Red Dead Redemption: Gameplay Footage Revealed

We’ll be honest; we were going to tell you how impressive our latest demo of Red Dead Redemption played out with hundreds of words. We were going to explain how the chaotic adventures of John Marston were shaping up very nicely indeed and explain how the Wanted missions work.

But at the 11th hour, Rockstar delivered this epic video of the first in-game footage of Red Dead Redemption and suddenly our words became surplus to requirements. Arse.

So here for your visual pleasure is the debut gameplay action from Rockstar’s soon-to-be-a-classic, Red Dead Redemption. And because we couldn't bear to strangle all our words, below it is a handy list of things we’ve seen that aren’t shown in the trailer. Enjoy.

- You can ride the donkeys as well as horses. Think of them as the equivalent of GTAIV’s mopeds.

- If a passing gringo manages to horse-jack John Marston, you can whistle your steed and it will buck them out of the saddle and return to you.

- The three areas that make up Red Dead Redemption’s universe are called New Austin, Nuevo Parasio and West Elizabeth. Each has a very different feel and look to them. Oh, and it’s bigger than GTAIV’s Liberty City.

- Campsite’s act as save points. You can upgrade these with better tents and more. Sadly, not with gas-powered BBQs or portable TVs.

- Your Wanted level is similar to GTAs. Cause too much damage and deaths and posses will form to hunt you down. You then have to escape their field of view by galloping away or gunning the chasing pack down.

- You can pay off the bounty on your head by visiting a sheriff’s office with the required cash. There’s also a chance to earn a pardon letter by doing good deeds to balance your killing spree.

- There are close quarters mega-kills. See 2:58 in the trailer for an example. In our demo, we see John stick a rifle under a foe’s chin, squeeze the trigger and dispatch of him in a pulpy fountain of blood.

In summary, Red Dead Redemption is shaping up very nicely indeed and we can't wait to get our hands on it as soon as possible. Check out the new screens here. Still to come: a hands-on, the multiplayer modes and the inevitable Super Review.


  • metamurphy - April 12, 2010 5:37 a.m.

    I see nothing but good things for rockstar with this game. Ive owned a ps3 since this last christmas. I rent games but I will buy this one.
  • SoonerMagic52 - January 22, 2010 2:36 a.m.

    This looks incredible...
  • CollectableWhore - January 18, 2010 8:58 p.m.

    I loved playing Red Dead Revolver, hopefully this will be as good as it.
  • JakCass47 - January 9, 2010 4:04 a.m.

    What a wellcome change of pace this is gonna be. Given the Rockstar treatment I have complete confidence that this is going to be one of the coolest games of the year and I can't wait 2 check out the multiplayer options.
  • kOlivas - January 1, 2010 10:16 p.m.

    Looks great! Im not the only one that sees similarities with AC2 am I?
  • idlemindkiller - December 21, 2009 6:26 p.m.

  • Makk_Mizzy - December 20, 2009 2:01 p.m.

    I own the first Red Dead game and have beat it multiple times and the story is so compelling and interesting, I just have to get this sequel and it looks by far the best Rockstar has yet!!!!
  • skynetiscoming - December 19, 2009 4:43 p.m.

    Anyone think they will keep the dueling in the game? That was amazing fun.
  • nemoboard - December 19, 2009 11:34 a.m.

    Cannot wait. at the top of my most wanted list
  • skynetiscoming - December 17, 2009 9:12 p.m.

    I can;t wait to take out those posses. It sounds to me more like the gangs chasing you down in Scarface rather than police in GTA.
  • yoyoguy - December 16, 2009 10:07 p.m.

    i CANT WAIT for this game! i always wanted a good open world old west game. AND NOW I HAVE ONE! :D
  • Eenieboy - December 16, 2009 5:31 p.m.

    First time I can remember in too long I've been giddily excited over a game XD
  • mikeandike76 - December 16, 2009 3:28 a.m.

    First off this looks awsome. Second idk how rockstar makes these massive environments with no loadtime but i gotta admit they nail it and this seems epic. i like the lambo:horse as moped:donkey
  • SCRubS77 - December 16, 2009 12:49 a.m.

    AWESOME. I loved the hell out of GUN. I'll definitely love this, since it won't be near as bad.
  • Dreddie - December 16, 2009 12:37 a.m.

    I loved the 1st one and this seems 10x better! cant wait.
  • Fancy Rat - December 15, 2009 10:42 p.m.

    @erreip199 This is Rockstar we're talking about.
  • lewis42025 - December 15, 2009 8:56 p.m.

    omg...this is very quickly turning into one of my most anticipated games of next year!
  • erreip199 - December 15, 2009 8:14 p.m.

    im wondering if id be good bad or neutral... i think ill just do as i please and see where i end up to
  • Ell223 - December 15, 2009 6:46 p.m.

    Looks amazing.

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