Red Dead Redemption: Three and a half gun slingin’ missions explained

Mission 2a... or a sub-mission if you will

At this point we get to ride around a bit and take in the beautifully detailed scenery. Vultures swoop in to feast on the rotting corpses of our victims, stage coaches pass by in a plume of dust and we even spot a cougar chasing a deer through a bush. Nice. But it’s not long before we stumble across a sub-mission.

It turns out there are still members of the Walton gang in the area as an icon pops up on the radar to indicate just that (you’ll be able to track down gangs throughout Red Dead Redemption). These a-holes have taken the daughter of a farmer hostage and this just won’t do.

Above: Marston gets busy in the killing fields 

John agrees to help the weak farmer and gets to work despatching members of the Walton gang. Rather than pick them off from a distance, which we could’ve done easily, we decided to have a closer look at the close-quarters combat. Plus, we had the privilege of infinite health so why not, eh?

We punch, we barge, we push and we fire our revolver off at close range. And while the sense of impact is good, we still can’t help but feel that Jimmy from Bully (Canis Canem Edit) would kick his and Niko's ass in a fist fight. Minor grizzle aside, we managed to stick a rifle under a gang member’s chin and blast him to death as well as rushing in quickly to shoot a guy in the stomach with our six-shooter.

The final encounter with the Walton gang is inside the house where you find the farmer’s daughter has a gun held to her head by one of the bad guys. There’s supposed to be a tense stand-off here like that bit in RoboCop where the would-be rapist gets shot in the nuts through the victims skirt. Heroically we assessed this situation within milliseconds and unload three shots into his skull before he hits the deck.

Above: John gets ready to burst into the farmhouse and deal out justice

Wiping gangs out won’t incur a Wanted level for John as they’re criminals anyway, and doing them in will also lead to cash, weapons or even treasure maps.

Mission 3

Saving the best ‘til last, the final mission has John working with a stereotypical Irish drunkard called, erm, Irish. By the sounds of things this old soak has crossed John before so he’s none too pleased about working with him. Thankfully, the gamble to work with such a liability means Marston may get his hands on a gatling gun.

It’s located in a mine at Gaptooth Ridge and as you may expect, the gun’s being guarded by some gun totin’ men. We slip behind some cover and take out three guards in a single bout of Dead Eye magic.

As we make our way into the mine shaft we have to work our way down to the bottom – through dimly lit paths crawling with guards that have no doubt heard the ruckus outside. Shooting lanterns here will make them explode and set fire to any poor sap stood close to them. There’s also the obligatory red barrel that naturally blows up enemies should you shoot them.

Above: Red barrel + gunshot = KA-BLAMMMMO!

This mission feels a lot like the first one we played – move from point A to B without dying. But when you find the gatling gun the tempo takes a turn for the awesome.

You see, the gatling gun is in a mine cart and the only way John can get it to the surface is by pushing it back up the way he just came. So now he’s pushing this heavy thing and defending himself with his pistol. Get to a downhill bit and you can hop aboard the mine cart like Indiana Jones in the Temple of Doom.

Above: "Yeeee-haw, ride 'em, cowboy!"

This is where we needed to be quick on the Dead Eye trigger so as to plug anyone we hurtle towards. There’s even a bit where you have to blow up a box of TNT before the cart careers into it.

It’s excellent stuff and makes us think that there are going to be some very interesting missions in Red Dead Redemption that will keep us entertained throughout.

And with that, our hands-on experience is over. As promised, we’ll have a full run down of the brilliant off-mission stuff you can do in Red Dead Redemption tomorrow (Friday 29th January).


  • AliasAce - February 2, 2010 4 a.m.

    The first Red Dead was a hell of a lot better than Gun. Gun was a crappy western game that had okay mechanics, but Red Dead had awesome multiplayer and a lil' thing called "high noon", which was the best fun i ever had in a game! I loved the take 10 steps-turn and shoot showdown in Red Dead! Thats why this game is gonna be better than GTA4!
  • oryandymackie - January 31, 2010 1:22 p.m.

  • MaynardJ - January 31, 2010 12:09 p.m.

    I enjoyed Gun and still have to play my copy of Call of Juarez on PC. I don't think my PC can handle RDR, so I guess I'll have to play this on the 360. Anyway, it looks great with the action and the scale of this sandbox world. To actually comprehend the scale, I should visit San Andreas and Liberty City first, I've been a bit behind since Vice City.
  • patri0t - January 31, 2010 12:05 a.m.

    this looks really good and hopefully it will be but a western setting just seems like a weird thing to go for, to me anyways.
  • DriveShaft - January 30, 2010 11:14 p.m.

    Love it, hope there's a few references from Red Dead Revolver though - maybe even Red himself? How I miss that mute bounty hunter so...
  • Tomsta666 - January 30, 2010 10:58 p.m.

    When I first heard about this game I was like... meh. Didn't really care much for the first one. The more and more I see of it, the more I want it... NOW!!!
  • Felixthecat - January 30, 2010 10:24 p.m.

    My most anticipated game of this year. I pretty much jizzed myself when I saw the article.
  • Gameguy94 - January 30, 2010 1:35 a.m.

    This is definitely going to be a awesome game. I mean come on it's an Old Western GTA/AC...with VATS!!!!
  • crumbdunky - January 30, 2010 12:16 a.m.

    Everyone who's been having a peep at RDR has been so positive and after last time out being, imo, bit of a missed opportunity that just tailed off into nothing very much after all-in much the same way as this sentence actually.Anyhoo, after all the rumours of staff being flogged, blackmailed and threatened with keelhauling if they didn't slave 24 hour shifts eight days a week on the game it's great to know it's turning out so well! There's never been a great western type game with Gun failing to pull it off particularly well and Call of Juarez being a game without any redeeming characters(seriously, I wanted the brothers to die even though you play as one of the buggers!)which makes RDR being a good one something that could turn into a sub genre we see a little more of. F'rinstance the scope is there for adventure games set in the old west, FPS perhaps and definitely there's room for a fantastically grown up, detailed WRPG as well. Whatever, with so many sites and mags seemingly impressed with the detail of the gameworld as well as the core mechanics we've heard a lot of here things sound really cool right now and if the supposed ructions at the SD workplace haven't had a bad effect I can see this one being really big even with all the great games due out soon.
  • Yeager1122 - January 29, 2010 6:23 p.m.

    This is the next game im getting to bad it doesnt come out for a while.
  • FreekinIdiot - January 29, 2010 12:11 p.m.

    God i cannot wait to get my hands on this! Ever since GUN I've wanted to ride the digital wild west again
  • sterlins16 - January 29, 2010 12:33 a.m.

    this game looks like a must have on 2010 its just like gta but in a less than familiar setting
  • boxmeizter - January 28, 2010 10:38 p.m.

  • Tasty_Pasta - January 28, 2010 9:20 p.m.

    Man, I am soooooo excited about this game.
  • metalgatesolid - January 28, 2010 7:40 p.m.

    I just hope the sandbox world always has something to do. That was Guns only negative point but that was very enjoyable otherwise. I just hope the world is bustling with life and things to do.
  • DrLovez69 - January 28, 2010 7:23 p.m.

    This looks amazing. I love wild west games, I beat Bound in Blood, brilliant. Gun too, and now this. Can't wait. Is there a release date or thereabouts?
  • Antonthe3rd - January 28, 2010 6:57 p.m.

    Good article. I played the Red Dead Revolver back in the day but it blurred into one big mess in my mind with Gun cos they came out at the same time. But from what I remember it was pretty awesome, and I got high hopes for this one as well.

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