Red Dead Redemption (PS3)

By Moe Rantala

Published on Monday, June 7, 2010

Graphics: 9.00
Sound: 10.00
Gameplay: 10.00
Replays: 8.00
Gamelength: 10.00

Yippie-kay-yay, the Red Dead series returns for an amazing romp through the old west.

Red Dead Redemption follows the story of John Marston as he brings justice to those that have wronged him. We’re just going to jump right into the gameplay, and honestly it’s pretty much awesome. You’ll spend a large amount of time on horseback, so getting used to aiming, firing, and maintaining your horse’s stamina is absolutely critical. A good deal of time is also spent on foot, while very little time is spent in a vehicle. The control scheme is pretty easy to learn, and works extremely well for the game. Overall, there are 3 main points to the game. There are the main quests, the stranger quests, and the challenges. There’s also bounties and mini games you can play in town, as well as random occurrences that occur while traveling through towns, and from location to location. Pretty much everything you can do unlocks something else. The challenges are probably the coolest, as doing all of them unlocks an amazing outfit, and they’re also much more challenging (hence their name) than anything else in the game.

Overall, the sound and graphics are what you’d expect from a next gen console title, but the PS3 definitely has a few graphical glitches here and there. None of it is game breaking, but the game did freeze twice. Thankfully, these were all after saving had already occurred so there wasn’t any loss of time, but it could have been worse. The only real graphical glitch that I saw, aside from some jumpy textures, was during poker (and this has been documented) the textures of some of the NPCs would suddenly degrade rapidly into very, VERY basic textures. All of that aside, the landscapes are absolutely gorgeous. There really isn’t anything like just riding your horse around (killing wolves and cougars) and looking at the landscape. It’s, literally, gorgeous, and it’s easy to get lost in how beautiful it is. The music actually isn’t always noticeable until all of a sudden you realize that there’s more going on than just the sound of animals and the patter of hooves. It’s pretty fantastic though, and I truly enjoyed it.

Really, when you put everything together, you have a fantastic game. The story is awesome, if not extremely realistic to how things actually happened in the old west. The characters are all unique, they ALL bring their own personality to the table, and none of it is all that cookie cutter. If you have a 360, or a PS3, get this game. Buy it. Buy it, and play it until you beat it. Then play the multiplayer, because that’s actually pretty fun as well. Then, go play some more poker and liar’s dice. Then go lasso a dog in town, and watch it get really pissed and bite you. Yes, you can do all these things, and more, and it’s just absolutely a fantastic game. I don’t actually remember the last time I had this much fun playing a game.

If you buy this game, you will not regret it. So ends this review.

Overall Rating: 9.80

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