Less than 150 games needed to reach our MobyGoal of 1,500 documented arcade titles!

Red Dead Redemption

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 3
94
4.4
Xbox 360
92
4.2
Not an American user?

Description

Red Dead Redemption is a free-roaming western game and the spiritual successor to Red Dead Revolver. The game is set in 1911, where players take control of John Marston; an outlaw who is forced to turn on his peers when federal agents threaten his family. He is sent to the American frontier to capture his former gang members, especially the notorious leader Bill Williamson.

In the open world, the player is free to pursue to the storyline or to partake in the various events that occur while exploring the West; similar in overall design to Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto series. Horses are the main means of transportation, and the player can whistle for their mount at any time. Players can also visit towns, talk to other characters, and join or intervene in events such as public hangings, ambushes and robberies. Many of these are random, including dangerous animal attacks and bandit ambushes. Other activities include hunting, gambling, duels and standoffs, with guns as the main weapon.

Based on the player's decisions, two morality systems (honor and fame) influence on how the environment and other characters react to Marston. Marston can shoot while riding a horse and capture people by lasso, combined with a cover system with specific targeting or wildfire. In the recharging Dead Eye targeting mode time is slowed down to target different enemies in specific locations, and then execute the shots in rapid succession. The player can also set up camps anywhere in the world to fast travel to known locations or save their game.

Multiplayer is supported through free-for-all, team and capture-the-flag modes, introducing crates with weapons and power-ups. Games start with a Mexican standoff where the survivor receives some extra time to gather items while the others are respawning, Similar to Grand Theft Auto IV there is a continuous free-roaming mode where players can team up in posses to form a party to engage computer-controlled gangs. Posses are made up of a maximum of eight players and all multiplayer games support a maximum of sixteen players. During multiplayer the characters can level up and gain access to new mount breeds, character models and weapon skins.

Screenshots

Red Dead Redemption PlayStation 3 Hold X to match the riding speed to that of your companion.
Red Dead Redemption PlayStation 3 Breaking in the jail to rescue to rebels in the middle of a Mexican revolution.
Red Dead Redemption PlayStation 3 Game features night and day cycles, and during nighttime stores will be closed, but saloons and brothels may be busier.
Red Dead Redemption PlayStation 3 Taming a horse... it about half a minute of keeping the balance and then you're the boss.

Alternate Titles

  • "Grand Theft Horse" -- Informal title

Part of the Following Groups

User Reviews

John Marston tops Tommy Vercetti as a great character. PlayStation 3 Kyle Levesque (329)
I got myself one of d'em good games, partner Xbox 360 Pixelspeech (955)
Simply, a fun game PlayStation 3 Simon Koetsier (422)

The Press Says

Gamereactor (Sweden) PlayStation 3 May 17, 2010 10 out of 10 100
Game Revolution PlayStation 3 Jun 01, 2010 A 100
IGN Australia PlayStation 3 May 17, 2010 9.8 out of 10 98
Gamezone (Germany) Xbox 360 May 19, 2010 9.5 out of 10 95
Fragland.net Xbox 360 Aug 14, 2010 92 out of 100 92
SOS Gamers Xbox 360 Jun 04, 2010 92 out of 100 92
Video Games Daily PlayStation 3 May 18, 2010 9 out of 10 90
TheHDRoom (HDR) PlayStation 3 Jun 06, 2010 9 out of 10 90
MS Xbox World Xbox 360 May 24, 2010 8 out of 10 80
Video Game Talk Xbox 360 Jun 05, 2010 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80

Forums

There are currently no topics for this game.


Trivia

References

The famous Wilhelm scream known throughout many movies since the 50s makes an appearance in the game. During various times in the single player and multiplayer modes the sound effect will trigger when a person is shot and killed.

Awards

  • GamePro (Germany)
    • 2011 - Best Console Game in 2011 (Readers' Voting)
    • 2011 - Best Console Action Game in 2011 (Readers' Voting)
  • GameSpy
    • 2010 – Game of the Year
    • 2010 – Action-Adventure Game of the Year

Related Web Sites

Contributed to by Sciere (249681)