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Red Dead Redemption Review

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Graphics:

 

9.1

Gameplay:

 

9.5

Sound:

 

9.4

Control:

 

9.0

Replay Value:

 

9.5

Online Gameplay:

 

9.2

Overall Rating:       9.3

 

 

Publisher:

Take-Two Interactive

Developer:

Rockstar Games

Number Of Players:

1 (1-16 Online)

Genre:

Action/Adventure

When analyzing a game that has been in development for 5 years and is rumored to have cost Rockstar San Diego around $100 million to produce, it’s difficult to know where to begin. I suppose we should realize that a large amount of hype and anticipation has been building for quite some time now, and if the game failed to impress, it likely would’ve been one of the biggest bombs of the generation. In truth, it was a tenuous situation for the developer and publisher; either deliver the greatest Western-themed video game in history, or take a flak bath from annoyed and disappointed gamers the world over. Thankfully, there’s no need to let the oaths and hostilities fly; in fact, quite the opposite: there’s little doubt that Red Dead Redemption will be the game by which all future Westerns will be judged in the interactive entertainment world, and although it has a few small problems, fans of Grand Theft Auto IV and Clint Eastwood films will be happy…blissfully happy.

The graphics have been a point of some concern for PlayStation 3 owners, primarily because the game doesn’t natively render in high-definition resolution, but the Xbox 360 version can upscale to 720p. Now, although I couldn’t see the two versions side by side, I did see both in motion; there’s very little difference and unless you’re incredibly anal and know exactly what to look for, you likely won’t notice. In general, Rockstar paid very close attention to every last ounce of detail and as a result, this is a Western in every sense of the word. The character design is excellent and the effects are both semi-realistic and very effective. What is most impressive is the overall scope of the production: when you walk outside, you see what one should see; various townspeople going about their business, a hawk winging high above, the gorgeous big sky that is so common out west, and acre upon acre of intricately depicted cacti, tumbleweeds, trees, and wildlife. There’s some anti-aliasing going on but besides that, it really is a satisfying, even breathtaking experience. The animations are slick, too, so mount up cowboy…the Old West has never been so immersive and convincing.

The sound shines thanks to an outstanding cast of professional voice acting, and expert music composition by Bill Elm and Woody Jackson concerning the appropriate soundtrack. The latter can be intimidating or mystically chilling, depending on the situation, and it never intrudes; only enhances. At first, I wasn’t the biggest fan of John Marsten’s voice – handled by Rob Wiethoff – but after a while, I realized it was damn near perfect. He has an offhand yet still gruff tone and it really works. The surrounding cast is fantastic as well (special nod goes to Anthony De Longis as the Marshal) and much like the graphics, the sound works to provide us with a truly believable setting. It’s surprisingly difficult to get great visuals, music, voiceovers and effects to blend together so well, but Rockstar has definitely pulled it off. The ambient effects, like the howl of a coyote, the surrounding conversation of citizens, and the crystal clear crack of a rifle round out a superb sound presentation. So not only does it look almost exactly as you would hope, it sounds unbelievable, too. …tough to find negatives when faced with this.

They’ve often promoted the wide open world and inherent freedom involved in Red Dead Redemption, and as soon as you complete your first few missions, you’ll understand why. Although I’ve heard that Rockstar doesn’t like their new title to be called “Grand Theft Auto in the Old West,” that’s really exactly what it is, with a few extra layers of polish and some unique gameplay tweaks and features that serves to streamline the entire experience. It’s a third-person shooter that controls extremely well; you move as you might expect, jump with the Square button, run faster with the X button, aim with L2 and fire with R2, bring up a quick radial menu to change weapons (and select your fists or lasso) with the L1 button, and toggle the very necessary Dead Eye system by clicking the R3 button. You can also use a big ol’ map to assist in your exploring, sift through your inventory and keep an eye on your Journal, and do everything from tame wild horses, herd cattle, hogtie bad guys, duel, and pick off moving targets while flying down the dusty road in a stagecoach.

You can take cover behind a solid object (like a rock) simply by pressing the R1 button, and the system will be familiar to anyone who is used to playing third-person shooters like GTAIV and Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. It works just as it should, and although I normally despise auto-aim of any kind, I’m actually going to recommend using it, here. Thing is, all you have as an aiming reticle is a little white dot and many times, your foes are a good distance away and always on the move. The Dead Eye option works very well but it takes a while to refill so you can’t always rely on it. And besides, this is a very subtle auto-centering mechanic; when you first aim your weapon, the dot will be centered over the closest opponent, provided he’s visible. But it’s not a “sticky lock-on;” i.e., you can move the aiming position easily with the left analog to target an arm, leg or head. And by the way, nailing an enemy in the arm or leg will have exactly the result you would expect.

The Dead Eye system slows time to a crawl and allows you to target multiple targets with whatever weapon you have equipped. It’s a great system and is absolutely crucial if you wish to survive; this is because you can really only withstand about four hits when out in the open, and that’s it. This adds a great flavor of realism to the game (even though it contrasts sharply with the very unrealistic Dead Eye) and amplifies the heavy dose of authenticity offered by the overall presentation. I have almost no problem at all with the control you have over your main character, but I have a small issue with how you control your horse: the physics seem about right, in that a horse at top speed takes a while to turn, but I’m not the biggest fan of how you select your speed. By pressing the X button repeatedly, you can spur your horse to go faster and faster until the animal’s stamina starts to drain. Once completely drained, he’ll buck you right off, so don’t let that happen. This is fine, but you have to hold the X button down to keep a certain pace and this tends to conflict with the multiple presses to go faster.

