The lights are on
Red Dead Redemption is all about discovery. Placed in a gigantic open world, you’ll likely find something to divert your attention on the ride to your next mission: duels, stranger missions, hunting rabbits, to name a few. The best part is that all of this content makes sense in the harsh desert locations where the game takes place. Even side objectives involving cannibalism seem to fit right in with the setting and its inhabitants. Despite all of the tasks you can be pulled into throughout the game though, the western vibe is never conveyed as well as the moment when you ride into Mexico.The early game content pulls you all over the upper half of the world map, leading you to wonder when you’ll finally cross into Mexico over the Rio Bravo. Finally, after making a few unsavory friends, you’re invited by the criminal Irish to accompany him across the river. It wouldn’t be a western without a harrowing firefight, and the perilous log ride to the opposite bank delivers in this respect. After dispatching dozens of angry bandits eager to welcome their “friend” Irish into their land, you set foot on foreign soil. Upon bidding your drunken companion farewell, you climb on to a nearby horse, eager to see what the region has to offer in regards to exploration. Constant viewing of the map prior to arriving here lets you know that the area is massive, but it immediately becomes clear in person.The Mexican landscape pulls back more and more as you progress along the banks of the river. Whether you ride closer to the water or high atop the cliffs, the view is gorgeous. You can almost see the point where the horizon touches the sky. The vistas on display would be breathtaking by themselves, but another ingredient adds to this amalgam: music.The entire game contains constant background music appropriate for the western setting, but when Far Away by Jose Gonzalez begins on this ride, you feel like a cowboy. The slow acoustic build leads into the first actual lyrics in the game, trumping every sound except the rolling clap of your horse’s hooves, an appropriate soundtrack for such a surreal moment.The perfect confluence of sight and sound showcased here embodies the whole Red Dead experience for me. Throughout the game, John Marston engages in a multitude of different activities and missions, so many that I never had time to fully appreciate the believable world laid out in front of me. But riding over that hill in Mexico to the tune of a slow acoustic guitar made me forget everything else and just soak it all in.
Such a great go. So many moments were amazing in Red Dead.
The little I've played of Red Dead was def amazing. I remember getting so tied up with helping one of the towns Sheriffs that I lost sight of other objectives! I just got sucked in!
As far as moments go, I'd say Bioshock has one of my favorites... see Rapture looming in the dark abyss. Something so surreal and amazing about an underwater city.
Red Dead Redemption is easily one of the best games of the current console generation and this moment is just one of the many reasons why that statement is a fact rather than an opinion!
It's hard to say which R* game was best this generation...This or GTA IV. Gotta be honest, I'm leaning towards Red Dead, mainly because it was the ONLY game that made me appreciate Westerns in general. GTA IV was f***ing phenomenal, though and GTA V will be a serious contender for best game of this generation...
That's the best game I have ever played. I am hoping they will develop a new part for the next-gen consoles.
This was a great in a great game. It has many moments that could have been mentioned here, but this one made it more epic.
Lol yeah I remember that, the minute I got to mexico it felt like the start of another game.
Red Dead is easily one of my favourite games, not just in this generation, but ever. Some of Rockstar's finest work.
My roommate was watching me play that part of the game and we both just looked at each other like "WHHHAAAAATTT?!" Blew us away. Never see moments like this in games. Although, it was made all the better when I played cuz it was more like sunset making the scenery more picture-esc.
Great moment in a great game
The setting in Red Dead Redemption was one of the best there's ever been. I love that game so much!
My favorite song from the game was "Deadman's Gun" by Ashtar Command
I miss this game. Definitley one of the top 10 of this generation.
Easily one of my favorite games so far this generation, and that was just one of many moments from RDR.
The song is great if you hear it, I used my deed to get my horse and it cancelled the song.