Red Dead Redemption is an open-world adventure game, set in the Wild West at the beginning of the 20th century. A well-defined main character and a strong narrative provide the structure for mission-based progression through the adventure, but the sandbox-style game world allows players to explore and interact as they wish, moving from town to town through the harsh wilderness on horseback, by stagecoach, or on a train. Throughout their travels, players can hunt and skin wild animals, gamble, capture bounties, engage in duels, search for treasure, and help those in need.
The game is built on the same Rockstar software engine that runs Grand Theft Auto IV, and the user-directed action-adventure playing style is similar to that of GTA4 as well, although the setting is very different. More of a successor than a direct sequel to 2004's Red Dead Revolver, Redemption puts players in control of a former outlaw looking to make good. John Marston is on a mission to bring an old ally to justice, and perhaps to bring a little law and order to the outposts and boomtowns he passes through along the way. Marston once rode with a gang of outlaws who robbed trains, held folks for ransom, and killed nearly anyone who got in their way, to take whatever they wanted. Now, as part of a bargain to protect his own family back home, he must use his violent skill set to apprehend or gun down a former partner called Bill Williamson -- a bandit at least as ruthless and deadly as Marston ever was.
The "Game of the Year" edition includes the full original game, the zombie-themes Undead Nightmeare Collection, the "Legends and Killers" and "Liars and Cheats" multiplayer packs, the "Outlaws to the End" co-op mission pack, the "Myths and Mavericks" bonus pack, the "Solomon's Folly" single-player gang hideout and challenges, and all of the pre-release pre-order content.
Open-world action-adventure in the Wild West
Play as a dangerous outlaw trying to make good
Destroy unrelenting hordes of zombies and search for a cure to the plague
New single-player missions and multiplayer modes
Includes two full games, and every expansion and add-on
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I didn't get the opportunity to play Red Dead Redemption just after it came out, but it turns out it was a good thing to wait because then this Game of the Year edition came out containing all the DLC and extra episodes. My wife got me this for Christmas 2011...I am still playing it as I write this review! I believe I am drawing near to the end though. Anyway, the storyline of the game is a very satisfying length and there is so many other side missions and extra things you can do that this game can potentially last you quite a while. My wife was happy about that too, because I often play through a lot of games within anywhere between a week to 2 weeks or less, depending on the length, but I have been working on this one for near 3 weeks now and still playing. Money-wise, this game is more than worth while in that department. As far as game play, this game is exceptional...I have been having so much fun playing it, and due to all that can be done within this game, you can't help but want it to keep going because it's so enjoyable! I can't tell you how many hours I've spent on the side of the story just on extra things...especially stuff like the hunting and going after bounties & such. There are all kinds of engaging side missions, such as bounties and clearing places of bandits & helping lawmen in firefights & such...as well as helping people in need. There are also fun games you can play on the side like poker & blackjack, liars dice, horseshoes, liars dice, etc. With such a great story, fun open world game play, great graphics, and all the cool different things you can do, Red Dead Redemption is an essential game for any action/adventure gamer! If you have never played it, go pick it up! You won't regret it!