I also found fighting while astride a horse to be a little awkward but I’m positive that’s more of a personal thing because there really isn’t anything mechanically wrong. Well, at least it’s not blatant. Now, the other problem I had came at the start during the missions where you’re still learning things: the tutorials pop up in the upper left-hand corner but it was often difficult for me to read it, process it, and immediately implement the directions into the gameplay. Again, a small thing but it should be mentioned. Beyond that…drawbacks and negatives are few and far between. Initially, you think Rockstar made a design mistake in creating such a massive world while forgetting that our fastest mode of transportation is the horse. But they clearly recognized that; you can take stagecoaches from town to town for a small fee and when out in the middle of nowhere, you can simply pitch a basic campsite, take a rest, save, and automatically travel to towns and settlements. Furthermore, because you can purchase or rent rooms and property across the map, you don’t ever have to be too far from your next mission.

But here is where we come to the meat and potatoes of the game; the two best reasons to own, play, and adore. The first is the aforementioned presentation. It’s just so…so…Western. It’s difficult to describe it any other way, but let’s just say that everything from the scattered ranches and homesteads to what I assume are true-to-life towns to how we view the entire world, is absolutely, positively, and without a shadow of a doubt, phenomenal. As is typically the case with things like this, it’s the little, seemingly minute details that elevate everything to the nth degree. If you’re out at night and you stray off the road, don’t be surprised to be under attack by coyotes; they’ll even get beneath your horse and take it down. And you know, they act like coyotes. They won’t attack stagecoaches and stay away from the road, and if you shoot a few, the rest will likely take off. Then, when I’m wandering around looking for buried treasure, the instant I realized I was in the wrong spot (“hey, there’s no cacti here”), I said to myself, “damn, what am I doing here?” Two seconds later, Marsten said, “what am I doing out here?” …creepy, Rockstar. Creepy.

But oh so very cool. And the other reason why this is a can’t-miss gem? Why, the sheer amount of stuff to do, of course! You can play poker, try your hand at horseshoes, have the guts to give Five-Finger Fillet a go, help out Strangers and citizens (Strangers will give you side missions and are denoted with a “?”), go on patrol for a night, take on a variety of ranch-hand-type jobs, accept Bounties, and purchase everything from weapons and ammo to a broad range of items and even new horses. In this way, it’s set up almost exactly like GTAIV; sorry Rockstar, but it’s the truth…and it’s hardly a bad thing. There are treasure maps, Survivalist Challenges (eg, find 6 of this particular flower), and a host of opportunities to increase (or decrease) your Fame and Honor. If you’re trigger-happy and you start shooting up saloons, or you don’t feel like going to the extra effort to take outlaws alive, you’ll soon get a reputation. And you know, everyone will start to react to you very differently, citizens, authorities, and outlaws included. The best way to take an opponent alive is to shoot him in the leg, switch to your lasso, reel him in, and hogtie his sorry ass. Sure, it’s tougher than just shooting him in the head, but do you want that Honor, or not?

I really believe this is a beautiful blend of GTAIV and Assassin’s Creed II. The latter really excelled due to the ambiance and dynamic style; the city folk and authorities would react to you exactly as you would expect, which is included in RDR. There’s also a semblance of stealth and patience; certainly more prominent in ACII than GTAIV. The game’s structure is GTAIV; no doubt about it, but they really do go above and beyond thanks to the Dead Eye system that never gets boring, a technical picture that is most pleasant to the ear, realism and authenticity we require (and love), top-notch control, almost endless freedom, and yes, even a pretty damn good storyline. I think they could’ve refined the horse control just a bit, some of the world really seems extra empty (even though I know that time period was “wild” for a reason), and a few of the missions seemed rather repetitive (“oh crap, I’m herding again?), but such complaints are minor and indeed, they didn’t really hinder my enjoyment. Should I repeat that I went into this really hating Western movies?

So what does the above score say taking that into consideration? Even the online multiplayer is great; the various host of modes makes everything feel fresh, you really have to take your time and be precise, and there were only a few technical hang-ups during my matches. Never did find a Rockstar employee, though… Anyway, Red Dead Redemption is a triumph and although not entirely devoid of an assortment of little flaws and annoyances, it’s still one of the best of the generation. Saddle up and ride!

Personal note: We need to go back to when women wore hats. We just do. It’s such a becoming and classy look, IMO…the only place you ever see that anymore is at the Kentucky Derby, and that has gotten way too gaudy. Pretty hats on pretty ladies…the late 19th century had it right, damnit.

5/19/2010 Ben Dutka

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Comments (150 posts)

Victor321
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 9:07:49 PM
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Lol love the last little bit at the end Ben! Awesome review, summed everything I needed to know, will be getting this ASAP!

