Review by ryanwoods91

"Very outstanding game experience, minor flaws gun down score to 9"

Graphics: 9/10
The Graphics are beautiful, the scenery is amazing. From setting suns to stormy nights, the game never ceases to amaze. The horses and character animations flow well, and Natural Motion's Euphoria behavior simulator coupled with Rockstar's RAGE physics engine is a highlight of this game, characters respond to being shot in different ways every time, no canned animation here. One highlight on a graphics standpoint is the lip syncing in cutscenes. It looks like the characters are really saying their lines, and it is nice to see it pulled off so well. A few visual hiccups/glitches bring the graphics down to a 9/10.

Sound/Music: 10/10
The sound is dead on. Period. The voice acting is all superb, and the dynamic soundtrack definitely fits the game. A couple particular pieces stand out, when completing missions that have a significant importance in John Marston's life, a song will play with a vocal track. That's not done much in a video game, and for good reason, but it really works in this instance. The perfect sound in this game earns 10/10

Gameplay: 10/10
From the dead eye shooting mechanic to the control of your trusty steed, the gameplay never disappoints. There is a sharp learning curve for the control of horses, but when you get used to it, it's a blast to just ride. The variation in weaponry is nice, and each gun has a distinctive feel. The endless amounts of bounty missions, random encounters, and minigames is enough to entertain anyone. Gameplay merits 10/10

Replayability: 10/10
HIGH. As mentioned above the game sports and endless amount of things to entertain you, and the ability to play with your honor to gauge character reactions is a big part of this. The game doesn't get bland after beating the story, and chances are you'll want to do the rest of the stranger missions after you beat the game. Replayability establishes a rock solid 10/10.

Story: 9/10
The game starts out with John Marston on the trail of his former gang. It progresses from New Austin, a very western feeling portion of the map, in which the greatest reaches of technology have yet to reach in 1911. Marston must eventually venture into Nuevo Paraiso, a deadly border region of Mexico during it's revolution. Finally Marston makes his way to West Elizabeth, an area where you can truly feel the modern world encroaching on and destroying the ways of the West. The only problem I had with it was the twist at the end, which disappointed me. Story receives a 9/10

Overall: The game's mechanics, graphics, and gameplay are all superb. The game sports an interesting story as well as a big chunk of things to do, and HUGE map. Players will likely have fun with this one for a long time.

Reviewer's Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

Originally Posted: 05/24/10

Game Release: Red Dead Redemption (US, 05/18/10)

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