There are not many games released today that grab my interests like Red
Dead Redemption did. I've always been a sucker for the old west, I'll
give it that, but there is a lot more going on. It's everything from the
sexy bar whores to hunting down outlaws. I'm truly hooked on this game,
to the point where I find myself reading the strategy guide just for
fun. I was looking for a game to get me back into the know and Red Dead
Redemption did the trick. Thanks Rock Star!
I also think it's worth mentioning that I'm still working my way through
the single player campaign and have not yet experienced online multiplayer,
which is why it's excluded from the list below. Enjoy the article! View Reader Comments...
Whether you're working on completing the Master Hunter challenge or just
looking to scrounge up some extra coin for a new steed, hunting in Red Dead
Redemption is the shit. I find myself spending hours at a time riding the
land looking for that specific animal that will boost my hunting rating. And
I don't use bait people. Bait is for pussies. It's the combination of the
ever changing weather, game mechanics and brilliant sound design that make
this experience intoxicating. You will literally lose yourself running
around this world. I have yet to hunt for bear, but I dream of the days.
Whenever I see someone in town hammering up a new wanted poster my
nipples harden with excitement. Hereís how it works - as soon as you pull
down the poster and accept the bounty, a red skull appears on your map,
giving the exact location of the outlaw. You then mount your horse and haul
ass towards the location. Eventually you are prompted with a message
informing you that the bounty is near. You get off your horse, sneak around
a few obstacles and unload on the gang of outlaws. The tricky part is making
sure you secure your bounty alive. Doing so is worth double the loot!
Eventually you hogtie the slime ball, throw him on the back of the horse and
haul ass back to town. Ride like the wind Blue Steel! Throughout the journey
home, you are bombarded by outlaws on horseback, looking to end your life
and retrieve their gang leader. It's all very exciting and very awesome!
Maybe it's because I've seen 'The Goonies' too many times, but I
absolutely love treasure hunting. At one point in the game you save a
treasure hunter, and as a reward, he gives you one of his maps. The map
contains some vague landmarks and usually some sort of hint as to what
county the treasure is located. Now you need to ride around the land like a
blind man in a mall trying to find a bathroom. The toilet is the treasure,
get it? You'll find yourself looking at rock formations, and then looking
back at your map, then saying "Damnit" to yourself, then looking at more
rock formations, then looking back at your map, and then saying "Damnit" to
yourself again. Eventually you'll find what youíre looking for and it's
Saving Bar Whores
This might be one of the more random elements on my list, but honestly,
it was the first one I thought of. Throughout the game, as you wonder in and
out of various towns, you'll find that the locals, every once-in-a-while,
lose their shit on one of the town whores. Yep, no respect for the Western
vag. You'll come upon a surly drunk man (usually with a huge mustache)
holding a knife over a girl who's screaming bloody murder. You only have a
few seconds to decide if you want to get involved. I, of course, always do.
I end up blowing the guys head off with a shotgun almost every time. Then
pull a measly four bucks from his dead body. Man, am I ever a sucker for
girls in lingerie.
Riding horses in Red Dead Redemption is as satisfying as you'd hope it
would be. For starters, just getting on the horse is fun. No matter where
you are on the map, with one whistle your horse comes a runnin'. But if you
work the buttons just right, you can mount the horse without even a glitch
or slowing down. It makes me feel like Chavez in 'Young Guns', or maybe Bill
Ray Cyrus. I will almost always choose to ride from point A to point B on
horseback even though there are coaches readily available. Also, because of
the gameís mechanics, you can't just hold down a button to ride. You have to
constantly watch the horseís stamina to maintain the best speed. This little
mechanic is a great touch.
Texas Hold 'Em Poker
The last time I played this much poker was back in 2003 on Zachís Island
when I raised enough money to buy Katsumi the Venus swimsuit. Damn, that
bitch look fine! Playing poker in Red Dead Redemption is pretty awesome.
Itís a good, relaxing way to raise some cash and knock out some achievements
at the same time, like winning over 2000 chips in just one hand. I also like
how you buy a bunch of chips for $25 as apposed to using your real in-game
money to bet with. You can easily play for a few hours and not lose your
shirt in the process. No strip poker though. And thatís too bad because
playing strip poker with a bunch of drunken cowboys is one of my favorite
ways to pass the time!
Yep. It's a Rock Star Game which means countless people across the globe
will spend the better part of a summer collecting shit in a world that
doesn't exist. Um... Dad... I can't come to your 65th birthday party because
I'm collecting flowers to earn my Survivalist achievement. Whether youíre
attempting to kill a bear with your hunting knife or trying to collect all
the uniforms, you won't be able to stop working towards 100% game
completion. Oh shit! It's 3:00 AM... I just need to do this one more thing
and then I'll go to bed. Yeah right, dream on cowboy!
Free Roaming Gameplay
Having the freedom to do almost anything you want at anytime is yet
another reason why I canít stop playing Red Dead Redemption. If you want to
go hunt shit and sell the pelts for money, you can. If you want to hunt
criminals, you can. If you want to play poker in the bar for hours, you can.
If you want to watch old cartoons in the cinema, you can. If you want to
earn extra cash my breaking in horses, you can. If you want to play Mikey
Walsh and hunt for treasure, you can. This is the beauty of Red Dead
Redemption. You can do what ever activities youíre in the mood for, and when
you want to buckle down and progress through the main storyline, itís always
A lot of the game involves running from point A to point B doing various
random tasks. Sometimes youíre racing someone. Other times youíre herding
cattle that have wondered off. Point isÖ Youíre not always shooting shit.
However, every once in a while youíll stumble upon a gang hideout. Most of
the time I find them by hearing some dude screaming about stolen cattle. As
I approach him gunfire ensues. Taking out a gang hideout involves running
around a canyon/basin while working your way toward the heart of the camp,
killing many baddies along the way. Once you get to the actual camp there is
a bigger shootout and lots of loot. And let me tell you people, shooting
gangsters in the head with your Winchester never gets old.
The Wild Wild West
Read Dead Redemption did an exceptional job bringing the Old West to
life. The landscapes, the trees, the mountains, the sunsets, all look
exceptional. The towns, with their rowdy saloons, jail houses, movie
theaters, general stores, all look and feel great. We even see bandits ride
through town shooting their guns in the air like ten year old children high
on Sugar Daddies. The music, the great dialogue and detailed characters are
all elements that truly sell the feeling of being in the old west. And this
is the number one reason why I canít stop playing the game!
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