And I never got into westerns myself until now, and no I'm not joking ;)

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Beamboom
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 9:58:19 PM

Me neither, never was a western guy. But this has "MUST-BUY" written all over it.

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jonny_wonny
Monday, May 24, 2010 @ 1:39:44 PM

I've never really been a western guy either, but after playing this game, and also Call of Juarez, I don't know, I just really like the feeling of them. I may check out a few good western movies if they also have created a similar kind of feeling.

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Alienange
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 9:56:14 PM
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Silly R*, you got the aim and shoot buttons wrong.

I'll let it slide though because apparently I can purchase property. And I LOVE purchasing property in games.

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Beamboom
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 10:00:48 PM

Same here, I'll even admit before thee that I'd love to be able to decorate the properties too. Usually that's done by the game engine. I totally loved it when I got that big mansion in gta:vc.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 10:12:59 PM

Prefer L1 to aim and R1 to shoot? Me too.

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Hezzron
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 10:20:04 PM

Borderlands did the same with its aim and shoot buttons. It messed me up for a bit at the start, but then I got used to it. No biggie.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 10:21:52 PM

I think you can change them in Borderlands. Bioshock one was the same but you couldn't change them. But they gave the option in 2.

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Alienange
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 10:30:41 PM

PS3 triggers just aren't comfy enough for constant use like that. I prefer them for swapping weapons or throwing nades.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 10:36:00 PM

They're not as accessible either. Your fingers naturally lay over the L1 and R1. Opposite of the 360.

This game was designed specifically for the 360. Seems the PS3 version was just an after thought. Even Capcom switched the Aim and Fire buttons in RE5 giving us what we prefer.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 12:48:35 AM

I agree with the button layout complaint, but it really doesn't matter here. It's not a FPS; you're not mashing away at the button nor are you holding it down a lot.

Really, it's not a deal in RDR.

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Frenchy17
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 2:02:25 AM

If you get those clip on "real triggers" it really helps in my opinion for this layout.

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Silent_J
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 8:06:34 AM

Agreed Frenchy,I have the triggers too.

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I_defenestrate
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 12:09:01 PM

I have to be honest, shooting controls are usually the first thing I notice in a game. I didn't notice it in RDR until I read these comments on it.

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ace_boon_coon
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 1:19:40 PM

i hate using the r1 and L1 buttons. i love the triggers

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jonny_wonny
Monday, May 24, 2010 @ 1:41:14 PM

I think it's just going to take time to get used to it. I have been getting confused by it quite a bit though.

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MyWorstNightmar
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 9:59:17 PM
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Only a 9.3?? I KNEW this game would suck! In all seriousness, I can't wait to play it. Got it brand new for 35.00, just have to wait till the weekend. Saddle up!

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MyWorstNightmar
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 10:03:47 PM

You probably didn't get a R* employee because they are all playing the 360 version. =(

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sawao_yamanaka
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 10:16:03 PM

From where? 35 really?

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Jawknee
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 10:24:41 PM

Toys R Us.

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MyWorstNightmar
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 10:25:29 PM

Toys R Us is offering a $25.00 gift card with purchase, so as I figure it, instead of $59.99, I got it for $34.99. The offer is all week long, I suggest all take advantage that can.

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sawao_yamanaka
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 10:28:08 PM

Wow thanks jawknee. My brother wants it as well. Oh well I bought mine for 60. Still worth it though.

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Alienange
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 10:32:01 PM

That's a good price but then you can't be apart of the golden gun posse. Make your choice wisely partner.

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MyWorstNightmar
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 10:33:18 PM

Decisions, decisions.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 10:36:55 PM

Didn't that offer expire when the game released? i thought that was just a preorder perk.

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Alienange
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 10:40:05 PM

You're right Jawknee it's over and done. Sometimes they let it slip an extra day or two (like they did with Monster Hunter Tri), but not this time.

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sawao_yamanaka
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 10:41:45 PM

If it is a preorder perk my brother isn't so lucky :P. Oh well more game time for me.

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Alienange
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 10:44:08 PM

At this point in time you're better off going for the TRU deal.

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IonHawk
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 10:23:06 AM

I dunno, I had preordered from amazon (20$ out of pocket plus 20$ for a future purchase plus golden guns) was tough to resist. But then amazon sent me a code for the golden guns and there was another code for the guns inside the game - so maybe they're including the gun codes in the initial shipment of the games or something?

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Silent_J
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 2:32:44 PM

I got mines from ...wait for it..Gamestop.I know I know I suckered in but I traded in two games that I didnt pay for and got $40.00 off ,so good deal for me.

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MyWorstNightmar
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 9:03:49 PM

Silent, what two games did you trade in?

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Silent_J
Friday, May 21, 2010 @ 9:50:42 AM

Darksiders and batman AA

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Silent_J
Friday, May 21, 2010 @ 9:50:44 AM

They had a huge list of selected games that can be traded in.

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Aerifale
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 10:00:39 PM
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Comes out tommorrow in the UK. So excited!! I havn't shut up about it all week to the point of annoying my friends but I can't wait! Red Dead here I come!!

