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Red Dead Redemption super review

Saddle up for a breathtaking Wild West romp as Rockstar deliver another classic

The siege on Fort Mercer, where you blow the doors off with a dynamite packed cart, assault the fools inside and finally man a cannon to protect your new base is amazing. A real rollercoaster of a mission that typifies the beautiful shooting mechanics of Red Dead Redemption, and puts it above GTAIV in terms of excitement during firefights.

It’s hard to put a finger on a single reason why Red Dead Redemption is so great. It doesn’t do one thing that will make you stand-up and applaud its uniqueness, but the whole package – the environment, the story, which we’re purposely not spoiling here, and the gunplay – all adds up to be a thing of beauty and an early and worthy contender for Game of the Year.

Is it better than...

Yes. Obviously. Rockstar's initial attempt at Wild West fun still stands strong but the lack of open world freedom means that there's limited variety to proceedings in this last-gen classic.

Yes. The sturdy FPS take on Western action provided a fairly decent run and gun affair but the story sucked a fat one as you were funnelled down one set-path after another.

No. But only just. It's highly subjective but personally we prefer pissing about in Banshees around Star Junction than riding a horse about. Andthe story of Niko ismore involving andinteresting than John Marston's.

Just for you Metacritic

Without a doubt, Red Dead Redemption has been worth the wait. The finesse of the final delivery and the richness of the world is awe-inspiring and will keep you thrilled from start to finish.

More info

DescriptionThis sequel to PS2's excellent Wild West outing looks like being a superb open-world experience in the beautiful expanses of the western frontier.
Platform"Xbox 360","PS3"
US censor rating"Mature","Mature"
UK censor rating"",""
Alternative names"Undead Nightmare"
Release date1 January 1970 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)
Hi, I’m Nathan. You may remember me from such websites as, erm, this one circa 2011. Been hustling in games for over a decade and write for Official PlayStation, Official Xbox, Gamesmaster and more.