TheGameJar Original: A Look Back At Red Dead Redemption

The story’s set in 1911, during the decline of the Wild West. The old ways are fading, with new technology appearing such as automobiles and the far deadlier machine guns! The main character, John Marston, finds himself being ripped from his settled life with his wife and son, to be thrown into the deep end as a bounty hunter for the government. His mission is simple: bring to justice his old gang, lead by outlaw Dutch. With his family taken hostage our hero has little choice but to saddle up and ride…

So begins a journey across the wild plains, with gun fights, poker matches and the odd horse race! With Red Dead, Rockstar managed to give me a new world to explore, with vast horizons and stunning scenery for my eyes to devour. Even the littlest details had me, enticing me to move forward – exploring this new open world. From the eagles flying above me in the beautiful skies full of clouds, to watching the buffalo roam across the plains freely (well until I shot a few for the skins). Even the dust coming off your horse’s hoofs as it canters across the ground was realistic and made you feel like you were there.

Would rather have a read? The written version is here. 

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  1. Chris Powell
    March 22, 2012, 9:46 pm

    I had a ton of fun with Red Dead right up until the point where you had to venture to Mexico. I think the game slowed to a halt here with missions that were incredibly repetitive, which, in turn, really killed my desire to sticking with it.

    I ended up getting about halfway through the Mexico missions before I set the game aside, and I haven’t picked it up since. I really should, though, because I hear the ending is incredible, and I really want to play the DLC.

  2. Chris Jacobs
    July 19, 2012, 6:20 pm

    Undead Nightmare, one of the best bits of DLC I’ve ever played. Nuff said.

    I had a hard time liking Redemption to begin with, I loved Red Dead Revolver and really wanted Redemption to be a proper sequel, and then it wasn’t. I soon warmed up to it though, griefing my friends with tomahawks during open world sessions helped with that. :P

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