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This zombie Red Dead Redemption art is delightful


Sep 28
// Jordan Devore
Aren't we over the zombie phase by now? I keep telling myself "Yes, we most certainly are." And then I get excited for stuff like AMC's The Walking Dead, or even something as simple as the "Undead Nightmare Pack" for Red Dead...

Red Dead's 'Liars and Cheats' now with more content

Aug 27 // Nick Chester
Multiplayer Poker and Liars' Dice GamesOne of the most fan-requested features comes to multiplayer.Multiplayer Horse RacesRide out against your friends and foes online - with mounted combat guns blazing.The Explosive RifleAn devastatingly destructive new weapon with its own new single-player and multiplayer challenges.7 New Gang HideoutsPosse up and take on the new Hideouts together to level up quickly.4 New Hunting GroundsNew Hunting Grounds are now visible on the map for all to see, with some of the most action-packed wildlife hunting yet.Stronghold Competitive Multiplayer ModeTeams take turns in attack and defense in multi-tiered Competitive games. Posse Scoring and LeaderboardsCompare stats with other posses and compete to see who are the kings of the Free Roam frontier.Plus, 15 additional multiplayer characters from the Red Dead Redemption storyline are being made available as multiplayer characters, and more all-new Achievements and Trophies.
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The next batch of downloadable content for Red Dead Redemption, "Liars and Cheats," is out September 21. Here's a bit of a surprise -- the pack will also contain all of the content that was previously announced as the free-of...

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Rumor: Brad Pitt to star in Red Dead Redemption movie


Aug 26
// Dale North
The rumor is that Brad Pitt is the front runner for playing John Marston in a movie adaptation of Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption. This comes to us by way of ShowbizSpy. They say that Pitt is being given a first refusal for th...
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Real cowboys ride asses in Red Dead Redemption


Aug 05
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Giddyup, partner.
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LOL: 24 Hours with Red Dead Redemption lead


Aug 05
// Nick Chester
By now, let's assume that most of you have seen Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption from beginning to end. I say this because artist/writer Eric Colossal's online comic strip, 24 Hour Marston, is not only full of minor spoilers, b...
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Red Dead Redemption patch is up, partner


Aug 04
// Dale North
The most recent tweet from RockStarGames says it all, but I'll say it again: Red Dead Redemption update 1.03 is now available on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Sign in, update and you'll find that the following has changed a...
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Legends, killers invade Red Dead Redemption on August 10


Aug 03
// Nick Chester
Rockstar has dated "Legends and Killers" pack today, the first of a flood of Red Dead Redemption downloadable content head our way this year. It's out on August 10 for both Xbox LIVE Arcade and PlayStation 3; it'll run you 80...
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Go behind the scenes of Red Dead Redemption's soundtrack


Jul 28
// Samit Sarkar
Red Dead Redemption is my current front-runner for Game of the Year, and frankly, I don't think anything else will eclipse it. Much of my love for the game stems from its stirring score, which Bill Elm and Woody Jackson comp...
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Red Dead Redemption on sale at Amazon today


Jul 23
// Conrad Zimmerman
This is as much a post about a good price on a game as it is an appeal that you go and buy Red Dead Redemption. It is almost certainly the best title to come out of Rockstar in many years and I might argue that it's the best ...
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THQ blames Red Dead Redemption for UFC's sales


Jul 22
// Jim Sterling
UFC Undisputed 2010 didn't quite sell as well as THQ was hoping, and rather than try to determine if there's a problem with the game, the marketing, or the simple fact that people might not want to buy an updated UFC once a y...
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Rockstar going after griefers in next Red Dead update


Jul 21
// Jordan Devore
Within a few seconds of first entering Free Roam mode in Red Dead Redemption, I spotted another player. Thinking, "Hey, I'm going to go see what he's doing," I started calmly walking toward the gentlemen. I never made it; he ...
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Art and history of Rockstar collected in three volumes


Jul 19
// Conrad Zimmerman
Rockstar Games has a long and distinctive history, filled with some of the most controversial and popular games of the last decade. If you want to know more about it, the company seems happy to oblige by compiling this set of...
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Red Dead Redemption looks gorgeous in time-lapse footage


Jul 17
// Samit Sarkar
If you've played Red Dead Redemption, then you know that it's a beautiful game. Personally, I find its capacity for creating breathtaking vistas to be unmatched; like Michael Abbott at The Brainy Gamer, I time my saves so tha...
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Red Dead's 'Legends and Killers' pack in screenshots


Jul 16
// Jordan Devore
Kicking off a wave of additional content for Red Dead Redemption is the "Legends and Killers" pack, which actually won't be released until next month. But we have screenshots of it! If you stare at the header image long enoug...