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piratedrunk
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 10:01:00 PM
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I honestly wasn't all that interested in this game but after reading this I feel like I am missing out. Ben you are seriously messing with my "I don't buy games based on reviews" motto. This makes two.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 10:03:07 PM
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Nice. Some one guess it correctly.

"aim with L2 and fire with R2" blagh, Wonder if you can change it? I don't like this set up.

"Personal note: We need to go back to when women wore hats. We just do. It’s such a becoming and classy look, IMO…the only place you ever see that anymore is at the Kentucky Derby, and that has gotten way too gaudy. Pretty hats on pretty ladies…the late 19th century had it right, damnit."

Couldn't agree more.

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Alienange
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 10:15:11 PM

I read that you can't and that bugs me too. GTAIV was the same. I prefer the triggers for swapping weapons and R1 to shoot stuff up.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 10:23:24 PM

Same. My favorite set ups are in Bioshock 2(minus Triangle for Jump) and Uncharted 2.

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aaronisbla
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 1:08:19 AM

it sucks you cant change it but you really get use to it since like ben noted, its not an fps.

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Wage SLAVES
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 8:00:57 AM

I find the conservative (absolutely no political relation added) look of women in those times were sooo attractive! They had a more elegant and somehow sexier appeal.

Now I can't watch the Super-bowl without seeing tit. Lol...

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Hezzron
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 10:05:23 PM
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I love this game too.

Ok, the pretty ladies can wear hats.....but that's it!

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IonHawk
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 6:28:08 PM

LOL, reminds me of that song... "you can leave your hat on" :D

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 10:08:14 PM
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Sounds fantastical, can't wait to get my copy. I don't mind the graphical handicap that much, though I would appreciate it if R* could have made part of that $100M go to a decent development procedure for PS3. Which is why I call bogus on your 9.5 for graphics (nothing personal) but that can't be right in comparison to exclusive titles. Mine better arrive this week or I'll be tempted to start another game and I don't wanna be bogged down.

We also need to go back to when Men wore hats. I stick out a bit in my hats :)

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Jawknee
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 10:09:53 PM

Haven't you heard, it has better graphics then God of War III.

/sarc

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Mavfan321
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 10:35:04 PM

Yeah to the guy who said the graphics were better than GOW 3, Ray Charles wouldn't have made that mistake. However in the end I don't mind so much about the graphics I can't wait to get my copy this Monday and be absorbed for quite a while.

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tes37
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 10:47:34 PM

I think he scored the graphics fair. Mainly because it looks authentic and feels like a western. Rockstar did an excellent job all the way around with RDR.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 1:36:20 AM

I won't know bout the graphics for sure until I get it, but since GTAIV came out before Uncharted 2 and Uncharted 2 raised the bar so high I must be skeptical.

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Mavfan321
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 3:09:04 AM

I agree that Uncharted 2 was a bar raiser with GOW 3 and MGS4 being other examples of the right way to make a game look. However I think it's kind of a moot point because the only stuff out there doing better than those games is high end p.c. run stuff so can't expect all developers to utilize all of PS3's best features, if only that damn 360 was out of the picture.

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bigrailer19
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 9:44:22 AM

the graphical appeal is good, not great. to me its the games only weak point. sometimes when watching a cutscene it looks cell shaded and watered down.

Out side the cut scenes little things bug me like bushes blurring and things rendering but not a lot to make you notice, i just happened to be looking!

Personally for me comparing to other games out there, I'd give the graphics a solid 9. Sometimes they shine, others there just good, not great.

For a 9 in graphics and that being its only weak point to me, its saying a lot for the game in whole!

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Alienange
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 10:13:07 PM
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I'm a little disappointed there's only four lines about the multiplayer aspect. A bit of a run down on the different modes would have been cool.

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sawao_yamanaka
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 10:14:17 PM
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Awesome review Ben. That last bit was funny as well. :P

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BTNwarrior
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 10:37:43 PM
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Just one question. Does it have duels in it like Red Dead Revolver? Cause I loved those

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Mavfan321
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 10:42:32 PM

It does have duels in single player, as well as multiplayer.

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fluffer nutter
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 10:44:43 PM
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My woman likes to wear a hat and nothing else. :)

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Milonakis
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 10:53:06 PM
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Buying this for sure, despite it's multiplat status.

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tes37
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 10:56:40 PM
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I really am amazed at how well RDR turned out. Awesome review Ben, you described the experience so accurately it's almost scary. I'm glad I waited for this game before trying my hand at a western. It doesn't disappoint.

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sawao_yamanaka
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 11:06:01 PM
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Off topic but when is the modnation racers review going up?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 12:50:25 AM

Very soon.

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sawao_yamanaka
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 1:02:24 AM

:) Oh thanks for the reply. Can't wait to read it.

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booze925
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 11:21:09 PM
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3 things i feel need 2 b added 2 this review.
1.) Horse controls a little tricky and hard to understand at first, but you have a long time to adjust
2.) The L2 and R2 to fire are also hard to understand, but it WILL grow on you
3.) Wheres a review 4 the multiplayer?
otherwise, spot on.

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booze925
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 11:22:37 PM
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btw the L2 button on my dualshock broke during play. had to fix it with parts from my sixaxis.

