Red Dead Redemption Initial Impressions

I don’t want to be given to hyperbole (or a parabola for that matter) so keep that in mind while I gush about my first few hours in Red Dead Redemption.

Metroid Prime scannerI have been “immersed” in games before. My go-to experience is always Metroid Prime. In Metroid Prime playing as Samus, you are all alone in a hostile environment getting involved in a mess you had nothing to do with. As you traverse through the different locations, you begin scanning the computers of the Space Pirates. As you go along, the messages become more and more about you and your exploits. They are hot on your tail and it really feels like they are just one step behind. The whole they had me believing that I was about to meet certain doom. I felt truly immersed.

In Red Dead, I’m not immersed. This place is real. I’ve never had an experience like the first couple of hours of this game. More than once I just got on my horse and rode around taking in the surroundings. It was quite amazing. This game might not be perfect, but I feel like it’s a real, breathing world. Like it was a place that I could do anything I wanted to.

So then I punched a horse.

History Comes Full Circle?

I was free roaming last night with two new friends in Red Dead Redemption. We were on a public server having a blast as a posse clearing gang hideouts. After a while, five new people log on dressed as banditos, form their own posse, and precede to own us.

They were speaking Spanish.

I love this game.

(If you want to form a posse, leave your PSN name in the comments. We’ll rule the West.)

Newspaper in Red Dead Redemption

There is a LOT to do in this game. One of the more interesting things is to read the daily newspapers being sold in the streets. Here is an announcement made in one of them:

The marriage is announced to be solemnized of Miss Mollie Brannigan, daughter of Cole and Ella Brannigan, to Mr Melvin Brannigan, son of Cole and Ella Brannigan

Good to see Rockstar has kept in some humor. Actually, this game is pretty humorous altogether.

PING!: Red Dead Redemption

I had a passing interest in this game. It’s now on the “radar.” Giantbomb has a look at some online play.

If you don’t see the video, visit our living room.

One to Watch: Red Dead Redemption

While everyone is out and about playing with their Commander Sheep, I’ve been scouring the internet looking into the future. One of my favorite games of all time is Outlaws (why is this not on Steam?), a spaghetti-western created by LucasArts. Although there have been a few western-themed games released since then, none of them have been able to capture for me the gritty wild west.. Maybe Rockstar’s sequel to Red Dead Revolver (which I just played this year—meh, too restrictive), Red Dead Redemption will change all that. Here is one of the few titles I look forward to this year.

Source: Giantbomb.