Red Dead Redemption gets weapons, maps, zombie mode

Jul 08 // Nick Chester
Legends and Killers Pack  New active map locations, characters and more: •           Release date: beginning of August 2010; •           9 new multiplayer map locations — more than doubling the amount of territories in the multiplayer competitive modes; •           8 new multiplayer characters — play as characters from Red Dead Revolver; •           Introducing a new projectile weapon: the Tomahawk, with corresponding challenges for single-player and multiplayer gameplay; •           New achievements and trophies; •           Pricing: $9.99 (PlayStation Network), 800 Microsoft Points (Xbox LIVE).   Liars and Cheats Pack New competitive modes, multiplayer mini-games in Free Roam, and more: •           Release date: TBC; •           Attack and Defend multiplayer competitive mode and challenges; •           New multiplayer horse races, complete with mounted combat; •           Play as the heroes and villains of Red Dead Redemption, as well as 8 additional multiplayer characters; •           Multiplayer versions of Liars Dice and Poker from the single-player game; •           Introducing a new weapon: the Explosive Rifle, with associated challenges available in single-player and multiplayer gameplay; •           New achievements and trophies; •           Pricing: $9.99 (PlayStation Network), 800 Microsoft Points (Xbox LIVE). Free Roam PackDelve deeper into the world of Red Dead Redemption with new modes, challenges and gang hideouts to discover: •           Release date: TBC; •           Additional Free Roam challenges; •           New action areas and defensive placements; •           Posse scoring and leaderboards; •           New anti-griefing measures in Free Roam; •           Pricing: TBC.   Undead Nightmare Pack Ghost towns and cemeteries come alive in a West gone horribly wrong: •           Release date: TBC; •           Brand new single-player adventure, challenges and quests; •           8 new multiplayer zombie characters; •           Additional animals unleashed in the world; •           New dynamic events and more; •           Pricing: $9.99 (PlayStation Network), 800 Microsoft Points (Xbox LIVE).
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Rockstar has announced today that it will be supporting Red Dead Redemption with some serious business downloadable content in the coming months. Starting this August, the "Legends and Killers" pack will hit Xbox LIVE and Pla...

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How many wolves must die? 55.8 million in two weeks


Jul 02
// Jordan Devore
Two weeks! That's how long data was tracked to come up with the above infographic for Red Dead Redemption. Unless you happen to be a mutant, you can't make out most of the figures shown -- please click the attached, higher-re...
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PSA: Red Dead Redemption co-op pack is now available


Jun 22
// Nick Chester
Heads up, pardner, Rockstar’s co-op mission package for Red Dead Redemption is available today on Xbox LIVE and PlayStation Network. Best part, it’s free; you’ll want to head over to your console and start d...
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Red Dead short film now viewable online in its entirety


Jun 08
// Jordan Devore
No one can blame you for missing the John Hillcoat-directed Red Dead Redemption short film, based on when and where it originally aired. Now that it's viewable in full on the Internet, though -- worth a look, especially if y...
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Red Dead Redemption moves five million units


Jun 08
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Take-Two is seeing better than expected second quarter results as the company has made $268 million in net revenue. That's an increase of about 54% compared to the same quarter last year. The company doesn't see the money tra...
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Red Dead Redemption free co-op pack dated


Jun 03
// Nick Chester
Rockstar has revealed that its free cooperative mission pack for Red Dead Redemption will hit Xbox LIVE and PlayStation Network on June 22. Officially called the "Outlaws to the End Co-Op Mission Pack," it will include six al...
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Red Dead Redemption getting its own short film soon


May 26
// Jordan Devore
Rockstar Games is going all out with its promotion of Red Dead Redemption, even though the game seems to be selling perfectly fine through word of mouth. As a matter of fact, it's getting a 30-minute short film that's poised ...
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Red Dead Redemption has some hilarious glitches


May 24
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Red Dead Redemption? More like Red Dead Furry Redemption! A number of videos are hitting the Internet featuring some hilarious glitches from Rockstar's latest hit. People are turning into animals, animals are turning into people and there's even the case of the demonic flying horse! Above is my favorite of the bunch, cougar man! A few more videos await you after the break.

