Red Dead Redemption - Xbox 360

Game Description:Developed by Rockstar San Diego, as a follow up to the 2004 hit game, Red Dead Revolver, Red Dead Redemption is a Western epic, set at the turn of the 20th century when the lawless and chaotic badlands began to give way to the expanding reach of government and the spread of the Industrial Age. The story of former outlaw, John Marston, Red Dead Redemption takes players on a great adventure across the American frontier. "The team at San Diego have massively exceeded our expectations with the sheer depth of experiences in Red Dead Redemption," said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. "The seamless combination of breathtaking beauty and intense action, all woven together with strong plotlines in a massive vibrant, rural environment is mind-blowing. We think this game helps to push the limits of what an open-world gaming experience can be." Utilizing Rockstar's proprietary Rockstar Advanced Game Engine (RAGE), Red Dead Redemption features an open-world environment for players to explore, including frontier towns, rolling prairies teeming with wildlife, and perilous mountain passes - each packed with an endless flow of varied distractions. Along the way, players will experience the heat of gunfights and battles, meet a host of unique characters, struggle against the harshness of one of the world's last remaining wildernesses, and ultimately pick their own precarious path through an epic story about the death of the Wild West and the gunslingers that inhabited it.
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Red Dead Redemption PAX East 2010 Preview

Red Dead Redemption PAX East 2010 Preview

By Patrick Klepek - Posted Mar 26, 2010

 Red Dead Redemption PAX East preview

What We Know: Rockstar Games has finally answered the call of many a Grand Theft Auto lover and created a massive and gorgeous open-world western in Red Dead Redemption that has all the hallmarks of a killer Rockstar title: compelling characters, a sweeping and brutal narrative, and more content than you can toss a lasso around. We got our eager eyes and hands on the game during PAX East 2010, and came away thoroughly impressed.

What We Saw: I've been hearing plenty about Red Dead Redemption around the G4 offices. Whenever someone returns from seeing the game, their mouths are agape. I'm happy to join the chorus round, though, after playing a few minutes of Rockstar Games' western epic at PAX East earlier today.

Red Dead Redemption so far feels like a healthy evolution of the sometimes contentious gameplay mechanics that help drive the company's Grand Theft Auto games. We all tend to casually overlook the fact that shooting thugs in Grand Theft Auto isn't very fun because the rest of the game is fantastic. Red Dead Redemption moves Rockstar's premiere style of game into more baseline competence. Meaning, the shooting is much, much better here and Rockstar has even incorporated some special features to make the shooting even easier along the way.

Red Dead Redemption PAX 2010

The game's "dead eye" mechanic is not unlike Ubisoft's "mark and execute" feature in the upcoming Splinter Cell: Conviction. In Red Dead Redemption, players have the ability to click the right stick, slow time down and have the game start auto-targeting enemies (you can even shoot them multiple times in different areas of the body) by pointing your reticle at them. The PAX East demo, however, had "dead eye" fully powered up. In the full game, players will have to upgrade the feature over time, starting with slow motion and moving towards auto-targeting. It's a welcomed addition to the also improved gunplay, however, for those trickier moments.

I didn't get a chance to experience much of Red Dead Redemption's world, unfortunately. Rockstar representatives let me head from one location to another, taking me through a cemetery and a mostly deserted and wrecked town, but stopped me from seeing much else. Even in those brief glimpses, Red Dead Redemption is one hell of a good looking game, and I'm interested to see how Rockstar manages to keep it visually interesting for hours, given the endless look of the desert. It's a gorgeously detailed desert, though, so it's a good place to start.

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There was something that bugged me, however. When is Rockstar going to let its characters run without requiring button mashing? Can't we just hold down A instead of endlessly tapping? I'd say it's just a small thing, but in a game with an expansive open world, running becomes a critical part of making ground at a fast pace, so you end up tapping A a lot.

I have a feeling this is going to be a good one, folks. A really good one.

Comments are Closed

  • Sex-Robot

    This game is goin to be badass buying the first day it comes out

    Posted: May 3, 2010 3:41 PM
  • Syconut

    i pre oredered this game because one. its amazing and two cause i wana get it the day before it comes out to play it all night. ive got a feeling that theyll have this as a midnight release party and if they do ill get the game even earlier. ive been waiting for an open world western for a ling time since playing rdr for the xbox. and on the plus side it comes out six days after my b-day. hells yeah. may 18 could come at a faster pace tho. and rockstar probably has a bunch of kiss marks on thier ass from us hardcore gamers. thank you rockstar you just made my life into a no life. living the dream

    Posted: April 30, 2010 1:14 PM
  • Ryne S.

