7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A major disappointment,
This review is from: Red Dead Redemption (PS3) (Video Game)
One of my initial thoughts when playing Red Dead Redemption for the first time was that it looked beautiful. And it does. However, when I began to move my character I was immediately disappointed. One thing Rockstar cannot do well is smooth character movement and responsive controls. Play any other decent third-person game and you'll know what I mean.
I had hoped that after GTA:IV Rockstar would have made control improvements a priority, but alas it was not to be. RDR had the same control flaws as previous GTA games. Moving John Marston around on foot feels like you're constantly having to prod an unwilling pedestrian to get them to do what you want them to do. It's even worse on horseback. And you STILL have to tap X to sprint! That's a mechanic they should have already consigned to the dustbin.
Another disappointment was that the game just didn't feel fun to me. Although the barren Western setting was refreshingly different, it was also boring. Fallout 3 managed to make a wasteland fun because there was always some crazy stuff happening somewhere or some new location to discover. In RDR all you're going to find between missions are animals to shoot and skin and the occasional stage coach. There simply isn't enough stuff going on in the gameworld to keep it engaging.
Unfortunately the game's story (FBI kidnaps family, must kill gangsters to get family back) and the side missions (herding cows, capturing horses, delivering things) weren't enough to keep me interested. The large open world tries to mask the fact that there really isn't all that much going on. I really wanted to like this game but its flaws turned me off.