Red Dead Revolver PlayStation 2

Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 42 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 42
  2. Negative: 2 out of 42
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  1. 65
    The atmosphere in Red Dead is the real thing -- not the pseudo-parody of "Dead Man's Hand" -- and that alone should satisfy the audience it was made for. If you can forgive all of its faults, you'll enjoy the few hours you spend in Red's world.
  2. The game spends too much time focusing on characters other than Red and wildly veers off into too many directions at once, an obvious sign of this game’s strenuous development cycle.
  3. Entertainment Weekly
    50
    The game misses its mark: Instead of the gritty, scrub-brush humor of a Sergio Leone pic, Revolver feels like a rootin'-tootin' Disneyland ride. [18 June 2004, p.L2T 20]
  4. It’s actually quite fun in doses. Still, after the recent glut of A-1 quality releases, it’s hard to see Red Dead Revolver as a full-price competitor to "Ninja Gaiden," "Onimusha 3" or "Pandora Tomorrow."
  5. The Graphical presentation is a let-down, but the gameplay is entertaining. Not all is bad, however. Multiplayer modes add those few more hours of fun.
  6. games(TM)
    70
    When we say that Red Dead is a great little game, the emphasis is as much on the 'little' as it is on the 'great'. [June 2004, p.102]
  7. Graphically, the title is definitely clocking in at “adequate”, with sometimes lumpy characters and stiff animations.
  8. If you can forgive Red Dead Revolver for its hubris, you'll find a game with some great style and enough fun moments to justify the rough edges.
  9. 60
    So much of Red Dead feels like it's caught between two camps -- arcade and more modern third-person action -- that it all feels compromised.
  10. It’s faults do not quite damage the game’s basic appeal and while the controls could have used some much needed polish, there’s just enough fun to make this a really good time in the Wild West.
  11. There’s no way a gamer can’t beat this inside 10 hours as there are no puzzles, it’s all run and gun, and there’s not a heck of a lot of challenge other than fighting the controls and the camera. Give it a rent if you’re into Westerns.
  12. GMR Magazine
    60
    Even though the game is reatively short - about a day's worth of play - the levels are paced well. But for all the years spent in the studio, Red Dead still could have used some more time for polish. [July 2004, p.93]
  13. 70
    The Dueling is good, but it's painfully built on trial and error techniques, and it's hard to consistently master.
  14. Nothing more than an average execution of an above-average idea. And here's an idea for next time, how about some online play?
  15. PSM Magazine
    60
    There's no doubt that Red Dead Revolver comes off as a classy Western, but underneath the high production values is a game begging for more depth and balance. [July 2004, p.23]
  16. Though it didn't meet everyone's expectations, it still offers up a solid play experience that fans of westerns and action games alike should enjoy.

Awards & Rankings

#45 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2004
#6 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2004
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 76 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. SamN.
    Jul 23, 2006
    10
    Wow.
  2. KevinG.
    Jul 26, 2004
    10
    I am not a "shooter" game player, but I had to have this one! The old west type shootouts, quickdraws and scenery are the main reasons I I am not a "shooter" game player, but I had to have this one! The old west type shootouts, quickdraws and scenery are the main reasons I bought this. I can't stop playing it. Full Review »
  3. Oct 1, 2015
    8
    There are way too little wild west games on the PS2. In fact I only know 2 games worth to mention: Gun (2005) and Red Dead Revolver.

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    There are way too little wild west games on the PS2. In fact I only know 2 games worth to mention: Gun (2005) and Red Dead Revolver.

    They are both good games. The biggest difference between them is that Gun offers a free roaming map while RDR is strictly a story mode game and you move from one level to the next. There is the town Brimstone, where you can wander around a bit (and listen to the spaghetti western music) and start your next mission, but there are no side missions and you can't ride a horse (you can only ride a horse in certain missions).

    Another difference between these two excellent games is that RDR has a multi player mode which is fun, but the areas are really small. The only area i like is the one in the fort. Gun lacks a multi player mode.

    Both games capture the wild west feeling very good and the feeling and sound of the shooting is very satisfying. I recommend both games, although the free roaming aspect makes me love Gun more than RDR.

    I rate Red Dead Revolver 8 out of 10.
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