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1 Red Dead Redemption on Thu Mar 25, 2010 2:41 am

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Anybody excited for this?

•Apparently lassoing random people is in as it mentions actions such as this will not cause the law enforcement to hesitate firing on you.

•Drinking in saloons will cause you to become unstable however bumping into the wrong people can earn you a duel with them in the morning.

•Gambling will consist of games of black jack, poker and five finger fillet. You may also accept wagers for races.

•Fires can get out of control very so quickly so playing with fire can be very dangerous. Duh lol.

•There is the opportunity to watch short films in the school houses in certain towns

•As well as the ability to set up and upgrade camps in the wild you can also purchase or rent rooms in some towns

•In the civilised regions of red dead redemption such as Blackwater in West Elizabeth there is confirmation of early automobiles and paved streets

•You can upgrade your horse by buying new hoofs from town blacksmiths

•In an interview with Art Director Rob Nelson he reveals some info on multiplayer:

He says ''We've spent a lot of time thinking about what people would want - being able to ride in a posse, keeping the dynamic events in the open world so you can all interact with them and assault gang hide-outs, tear up towns, even hunt down the larger animals in a group - it's all possible. At the same time things like duelling in groups, a big 'Once Upon a Time in the West-like standoff but with more than double the amount! Also, it gives us a chance to put our western spin on some classic competitive multiplayer modes such as Capture the Flag and so on.''


Red Dead Redemption Multiplayer Hands-On – Pistols At Dawn
Written Wednesday, March 17, 2010 by Richard Walker

We're cowboys at heart, not game journalists. We'd rather jump on the back of a horse, round up some bandits and then gallop back into town for a game of poker, then spend a warm night with a hooker, a tin bath by the fire and a bottle of bourbon. As it is, we get to write all day, then go to bed with a comic book and a mug of cocoa. It's not exactly a match for the cowboy lifestyle we were meant for.

As such, we've been itching to get some hands-on time with Rockstar's Western opus for months now, as it's about as close to living the Wild West dream as we're ever likely to get. So when the invite came through telling us that the first round of Red Dead Redemption multiplayer sessions were to take place at Rockstar's London offices, we naturally leapt at the chance.

In an international affair, we were pitted against games journos from all over Europe and were thrust straight into Red Dead's free-roam hub; the instruction not to shoot one another until we're given permission instantly goes out of the window. Like GTA, between multiplayer matches you're given the entire single-player map to explore, so pushing up on the d-pad to whistle for a horse is a good idea if you want to quickly get around the towns and homesteads dotted around Redemption's vast world. That being said, most of the time you're likely to find players just killing each other for shits and giggles. Kill an innocent non-playable pedestrian though, and you can expect to be hunted and executed by the law.

The opportunity to simply waste time messing around amongst the miles of desert and scrub is infinite, with random emergent events and the detailed animal ecology tossing up all manner of interesting distractions. But it's the host of game modes that provide the real meat of Red Dead's multiplayer and we got to check out four of them during our intensive hands-on play session.

Before we plunged into the competitive stuff, we start with a posse leader who sets a waypoint for the entire gang of sixteen players to follow. So saddling up and riding to a marked gang hideout where a group of bandits are holed up, we canter down the trail, taking care not to kick our horse to death. Upon arrival, a gunfight immediately breaks out, triggering even more undesirables to spill into the area from the surrounding ridge, which in turn leads to an ambush and an even busier, more frenetic gun battle.

It's great fun that eventually leads on to other criminal strongholds, such as an abandoned mansion where our foolhardy decision to sling several sticks of dynamite through the front door ends with us being sworn at by a French journo who gets caught in an errant explosion. Oops! As each mission ends, a statistics screen pops up giving you the lowdown on how well (or how poorly) you did, and as it happens, our dynamite-fuelled rampage pushes us to the top of the scoreboard. Ha! Take that France!

Back to the lobby area once more where activity descends into a sixteen-way fist fight, before it's time to sample 'Gang Shootout' – a straightforward Team Deathmatch that pits two warring factions head-to-head against one another. Lawmen, Miners, Rebeldes, Dutch's Gang and The American Army are some of the groups that feature, and each match begins with a standoff until there's only one man left standing. It's literally pistols at dawn, where the fastest gun wins and when we play the every-man-for-themselves Shootout later on, the action opens with all 16-players stood in a circle for a Mexican standoff that would make Quentin Tarantino cream in his pants.

Moving onto 'Gold Rush' – a game type that has you collecting and gathering bags of gold dotted around the map before depositing them into nearby chests to score a point – we start to get a feel for the game mechanics, pressing right bumper to gracefully slide into cover, dashing to green markers on the map to collect Deadeye pick-ups and hoarding as many weapons as we can from handy sparkling crates.

In single-player, Deadeye slows time, enabling you to paint red crosses on nearby enemies, and it works in much the same way in multiplayer, boosting accuracy without the aid of slow-motion. Weapons meanwhile, stay in your inventory (accessed via the left bumper and a twiddle of the right analogue stick) right until the end of the round, giving you a rather extensive cache of artillery to choose from, including numerous six-shooters, rifles, shotguns and projectiles like dynamite or throwing knives.

Finishing off with a bout of capture-the-flag, here called 'Hold Your Own' and featuring red and blue loot bags rather than flags, we get to blast a few riders off their horses with a huge cannon and even find time to line up a few headshots with a sniper rifle and then rush into the opposing team's base on horseback to grab the red flag and score a valuable point.

