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Hands On: Red Dead Redemption – Still going strong?

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After the sheriff took the downed villain away I decided to wander around for a while and it wasn’t long before I stumbled across some rabbits bouncing down the road, out came the rifle and down went the rabbit.

After walking up to the rabbit a message popped up on screen instructing me to push Y to skin the rabbit… apparently you can sell the skins at the local markets to get cash to help you rank up, I skinned a couple more animals that were roaming around and noticed that I got an award of some sort for being a hunter. I’d put money on these becoming achievements/trophies but that hasn’t been confirmed.

Gang Hunt

Next up is a side episode where I get to rescue the girl from a gang that has her tied up in a nearby building, I set my waypoint for the gangs homestead of sorts and then follow the radar to get there. The gang is scattered throughout the homestead and can also be seen in the distance at perfect sniper locations on scattered butte’s.

I despatch with the gang and rescue the lovely lady for her father the farmer who is waiting outside and then I explore some more.


The vultures have arrived to feast on the death that you have left behind and by now there are about 8 of them circling above your head, after taking one or two down I decide to head for higher ground and climb up onto one of the small buildings scattered around. Climbing of ladders is simply activated by walking into them and when heading down a ladder you can press a button to slide down faster if you are in the heat of battle.

Once the vultures are despatched I complete my sharp shooter challenge which I once again think will be linked to achievements/trophies in the final game.

I then loot all the corpses and search around for anything valuable that these petty criminals may have owned prior to their demise.


Drunken Irish

It was around about now that I met my videogame soul mate, a drunk Irishman who had promised the world and was now being forced to deliver on it.

Irish appears to be a really nice guy with a just a small drinking problem, he had promised to organise a Gatling gun for John and he has delivered… kind off.

The gun exists but it is being kept in the bottom of a mine filled with people who would like to keep it for themselves, Irish tells me he is going to run off to get a flatbed truck and that I have to do this part myself.

So I begin the long trek down the mine which now plays out very similar to a shooter on rails, skulking around corners we find the obligatory red crates which explode when shot as well as oil lamps which, when shot, rain down oily fire on all those below them.

It’s a fun stage and when I finally reach the bottom I find the gun sitting in a mine cart, I begin to push the cart back up and once outside I notice that reinforcements have arrived. I get the cart moving at pace and John automatically then leaps onto the
back from where I can begin aiming easily and taking out everyone around me.

Thankfully the not so reliable Irish has returned with the flat bed as promised and we load up the gun for him to take away.

And that was the end of my hands on, some of the other cool things that I recall from the event are as follows

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Last Updated: January 28, 2010

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  1. Flamebaitboy

    January 28, 2010 at 23:07

    Were you chained to a desk wit no water or food while playing the demo. Were you treated like shit, enough so that your wife would want to write a letter to the internet? :ninja:


    • LazySAGamer

      January 28, 2010 at 23:18

      If someone chained me to the desk and treated me like shit I highly doubt my wife would be complaining :tongue:


      • mitas

        January 29, 2010 at 01:38

        yeah right :w00t:


  2. Nick de Bruyne

    January 29, 2010 at 03:26

    This game is actually looking pretty friggin awesome


  3. easy

    January 29, 2010 at 06:44

    does it differentiate itself enough from being just cowboyified gta?
    and was there any word on multiplayer?


    • LazySAGamer

      January 29, 2010 at 07:22

      No word on multiplayer but it will happen, but you can see in the game that it will happen. It lends itself to a cops and robbers styled MP perfectly.

      It doesn’t feel like a cowboy GTA at all really and it’s a bit unfair to keep on comparing it to GTA but at the same time it’s hard not to.

      It’s an open world Cowboy/Western game with more freedom than GTA but less happening on screen all at once.. Saying that it’s a truly Rockstar game and they are once again doing what they are really good at, open world freedom


      • Bobby "Marinated Chicken" Kotick

        January 29, 2010 at 11:09

        I’m sold.

        I’ve never really been a fan of westerns (not really sure why, I reckon I was always destined to be a Space Marine), but there’s something about Red Dead Redemption that’s lighting a fire in my groin, and Daddy Kotick is liking it (maybe it’s the horses… cough Equus*) :heart:


  4. chou

    March 19, 2010 at 20:37

    hey can you swim?
    is there any point collecting money?
    how long (estimate hours) do they say the storymode will be?
    if you stelth, will you be detected easily, like the bad guys have eyes in their back?


    • Gavin Mannion

      March 20, 2010 at 07:01

      1. I haven’t seen any water yet

      2. Yes you can buy the bounty off your head and purchase other goods.

      3. No idea, long

      4. So far the stealth has been good, no magical AI


  5. chou

    March 21, 2010 at 09:12

    thanks for the respond, this game is starting to sound very nice. I have some more questions.
    -How was handling john like, is he like the same as Niko who swave right and left as you run?
    -is the cover system like gta4 cool or Gears of war cool?
    -any automatic lock on?
    -can you ride other animals to?
    -will the random event repeats it self over and over, boring-like things to do over?
    -can you go to any house in a town, or is there restricted houses and areas.
    -does the weather system has a 4season system.
    -hows the gameplay graphic, is it like gta4 or better, any game comparison?

    Sorry to ask so many question, this was the first time some one would answer us, someone who has played the demo. me and my friends are just so pump up for this game. many of the questions are there’s not mine. We will be grateful if you would answer our question, thank you very much.


    • Gavin Mannion

      March 21, 2010 at 11:20

      No problem, let’s see if I can answer these as well.

      1. Handling John was ery similar to Niko, just a little better.

      2. Not quite Gears of War but that sort of system.

      3. Yes there is an automatic lock and then freeroam system

      4. Not that I know off… there are prostitutes though 😉

      5. I haven’t played enough to see how many random events there are or if they repeat.

      6. You can go to anything you can see… not sure you can go into everything though. They have been pretty restrictive on that access.

      7. It has a full day/night cycle but not 4 seasons as far as I know

      8. It’s different to GTA IV as it’s far less populated, but the animals look amazing as does the lighting. GTA IV is the cloests comparison I can think off though.


  6. Kyle McMurry

    April 17, 2010 at 01:19

    @Gavin there is water such as rivers in the forested areas unknown if you can swim though :ninja:


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