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Score 10/10 | Open World | Cowboys | Classic!

Red Dead Redemption is the second in the Red Dead Series and although obviously released before Red Dead Redemption 2 (due for release later this month), actually takes place AFTER the events of Red Dead Redemption 2.

Essentially, Red Dead Redemption is a sequel to Red Dead Redemption 2’s prequel.

Confusing, right?

Seeing the hype train is well and truly steaming ahead for RDR2, I thought I’d go back to a simpler time… 2010 to be exact, and reminisce about a game that not only changed my world, but the worlds of many.

Put simply, chalk up another notch on the “totally awesome game” belt to Rockstar, ’cause this one was a bloody ripper.

RDR puts you in the cowboy boots of one John Marston, a former gang member whose wife and son have been taken hostage by the government as ransom for his services as a hired gun.

Marston (AKA you) is required to bring his former gang members to justice, in return for his loved.

How’s that for a premise? And that, my hombres, is just scratching the surface of what went down in this beautiful, open world, marvel of a video game!

Yes, it’s GTA in the wild west, but that’s what makes it so bloody good!

Like I mentioned in a previous podcast to Pete, this game was more than just “a game”. It was pretty much an interactive cowboy movie, and not the ones that suck (the ones you catch every now and then on a midday movie on FTA TV).

It’s been WAAAAAyyyyyyy too long since I played this, and WAAAAAyyyyyyy too much water has flowed underneath the train track bridge since, so there’s no real point going into excruciating detail about this game… other than to say that, once again, Rockstar proved that when it comes to games that deliver with spades on games that get hyped up to within an inch of their collective lives, they are the masters!

It is, quite frankly, a masterpiece.

Like their Rockstar brethren, the game is fantastic but it’s backed by an awesome storyline. The ending alone is something that you probably won’t see coming, well, I didn’t in any case.

SPOLIER ALERT: Don’t watch if you plan to play it

Seeing RDR2 is due for release at the end of this month, you haven’t got much time to get this one in as a tasty entree in preparation for the main meal.

But if you reckon you can churn out the 30 or so hours to complete the game before the onslaught of RDR2, then, seriously, DO IT!

At the time, I would have given this game 10 out of 10… so satisfying, so engaging, so good!

With the benefit of hindsight, some 8 years later, with the old rose coloured glasses on, I’d give it 11 out of 10. It was that good.

Of course, Red Dead Redemption 2 promises all this and so much more… so there’s one excited hombre writing this last bit right now!

Written by: @dantheinternut

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