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booze925
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 11:35:59 PM
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ummm by the way... the number of players online is 16, not 8.
small error

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 12:51:53 AM

Yes, I know, I just fixed it. It was accidentally put in as 8 per side.

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Shams
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 11:41:24 PM
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Ben called it right when he said he was expecting a cross between GTA4 and AC2. Not as fast-paced and stop&go as GTA4, and more cohesive than AC2. It even has some GOW for good measure: Those cqc kill animations are brutal, especially the shot-gun to the face!

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StangMan80
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 11:41:39 PM
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Amazing I just read the game manuel youve coverd it all and more thanks ben you've made me even more excited about this game. It also has a map and a prety lady on a poster. I also got the deadly assassin outfit and the origonal soudtrack:)




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ctd669
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 11:46:09 PM
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Pretty much spot-on review. There was a couple times where I had to go back to the journal to really read what I was required to do during the intro missions like said, but since those rookie moments occured... I CAN'T PUT THE CONTROLLER DOWN!
This game has sucked me in!! Must buy!
Jeez! One great game after another this year... This has gotta be a tough year for ya Ben! You're head's gotta be spinning!

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 12:53:24 AM
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For the record everyone, I switched the Graphics and Gameplay scores...those were wrong. The Gameplay was supposed to get a 9.5 and the Graphics a 9.1.

It's right now. :)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 1:41:55 AM

ahhhhhh, gotcha.

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Shams
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 3:16:47 AM

Yup, makes more sense that way. I was thinking the graphics score seemed a bit high.

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bigrailer19
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 9:45:02 AM

only a lil, but a 9.1 is fair, i was thinking a solid 9.

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Alienange
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 2:21:09 PM

Anyone complains about a 9.1 for graphics is just being tarded.

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aaronisbla
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 1:10:46 AM
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Got into my first Duel last night, fvcking awesome! Game rocks!

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Silent_J
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 8:10:13 AM

I got shot in my first duel I was pissed lol.but then I got caught cheating in poker and the guy challenged me and now he's six feet under .hey man add me,psn is: Death_Row88

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Mavfan321
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 1:28:35 AM
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I must add I'm playing Bioshock 2 right now and I use R2 to shoot it works well. I can't imagine it being too much of a problem.

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Qubex
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 1:54:32 AM
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Fantastic review Ben, thanks :)

Going to pick up my copy on the strength of your review :)

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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Frenchy17
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 2:01:49 AM
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Great review Ben, got the yesterday and absolutely love it. The look of the western world is amazing.

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WolfCrimson
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 2:09:06 AM
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Lol, my dad likes westerns. I think I'm gonna have to get this, but the problem is that I'm gonna be wasting alot of money on games. The games I MUST buy are GoW3, Heavy Rain, ModnationRacers, WKC. But now 3DDGH has joined the fray, and now this...

p.s. I haven't bought those MUST HAVEs yet because I was waiting till the end of the semester to get them, so I can pay in the summer holidays (4 months!! YEAH!!)

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Oxvial
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 2:09:34 AM
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I luv this game. this and Yakuza 3 are mi fav sandbox this gen =) .

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Mavfan321
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 3:10:13 AM

I loved the demo I will have to get it eventually. I love sandbox games done right, like GTA3-San Andreas.

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Kai200X
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 2:11:21 AM
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What I like about RDR or GTA IV for that matter is the view. I dont know about everyone else but I like to ride in the train and taxi to get the view. okay so in RDR you can't really enjoy view like you can in GTA IV but funny thing happened when I was riding the train. Some guy rode himself and his horse infront of moving train, while the horse explored the man himself was send flying, but I think he survived the collision. I also enjoyed just riding my horse and hunting wild animals.

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Robochic
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 3:26:06 AM
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Not suprised the review score on this, but come on it's Rockstar they make amazing games and take their time for perfection. My friend is getting this soon so I'll borrow his for now until I can get the funds to get it myself.

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Snaaaake
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 3:43:44 AM
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Good review Ben, definitely on my list.

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ro kurorai
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 6:11:12 AM
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Hi guys, been checking out this site daily for quite some time and decided to join your community =)

Awesome review Ben.
After checking out various sites I've come to the conclusion that your (and Arnold's/PSXE's) reviews are the most objective ones and spot on.

I had some concerns about the usual multiplat treatment we PS3 users get but it seems hardly game-breaking. Nevertheless it's kinda embarrassing that R* can't even make a 100mil$ game run in proper 720p on Sony's hardware. Especially as a certain 44mil$ game is one of the best looking 720p games this console generation.

But I play games for fun's sake, and RDR looks mint, just sad to see R* are still unable to deliver a true HD-game on the PS3.

Anyways, I was always more interested in RDR than in GTAIV (didn't like the characters and the story seemed standard 'rags to riches' fare).
Therefore I'd like to ask you something, Ben.
If compared today, which game is more fun: GTAIV or RDR?.

I'm just asking whether it's still worth to get GTAIV even though amazon.co.uk already prepares my copy of RDR for dispatch.