Actions like these grant XP, which persistently builds up throughout multiplayer, levelling your character up and enabling you to purchase new clothing and items to customise your badass bandito, sheriff or cowgirl. You're also able to acquire XP while free-roaming by executing special actions like killing a grizzly bear with a knife or shooting the hat off a wanted villain, for instance

Red Dead Redemption's single-player is shaping up to be unquestionably superb, but it's also heartening to see that a great deal of care and attention has gone into the multiplayer too. Rockstar has apparently learnt some valuable lessons from GTA IV's multiplayer, making the experience more focused, compartmentalised and therefore better suited to the 16-players that the game supports.

There's a clear, concerted effort that has been made in ensuring the multiplayer aspect of Red Dead Redemption is both meaningful and worth revisiting, and although there are still a few kinks to be ironed out, it's reason enough to make Redemption one of this year's most wanted games.

Red Dead Redemption is out May 18th and May 21st in North America and Europe respectively.





















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2 Re: Red Dead Redemption on Thu Mar 25, 2010 1:34 pm

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3 Re: Red Dead Redemption on Thu Mar 25, 2010 1:56 pm

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Weird, I searched for the thread and the search came up with nothing. Sorry. I guess this has to be moved/merged now yes

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4 Re: Red Dead Redemption on Wed May 12, 2010 2:42 pm

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May 18th!! I am way stoked for this. I'm hoping I get it for my birthday. I loved GUN and I hope this is gonna be better. I get into the western genre games way too easily though...I'll plan on seeing my wife again in a month.

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5 Re: Red Dead Redemption on Wed May 12, 2010 3:30 pm

Im preordering my copy today.

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6 Re: Red Dead Redemption on Fri May 14, 2010 6:50 am

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7 Re: Red Dead Redemption on Fri May 14, 2010 9:59 am

I saw the commercial for this last night and this one solo thought popped into my head: "Must Get!" I have never played the first Red Dead and wasn't really paying attention to this one coming out on the 18th. But that commercial just screamed, WIN!!!! Laughing

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8 Re: Red Dead Redemption on Fri May 14, 2010 1:53 pm

Pass. Where is my damn open-world biker game? Where the hell is Ride To Hell?

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9 Re: Red Dead Redemption on Thu May 20, 2010 12:07 am

C'mon guys, post some reviews, I'm trying to decide if I want to purchase this game or not. yes

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10 Re: Red Dead Redemption on Thu May 20, 2010 12:53 am

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This game is fun. Get it.

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11 Re: Red Dead Redemption on Thu May 20, 2010 2:48 am

prescribeddrone wrote:This game is fun. Get it.
See that, that's all I need to know to get this game tomorrow......really, it is. haha.

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12 Re: Red Dead Redemption on Thu May 20, 2010 2:56 am

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I killed a bunch of people and had cops on horses after me, unless I pay my bounty, they'll be on my ass each time they see me.

And you can skin animals. It's pretty crazy.

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13 Re: Red Dead Redemption on Thu May 20, 2010 2:57 am

this game is great. just captured two fugitives by hog tieing them.

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14 Re: Red Dead Redemption on Thu May 20, 2010 11:42 am

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Looks really interesting.

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15 Re: Red Dead Redemption on Thu May 20, 2010 12:17 pm

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i want but cant haz!!!

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16 Re: Red Dead Redemption on Thu May 20, 2010 7:19 pm

Spazzy wrote:i want but cant haz!!!

Sad
Why?

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17 Re: Red Dead Redemption on Thu May 20, 2010 8:51 pm

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school Sad

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18 Re: Red Dead Redemption on Fri May 21, 2010 7:16 pm

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I've been wanting to play it some but I can't pry the controller out of Andy's hands long enough for me to play. Smile

I do have to say that the horses are gorgeous. Very Happy Bless you Rockstar for mo-capping the ponies, it looks amazing and that's part of why.

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19 Re: Red Dead Redemption on Sat May 22, 2010 3:15 am

This game is amazing, horsebreaking is my favorite job in the game.

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20 Re: Red Dead Redemption on Sat May 22, 2010 10:06 am

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gah!!!!

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21 Re: Red Dead Redemption on Sat May 22, 2010 12:11 pm

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I don't game a lot, but this looks totally kick-ass. I may just have to pick it up this weekend. I've got to curb my LBP obsession with something more manly Smile

22 Re: Red Dead Redemption on Sat May 22, 2010 1:49 pm

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waerloga69 wrote:I don't game a lot, but this looks totally kick-ass. I may just have to pick it up this weekend. I've got to curb my LBP obsession with something more manly Smile

Half the time when you are home, and I ask what you are doing you state playing games.. so.. i think you are lying.. and you do need to butch up tongue

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23 Re: Red Dead Redemption on Sat May 22, 2010 1:59 pm

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Spazzy wrote:
waerloga69 wrote:I don't game a lot, but this looks totally kick-ass. I may just have to pick it up this weekend. I've got to curb my LBP obsession with something more manly Smile

Half the time when you are home, and I ask what you are doing you state playing games.. so.. i think you are lying.. and you do need to butch up tongue

Want me to show you butch, little gurl? Yeah, that's what I thought...
And it's that stupid Little Big Planet that I cannot stop playing. I tried to stop, really!

24 Re: Red Dead Redemption on Tue May 25, 2010 3:37 pm

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I need to play this game. I watched my friend play for 20 mins and already I want to buy this game!!!!

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25 Re: Red Dead Redemption on Tue May 25, 2010 3:42 pm

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every place in town is sold out of it.

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