Red Dead Redemption Review

Red Dead Redemption screenshot
Rockstar Games first released Red Dead Redemption on May 18th, 2010 on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. From Rockstar comes the spiritual successor to 2004’s Red Dead Revolver — this is a 3rd person action-adventure open world game where you play as outlaw John Marston. This Western epic is set at the turn of the 20th century when the lawless and chaotic badlands began to give way to the expanding reach of government and the spread of the Industrial Age.

System: PS3, Xbox 360
Genre: Third-person shooter, action-adventure
Release dates: May 18th, 2010 (USA), May 21st, 2010 (Australia & Europe)
Players: Singleplayer, Multiplayer: 2-16
Developer: Rockstar San Diego, Rockstar North
Publisher: Rockstar Games
Origin: America
Rating: ESRB: M, PEGI: 18+, BBFC: 18

“It ain’t no secret I didn’t get these scars falling over in church.” -John Marston

In America, 1911, the Wild West is dying.

When federal agents threaten his family, former outlaw John Marston is forced to pick up his guns again and hunt down the gang of criminals he once called friends. Experience an epic fight for survival across the sprawling expanses of the American West and Mexico, as John Marston struggles to bury his blood-stained past, one man at a time.

Here’s the video review of Red Dead Redemption!

Agree/disagree with my thoughts? Please feel free to tell me what you think of the game, I love to hear everyone’s opinions!

Hope you enjoyed! Stay tuned at the end for out-takes!

Music from the game used in the review:

Here is a list of musical tracks I have used for the video in the order they appear.

1. Main Title and Calvera (Magnificent Seven)
2. The Sons of Katie Elder Theme
3. Compass (RDR Soundtrack)
4. Freaks Come Out At Night
5. Far Away (RDR Soundtrack)
6. La Carrozzo dei Fantasmi (The Carriage of the Spirits – The Good, The Bad & The Ugly.)

As a conclusion let’s see how much fun the game is on a scale from 1 to 10:


The general story felt like a wink and a nod to all the classic Westerns out there. There were a lot of characters and plot devices within the story that reference the classic Westerns.

The story flows well. The development of the main character, John, was brilliant, because it wasn’t done in a stereotypical character-development cut-scene or scripted way. It was done subtly, so that it felt like you were getting to know him on a personal level. The supporting characters all had depth and dimensions to them as well, which made the sub-missions enjoyable.


The User Interface will take some getting used to with the small letter font and boxes, but once you get to grips with it and realize the map is your best friend, you’ll do fine with it.

The main storyline provides a lot of fun-wielding action, which has great gameplay. The best part of it for me was side-missions, I was riding in the open country, skinning animals, hunting treasure, killing bandits, riding horses, and it was altogether something I got into SO much, it’s a lot of fun.


The graphics looked so real, it felt like the environment was expanding into my livingroom. Rain, sun and show look entirely realistic. I haven’t been in awe about the environments in a game like this since Assassin’s Creed. The graphics are just perfection.


The musical score is really clever. It takes all the classical Western soundtracks and music we know and reworking it with rattlesnake rattles and harmonica sounds. It set the scene very well.

For example: The music playing at night was really scary, with a piano going and kind of odd notes. It was really good for when you’re riding around in the dark and constantly getting attacked by cougars.

I really like that the songs make you feel like you’re in a movie, as they start playing when you have to ride somewhere important in the story. I love the atmosphere the developers created by doing that.


Overall, to me it felt like a Western-themed game for Western film fans. Of course you can play it if you’re not familiar with that genre and still enjoy it, which is the beauty of the game, but it really catered to the hardcore Western fans I believe, by putting those little winks and nods in there.

Red Dead Redemption took the story, genre & gameplay and fine-tuned those elements into such a brilliant game. The main story and side-missions are so long, you could play it for days if you wanted. But the glitches were many, and the cutscenes were too long and wordy and sometimes a little bit dull. But the soundtracks were great, graphics were brilliant, and combined with the lengthy gameplay experience that’s a huge achievement.
*Two thumbs up!*