Sorry for the long text, a German habit I guess ^^

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Shams
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 9:58:40 AM

I still prefer GTA4 because of the variety it offers in just about everything. But RDR is still super good. The experience is probably closer to AC due to the pacing, but RDR is more cohesive in it's parts than Ubisoft's horseback sandbox game.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 10:23:40 AM

Thanks for the compliment and signing up. I'm sure you'll like it here. :)

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Alienange
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 2:26:47 PM

Playing games for fun. That's what it's all about.

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PAKINIPS
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 6:12:31 AM
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it hasnt got any annoying, hidden packages to find like gta has it? Spent waaay too long trying to plat gtaIV.
I failed, the game glitched and didnt give me the 100% trophy :(

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 10:24:29 AM

It has some tough treasures to find via maps...I don't think there are a ton of them, though.

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PAKINIPS
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 10:49:32 AM

Thank god, they werent fun in the slightest.
Uncharted 2 type treasures are fun though somehow?

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Alienange
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 2:27:24 PM

200 pigeons ftw!

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PorkChopGamer
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 7:35:55 AM
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I'm not entirely sure I agree with the lavish praise being heaped upon this game. Okay I've only been playing for six hours but, let's be honest, this game is a hodgepodge of GTAIV, ACII, and inFamous, all given a western glossing. The fact that the devs of ACII and inFamous were able to create these things with a fraction of the time AND budget makes it even worse. The Dead Eye system which would have been dismissed as a simple 'bullet time ala Max Payne' in ANY other game that's NOT Max Payne, is somehow lauded in this one as a supreme triumph. Even this early I'm running into repeat random encounters. Not to say I've seen them all but given the slobbering this game is getting, I expected not to see the same for quite a while. It's still a great game, but the core gameplay features have been seen before. Usually, that's a cardinal sin amongst the review community, but you guys tend to make obvious exceptions.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 10:27:52 AM

I really have no idea what you're talking about. You're saying it's a "hodgepodge" of three of the greatest games of the generation, and then complain it isn't doing anything new.

I'm REALLY tired of critics and gamers who think a game can't be elite if it isn't "innovative." Uncharted 2 didn't do anything new, either, and yet, it's arguably the greatest game of the generation.

Just because the Dead Eye isn't new doesn't mean it doesn't work almost perfectly. And I'm not even sure what you mean by "random encounters." A critic is supposed to look and see what's wrong, IMO; not spend his life searching for minute new details and mechanics never seen before, and then praising the developer for the "newness" despite how crappy the implementation may be.

It's an open-world Western (something people have been waiting for) that has very little flaws. What should I give it? A 7?

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sawao_yamanaka
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 1:27:33 PM

Where's a tree?

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PorkChopGamer
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 7:39:17 AM
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And, oddly, a PS2 game, Shadow of the Colossus, has superior horse riding mechanics....

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Shams
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 9:51:31 AM

The fact that Agro still is the best horse in a videogame speaks miles about the designer/director Fumito Ueda.

But the horse animations in RDR are still a significant improvement over AC. And AC2 was an improvement over AC, as well, but the horsies' locomotion still seemed a bit off or unnatural.

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Jawknee
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 11:57:22 AM

Horseback riding in Twilight Princess FTW!

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Wage SLAVES
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 7:55:21 AM
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This game is quite immersive. So much so that I'm not embarrassed to say right after I quit my 4 hour stint I actually dreamt the old west. Basically it was the game all over again but I haven't had that happen in a LONG while.

It really gives you a sense of the rugged harshness of obscure society. Makes you respect the idea of manifest destiny and how grand its scope back then. I know its setting is in 1911 but that's what it made me ponder. With all the urban jungles and pavement today it sure is nice to see a glimpse of our humble past.

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Dridion
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 8:23:38 AM
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Did anyone else experience a noticeable amount of pop-ins? It isn't game breaking but it is very noticeable. IMO at least.

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Shams
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 9:40:45 AM

Inevitablility of sandbox games. It's just a question of how much.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 10:28:33 AM

Pop-in is inevitable in such wide open worlds; it has always been evident in GTA, so it's not surprising. But it's not bad.

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Qubex
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 11:08:49 AM

I just thought I better pop in for a moment... a wizard is never late, he appears exactly when he means too!

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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Jawknee
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 12:01:18 PM

Blagh to pop in but at least there's no screen tearing.

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ColTater
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 12:12:50 PM

Nobody mentinoed the install when you first pop in the game. Does the 360 have it too?

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Jawknee
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 12:16:37 PM

Isn't the install small? i thought it was only 600MB or something.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 12:23:07 PM

It's a very small install so I didn't bother to mention it.

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Highlander
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 3:31:57 PM

Pop-in is one of those annoying inevitabilities. I've seen games where various tricks have been used to disguise pop-in. But in a game with wide open vistas like a western, that's gonna be hard to do.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 4:18:34 PM

Nor is he early Qubex.

You'd like the Wizard in "Ugly Americans" he drinks a bit.

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Banky A
Friday, May 21, 2010 @ 10:27:45 PM

Mary Poppins?
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telly
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 8:36:13 AM
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Love spaghetti westerns, love Rockstar. Done and Done. If only it included Sergio Leone's music on the soundtrack!!!!

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SmokeyPSD
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 8:55:21 AM
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awesome, picking this up tomorrow, not a fan of GTAIV, but am a huge fan of clint eastwood, so
im going to def win out from this.

