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POSTED 2/6/10


RED DEAD REDEMPTION

Rockstar Games
PS3 (also Xbox 360)

Dang darned gosh-durned hornswagglin’ spelunkin’ hombre varmint yeehaw galoots – and every word Yosemite Sam ever spluttered. Right, now that we done got the clichés out of the way, let’s get on with things.

Grand Theft Horsey. Next!

OK, we’ll done be serious then. Plus we’ll stop adding ‘done’ every second line.

Yep, Rockstar’s back, whipping the hype up to 11 on the sequel to one of the last gen’s best kept secrets, Red Dead Revolver. They’ve taken all that was ace about the western-set adventure and given it the OTT theatrical treatment. Yep, that means cutscenes and plenty of ‘em, but in this context it’s actually a help rather than a [prospector-type talk deleted] hindrance.

Yep, we hates them rabb… fuck! Right, we’re not fans of sitting through epic movie chunks when we want to be playing, but the spaghetti-western-with-a-touch-of-Hitchcock that Rockstar have pulled off here is something to behold.

Set in 1911, when horseless carriages were a novelty and the thought of man flying was a folly, RDR casts you as John Marston, a former bad guy out to save his wife and kid from government agents. Yessir, these were lawless times indeed.

Sure, we gagged about the GTA connection, but it’s a real one – yet not to RDR’s detriment. Think wide open plains to roam in all sandbox like and you’ve got the gist, with side games like poker breaking up all manner of gunfights and conscience battles.

RDR looks divine, sounds sublime and offers a remarkably immersive experience. Not only is it one of the best games we’ve played, it’s one of the best westerns we’ve seen – and we ain’t talkin’ hotels there folks…

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