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Red Dead Redemption: Taking the Grand Theft Auto experience back to the Old West

Updated on January 17, 2013
Red Dead Redemption Demo
Red Dead Redemption Demo | Source

Rockstar did it again... A few years ago anyway. After the success that their Grand Theft Auto series has been, they were able to transfer what made that franchise great, and take it all the way back to the Old West.

Mission-wise it's quite obvious there's a big GTA influence in it, the mechanic is pretty much the same. Instead of fancy cars, you get fancy horses. Even though weapon-wise it's obvious you won't have access to such high-powered weapons here as you do in GTA, you still have a decent array of weaponry at your disposal, and you also get a nice slowed time ability to take out people more easily, called Dead Eye. Another cool feature this title brings would be dueling, in which you can choose to disarm your opponent, or kill him. Which brings us to the honor feature, depending on your actions you'll be either a hero (highest honor rank) or a desperado (lowest honor rank).

This title has been out for a few years, but it has gotten far more quality DLCs (Downloadable Content) than pretty much every other game out there. Red Dead Redemption has 5 DLCs so far, and they're not as simple or low in content as most downloadable content out there. That's one of the things that has set this title, and Rockstar, apart from many others titles/companies.

It's also worth noting that even though it was a huge success for this company, there has been a lot of speculation, but nothing really official, about a second installment to this series.

Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare Trailer

This video right here is the trailer for the last and most exciting DLC Rockstar released for this game: Undead Nightmare. And as I stated before, their downloadable content is quite worth the money it costs. For example, FFXIII-2 had several extra content packs, but a single boss battle was worth 3 dollars - Undead Nightmare is pretty much a full game by itself, all for 20 dollars.

While it's true that not all of their DLCs have this kind of content, the fact is that they are quite enjoyable. They keep adding more content for both campaign and multiplayer modes. After that, they launched the Undead Nightmare Pack, which includes all the DLCs for just 20 dollars, and to top it all, they also released the Red Dead Redemption Game of the Year Edition, which includes all of the additional content that has been released. It's no surprise at all that several writers keep saying that Rockstar keeps showing every other company how DLCs should be.

Bottom line is, Rockstar made quite a hit with this game, and even after admitting that they have a lot of ideas for a second title, there hasn't been any official announcement as of yet. So all we can do for now is keep waiting, and hope for a speedy GTAV release to keep us Rockstar-fans busy.

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