Red Dead Redemption with John Hillcoat DVD - Xbox 360 Standard Edition
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- The Dead Eye targeting mechanic, allowing the player to slow down time for shot accuracy.
- Expansive open-world gameplay set in the final years of the American Wild West.
- Massive play area filled with NPCs, made up 3 unique regions composed of towns and outposts filled with characters with varying looks, accents, etc.
- Morality system based on honor and fame generated by the players actions throughout the game.
- Western themed mini-games including showdowns, gambling, hunting bounties, cattle herding and five finger fillet.
- Platform: Xbox 360
- ESRB Rating: Mature
- Media: Video Game
- Item Quantity: 1
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.
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No, the target's name is not Kurtz in Red Dead Redemption. But it might as well be. Rockstar has once again taken inspiration from a masterpiece of cinema. In the same way that the Grand Theft Auto series is strongly linked to works by Singleton, Scorsese, De Palma, and Kurosawa, Red Dead Redemption pays homage to Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now.
On the surface, RDR appears to be based on classic Westerns. The game is set in the American frontier at the beginning of the 20th century. There are plenty of references to films directed by John Ford, Sergio Leone, Clint Eastwood, and Sam Peckinpah. The driving forces behind the game's narrative, however, are questions about duty versus honor, confrontations with enemies who may not truly be opposed to what your character represents, and most importantly, the achievement of spiritual redemption by completing a psychologically harrowing journey. Western films often address these themes as well, of course, but without any ambiguity or ambivalence. It's always crystal clear who is good, who is evil, and what is right and what is wrong in these films. In contrast, RDR and AN deliberately obscure their moral viewpoint on the actions of their characters.
Anybody familiar with Apocalypse Now will recognize that many aspects of RDR's story are directly analogous to events in AN. While the characters and motivations of John Marston and Final Boss (no spoilers here) are never as fully developed as those of Captain Willard and Colonel Kurtz--due to both Rockstar's avoidance of Metal Gear Solid-length cutscenes and the limitations of the videogame medium--all of AN's key plot points are present in the game. There's even a minor reference to the sniper execution scene in Full Metal Jacket that helps reinforce RDR's connections to AN. All of this adds up to a rich and compelling story arc, especially considering RDR is a videogame.
Story and influences aside, the bigger question is whether or not Red Dead Redemption is fun to play. The answer is YES. The graphics, especially the environmental effects, are outstanding. There's a good chance you will find yourself just sitting on a horse admiring a spectacular sunset or taking in the dramatic view from a mesa or hilltop and not doing anything else. The controls are easy to learn and quickly become intuitive. Finally, as is the norm with Rockstar, the game's world is gigantic and full of missions, mini-games, and random encounters. A few minor things feel a bit unfinished, such as some missions that involve long journeys without characters saying anything, or unrefined (it's left to the player to figure out how the inventory management system works while playing) but there aren't any glaring flaws overall. Well worth picking up.
A note about the John Hillcoat DVD
The 30-minute movie on the bonus DVD uses footage from cut scenes that mostly occur early in the game. Don't watch the movie before playing unless you want a "Preview of Coming Attractions." Also, the movie can be streamed or downloaded from Rockstar's website.
Its a great value, not only is it $20 cheaper but comes with extra's.
This review is just on packaging, im sure you know enough about the game. ;)
The story kept me playing the game until I completed it, and the challenges and multi-player have kept me coming again and again. The multi-player does seem to have slowed considerably but I guess that is expected froma game that has been out this long.
The Zombie DLC was a cool side story in an alternate version of the main story as well.
Finally, the tech matured enough for "virtual places," more western games were attempted, but all fell flat except the two Call of Juarez games and of course Red Dead Revolver. I really liked Call of Juarez, the story and some of the levels were really fun! However it lacked style of any sort. Red Dead Revolver was a pretty average PS2 game, but it showed that Rockstar was attempting to implement that Leone style that was single handedly responsible for reviving the western in the early sixties. Though Leone got closer to the "real west," his style is very unique and cartoonish in its own way. I find it very interesting that Rockstar, a company founded and directed by (originally) non Americans could so accurately depict American culture for better or for worse!
Red Dead Redemption is a love letter to Sergio Leone's wild west. though Kosov(?) makes a good case for relation to Apocalypse Now in regard to the story, pretty much all Rockstar open world games have followed that same premise. As has been said, the graphics are simply outstanding, as the success of the Hillcoat movie shows that the engine is simply a treat to watch in motion. The detail is simply scrumptious for any fan of the genre. The gun combat is rock solid and butter smooth, unlike all of Rockstar's previous games. Speaking of combat, when the gunplay starts is when this game really shines. You see the puffs of smoke from pre smokeless powder weapons and the classic Ennio Morricone (Leone's composer) style music rises, You really feel like you are in one of those Spaghetti Westerns. Ketchup red blood and crazy cowboy dialog are all there, but the cream of the crop has to be the animations. People react to "bullet physics," so when you shoot a guy in the shoulder, he rocks back based on that hit location. It is tough to describe, but look closely at some of the videos - the enemies fall like they should, and will roll and slide to the bottom of a hill. it is all just perfect.
There is so much to do in this game it could last months of regular gameplay.
Also, there are a series of dedicated co-op missions for up to four people that are AWESOME!
If you are even a casual western fan, this is simply the best western genre game made to date.