Red Dead: Redemption moved back to May -
From April 27th to May 18th (21st May Europe – Aust)
New video shows ‘Life In The West’, Redemption style
©2010 Grant Smythe:
Perhaps one of the most under-hyped and unnoticed games to cross our paths in recent times, Red Dead: Redemption from Rockstar Games San Diego is about to shoot its way into our living rooms and entertainment dens across the world from May 18th (21st Europe – Aust – NZ).
Having played the game code once, and due for my second lassoing of it in a week or so, and having seen 2 up-close-n-personal hands-off walkthroughs, I can attest to the actual true quality of this game.
While I might jump up and down about several games, (hey what can I say, I’m just an enthusiastic older gamer who loves a good, well put together game), this one however is standing out in the world of true sandbox and open world adventures.
A genre I find incredibly exciting and adventurous.
Run your peepers over the video and then say “it aint interestin’ partner”
• Red Dead: Redemption – Life In The West
Not content with having made GTA IV and its additional DLC packs a huge success, Rockstar San Diego have really opened up the world of Red Dead: Redemption to something no other game has done in the past.
If you can see it in the distance, then ‘by gum’, you can get to it, and not only that, you can find action there, as well as anything else in the game world, you will be able to interact with it, involve yourself with the goings on of the area.
There are no real mindless NPC’s wandering aimlessly about like in many other games touting huge NPC’s. Hundreds of individual characters have been created, each with their own distinct character traits and mannerisms. The number of ppl you will come in contact with is huge. Much more than many other games on the market today.
Some of the characters include doctors, miners, sherrifes, government officials, local “ladies” and “saloon girls”, barmen, deputies, outlaws, bankers, respectable women of the area that come from different countries and classes, even scientists of old and barbers. Now that is really fleshing out a storyline and allowing you plenty of scope.
Basically you will have the ability to really create you own story within a story. Choosing to do what you wish to do, while still setting pout to complete the various tasks and side missions, as well as main missions.
There’s no silly hand-held map or diary to find out what is happening! No, like every good westerner, you will rely solely on the local newspapers to deliver you your information vital toy your missions, life out west, and even bounties, be they for you, or others.
They will contain news, missions, and information about what is happening in the different areas within the game-world, and basically keep you in touch with whats-what in Red Dead: Redemption.
The videos speak for themselves, and OXCGN will have several in-depth previews, reviews and hands-on soon, leading up to the release and post release.
There are some special Game offers coming up from different retailers, some, like Mighty Ape are offering one with special in-game clothing, powerful new horse, weapons etc, while other stores such as GAME will be having their own “Special Editions”, which we will have details of soon.
All these videos are from ‘actual in-game gameplay’ – not just quicktime events or game engine cutscenes. What you see is what you will be doing within Red Dead: Redemption.
Make no mistake, this will occupy your time much more than you think it will. This is set to topple GTA IV in regards to world size, scope and possibilities.
This IS what the R.A.G.E. Engine (Rockstar Advanced Game Engine) was made for (actually it is what it was originally made for, and then used and tweaked in both Rockstar Table Tennis – awesome game btw – and the award-winning GTA IV series) and along with the use of the Euphoria and Natural Motion engines, it will make every man, horse, animal look and behave as life-like as possible, given that it is after all, a game.
Do not be surprised when you find yourself looking up at the clock and realising you’ve just spent 6 hours tied to the huge HD-TV screen watching and playing one of the best Western games in history.
Oh, and if you think westerns are ‘old hat’ (sorry, couldn’t help that one), and believe it’s rather ‘old-skool’ and not worth trying out – then you do not know what you are missing out on, and you will be doing yourself the biggest disservice you have done in ages, trust me on this, I would not lead you astray.
Be one of the pioneers, step back in time to the turn of the century, when modernization was just becoming apparent in the west of the USA . . it was a time of great adventure, honour, cruelty, desperateness, and above all, bad guys en-mass. A time where you as John Marston, will carve out a story within a story, and make your mark in history – well, game history anyway.
©2010 Grant Smythe
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