Arriving in the wild plains of New Austin, John Marston is an ex-outlaw looking to go straight. He’s a man with a muddy past looking for (you guessed it) redemption. To begin with the story is a bit of a slow burner, and you’ll be doing odd jobs for Bonnie MacFarlane on her family’s ranch before going on to ride with the local law enforcement in Armadillo. Gradually you’ll become entwined in Red Dead’s narrative web as things get more and more dark and desolate, and you run into morally void characters that thrive on the lawlessness of the Wild West.
Release: May 18th, 2010
Company: Rockstar Games
Related Apps: Red Dead Redemption (original soundtrack), Red Dead Redemption Strategy Guide
Look For: Updated Nightmare Pack ($10.00), Free Roam Pack, Liars and Cheats Pack, Legends and Killers Pack ($10.00)
Nightmare Pack –
– Ghost towns and cemeteries come alive in a West gone horribly wrong
– Brand new single-player adventure, challenges and quests
– 8 new multiplayer zombie characters
– Additional animals unleashed in the world
– New dynamic events and more
This game shows that the “open world” style of Grand Theft Auto works wonderfully well in the Wild West. You play John Marston, a farmer-turned gunslinger who has to hunt down an outlaw in order to save his family. You can wander through a vast fictional turn-of-the-century Western world full of towns, hideouts, grave robbers, swindlers, lawmen, and everything else you need to make a Wild West setting come to life. The graphics are beautiful, the characters are intriguing, and the Dead Eye slow-motion gunshooting makes you feel like a quick-draw artist.
The variety of activities — from horse racing to animal hunting — keeps you from getting bored. You can take on a hundred bad guys with a Gatling gun or just sit back in the evening and watch the wild critters roam across a moon-blanched prairie. There is so much ambient life out on the prairie that just looking at the landscape is relaxing — until a cougar attacks you. The whole time, you feel you’re making choices with consequences. You can wind up being a feared gunslinger, or a respected do-gooder.
Game developer Rockstar spent an estimated $100 million over six years to make this game, which surprised many industry watchers with its high quality. With dozens of hours of game play, it is clearly one of the best games. I suspect Rockstar will make its money back on this one.
Rockstar has not released any screenshots of the new modes, so you’ll have to guess what their Red Dead zombies look like. Interesting DLC strategy for this game. Rockstar’s last big games, Grand Theft Auto IV, received two massive single-player-centric add-ons released more than a year after the game and offering over a dozen hours of gameplay and story for $20. With Red Dead, Rockstar is creating smaller portions of content and releasing them much closer to release, emphasizing an expansion of multiplayer more than single-player. Both plans were ambitious, showing that Rockstar is serious about post-release support. (But not so serious, folks — zombies!)
Buy this game and get your Western on!