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Hands On: Red Dead Redemption – Still going strong?

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Up close and personal

If you manage to get close enough to someone you are in a fire fight with then John will perform an up close and personal kill, for example with the shotgun he will shove it under the guys chin and pull the trigger… it’s pretty final.


I didn’t have much time with it but there is a Melee system and it felt very GTA-like, but once you know about the afore mentioned up close and personal kills you really won’t want to simply punch anyone.


If you find people camping in the bush you can enter their encampment and sit around their campfire to discuss life and all things Wild Westish. This is where you could find invaluable information about your next target or even pick up some side missions along the way.

The Towns

I never entered a town this time but you could see one if the distance where you will be able to go to sell your animal skins (pelts) as well as play some mini games and probably visit the local brothel. This is also where you will find wanted posters if you need to earn more bounty.


The ragdoll physics are true to form in this game and you get an evil sort of satisfaction from sniping someone on a mountain and watching them plummet to the ground hitting every rock along the way.


You can climb up mountains and large rocks to get the better ground in a fire fight or simply to scout out the local surrounding.

Structural Damage

You can shoot through small pieces of wood, take down cactuses with well aimed shots and destroy smaller objects. Full on damage however I wasn’t able to accomplish.


It’s not possible to give a fair conclusion from my limited time on the game but from what I have seen and played the game is looking really good. If you are a fan of the Wild West or GTA then this game is starting to become an absolute must on your calendar.

If you are a fan of both then it’s time to place your pre-order now.

Red Dead Redemption is visually stunning and if all the stages are as immersive and entertaining as the two I played then this game is going to do very well indeed.

Feel free to ask questions and as I said before, I will do my utmost to answer every one of them or let you know if I am not allowed to.

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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