Summary: RED DEAD REDEMPTION is an archetypal sandbox game, presenting a massive, living world for the game player to explore. As purely a sandbox, the game is an immense success. The explorable area is quite large, comparable to Elder Scrolls 3 and 4 and the graphics are rich and realistic and the lack of loading screens, even when entering buildings, is nothing short of impressive.
Summary: I will spare you the details since so much has already been written here and elsewhere about this game. The game is a western that plays out like a spagetti western. The graphics and open-world design of the game are nothing short of breathtaking. GTA IV was also an open world sandbox, but it was a thin veneer if you pushed beyond the window dressing. This game succeeds at creating a living, breathing world, from the towns to the desert.
Summary: I heard about Red Dead Redemption just after it was released and was immediately intrigued. I saw here the potential to fix the flaws of GTAIV-the opportunity to take GTAIV and craft from it a more refined experience: a tighter storyline, improved controls, and a more focused world. The Western setting seemed perfect for the task. Not to mention the Western theme is, for some unknown reason, generally unused in video games. (I suspect that will now change.
Summary: *** I bought this for the youngster earlier this year and paid a tenner for it and he tells me it's OK. Not the best game he has, but not the worst either. Well worth the tenner and at that it was a good buy, but it is hard to say if we'd have paid much more. A good addition to your collection if you can get it at a good price.