Games Review: Red Dead Redemption
Red Dead Redemption
Format: PS3 (also on Xbox 360)
Age rating: 18+
Score: 5/5 Stars
OWING a debt of gratitude to Samuel Peckinpah’s gritty western, The Wild Bunch, Red Dead Redemption is a sprawling third person adventure set in the early years of the 20th Century.
- 1 Man stabbed in St Albans
- 2 Major architectural firm moves into St Albans
- 3 Aldi prioritises St Albans for new store
- 4 Area Guide: The historic St Michael's village area of St Albans
- 5 WATCH: Delivery driver caught fly-tipping in rural area
- 6 St Albans woman defies odds to become oldest with Rett Syndrome
- 7 Sentence increase for St Albans theatre stalwart jailed for paedophilia
- 8 St Albans paedophile jailed for trying to arrange online abuse
- 9 St Albans is one of UK's worst locations for hay fever
- 10 Daughter taking the plunge in mum's memory
With the US government keen to crack down on lawless frontier towns, the game follows the fortunes of John Marston, a reformed outlaw forced to track down members of his old gang.
As a set-up for a video game it’s not a bad one, putting you in the boots of a reluctant gunslinger during the dying days of the Wild West. Armed with a six-shooter and the gravelly voice of a Clint Eastwood impersonator, it’s your job to journey through the southern states of the US and Mexico as you pursue your quarry.
Made by the same people behind the Grand Theft Auto series, the game world is massive. Spectacularly detailed environments encompass everything from dusty scrubland and towering mountain ranges to rural homesteads and shantytowns.
On your travels you’ll herd cattle, search for buried treasure, hunt a grizzly bear, ride shotgun on a stagecoach, protect a train from bandits, lasso a wild horse, take part in numerous shootouts, free a farmer’s daughter from kidnappers, stop a lynching, cheat at poker, share a meal with a cannibal, become embroiled in a civil war plus a million-and-one other things.
To aid inexperienced gunslingers, there’s an auto-fire option, and a special dead eye mode slows down time so you can paint a target with crosses before you riddle them with bullets.
Once you’ve completed the single-player campaign – which should take 25-plus hours – you can round up a posse of friends and take the game online.
Red Dead Redemption is populated by some wonderful characters and a storyline that keeps your interest from beginning to end.