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Silent_J
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 10:18:32 AM
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Great Review ,this game is so immersive,I got lost in its world for 8hrs straight then came back to earth when I realise I got to work in the morning which is 8hrs lol

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Veritas Vincit
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 10:34:38 AM
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Are we gonna get a demo to download?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 4:20:04 PM

no

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nogoat23
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 11:19:10 AM
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You know what would be useful? If this site kept a list of "must own" games (or "Ben/Arnold recommended"). I don't have time to pick this up now, but someday when I run out of amazing games to play, I could just reference the list, see this is on it, click a link to the review, remember why I wanteded it, and go pick it up.

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Silent_J
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 12:21:18 PM

Editor's Choice,nice idea.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 12:22:38 PM

Definitely.

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coverton341
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 11:28:13 AM
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"and if the game failed to disappoint, it likely would’ve been one of the biggest bombs of the generation"

This part confuses me and I think it may be an error. Did the game disappoint? From the review it doesn't seem like it. Anyway, I am probably reading it wrong.

Other than that bit the review makes this game sound like the best thing since sliced bread. Maybe even better than thermodynamics and we all know how good thermodynamics is am I right?

Anyway it is also good to know that you went into this game hating Western films and it still garnered a 9.3 as I don't really enjoy Westerns or anything like that either.

You have once again swayed my opinion and my wallet will hate you eternally but I am going to have to pick this game up at the beginning of next month.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 12:22:21 PM

...um, I think you are reading it wrong. It's a "what-if" sentence.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 4:21:50 PM

but if it fails to disappoint that means it's a success, which means it wouldn't bomb. Right?

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coverton341
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 5:04:47 PM

That was my thought world.

If something fails to disappoint then it impresses. Why then if it impressed would it be this generations biggest bombs?

I think the sentence should read "if this game failed to deliver"

Just my opinion though. Great review Ben.

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BeezleDrop
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 11:53:49 AM
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I am surprised you gave it a 9.3 Ben, regardless it was a great review. Talking to Jawk about the sub-HD issues really wasn't something I noticed until he brought that up. I mean, right before I went to get RDR I was playing Uncharted 2 for a bit and when I popped in RDR I noticed that it really didn't have the polish I expected. I mean, the backdrops and areas and pretty much everything is awesomely detailed but attempting to compare Multi-plats to Exclusives isn't worth even trying to do. I will preach to the choir here but if you are Developing a MultPlat game do it from the ground up like the Crytek fellows, or even Platinum games for Vanquish.

The Multiplayer aspect of RDR can be fun, the select button is your hub for MP when you go online. You can choose Free Roam: which is a mode where you can gather a posse fight other posses and Roam the massive landscapes located around, take out AI Gang Hideouts or go Hunting.

There are various Team Based and Free-for-all game types that begin with a Mexican Standoff, which is pretty fun. One of my favorite games types is Gold Rush, there are 2 bags of gold that spawn and you fight to pick them up to deliver them before anyone else. There are many more Hardcore types of MP you need to unlock through XP from smoking fools and such. Forthcoming is a Co-op Mode due in June which will enable you and your friends to raiding a mine(which could have good guns), to stealing gold, or even hunting down a towns weapon cache. Now be aware, if you break the law in Free Roam the Law Enforcement won't be as lenient as in Single Player so be ready for a shootout.

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Jawknee
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 12:00:45 PM

lol sorry duder didn't meant to ruin the graphics for you. I just wish R* was more honest about their development process. Its obviously a port. I'm guess i can be happy its not a Bayonetta port at least. haha.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 12:21:28 PM

You're comparing it to Uncharted 2...quite possibly the best-looking console game we've ever seen. And I agree that PS3 exclusives typically have the graphics edge; I think the aforementioned, along with God of War III and Heavy Rain, have proven that.

But we have to compare RDR to every other title in existence. ...when you do that, it's obvious that the game is in the 90th or 95th percentile.

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camaro300zx
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 12:25:19 PM
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Is it worth the price of admission for the single player aspect.
I'm not a fan of multi-players.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 12:37:28 PM

Absolutely.

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darkpoet25
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 4:09:58 PM

Absolutley. I don't play online much myself, but the story from what I played so far is pretty good. There is a huge map to explore and lots of little missions to do as well.

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ColTater
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 12:51:43 PM
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Absolutely squared.

I didn't know how big the install was since I walked away once I saw that it had started. Since it is so small, what is it even for?

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darkpoet25
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 4:12:24 PM

Some games save data to the hard drive for better overall gaming. It helps to keep stuttering and slowdown, from slowing the game itself down.

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chedison
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 7:37:21 PM

I wish it was bigger. Those loading screens, especially when going in and out of multiplayer are a little long....