Review: Red Dead Redemption

May 24 // Conrad Zimmerman
Red Dead Redemption (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 [reviewed])Developer: Rockstar San Diego, Rockstar NorthPublisher: Rockstar GamesReleased: May 18, 2010 The plot of Red Dead Redemption's single-player mode revolves around John Marston, an outlaw forced to hunt down his former partners to save his family. Set in 1911, this is the very end of the Wild West era and civilization is encroaching upon the frontier. This sets a wistful tone that permeates throughout the generally satisfying story. Marston is exceptional as a leading man. His history is typical for a story by Rockstar -- the troubled criminal who wants to redeem himself -- but that's where most similarities end. He's bound by a personal code and respectful to others, even when he's about to gun them down. Women, in particular, are on the receipt of no small amount of kindness. You always know where you stand with John Marston, but he'll be considerate about it when he tells you. If only the supporting cast were as strong. The game's opening hours build up a lot of hope for the title, as you meet interesting, dynamic and realistic characters in local ranch owners the MacFarlanes, and the marshal of the town of Armadillo. Sadly, these more complex characters are eschewed early on for a parade of caricatures and comic relief. About half of the people you meet along the way seem like real people with real problems and the other half make you question how they would have ever survived in this world. It's not limited to the main quest characters, either. You can accept side missions from strangers you meet in your travels. These are more passive quests that can be completed at any time alongside your weightier concerns. It's all very simple fetch quest stuff, but the people you meet all appear to be deranged in some way. Perhaps there's a metaphor at play, but their presence really seemed unnecessary and I would have much rather enjoyed more people who seem sane when Marston leaves them. Overall, the story is enjoyable and will take players through the fictional state of New Austin, down into Mexico and back. There's a healthy level of mission variety paced throughout and there's rarely time to become bored with it. Things do peter out a little bit on the long side towards the end, however. Players will probably already be aware of the game's inevitable conclusion well before the game finishes dragging out its final act. Short of that and some rather awful characters, it's good fun. When you aren't trying to redeem yourself, there's plenty enough to do in the world. Red Dead Redemption features the most active sandbox I've ever encountered. Everywhere you turn, there's something to shoot. The environment positively teems with life of all varieties and hunting that life is a fun way to kill an hour or two. Some of the game's regions can be downright dangerous to walk about in, with bears and other forms of wildlife capable of taking you out instantaneously. Towns offer their own diversions as well. As you travel, new mini-games open up for gambling. As you might expect, there's poker to be played, as well as blackjack. Liar's Dice is one of the more strategically fun games of the bunch and there's even some rhythm offering in Five Finger Fillet, where you dance around your digits with a knife. You can accept bounties to hunt in the wastes and, of course, engage in good old-fashioned duels. Not only that, but random people will approach you and ask for favors. They might need a ride back into town or ask you to chase down a horse thief. Some out in the world will wager against you in shooting and hunting contests. Sometimes what looks like a broken down carriage hides a bandit ambush. You really never know what you'll encounter as you explore and the constant level of activity keeps everything feeling fresh and exciting. Travel in the world has been made very convenient as well. While the game's map is not exceptionally large, traversing it on horseback is time-consuming, especially with all of the distractions on offer. Thankfully, fast travel has been implemented in a convenient manner. Building a campsite just about anywhere in the world will allow you to directly travel to places you've visited. Buying maps of the various regions lets you set checkpoints and even fast travel directly to those. Which isn't to say that you won't want to ride your horse everywhere. Riding horses is wonderful. It takes a little bit of getting used to, however, and your early horses won't have a lot of patience for you. But once you've found yourself a good steed and have the hang of spurring him effectively, they are a joy to ride.  Combat is very streamlined and accessible. Aim assist is there to lock you on to an enemy target if you need it and just about anybody can be a competent shot. It works very well on foot or on horseback, and is just a pleasure to use. There is some variety to weapons, but they all feel much the same in application and having all of the different sorts of guns in each category (rifles, pistols, shotguns, etc) isn't really necessary. In addition to your standard shooting capability, you can also attack enemies using "Dead-Eye" mode. This ability evolves over the course of the game, starting out with a simple slow-motion and eventually allowing you to designate where you want your shots to land. Fanning out the full cylinder of a revolver and obliterating all in your path is a highly satisfying endeavor. You are limited in the use of Dead-Eye by a meter, but it restores quickly and expendable items to replenish it are cheap and plentiful. Beyond Red Dead Redemption's single-player campaign is a multiplayer component. Loading it up will place you in Free Roam mode, which allows you to travel throughout the whole world with other players. It's just a simplified version of the game's map and is considerably stripped-down to accommodate the presence of more player-controlled characters. Gone is the lush wilderness teeming with life, and it's a little lackluster by comparison. There's some stuff to do in Free Roam, but not a lot. You can posse up with other players, enact your own gang fights and so forth. You can also team up to take on the various bandit hideouts. Doing these sorts of activities gains you experience points that unlock new character models, weapons and mounts, which can be used in all the multiplayer modes. From Free Roam, you can enter into more structured games. There are team-based and solo games to play. Shootouts are deathmatch modes and can be played solo or in a gang. Grab the Bag and Hold Your Own are capture-the-flag variants for teams that have you fighting with another team over a bag of gold or each defending a bag from the other team respectively. And Gold Rush is a solo mode where the object is to grab bags of gold and drop them off in chests.  All of the modes are fun, though Gold Rush doesn't work well on all maps and you'll occasionally have a dud game of that. The action is quick and the pace can be breakneck with a full game. I was pleasantly surprised by how effective you are made to feel even when you aren't doing particularly well. The combat is so easy to play that success feels within your grasp with a little practice. Map design is strong with plenty of great cover and vantage points. All told, Red Dead Redemption is a stellar title. While I have some issues with the story and characters, the simple joy of interacting with this world more than makes up for those complaints. Add in a compelling multiplayer component and you have one hell of a game.  Score: 9 -- Superb (9s are a hallmark of excellence. There may be flaws, but they are negligible and won't cause massive damage to what is a supreme title.)  
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After a week of being asked, "Where's the Red Dead Redemption review," by damn near everyone, here's the answer: It's here. Are you vultures happy now? Red Dead Redemption is, of course, Rockstar's latest epic sandb...

