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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 follow the storyline or 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 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 and 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.


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 Escorted by two federal agents on a mission to do some dirty work for them.
Red Dead Redemption PlayStation 3 Your actions have consequences... you can watch soldiers kill someone, or you can save him and become hunted by the Mexican army.
Red Dead Redemption PlayStation 3 The train is about to depart

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Red Dead Redemption Screenshot
Red Dead Redemption Wallpaper
Red Dead Redemption Wallpaper
Red Dead Redemption Wallpaper


Alternate Titles

  • "RDR" -- Common abbreviation
  • "Grand Theft Horse" -- Informal title

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User Reviews

John Marston tops Tommy Vercetti as a great character. PlayStation 3 Kyle Levesque (935)
I got myself one of d'em good games, partner Xbox 360 Asinine (1006)
Simply, a fun game PlayStation 3 Gamer User (428)

Critic Reviews

Cheat Code Central PlayStation 3 May, 2010 5 out of 5 100
3D Juegos PlayStation 3 May 18, 2010 9.9 out of 10 99
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation 3 May 17, 2010 9.75 out of 10 98
IGN UK PlayStation 3 May 17, 2010 9.8 out of 10 98
ZTGameDomain PlayStation 3 May, 2010 9.7 out of 10 97 Xbox 360 Jun 06, 2010 9.6 out of 10 96
GameSpot Xbox 360 May 18, 2010 9.5 out of 10 95
XboxAddict Xbox 360 May 24, 2010 95 out of 100 95
GamersGlobal Xbox 360 May 22, 2010 9 out of 10 90
OMGN: Online Multiplayer Games Network PlayStation 3 Oct 08, 2010 7 out of 10 70


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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.


  • 4Players
    • 2010 – #2 Best Game of the Year (Readers' Vote)
    • 2010 – #2 Best Graphics of the Year
  • 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

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