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Games Like Red Dead Redemption - Wild West and Other Free Roam Games
Games Like Red Dead Redemption - Wild West and Other Free Roam Games
Wild West games like Red Dead Redemption are few and far between but there are a few good options out there. I outline them and other of my favourite free roam adventures here.
Red Dead Redemption is one of those games that nearly every gamer has played (or heard of), coming from the brains of Rockstar who also produce the extremely popular Grand Theft Auto series it's a high quality and deep adventure that awaits you in this Wild West setting. Because of it's link to GTA I've decided to not include the GTA series on this list and instead focus on other alternatives.
The first few selections that I feature here focus on the same Wild West setting that made Red Dead Redemption such a hit while the last two spots on my list have been left for non-Wild West games that I consider to also be great free roam experiences.
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Gun is my favourite of all the games like Red Dead Redemption, it's definitely a game that tried to capture the experience and reproduce it, it would be wrong to call it a clone though as it is a great game in it's own right. It's available on Windows, Xbox 360 and the older PlayStation consoles (2 and Portable).
Set in the Wild West of America it's a very similar setting to Red Dead Redemption as you explore locations like Kansas, New Mexico and Arizona. As it's set in 1880 you can expect a lawless adventure as you venture through cities and plenty of open environments.
Given the setting you'll have to be quick on the trigger as gun fights are a common occurrence and almost even encouraged. In between the main story you can feel your time with all sorts of side quests and activities just like what Red Dead Redemption offers.
From bandit attacks, trading to hunting there is all sorts of things to keep you busy. If you want to simply cause havoc on a town then there is room for that to or you can take up a gunslinger role and fight for good instead.
With a setting and gameplay so close to what I loved in Red Dead it's hard to pass up this great Wild West experience.
Call of Juarez Series
Another series of games like Red Dead Redemption that I've enjoyed has been Call of Juarez. They aren't quite as open as what Red Dead offered but it's got enough freedom that it is enjoyable non the less and its got that Wild West vibe as well.
The series boasts four different games that have changed quite a bit from start to end. One game that changed the series in particular was the third game (The Cartel) with players jumping into the role of law enforcement instead in a Mexico setting. This only lasted for one game though due to mixed reviews and I generally agree that it didn't really click and is best avoided.
I do recommend the three other games though as they are all nicely presented and varied both within each game and in comparison to each other. If you're unsure where to start I generally recommend newcomers to the series check out Bound in Blood.
This game had the right mixture of freedom for me with a strong story and other great mechanics such as the gun showdowns and dual brother feature that lets you swap between them given the job at hand.
Red Dead Revolver
Before Red Dead Redemption there was Red Dead Revolver and if you want a great western experience then there is nothing wrong with returning to the original game. The games age does mean that only people holding an old PlayStation 2 or Xbox can play it and if you're not one of them I feel sorry for that fact that you'll miss out on this classic.
The game was actually picked up by Rockstar near the end of it's development cycle where they took the game into a more violent and humour filled experience and I'm thankful that they did otherwise we might never had gotten Red Dead Redemption.
The story set in the 1880s and features everything that you'd expect from the Wild West setting, you've got revolvers, shoot-outs, revenge, gold and bounty hunting all rolled into this ball of fun. It's definitely story driven with pockets of freedom available. A lot of the enjoyment for me was from the fact that I knew this game was an important piece to the development of Red Dead Redemption.
Assassin's Creed Series
Assassin's Creed is the first series of games like Red Dead Redemption here to not feature a Wild West setting. It does have Red Dead features spread throughout the games though with the likes of reputation management, historical settings and even hunting depending on the game. It's a free roam adventure series I've been addicted to since day one and always look forward to the new addition.
It's the sort of series I recommend playing through in order, most of the games don't really have much connection but denying yourself of any of the AC games isn't something that you want to do. The development and progress that the game goes through s also half the fun in my mind. I also like the Assassin's Creed series because unlike the other options listed here it has a good platform availability list so it's an experience that every kind of gamer can enjoy and discuss.
The idea behind the game is the ability to return to genetic memories of your ancestors that you'll live through. By heading back in time you'll get to live out the lives of those before you and go through exactly what they experiences.
Each game is a free running open world with almost parkour style elements as you stealthily gather information and stalk your next victim. It's a style of game that not too many games before it have achieved with the same level and that's why I think the series has seen so much success. The story also lends itself to longevity because the series can literally jump anywhere in time and it's already been scene with the likes of the American civil war, piracy on the high seas and the era of renaissance all being featured.
The Saboteur is one of those games that I never see get much attention but it's got a very unique theme and focus on destruction that I really enjoyed and wish that other gamers knew about it more so that they could experience it.
The game is a third person experience similar to Red Dead Redemption and has plenty of action and adventure in the gameplay as you explore France during wartime (currently under German occupation). As a history buff (especially war history) I was impressed with the level of detail and overall atmosphere that the game provided.
Your job in this world is one of resistance as you attempt to weaken the German forces in certain areas by being as destructive as possible. It's definitely a game of large fire fights and confrontations but there is enough room for stealth if you are so inclined to go that path. As you weaken their forces you'll be able to more easily moved around areas and eventually return colour to the game world (occupied areas are actually void of colour).
If it's your first time hearing about The Saboteur I do encourage you to check it out, it's definitely worth your time and money.
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