Excerpt: You begin play as Red, still a young cowpoke of about 13. Your father has just returned from his claim and informed you and your mother that you are now rich because of a huge vein of gold he and his partner struck. Soon, though, this joyous reunion turns to tragedy as bandits attack your home and end up killing your ma and pa, but not before you are able to blow the heads off of a bunch of them and shoot the arm of the leader of the bandits off.
Excerpt: Imagine an old Clint Eastwood spaghetti western, because that’s what the story feels like. In the 1800s a father is reunited with his wife and son, the three-month expedition for gold has been a success. He greets his family bearing gifts and the news of their wealth. All their problems would soon be over, they would never endure hardships again. The joyous reunion ends abruptly when renegades attack the homestead with a hail of bullets.
Excerpt: Video games are in a rut. Sure, graphics, sound, game play and story are getting better, but how about some diversity when it comes to subject matter? On computers and consoles there are thousands of games to choose from, but the fact remains; if you’re not interested in war, sports, science fiction or fantasy, your choices are greatly reduced.
Excerpt: Clich’s. I love ‘em. From the train chase to the saloon fight, the busty hostages to the showdown outside the run down bank, spaghetti westerns wouldn’t be the same without the scenarios that keep TV from being a complete loss on a wet and rainy Sunday afternoon. Rockstar Games know this, and the company that is primarily associated with the multi-multi-multi-million selling Grand Theft Auto series have put a fair bit of stock and John Wayne, Clint Eastwood and the like...
Excerpt: Red Dead Revolver is a stylish third-person shooter that simulates western cinema, right down to the scratchy film stock and the spaghetti-centric soundtrack. The game’s protagonist is Red, a grim gunman out for bloody revenge against the desperados who offed his parents. The road to vengeance takes players through a wide array of classic oater settings.
Conclusion: locomotive. And you don’t always play as the titular Red (bent on revenge for the murder of his parents) – you get to control other characters (and not always a character on the force of Good). In this way, it could be classified as an “ensemble” game. You don’t see too many ensemble games. Most times a game concentrates on one specific character (e.g. Legend of Zelda = Link) but “buddy” games aren’t uncommon (e.g. Ratchet & Clank 2 = Ratchet and Clank).
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: "Rockstar has nailed the spaghetti western with its first shot," proclaims the blurb sticker on the box. Well, not quite. While the game is a lot of fun, there's a fine line being trodden here between interesting and monotonous. The variety offered by the different perspectives of the various protagonists helps, but in the end, the game still feels a little drawn out.