Red Dead Redemption Review

Developer: 

Rockstar San Diego with additional work by Rockstar North

Publisher:

Rockstar Games 

Console(s):

PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 

Release Date: 

May 18, 2010

Genre:

Open world, action-adventure, third-person  

Rating: 

-Eric Lee Lewis

Rarely does a game come out that simply blows somebody away and maintains that feeling the whole time. Read Dead Redemption is one of the few games that does. From the lovable main character to the fantastic story, RDR has it all.

Red Dead Redemption starts off with our protagonist, John Marston, on a train. While he rides the train he listens to the banter of elderly women and an older man and a younger woman. Basically, these people are talking about everything to come…sort of. As we leave the train and take control of John and we soon manage to meet up with a former gang member who shoots John in the abdomen. Soon we meet our first ally and mission giver and we are off to the games start. As to not spoil anything for those that haven’t played, I will not speak anymore on the brilliant story. 

Right away it is very noticeable how fantastic the characters are portrayed. This is one of the biggest strengths of Red Dead Redemption and most of Rockstar Games’ library. Red Dead Redemption gives the perfect balance of happy and sad and everything in between. Normally I play through every game that gives me the choice of playing as a good or evil character as an evil character. In Redemption I chose to play it straight down the middle as I would imagine John Marston to do. This was weird to me at first, but it eventually became second nature to play as John Marston instead of myself. 

Gameplay consists of a lot of missions, but like most open-world games, there is plenty else to do. For one, you have a journal with interesting side-quests. These side-quests are split into hunting (killing animals), survivalist (collecting plants), treasure hunting and sharpshooter (various missions that due with killing others in special ways). But when you do want to do missions, they vary. Sometimes you are hauling a companion and other times you are killing mass quantities of people to get to your goal. If you just want to have fun without worrying about missions you can always just ride your horse just about anywhere or even gamble in mini games that are better in Red Dead Redemption than most full-retail games.  

A lot of love is given to Red Dead Redemption for its soundtrack. A lot of the time I don’t even notice it. But when you do hear the soundtrack, it fits perfectly. If the tracks remind you of old Spaghetti Western movies, it’s because some of the tracks are taken from these movies in order to add a little extra to Red Dead Redemption. I did end up turning on other music sometimes, but it was only to add a different dynamic for when I was just playing to have fun. 

This game isn’t the best looking game in the world, but it still looks great. There were a few hiccups though. Sometimes it took a few moments to pop in some textures or faces. This is easily forgiven as it is a massive open-world game. When all of the textures do pop in, the game looks astounding and this is especially noticeable in the desert areas. Yes, Red Dead Redemption makes deserts look like a place that you want to be just to feel  what John Marston feels. 

In the end, Red Dead Redemption is a game that will stick with me for the rest of my life and is currently in my top five games of all time. If you have hesitated to play this game because of your lack of interest in westerns, stop. Everybody in this world needs to experience the story that is Red Dead Redemption.

Pros: 

  • Fitting soundtrack
  • Stunning locales
  • Believable characters 
  • Amazing Story
  • Possibly the best ending to a game ever

Cons:

  • Sometimes has slow texture pop-ins, but it is rare. 
  • Typical open-world game glitches, but completely forgivable

 Verdict:100%

Red Dead Redemption - Launch Trailer

Eric gave Red Dead Redemption a perfect score. Do you agree with his assessment or not?