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Red Dead Redemption soundtrack hits iTunes


May 24
// Nick Chester
OMG! Where is our Red Dead Redemption review!?!? I'll get to that in a second, but before I do, allow me to point you in the direction of the game's soundtrack. It's now available on iTunes, and features music composed by Bil...
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RDR shaping up to be the best UK launch of the year


May 23
// Matthew Razak
Despite the fact that industry analyst such as Michael Pachter doubted Red Dead Redemption would make much of a splash the game has been almost universally praised by critics (our review is coming, I swear), been the talk of ...
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Rockstar aware of Red Dead Redemption invisibility bug


May 20
// Jordan Devore
Anyone who's played Red Dead Redemption's Free Roam mode for a decent amount of time has probably run into something funny: a bug that causes you, your horse, or other objects nearby to go invisible. It's quite hilarious as f...
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GameStop's midnight launch event for Red Dead Redemption


May 14
// Dale North
In New York, this Saturday, you'll want to put on your boots and spurs and head on down tol the ol' GameStop (the Union Square store) for the Rockstar Games/GameStop hosted exclusive event for Red Dead Redemption. Starting at...
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Get hype! Here's the Red Dead Redemption launch trailer


May 13
// Samit Sarkar
In case you weren't aware, the long-awaited release of Rockstar's U.S.-government-taming-the-Wild-West saga, Red Dead Redemption, is only five days away. You can remind yourself of that fact by watching this epic launch trai...
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Rockstar lists Social Club features for Red Dead


May 11
// Jordan Devore
Rockstar Games has detailed how its Social Club will function with Red Dead Redemption, and if you are at all looking forward to the game, it'd probably be wise to get signed up sooner than later. Right now, the studio is mos...
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Red Dead Redemption shows us its curly mustache


May 07
// Jordan Devore
Soon we'll be able to live out our Wild West fantasies without having to dress up or look insane to the general public. Until then (May 18), we have this latest Red Dead Redemption trailer to ogle, hopefully from the comfort...

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