    Got to pre-order this game....and I hate pre-ordering!

    Posted: April 12, 2010 6:05 PM
  • Zero Tolerance

    Personaly, Im not a big fan of upgrading my belongings just because a new and improved version has come out, such as a stupid touch phone that every one tells me to get because its better than Oliva Munn making out with Blair Butler... In my world if it aint broke, dont fix it. BUT, for this game alone when it comes out I will upgrade the old tv, which is only 7 years old and so heavy it has made indents in my solid tv cabinet. RDR looks so good that playing it on a non full HD tv will be a crime. So, DEAR ROCK STAR, thank you from the bottom of my souless heart for making me spend my hard earned on crap I dont need so I can spend endless hours in the darkness of my room, half naked, avoiding phone calls from friends who want to go out and do stuff that might lead to some thing more than adding points to my score card.

    Posted: April 7, 2010 5:28 PM
  • dailyartist4

    this game really appeals well to a gamer thats looking for diversity in the overall concept of a game. it keeps things fresh like dead space, heavy rain, LBP , and well battlefield because its more tactical and really for a maturing call of duty audience still love COD though.

    anyway i hope this game sells well so i can talk about it with my friends

    Posted: April 6, 2010 7:25 PM
  • bakerXderek

    this games gona be THEE buisiness

    Posted: April 2, 2010 1:04 PM
  • stoneymacaroni89

    I can't wait.

    Posted: April 1, 2010 7:25 PM
  • Dudimus24

    This is a must buy for sure, but I don't think I'm going to pre-order it, as the pre-order can be unlocked in game anyways and it'll feel better to actually earn the suits.

    Posted: March 30, 2010 7:39 PM
  • ummmyeah

    I'm thinking GTA 4 + Gun= Greatness

    Posted: March 29, 2010 5:11 PM
  • teabags

    it wasnt until last night that i finally paid any attention about this game, and it looks sweet..the graphics, gameplay, shooting, interaction, questing, loot all look brilliant, and did i spy drops when npcs are killed? i saw a little glowing point on the ground each time the character killed an npc

    Posted: March 29, 2010 2:40 PM
  • awmace5

    oh ya baby! time to start watching all my western movies!!!!!!!!!

    Posted: March 28, 2010 7:50 PM
  • gorestorm

    YES my dreams are coming true...I can't say they will be staying dry though... Anyway this looks like an amazing game and I can't wait to get a hold of it!

    Posted: March 28, 2010 8:11 AM
  • autofaux

    I want XD

    Posted: March 28, 2010 3:21 AM
  • poketfulashelz

    Red Dead Revolver was awesome and highly underrated I've been waiting for this game for a few years now. I just hope the open world system doesn't make you spend too much time running around from place to place, which made some games like Farcry 2 dissapointing.

    Posted: March 27, 2010 3:19 PM
  • wiggum

    I've no doubt this game will be at the least very good. Agree that mashing the A button to make your character run is kind of a pain in the ass. That's always been a pet peeve of mine from the GTA games. And I hope they improve the cover system a bit so the camera doesn't bug out half the time.

    Posted: March 27, 2010 1:21 PM
  • DamionF

    i remember when Adam said that the 1st time he saw the game he was mesmerized by the horses ass. No doubt we know this game is going to be graphically outstanding, and the guys at Rockstar Games know how to tell a good story with good pacing. My wife better get me this game or ill be taking the kids money out of their piggy bank.

    Posted: March 26, 2010 11:31 PM
  • DarthHerter

    rock star is the master of open world games.

    Posted: March 26, 2010 8:50 PM
  • bestclipfan

    I wonder if there is going to be horse taxis lol.

    Posted: March 26, 2010 5:39 PM

    ill be picking this up, the frist one was fun but this one looks great.

    Posted: March 26, 2010 5:23 PM
  • slackersphere17

    lol i thought shooting thugs was pretty great in gta4

    Posted: March 26, 2010 5:16 PM