West and bribery and the simple task of paying your own bounty can get you off the hook. Or maybe it’s only a matter of changing your outfit: go rob the bank with a mask in the form of a bandanna, leave town, take off the bandanna, and your wanted level drops. However, there is a flip side to this coin: say you do all these good deeds and everyone loves you. Yeah, well, not everyone loves a heroic figure and you may run across bad dude wannabes who wish to take you down a peg. Obviously, there will always be confrontations in RDR; something will always be happening and chances are, you’ll be at the center of the action. My only question involves the dueling mechanic. I know there will be duels but what kind of system will they implement…? The one in Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood was cool, but a little quirky…

The good news is that Red Dead Redemption won’t be here until April 27. I say that’s “good” news because of the huge number of blockbusters on tap for the first quarter of next year; this way, Rockstar’s potentially AAA Western doesn’t have to face off against the likes of Final Fantasy XIII, Heavy Rain, or God of War III. By the time RDR rolls around, you’ll be craving exactly what it offers. Oh, it’s true.

12/21/2009 Ben Dutka

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Monday, December 21, 2009 @ 11:15:02 PM

im really looking forward to this, red dead revolver is still to this day one of my favorite western games.
not theres many to chose from :(

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009 @ 2:27:06 AM

Other than Halo and Halo 2, Red Dead Revolver was the only other game I had for the xbox. Awesomeness was the only way to describe it!!!

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009 @ 5:50:36 AM

yea i loved the showdowns they were so much fun and really tested your reflex skills.
i hope they really open this up though, make it like GTA where you can go where ever you want, and give it a grand scale like GTA san andreas.
i remember reading a preview out of the OPM and thats how they described it, a western GTA san andreas so im really excited for this.
april 29th cant come soon enough!

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009 @ 12:08:09 AM

This could be bad ass... I am looking forward to playing the "Redemption" demo; another very good game for the collection. Tomorrow I go to Cash Converters to dump most of my games collection. I am only keeping the best of the best, even if it means, by the end of this generation, I only own 10-20 titles max... I have learnt to become very discerning now; and I am also aggressively chasing the lowest price points to enter... this should maximise my dollar per hour of entertainment ration...


"i am home"

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009 @ 12:38:30 AM

I enjoyed the first but I seem to remember it being very difficult, hope they get a handle on that.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009 @ 6:12:06 AM

after playing ac2 thoroughly i can see, with no doubts, i was tripping for not seeing the quality in gta4; only rockstar can create missions and quests, within an open world environment, that other companies entire game structure is based around.even some of the mundane missions in gta seem like a blessing compared to the pain it was to play ac2.i am definitely looking forward to this game.i can be assured since there is a r* developing it the entire game is the story including the missions weaving themselves into its structure.i feel r* games require a bit of maturity and a steep learning curve; especially compared to other open world titles(r* has no competition in this regard).

although the first bioshock was good im passing on part 2 after looking at the multiplayer videos on gt.and some corporate tycoon acquired 1% of take twos worth as a company.i honestly cant say im looking forward to any other take 2 published titles.mafia 2 looks like a pretty gritty 3rd person shooter ive played but it looks very promising.

but definitely r* makes the hits.

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Banky A
Tuesday, December 22, 2009 @ 2:07:59 PM


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Tuesday, December 22, 2009 @ 8:31:12 AM

I hope it's less Grand Theft Auto and more similar to Gun, I loved that game.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009 @ 8:44:27 AM

GTA: tombstone... that's all that need be said...

the anticipation for this title is growing by the day... and then i log into PSX and low and behold, there's a preview article, lol... thanks for the preview though, totally looking forward to this game...

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009 @ 9:30:35 AM

I may have to play the prequel to this game. Looks like it's going to be awesome.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009 @ 1:14:04 PM

Rockstar-developed, sergio leone-inspired western game? SOLD.

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Banky A
Tuesday, December 22, 2009 @ 2:08:37 PM

The trailers look sick.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009 @ 7:24:08 PM

Yes, more Westerns.....I want!

RDRevolver & Gun were great, and even The Last Bountyhunter(though not one of the better titles), still helped pacify my cravings a bit.

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