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5.0 out of 5 stars
Just Wow, rivals, then destroys GTA IV!, 24 May 2010
I will admit, i have been following this game for a couple of months now, when the hype started, but seriously, unlike most games, this meets the hype, then almost overrides it. Even the adverts don't give this game full justice. Its almost as if Rockstar have been building up to this with their previous games, yet have now realized how to make the PERFECT sandbox game. I played and adored GTA IV and Fable 2, and this in some ways in a marriage of both.
The graphics are amazing, just riding through the wilderness should take your breath away! You can, if you wanted to, spend hours not even in a village or town, just wondering the landscape.
The sound is also perfect, through the general background noise to the voice acting.
One thing that is a serious step up from GTA is that the world is by no means based around you. You can see an event unfold that you had nothing to do with, then you can chose what to do, or just do nothing!
The fame and honor systems work very well, as while many recent games have integrated and built games around this dynamic, this has just added it as an option almost. If you are famous, cool stuff will happen, if you are good, cool stuff will happen, if you are bad, cool stuff will happen. Whatever you do in this game, it will be cool. The missions are a joy to behold and are imaginative and very fun, like in GTA.
The randomness of the game could be exemplified by the darstadly achievement, as you could find out if you went on to youtube! It involves tying someone up (using your lasso), throqwing them on the back of your horse (or dragging them behind it!), dropping them on a train track, and... well you know what happens next!
The multiplayer is also really fun and can keep you going for weeks- whether it is free roam with your friends or one of the many game modes, you will enjoy every one.
You probably dont even need to read this review, as if you are even on this page, you will definitely be buying RDR because of the media storm that now surrounds it. So throw in the good the bad and the ugly, put on a cowboy hat, and switch on that console, cos its gonna be a hell of a ride!