Red Dead Redemption – impressions


It’s taken me a while to get around to this one, as there were a few games I wanted to play instead.  Yet with the summer games droubt upon us, I felt it was as good a time as any to sink my teeth into Rockstar’s much acclaimed Wild West action adventure.

You play as John Marston, a cowboy with a mysterious past looking to right wrongs and make a name for himself in the West.  Saved from death by a local rancher called Bonnie, you start out helping her daily work and also doing missions for local law enforcement.  Along the way you’ll find side quests and random encounters that bring the world of the wild west vividly to life.  This is a gorgeous looking game with Rockstar’s tried and tested graphics engine coming a long way since GTA IV and the old west has never looked more atmospheric or picturesque.  Gorgeous vistas, sunsets and huge wilderness and vast plains to explore that are packed with detail and life.  Playing the game, shows that the overall open-world template isn’t that far removed from GTA, and riding a horse, lassooing enemies and gunfights are as much fun as you’d imagine.  Like GTA the game can get a little bogged down with the wealth of things to see and do, and making progress is hampered by the constant distractions of the world, which to be honest is only a small gripe that can be levelled at similar games.

Overall though, I’m having a blast, and the controls, the story and the missions are all well done and easy to get into.  It’ll probably last me a fair while too, knowing how epic Rockstar usually makes its games, so I’m sure I’ll have much more to report on in the coming weeks.

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