Summary: “Red Dead Redemption” is the dream of many a young lad (or lass) who pined at some time in his or her life of becoming a hero of the Old West. It should strike no one as a shocking fact that Rockstar’s open-world, third-person adventure game is a phenomenal, immersive experience that not only earns...
Conclusion: Many people like to call Red Dead Redemption “GTA 4 in the Wild West” and I honestly do not mind the comparison. Rockstar did a Grand Theft Auto like job with this game in that it’s a total sandbox game with great dialogue.
Excerpt: For years it seemed as if no-one in Hollywood could make a successful pirates movie. Sure, if you looked back to the 1930s there was Errol Flynn in Captain Blood and a whole bunch of other swashbucklers – but in the second half of the Twentieth Century? Nothing but duds.
Excerpt: Undead Nightmare is one of those games that, when played in a busy office, can act as a Weapon of Mass Disruption. For starters, there's the odd spectacle of zombies swarming all over Rockstar San Diego's carefully constructed Western wilderness, disrupting the cut-scenes and generally making a mess...
Conclusion: Sniper: Ghost Warrior had potential in its concept and with the hype around snipers within the gaming community. Unfortunately, due to a lack of conviction in being different from more popular titles and a poor execution in its realism, the game is disappointing.
Excerpt: John Marston has returned to fight a horde of zombies and discover the cause of the dead rising from the grave. Undead Nightmare was originally released as DLC for the original Red Dead Redemption but was soon released as a standalone game at retail.
Pros: Gameplay from the original RDR; new weapons.
Cons: Bad language; high amounts of blood, violence and gore; sexual themes; racism; supernatural themes.
Excerpt: Rockstar has left the busy streets of Liberty City and has headed for the dying Wild West for the spiritual successor to Red Dead Revolver. The game takes place in 1911 in a fictitious area somewhere along the U.S./Mexican border and follows the story of former outlaw turned rancher, John Marston.
Pros: World is large; beautiful and “alive” with random events; Lots to do outside of the story.
Cons: A few glitches; frame rate suffers at times; the horses can become annoying.
Excerpt: Over the past few years, Rockstar has shined in the DLC department. Both downloadable episodes for Grand Theft Auto IV were fantastic, and the multiplayer additions to Red Dead Redemption have been solid.
Pros: Features the top-notch production values from the original game, Large amount of content for a piece of DLC, Humorous and campy approach suits the game well
Cons: Close-range combat is clunky, Lack of mission variety leads to repetition
Conclusion: The perfect timing of the release can help overshadow a lot of its flaws. It's great to get back in the saddle with John Marston, but I just wish we had something to do. It devolves to a numbers game, which is quite disheartening.