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Thoughts on Red Dead Redemption

September 25, 2010 9:50:13.791

I've been playing the game for a few days now, and I do like it. It's got a different feel from games like Fallout 3 , Mass Effect 2, and Dragon Age - and that difference is due to two things:

  • No conversation tree. When you encounter someone, the way you react to them is scripted. You have the encounter or not, and then do combat (or not) as you see fit - but the conversation is out of your hands
  • Your character is set. You are who you are - a former outlaw turned straight who's been caught up in problems he doesn't want. In the other games, your starting point can be adjusted some (ME2, Fallout), or a lot (Dragon Age).

Having said that, I've found that I like the game. The world is open; you can ignore the plot for eons if you want to, and just explore the world building up your fame and honor (positive or negative). That's an aspect I like a lot - on my second playthrough of Fallout, I didn't even begin the plot until I had maxed out my level to 30.

Which brings up another difference - there doesn't seem to be leveling. Instead, new equipment options open up, and depending on how you've behaved, it will be more or less expensive. The game isn't for the faint of heart; the language and combat can get explicit. I intend to keep playing the game, and have a look at the DLC. Supposedly, the multi-player stuff is pretty good too; I'll see once I run through the game.

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posted by James Robertson


Re: Thoughts on Red Dead Redemption

[Randal L. Schwartz] September 26, 2010 16:36:47.357

There *are* places where you choose what you're saying. You just haven't come to one yet. :)

And your character starts relatively neutral, but can play bad or good.

Don't you read the manual??? :)

Re: Thoughts on Red Dead Redemption

[James Robertson] September 26, 2010 19:54:44.246

manual? Who reads manuals :)

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