Monday, September 27, 2010
Thoughts / Red Dead Redemption
Red Dead Redemption is an excellent open-world action game. Really awesome story, amazing visuals for a multi-platform game (I played on Playstation 3) and some great online multiplayer as well. There is always so much to do and it's one of the few games I'm trying to platinum. I think I can do it, although the last handful of trophies are proving difficult for me, but the elusive platinum trophy is within my grasp.
Probably my favorite aspect of RDR is the RPG elements, which I'll probably end up saying about every game I play. If it has decent RPG type elements then I'll probably enjoy the game at least a little bit. Probably. in RDR you get a lot of different types of equipment with varying stats. A handful of pistols, rifles and shotguns. As well as throwing knifes, dynamite, and a sniper rifle. They all have varying reload speeds, range, damage, etc. It's quite satisfying to pick out a pistol for the situation, a situation that you're about to cause, and just blow people away. Or go in and save everyone, depending on how you built up your fame and honor.
I absolutely love how the online is implemented. The entire world is available to play with friends, or strangers. You can play in co-op missions or competitive missions, whatever floats your boat. There are plenty of unlockables including weapons and mounts, as well as titles to use that show up under your name. My favorite thing to do is rack up a decent bounty online by killing officers and the like, then watch as real players come after you for the reward money. It's easily more fun with friends in a combined "posse". You find a saloon and try to hold your ground as you watch all the players try to get in to claim the reward by killing you dead.
Red Dead Redemption will no doubt be a Game Of The Year contender when the time comes to give out that honor. It really surprised me because I was assuming it was simply going to be Grand Theft Auto on a horse. There is so much more going on under the hood when compared to Rockstar's previous efforts. Personally, I would much rather see the next Grand Theft Auto reflect all that Red Dead Redemption has to offer. What did you think of Red Dead Redemption? Is it GOTY worthy?