Game music of the day: Red Dead Redemption

Game: Red Dead Redemption
Song: Far Away
Composer: Jose Gonzalez

Do we need to tell you we’re huge fans of “Far Away” by Jose Gonzalez? Hell, we’ve written about the specific moment the song that kicks in, upon John Martson’s arrival in Mexico, TWICE! (Links below) Coincidentally, to mark the release of the Red Dead Redemption Soundtrack, and it’s availability to people who didn’t buy the Special Edition version of the game, Rockstar had Mr. Gonzalez swing by and record a music video on the rooftop of their office. Simply beautiful…

We called the subtle inclusion of the tune a “perfect moment” in a game filled standout moment, and many of you who braved the trek across the San Luis River agreed with us wholeheartedly… even if own staff didn’t. It turns out that moment can unfold differently depending on the situation. For David Houghton, Gonzalez’s mournful serenade came to an abrupt halt when a pack of coyotes came out and killed his horse mid-song, ruining an otherwise transcendent experience.

Above: Look at this horse. This horse is amazing!

But wait, why would the song cut out in that situation? Strangely enough, the only way you can hear the song is by getting on, and staying on, the specific horse provided for you at the river bank following the “We Shall Be Together In Paradise” mission. Charlie Barratt called in his own mount once he arrived in Mexico, so he didn't even hear the song. And since that’s the only time “Far Away” plays in the entire game, he never heard it until we showed it to him on YouTube (the first Google search result for "Red Dead Redemption Soundtrack" BTW.) So Dave and Charlie, this entry is for you!

Jul 21, 2010

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  • twewy13 - July 25, 2010 4:02 a.m.

    i haven't heard a song this good in a while, my favorite part of the game by far haven't finished it yet though, and people are saying the song "compass" is even better, i have a feeling im in for a pleasant suprise.
  • BeAtheistItsFun - July 23, 2010 2:23 a.m.

    Very good choice guys, keep it up.
  • SweatyCrease - July 22, 2010 7:22 p.m.

    FWIW, The sountrack has been available to buy as an mp3 album on Amazon for ages. pretty much since the game was released.
  • R_U_Guys_From_British - July 22, 2010 6:36 p.m.

    I never got to hear this song either, goddamnit.
  • Aeshir - July 22, 2010 4:02 p.m.

    @BoondockSaint54 Deadman's Gun is in the credits. I guess you didn't beat the game then.
  • BoondockSaint54 - July 22, 2010 3:42 p.m.

    I loved this song. The whole entire soundtrack is great and I play it all the time ( I had the SE edition) Deadman's Gun is great, but I don't remember it in the game and Compass (the song that plays on your way home after killing Dutch) goes with the mood of that moment just like Far Away went with just crossing the river into Mexico and seeing that new environment.
  • firehawk420 - July 22, 2010 11:58 a.m.

    The song was beautiful. Another great feature from a great game.
  • Valntyne - July 22, 2010 2:43 a.m.

    Beautiful music, awesome game. Reckon anything else said is fluff (except this) (...and this) (...this also) (Holy Hell I can't stop!) ...There
  • goochbiscuit - July 22, 2010 2:28 a.m.

    Red Dead's music is beautiful enough to make me cry. Then, when I got to the end...
  • CH3BURASHKA - July 22, 2010 1:28 a.m.

    The front page image had me convinced that the video feature was Chris playing 'Far Away' atop the Gamesradar building. Frankly, I'm disappointed. Fantastic song; I haven't played the game, and I'm grateful that you introduced me to it on the 'Dar.
  • sklorbit - July 21, 2010 11:49 p.m.

    compass is the best
  • juicenpancakes - July 21, 2010 11:30 p.m.

    "Compass" and "Deadman's Gun" are actually my favorite songs in the game. Both of them are also beautifully planned, situational songs.
  • sleepy92ismypsn - July 21, 2010 10:46 p.m.

    RDR is definitely in the top 3 best games of this generation. I think I remember this song playing when I was in tall trees.
  • Thuperman - July 21, 2010 10:40 p.m.

    Another great song
  • CoolBowling - July 21, 2010 10:27 p.m.

    Very nice. I enjoyed the song when it started playing in the game.
  • reeperskull - July 21, 2010 10:17 p.m.

    i remember riding far past where i was going just so i could hear the whole song. i almost got attacked by coyotes but shot them with the shotgun i didnt kill a horse the entire game till after i beat it.
  • conchking - July 21, 2010 10:15 p.m.

    What happened to Charliewas the same thing that happened to me where I called in war horse so i never heard the song
  • BearKiller - July 21, 2010 9:43 p.m.

    It's simple things like this that can make games even greater than they are. It doesn't always have to be about awesome graphics and explosions, but simple, peaceful moments like this.
  • Mexicutioner - July 21, 2010 9:43 p.m.

    I bought the soundtrack just for Far Away and Compass. Fantastic soundtrack!
  • ColonelKc - July 21, 2010 9:42 p.m.

    Lol at the amazing horse reference

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