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  • Summary: Developed by Rockstar San Diego, as a follow up to the 2004 hit game Red Dead Revolver, Red Dead Redemption is a Western epic, set at the turn of the 20th century when the lawless and chaotic badlands began to give way to the expanding reach of government and the spread of the IndustrialDeveloped by Rockstar San Diego, as a follow up to the 2004 hit game Red Dead Revolver, Red Dead Redemption is a Western epic, set at the turn of the 20th century when the lawless and chaotic badlands began to give way to the expanding reach of government and the spread of the Industrial Age. The story of former outlaw, John Marston, Red Dead Redemption takes players on a great adventure across the American frontier. Utilizing Rockstar's proprietary Rockstar Advanced Game Engine (RAGE), Red Dead Redemption features an open-world environment for players to explore, including frontier towns, rolling prairies teeming with wildlife, and perilous mountain passes - each packed with an endless flow of varied distractions. Along the way, players experience the heat of gunfights and battles, meet a host of unique characters, struggle against the harshness of one of the world’s last remaining wildernesses, and ultimately pick their own precarious path through an epic story about the death of the Wild West and the gunslingers that inhabited it. [Rockstar Games] Expand
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  1. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    100
    If you’re for the West, you will latch onto Redemption like an ornery rattlesnake. If the old West is of no particular interest to you, you still ought to find it difficult not to appreciate the incredible level of workmanship and depth on display here. It is a true opus. [July 2010 p.69]
  2. An unmissable game for any fan of the genre or great action adventures in general. We don’t often get masterpieces around here, but this is certainly one of those moments in time when gamers will look back more fondly on a dusty old six shooter than anything that involves jacking cars.
  3. 100
    Red Dead Redemption has a beautiful virtual world with an enormous amount of things to do, an exciting story and fantastic action. The game not only shows a world of the past, but also makes the player reflect the times we live in now. An exceptional achievement for a game.
  4. Red Dead Redemption is a fantastic game and arguably the finest Rockstar has ever produced. The production values are amazingly high, the gameplay is varied, challenging and nearly always a blast and the old West is as alive as any video game world yet seen.
  5. Red Dead takes a familiar recipe, adds a skilful blend of western elements, and the result is something really rather special. Easily the best Wild West game to date.
  6. Red Dead Redemption is a masterpiece. This game is the perfect example of how a developer should work to create the best atmosphere and to represent a beautiful historical situation. The graphics, the gameplay elements and everything else is at top level. Buy Red Dead Redemption, now!
  7. If you like the idea of a sandbox western then this is money well spent. In what other game can you earn a ‘dastardly’ achievement by saving a damsel in distress, then putting her on the rail road tracks to meet her fate?

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 22 out of 495
  1. Aug 20, 2010
    10
    Much, much better than GTA 4. Before anybody bashes me with this phrase, hear me out - it is simply a better game, it has that class andMuch, much better than GTA 4. Before anybody bashes me with this phrase, hear me out - it is simply a better game, it has that class and charm that I feel was lost after the GTA games on PS2. The graphics are very clean, the landscapes are fantastic (particularly at sunrise/sunset), a part of you feels like you're back in a classic Spaghetti Western when you play this, it's very authentic looking. The controls don't have a steep learning curve, the music is well done, even though I think this was the game's main weakness (I would have brought in Ennio Morricone for it), the characters are full of life (and if you have friends similar to Irish, it makes it all the more amusing), the side missions are mixed in difficulty and can happen anytime you're out on your horse or for a walk. Pure and simply, if you're interested in American History, Movies about the wild west, Graphic Novels about the wild west, dressing up like a Cowboy to a rodeo show, playing the hero or the antagonist, travelling around the south western USA and mexico, and have a 360 or PS3 available - this is a game that deserves a good look! Expand
  2. Oct 21, 2020
    10
    Muy buen juego, rockstar revivio el viejo oeste en este juego, buenisima ambientacion y su historia te deja una sensacion de tristeza y logroMuy buen juego, rockstar revivio el viejo oeste en este juego, buenisima ambientacion y su historia te deja una sensacion de tristeza y logro a la vez. Expand
  3. Nov 15, 2012
    10
    Ok, i was a Western movie lover i always used to watch Western movies and i loved Red Dead Revolver i have always loved Rockstar Games andOk, i was a Western movie lover i always used to watch Western movies and i loved Red Dead Revolver i have always loved Rockstar Games and Then.... Red Dead Redemption i pre-ordered the game because i liked the trailers and Gameplays so bad! and the game got me in love with it 89 hours of gameplay i loved it it's the best PS3,360 game i think i just have to say this...MASTERPIECE Expand
  4. Nov 14, 2018
    10
    This is, ironically, the most unoriginal and disappointing sequel (prequel) that I could have imagined being released. Very little gameplayThis is, ironically, the most unoriginal and disappointing sequel (prequel) that I could have imagined being released. Very little gameplay innovation here (outside enhanced graphics). Expand
  5. Dec 24, 2012
    9
    Red Dead Redemption is one of the best western based games of all time. The scenery is stunning and the story sucks you right in straightRed Dead Redemption is one of the best western based games of all time. The scenery is stunning and the story sucks you right in straight away. It has a gta feel but it feels more unique. Most of the time I get sidetracked by playing poker or blackjack and forget that I'm a cowboy. The joy you will get from this game is high and it is one of the best games I have ever played. I give it 9/10 Expand
  6. Aug 15, 2020
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. At the time of this writing, I was just completed the story of this fantastic game I eluded for a decade.
    Never thought I will really enjoy a Rockstar game, and top it off, a western-themed open world game. It is by the way, my first Rockstar game to finish.

    All I can say is that, the game is truly enjoyable, the story is immersive though at first, the prologue seemed a bit slow. The characters have been given their own segment to get the player to know them along with the main character, and how he deals with them. The story also introduced lawmen and I find most of them annoying which I felt the story is good enough to affect me and feel for the main character.
    Aside from the immersive story, game play is also good, being able to hunt, make duels like a real cowboy, pursue a wanted man or make good deeds. The game also doesn't restrict you to make a choice on some missions.

    As I played this on my PS3, I really find the graphics dated, though the controls still holds up to today's standards. My main grievance for the PS3 version is the frames per second, which targets 30 fps but often drops around in the 20s inside a busy town. This brought my first attempt to play this game into a halt for about 6 years ago. I wasn't really sure to play this game due to its presentation in the PS3 version. I truly wished this game had been remastered for the PS4 just like what Microsoft did for the X360 version. One thing to note is that, the game has a lot of beautiful scenery which I really hoped the photo mode was a PS3 feature before it is in the PS4.

    Lastly, the game is not perfect. It has its share of flaws here and there.
    One example I noticed on some scenes especially with the Federal Lawmen during the Blackwater segment is how these characters belittle the main character as if he doesn't know anything. Despite all of their insults and derogatory remarks about him, John Marston just stops talking to them as if he just accepted being stupid. Some ambient challenges are quite tedious as well as some stranger missions. And like any Rockstar game, the game has it own share of bugs and glitches. The common bug happened to me is that, either a human enemy or animal will fall below the ground. I also find some tutorials lacking in part. It could be that this concept was just a result of game flaws during the PS3/X360 era that were essentially changed for new players of the PS4/XB1 games.

    If you're looking for the best wild west themed game, look no further. This game will not disappoint.

    PS. I might buy an Xbox (1X or SX) just for this game alone due to the enhancements made.
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  7. Sep 16, 2019
    1
    This game is basically only GTA in the wild west, it presents basically the same mechanics as in the aforementioned rockstar saga.

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