Thursday, June 14, 2012

Red Dead Redemption

Red Dead Redemption and the Dying West

Read Dead Redemption is one of the best open world video games I've ever played and probably the best western game ever created . The voice acting is superb. There are no over the top western stereotypes, which can be annoying in other games. The characters are alive and dynamic. I'd go as far to say it's almost creepy how life-like they are. From subtly shifts in weight, eye movement, differences in the pitch and tone of voice, and the natural, realistic movement, this world is believable.

Red Dead Redemption Trailer

Red Dead Redemption Environments

 The environments are gorgeous, few games deliver such a level of believably There's a variety to the environments that is surprising, but in the best possible way. . You'll feel like you're there with the hero of the story, John Marston. Sometimes I just stopped for a sec just to look around and appreciate the time and effort that was put into this game to get the feeling of a western just right. Whether you're walking through town, riding through the plains, storming an old, rundown fort full of bandits and thugs, or working the farm and tending to the herds, the visuals are captivating and crisp.

Quests of Red Dead Redemption

There is such a wide variety to the quests. And I'd like to say how relieved I was that this game wouldn't be  constant gunslinger duels one after another. In one mission Marston can be saving a farm from fire, storming a fort with enemies in front and rebel militia at his back, saving persons (No spoilers here) of interests from bandits in escort missions, driving local gangs out of town and taking the fight to their headquarters, and so much more. And those are just the side missions. The main story will have you hooked from the start as you work your way through the dying west in order to find the man you're looking for and turn him in to the government to protect what Marston holds dear, which I'll bet is easy to predict, the player even finds out why he's doing what he's doing early on in the game, but I try to avoid spoilers in my reviews as much as possible. You'll spend hours completing quests and side missions. If that weren't enough, Red Dead Redemption has a plethora of mini games from playing cards down at the pub to working on your marksmanship, or capturing runaways, and helping out the townsfolk or people you happen upon along the road for a few bucks and rewards.

Red Dead Redemption Gameplay Trailer

Red Dead Redemption Gameplay

The game play is smooth and very precise once you get used to the semi unusual control mechanics. As a FPS enthusiast myself, it did take about 15 minutes to get used to the layout of the controls for this third-person shooter. But once that's taken care of, you'll be shooting ten gallon hats of your enemies' heads in no time. Dueling is especially fun. There's something oh so satisfying about shooting the gun out of your opponent's hand and humiliating him. Riding around on your horse is near flawless, I don't think I've ever played a game where mounted transportation is so seamless and easy to pick up. What's more, fighting from horseback is just as easy as on foot. And I have to say, I've never played a game like that. Players can buy new weapons and upgrades for Marston, and at certain points in the game, he is provided with new equipment. What could be more fun than lassoing a bandit and then dragging him behind your horse as you laugh from the saddle. HAHAHAHA! Not in my town partner.

Red Dead Redemption Online Gameplay

Red Dead Redemption Multiplayer

The multiplayer. What can I possibly say about the multiplier other than........ PLAY IT. If have the opportunity to play online DO IT. There are several modes in the game. The game could have simply provided players with a huge open work. Multiplayer supports 16 players. Free Roam is AWESOME. The single player world is open to the masses. You can join a posse and take on other posses. Or you can simply trek it alone. Fight against the bad guys or take a swing at the good guys for a change. Players can form hunting parties and track elusive animals. Leaders form a posse and can set waypoints for effortless collaboration. Take on gang hideouts, back each other up, and take it to em. If you're the shady type, take on law enforcement. And of course, there are regular modes such as a free for all Mexican standoff. There's so much more to multiplayer, it's enough to make you foam at the mouth in awe. And ye, the player did walk upon the online multiplayer, in which he or she checked the chamber of their revolver, and it was loaded.

What Red Dead Redemption does Wrong

And now for the bad. Notice, this list will be small. Because one must really look for something to complain about. My game froze a few times but it wasn't anything game breaking and I quickly made my way back to where I was before it froze. And there were times when a horse carriage would suddenly fly in the air, or my Dead Eye didn't work the way it's supposed to. Umm... that's about all I can think of besides a few hiccups in the graphics, such as when Marsden skins a dead animal and the grass gets in the way of what he's doing because of the camera angle. Buy Red Dead Redemption.

Red Dead Redemption: The Final Verdict

For it's smooth gameplay, captivating story, and amazing online experience, Read Dead Redemption earns a PERFECT 10 out of 10

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