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5 unique things about Red Dead Redemption's multiplayer

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Auto-targeting is an art

What sounds like a contradiction is Red Dead Redemption's compromise between reality and fun. By now, most of us have learned how to aim accurately with a console controller stick… but when you add in the extra difficulty of using antiquated turn-of-the-century weaponry with fewer bullets, as well as shooting from horseback or across wide horizons, the targeting can become too frustrating and too slow.

Conversely, you don't want players picking each other off with game-breaking ease. Thus, the art of auto-targeting. Pull the left trigger slightly and you can lock onto an opponent – for awhile. Eventually, you'll lose the computer-aided tracking, meaning you'll either have to lock on again… or learn to kill with a headshot before the lock is lost. While the system took me awhile to master, and forced me to spam the trigger button quite a lot, it somehow felt like the right balance of accuracy for an old-fashioned Western shooter.


Shooting isn't always the best part

Maybe those last two paragraphs don't matter that much, as the greatest times I had with Red Dead Redemption's multiplayer were when I wasn't shooting… or at least when I wasn't just shooting.

In the Free Roam lobby, for example, I enjoyed hijacking horse-drawn carriages and using their rickety wooden wheels to trample unsuspecting players more than I enjoyed simply shooting up AI outlaws. As for the matches, my favorite was not Free For All Shootout (deathmatch) or Hold Your Own (team capture-the-flag), but the silly-sounding Goldrush, in which everyone scrambles about town, weighed down by bags of money and trying to deposit their stash before another player guns them down and steals the loot. The resulting chaos was usually fast, frenzied and hilarious.

Not necessarily the adjectives you'd use to describe the Wild West, but certainly the kind you might want in your game's multiplayer. Red Dead Redemption releases on PS3 / 360 on May 18th in North America and May 21st in Europe.

Apr 8, 2010

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20 comments

  • iluvmyDS - April 12, 2010 3:18 p.m.

    @Thelonious actually it takes place in the early 1900's which is over 100 years ago
  • TENAXIS - April 11, 2010 4:46 p.m.

    hhhhmmmm GTA4 in wild west. looks awesome im just scared about the auto-aim thing sounds too easy to master, b4 u know it, the game becomes a twitchy "who-can-tap-L2-faster and shoot" kinda thing...
  • DriveShaft - April 11, 2010 3:42 p.m.

    Ever since Red Dead revolver came out 6 years ago I've wanted this :D
  • Zeb364 - April 9, 2010 4:57 p.m.

    I am praying this turns out as good as i looks. I've always wanted a really solid Western Game but none has ever quite made it. Red Dead Redemption looks like it might finally be that game, all it has to do is hold up to it's promise.
  • idlemindkiller - April 9, 2010 3:56 p.m.

    Cant wait for this. Pre order is paid off and I will own this on release day. Get ready to get rocked fools. Oh and I beat GTA4 too so eat some nuts butt funk or ass face or whatever your name is.
  • drewbian - April 9, 2010 2:12 p.m.

    must. have. RDR.
  • FilthyKillz - April 9, 2010 1:30 a.m.

    If you have a box filled with kittens, send them to me, because I will kill each and every one to get this.
  • bonerachieved - April 8, 2010 10:59 p.m.

    I'm the biggest advocate for this check out the thread in the forums! sooo stoked
  • Felixthecat - April 8, 2010 10:26 p.m.

    @IGiveUFunkButt Shaddup! GTAIV was an amazing game with one of the best stories I've ever encountered in a game, and RDR will be awesome, don't you worry. @Thelonius RDR is set in 1908 which, y'know, was 102 years ago. The Great Deppression started in 1929.
  • Thelonius - April 8, 2010 10:02 p.m.

    Hate to be a dick, but the game takes place during the great depression, not over 100 years ago. I LOVE YOU CHARLIE!!!!! =]
  • FlyinHawaiian13 - April 8, 2010 9:55 p.m.

    @IGiveUFunkButt This isn't GTAIV. Plus you haven't even played it yet so save your crazy rant until you play it or see all the high review scores its going to get.
  • IgneousSteak - April 8, 2010 9:54 p.m.

    @IGiveUFunkButt Erm, probably loads of people who thinks this looks awesome (myself included) can honestly say they beat GTA IV. I think if you want 'good' (by which I presume you mean accurate, powerful) weapons and cars then maybe the old west just isn't the setting for you. That doesn't mean it won't be a good game for other reasons. Just look forward to Agent instead. There's nothing wrong with a developer having a little diversity in their games, how boring would infinite San Andreas clones be?
  • IGiveUFunkButt - April 8, 2010 9:42 p.m.

    Red Dead Redemption = BORING! Honestly, GTAIV was dull enough without all the cool San Andreas weapons and vehicles! Now they're giving us GTA without ANY cars and with even WORSE weapons! This game is a sick joke on Rockstar fans longing for the good old days! Oh, and how many of you fans that are going to leap to Rockstar's defence can honestly say you completed GTA IV?
  • Ccm731 - April 8, 2010 9:29 p.m.

    GOTY for sure
  • GamesRadarCharlieBarratt - April 8, 2010 9:01 p.m.

    @BlackElement17 No mustache-twirling minigame of which I'm aware. Maybe for the sequel?
  • BlackElement17 - April 8, 2010 8:42 p.m.

    But can you hog tie another player and leave them on rail road trax to get hit by a train?
  • michaelmcc827 - April 8, 2010 7:45 p.m.

    Goldrush sounds amazing...I can't wait for this game.
  • mdiaz033 - April 8, 2010 5:49 p.m.

    ohmanohmanohman i wanted this game bad before but now i can no longer wait......i MUST play it now! the mexican standoff sounds awesome even if i get killed it'll be worth it the day i become the last man standing!
  • Felixthecat - April 8, 2010 5:37 p.m.

    It's gonna be soooooooooo epic. It's already probably gonna be my GOTY, because I'm that excited about it. Too bad that I use my brothers account to play online :( But if GR does a lil' tournament for it, I'll be there.
  • Bloodstorm - April 8, 2010 5:19 p.m.

    sweet. Me and my friends still get into free roam games in GTA4 to mess around, but to have a free roam mode to do more then just run each other down in cars or fend of swarms of pissed off cops will be great. Being able to cooperatively hunt down AI outlaws and all of that will make the game last long.

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