The lights are on
As a huge fan of Westerns and Grand Theft Auto, it’s an understatement
to say that Red Dead Redemption is in my wheelhouse. Each time Rockstar
swings by the office to give us a glimpse my enthusiasm increases, so
it was with great anticipation that I took hold of the revolver for our
first hands-on session.For
those of you late to the party, Red Dead Redemption is Rockstar’s first
fully realized foray into the Wild West. While the company best known
for Grand Theft Auto picked up the publishing rights from Capcom for
Red Dead Revolver and fine-tuned it for release, Redemption has been
built from the ground up with an open-world experience in mind.
The story follows John Marston, an outlaw who has a
change of heart when he gets severely injured during a heist and his
fellow outlaws leave him for dead. After living three years on the
straight and narrow, a shady government law enforcement group that
plays by its own rules gives Marston an ultimatum – hunt down his old
posse or sacrifice his wife and son instead.
Wild, Riled WestRed Dead’s Open Expanses Are Anything But EmptyRiding the vast prairies in between townships sounds boring, but you’ll rarely be left alone on the plains. Marston comes across ambient activities that offer the chance to earn extra money, find treasures, collect animal skins, or shoot some men behaving badly at nearly every bend in the dusty road. In our short time riding through the wilderness, we helped a farmer save his kidnapped daughter from a gang of rapey bandits, hunted a pack of wolves for their pelts, engaged in a sharpshooting challenge by shooting vultures, and helped recover a man’s stolen stagecoach. The towns also offer a host of random activities. Locals will bet you money on a friendly competition of five-finger fillet or Texas Hold ‘Em, and you may have to stop a druken saloon patron from roughing up a lady of the night. The NPCs also react naturally to the random chaos you can cause in the world. After we roughed up a man who looked at us funny in the Armadillo saloon, he returned later with a gun and opened fire on us right in the bar.
Rockstar team lets us dive into the game, they show off a new scenario
that finds Marston working in tandem with the Mexican army. In previous
missions we’ve seen him enlist the help of the rebels, so it’s clear
Marston isn’t above playing opposing sides against each other to
further his cause. In this case, the goal is to infiltrate the rebel
stronghold atop a nearby red rock cliff. As the small band of
Mexican soldiers takes cover behind a few wooden crates, rebel snipers
stationed on the ridge above open fire. As Marston picks off enemies
with his rifle one by one, we watch them tumble to their deaths off the
side of the cliff. Once the snipers are neutralized, Marston and a
squad of about a dozen soldiers shoot their way up the side of the
cliff. Marston uses all of the weapons at his disposal, emptying his
six-shooter into enemies with the slow-motion Dead Eye painting
mechanic, throwing Molotov cocktails (which Rockstar dubs Fire Bottles)
at large groups of rebels, and pulling off brutal gut shot executions
when the fighting gets up close and personal. As the sun sets,
a smoky haze falls over the battlefield and I take a moment to
appreciate the amazing vista where this fight is taking place. The
impressive desert setting looks like it’s ripped straight out of an
Albert Bierstadt painting. Gorgeous landscapes like this aren’t
uncommon in Red Dead – every location I’ve seen thus far is equally
awe-inspiring.Shifting back to the fight, the Mexican army
finally overruns the encampment. Marston reconvenes with the head of
the operation, and in the background we witness the army executing the
remaining rebels by shooting them off the cliff. No Geneva Convention?
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i'm so excited for this game, on the real.
noone cares about you being *** first
& i can already tell this is gonna be one my all time favorites
Love everything western
Seeing how I live in Texas
I am very excited for this game. Can't wait!
yes! Sounds great so far.
I can't wait. Looking forward to outsmarting rapey bandits.
maybe i'll give this game a try. we'll see
Good on ya there, Rockstar. Lookin' real noice. Ah... ***, see now ya got mista's attention. Gunna runnoff to th' pit n' rinse out me a changer. I'm not quite sure what that all means but it's fun t' type in an Australian accent, eh?
wow i want this game
i loved the first and now i cant wait to get my hands on this game
Wow, this game sounds pretty cool!
This looks so legit, hopefully Rockstar has a solid classic here
i am not a big fan of western games, movies, TV shows.... except blazing saddles that was funny... anyway, i am actually wanting to play this game... its weird
I want this game more than Tim Turi wants to marry Sonic.
I would give my right rhymths-with-"u know WHAT" to get this now, i guess ill have to settle for all the other good games i got and will be getting by the time this comes out
And from some of the descriptions this game will most likely be an "M" rating..but still this game looks like it's gonna be in my radar alongside Skate 3..
This is definitely a first-day purchase for me.