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POSTED 25/8/10


RED DEAD REDEMPTION: LEGENDS & KILLERS

Rockstar Games
PS3/PSN (also on Xbox 360/XBLA)

Having donned their white Stetsons and being downright neighbourly by giving us the Red Dead Redemption ‘Outlaws to the End’ DLC pack for nix, Rockstar have crossed to the dark side. With black hats akimbo, they ransom the pay-to-play ‘Legends and Killers’ pack for the not inconsiderable sum of $16 (give or take a dime). So, is it worth slappin’ down the loot?

Well, there’s eight new players that ain’t exactly new. Those who had the pleasure of playin’ the flawed yet awesome Red Dead Revolver on PS2 will recognise names like Red Harlow, Annie Stoakes and Pig Josh. They’re all available for multiplayer should you have a hankerin’ to play dress-ups.

There’s a new weapon of choice for those who feel like some scalpin’, as the tomahawk joins the arsenal. It’s surprisingly powerful, but effectively scarcely different to the throwin’ knife.

What folks’ll be hankerin’ to know about is the new maps. Well, the new old maps. They’re all built for competitive multiplayer, and all will be familiar to anybody who’s delved into RDR with any intent. All remixes of existing locales, they offer various modes from the grab bag of, heh, ‘Grab the Bag’, ‘Hold Your Own’, Gold Rush, Gang Shootout and plain ol’ normal ‘Shootout’.

That’s it? Well nope sirree, for there’s also 10 new trophies for those with a yearnin’ for gold, even if none of them are actually gold, but all bronze save for one of those thar swanky silvery ones.

With nothin’ for those after meaningful additions to free roam, co-op or single player, many will be disappointed. Dig on competitive multiplayer though and you’ll likely find the outlay a satisfyin’ one.

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