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Red Dead Redemption – A Review

Recently I had the dubious pleasure of playing and watching Dave play Red Dead Redemption. It’s a western game, published by Rockstar Games.

*Image copyright belongs to Rockstar Games.

The Good:
The game is gorgeous. Seriously. It’s very visually appealing. The water, the trees, everything looks quite realistic. It’s an open world with lots of mini-quests in addition to the main storyline, so you can play the game for hours without progressing the story line if you want to just explore. I really love this feature. They have lots of horses that you can collect if you like to collect mounts. The voice acting and story are pretty good.

The Bad:
I really disliked a lot of the controls. It was too easy to accidentally start combat with someone when you didn’t mean to. Also, while it may have been realistic, it was also hard to discern who was friend or foe sometimes in a gunfight. Since you take faction hits (positive or negative) for everything you do in the game, it really sucks when you find yourself moving towards evil because you didn’t understand the controls. On that note, I hate the gun noise. It’s pretty realistic as well. It seriously made me want to throw things.

I think if you like morality games, gun games, or games with open-ended exploration and good story, you will like this game.

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    • http://www.thedarkbutterfly.com/blog Nini

      I actually thought that was a photo for a second.
      I’m too old school, I’d rather play the Super Mario games from the 90′s..although I do love Tao Feng :D

      • Phyrra

        Hah, yeah when you’re playing the game, sometimes it looks like a tv show or a movie.

        I still love playing the old Monster Rancher games :)

    • http://unlacedbeauty.blogspot.com Angie

      i looove this game. its so much fun. but i do agree with u on the negative aspects of discerning the differences in characters.
      what platform did you play it on?

      • Phyrra

        The PS3.

        I have an XBox360, PS3 and a wii, but I tend to favor getting things on the PS3 because I like the controller the best.

    • Mjolnir

      I can’t wait to play this game! It looks fun, like GTA in the Wild West.

      • Phyrra

        Oooh, I hope you enjoy playing it ;)

    • http://fancygeek.blogspot.com Cacau

      Ohhh! I want to buy this game *-*
      I’m so sure my bf would love it (he’s into wild west stuff)!

      • Phyrra

        I’m sure he’d like it!

    • Daniel

      It looks awesome! I wish it was for PC though… Maybe they’ll port it eventually.

      From the other reviews I’ve read, it looks like it has more sandbox stuff to do.

      In Grand Theft Auto, all you can rely do is go on killing sprees or complete missions(which are fun, don’t get me wrong). Red Dead sounds different from that. I look forward to playing it if they port it!

      • Phyrra

        Yeah, you can seriously just wander the game for hours, finding lots of little one-off quests, searching for all the horses, etc, without going on major story point quests.

        And believe it or not, if it’s not an MMO, I tend to not want to play it on the computer. I did do my stint with The Sims, but who didn’t! :P

    • Nadine

      Great succinct review! I’m not a gamer and I don’t like controllers (not even the Wii), so I’m looking forward to the controller-free Kinect. It might be the first game console that I actually like.

      • Phyrra

        I saw some vids of the Kinect demo of petting the kitten. Very interesting!

    • http://blackroseponpon.blogspot.com/ PonPon

      I’ve heard this game’s pretty buggy. My brother showed me several, very ridiculous bugs on youtube. like, npc people being a dog instead of a person.

      • Phyrra

        There were some weird bugs with play, but I didn’t think the ones we experienced were terrible. I’ve never seen the people being a dog!!!

        • http://blackroseponpon.blogspot.com/ PonPon

          It’s hilarious. Here, I found the video

          • Phyrra

            Yeah we never could get some of the bigger bugs to happen.

    • Rebecca

      Thanks for doing a video game review!

      • Phyrra

        You’re quite welcome! I’ll try and do more.

    • http://www.robynsnestblog.blogspot.com Robyn

      Jason and Cameron finished playing it about two weeks ago. They had a lot of fun with it.

      • Phyrra

        Aww, it’s awesome when they can enjoy playing games together. I always enjoy it when we can do that, too.

    • http://nymphette.onsugar.com nymphette

      I LOVE this game!!

      • Phyrra

        Yay! What was your favorite thing to do in the game?

    • Jade

      My little brother loves those kinds fo games (the ones with copious amounts of violence). He has this game. I like less violent games myself.

      • Phyrra

        I tend to prefer either MMOs, RPGs, or games like Monster Rancher (breeding, battling, exploring). or Viva Pinata (breeding, simulation).

    • http://nikhedonia.wordpress.com Eplefe

      Actually, the game is a lot uglier on the PS3 than on the xbox, at least from the comparison shots I’ve seen.

      But RDR is my favourite game so far in 2010! ^_^

    • Sarah

      The is well developed. I am just a little uncomfortable when it comes to skinning the animals!

    • Sarah

      The game is well developed. I am just a little uncomfortable when it comes to skinning the animals!

      • Phyrra

        Yeah some parts of the game were just gross.