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Find Your Redemption Within...,
This review is from: Red Dead Redemption (PS3) (Video Game)
After playing RDR for almost 24 hours, I felt I was obliged to write a review for what can only be described as the best game of the year so far, and one which will leave a lasting impression on the current generation of action-adventure games. Better than GTA IV? Quite possibly, although the decision is an extremely difficult one.
Set at the turn of the 20th Century, primarily in the year 1911, the storyline follows the trials and tribulations of former outlaw John Marston, and his quite simply epic adventure across the badlands of New Austin and Mexico; 'The Wild West'. It is this extraordinary setting however which sets RDR apart from most games of this genre. Vast scopes of Cacti and blistering desert heat serve as a highly unusual yet refreshing setting, away from the traditional modern outlook of bustling cities and car infested streets. RDR is bleak and pessimistic for the most part, but this is ultimately far more attractive to players, as the open planes provide almost endless entertainment, whether it be attempting to kill and skin a Grizzly Bear using only your knife, or helping the local sheriff take back an area of land used as a hideout for the local gang of hostiles.
Controls are similar to that of GTA IV, with horses acting as cars, wagons as taxis etc. The popular 'stranger' tasks have also been encorporated, although they now have much more playability and provide far more interest for players (the bizarre 'California' was a particular favourite of mine). Other points of interest include bartering, general hunting of wild animals, capturing wanted bounties, gambling (with poker being a big success), completing various challenges (which unlock special rewards, outfits etc) along with countless other actions, giving RDR excellent replay value and a very long lifespan. And of course, the sensational missions. These are set out in almost exactly the same fashion as GTA; i.e. you can roam around exploring the wilderness and choose when to do the selected mission (which are replayable I may add). Needless to say the graphics are superb (not quite as good as MGS4 and Uncharted 2, but it gets very close) and the soundtrack is first class, with the background music consisting primarily of acoustic and harmonical tunes, along with a couple of heartbreaking songs to coincide with the story's dramatic plot (watch out for when you enter Mexico and after the scene on the cliff).
Obviously, the game is not without it's negative aspects. Glitches, although infrequent, are both irritating and frustrating, and primarily occur when on horseback, so be aware. The controls could be improved slightly; climbing isn't as smooth as it should be for example, and movements are slightly jittery from time to time. Additionaly, any animal cruelty people out there should stay well clear of RDR for obvious reasons. Just a small recommendation.
The plotline is as heart-wrenching as it is adventurous, and as action-packed as it is dramatic, with each mission built up superbly. The connection with John Marston by the end is unmatchable, and he is almost as believable as Nathan Drake from Uncharted; a remarkable achievement. In conclusion, RDR is one of the greatest games to hit the PS3 thus far. Find your redemption within. Highly, highly recommended!