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eryyy
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 1:35:29 PM
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I was scared to purchase this game when I heard Rockstar was blacklisting anyone giving the game a bad review. That type of preemptive strike usually does not bode well for the actual game. My local Blockbuster closed, so I decided to buy the title (against my better judgment. Turns out my better judgment was right. This game (after 4 hours at least) is an incredible let down that makes me long for the days where you could return even open games within the 7 day period. The controls, gameplay, and even the graphics are nothing new. It is as if they have taken the fun aspects of the GTA series (which although I've played through aren't in my top ten list) and replaced them with utter boredom. I am sorry if you like this game and feel at all offended by my opinion. I hope someone may read this and decide to wait until the price comes down. If you enjoy games like Knights of the Old Republic, Left For Dead, or Just Cause 2 (these are a couple of my current favorites), you will NOT like this title.

Again, do not believe the high ratings for this game. Those are the result of Rockstar strong arming.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 4:27:26 PM

Opinions are respected here, but I doubt Rockstar strongarmed Ben. It sounds like you thought this would be an action-fest when it was pretty clear from the start that there would be a lot of mosey-ing. Immersion over slam bang ya know? You can probably still sell it on ebay for a good price, just tell them it is like new and played once.

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ro kurorai
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 5:13:40 PM

Have to agree with World.
I doubt R* had any say in Ben's review and he even admitted he's not a huge fan of westerns. Guess the final score reflects the game's merits.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 9:38:38 PM

You know, it's ironic. I just got off the phone with a Rockstar representative who said my big bonus will be in the mail this week for giving RDR a score of 9 or above.

........ohhh, wait, that didn't happen. It never happens. In many years, I've never been approached to take a bribe or to alter my score in any way, and no other reviewer I know has, either.

Please. Stop with the ridiculous gamer conspiracy theories that really only boil down to sour grapes ('sob' You're reviewing games for a living and I'm not, so something has to be wrong. 'sob')

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Jawknee
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 10:00:13 PM

Hey Alex Jones and Jesse Ventura called, they want their conspiracy nut back.

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tlpn99
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 3:44:24 PM
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Good review Ben. Was getting this and still am. Heard a few things though being the net and all :

1) There are no banks to rob, shops etc
2) On the multiplayer there are only 16 people online and no civilians ?
3) A few people have moaned about the spawning on the multiplayer that you spawn pretty much by where you died ? What do people want to Spawn the other side of Mexico.

Either way im going to be getting it for the single player hopefully the multiplayer is not that bad. :)

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Zorigo
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 4:01:20 PM
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i thought this game would be brilliant

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 4:28:57 PM
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Where is my bloody copy?

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tlpn99
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 6:26:22 PM
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Not another one gone missing on you World fingers crossed you get it in your mitts soon enough. :)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 6:49:54 PM

Lets hope not, I got it from Amazon (not a seller on Amazon) they gave me a tracking number a few days ago but it still isn't recognized at the USPS website.

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BeezleDrop
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 7:09:23 PM
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No prob Jawk, I'm not hatin' but really, the game is pretty good. When the action starts, it starts. I know I compared a Multi-plat to an Exclusive but it shouldn't be unfathomable for MP games to be just as good as Exclusives, they shouldn't have to be optimized completely because they are being created by an Exclusive company/Developer.

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BeezleDrop
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 7:21:47 PM
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Just watched a comparison video on IGN, for a majority of the footage they PS3 and 360 versions looked identical. The real differences, were some darker shades on the PS3 and all out completely different back drop colors. Regardless, The PS3 version really doesn't look quite as bad as speculated.

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Jawknee
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 9:57:21 PM

lol the different back drops is likely due to the fact the PS3 version is missing certain objects and pieces in the back grounds entirely.

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Jawknee
Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 10:06:34 PM

just watched it too. Looks the same on that IGN vid. Cant tell, those vids are never as crisp as they could be. The sky looks completely different in that one shot of the gate.

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Roach721
Friday, May 21, 2010 @ 4:35:47 AM
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I bought my game at Best Buy and got the Warhorse download but I can't find the darn horse anywhere and it says I already installed it.Anyone know what the deal is with that?? I want my darn Warhorse :)

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ro kurorai
Friday, May 21, 2010 @ 10:53:54 AM
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Aren't those DLCs bound to some challenges? As far as I know you have to complete certain challenges to 'unlock' your DLC content. Don't have any info on the War Horse though, sorry mate.

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iamnosuperman
Saturday, May 22, 2010 @ 7:13:06 PM
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I thought the graphics were rated to high because since playing it I have seen too many glitches in the game to count

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jonny_wonny
Monday, May 24, 2010 @ 1:43:01 PM
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Anybody else find the game to be kind of easy? It might get harder, but so far taking out entire gangs of people has been kind of a breeze. The GTAs were much harder.

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Ayreon
Friday, June 11, 2010 @ 7:55:50 AM
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Video review with Miss Hungary! :P

It's a bit late, but who cares? hot chick!! :)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntvWn9epZDk
http://bit.ly/c6zQs1

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shootu
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 @ 7:11:01 PM
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THIS GAME IS AWESOME!!! But a 9 for control??? The control is really really bad. They need to up date the control so you can change it. Or better yet update it so you can change the view to first person and/or 3rd person. This game is crazy fun but it would be the bomb if it was first person.

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Spanky
Monday, May 09, 2011 @ 11:08:32 AM
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This the first game in my 35years of gaming that I've managed(or cared to)to get 100% on. I'm still playing this game to this day I can spend an hour just riding around Tall Trees and hunting. :)

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