Red Dead Redemption


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FeatureRockstar's history of America

What do Rockstar games tell us about American history?

There is a familiar pattern to media coverage whenever Rockstar publishes a game. There is talk about how the developer has used its newest game to iterate upon and redefine the open world genre. There are almost always articles on how various Hollywood films influenced Rockstar's development process. And there are at least one or two polemics that attack the developer for transgressing established norms about what can and cannot be done in video games. This last type of essay inevitably concludes that video games are bad, and lead to an increase in interpersonal violence as well as the downfall of civilisation.

Looking at places to live in games, it would be easy for the most magnificent, pompous and elegant palaces and castles to dominate any appreciation. But there is plenty of room to appreciate those residences that are tucked away, perhaps underrated, that are not major hubs or destinations and that are only subtle intrusions. Some draw a curious sense of attachment from players, eliciting a sense of pseudo-topophilia - a close relationship with a virtual land or place. The resulting effect is sometimes enough to cause the sentiment: if this place were real, I would live there.

Xbox One X's 4K Red Dead Redemption looks sensational

Digital FoundryXbox One X's 4K Red Dead Redemption looks sensational

UPDATE: The Undead Nightmare expansion tested on Microsoft's enhanced console

UPDATE 15/4/18 8:55am: Just how robust is the Xbox One X-enhanced version of Red Dead Redemption? Does the improved performance seen in the standard game also translate across to the more challenging Undead Nightmare DLC? This standalone episode retains the signature detail level of the original game but goes further, with a pervasive fog effect and a significantly increased zombie-fuelled NPC count. And on top of that, disposing of the undead with fire uses a visual effect that could cause some severe frame-rate drops in the original Xbox 360 game.

Well, we've put the expansion through the grinder and the good news is that the excellent performance level seen on the standard RDR translates entirely to the Undead Nightmare too. Remarkably, this means that the game outperforms the standard Xbox One back-compat game in taxing scenes, while comprehensively besting the frame-rates in equivalent scenes on original 360 hardware.

Aside from extremely rare frame-pacing issues, the emulator delivers a locked 30 frames per second - and all of the benefits seen in the standard game, including the 9x resolution boost and texture mip-mapping tweaks for the most extreme detail possible, are just as impressive here too. So with that in mind, if you're considering checking out the game, perhaps tracking down a GOTY physical copy with the expansion bundled might be the preferable way forward...

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Minigames are interesting things. They're purpose built to distract the player - to give them something different to do for ten minutes in order to break up the flow of the main game. In a sense, they're tacit admissions of the fact that sometimes games - especially long ones - can get a bit monotonous.

VideoWatch: Let's play Red Dead Redemption

Aoife and Johnny go Back to the Party.

As you might have been able to guess recently, I am really excited about Red Dead Redemption 2. Red Dead Redemption is, in my opinion, the best game of the last console generation, so I'm looking forward to playing more.

Red Dead Redemption launched via Xbox One back compatibility with most DLC free

As of 5.30am UK time this morning, Red Dead Redemption was officially made playable on Xbox One.

Like all backwards compatibility games on Xbox One, the Xbox 360 version will be in your download list if you owned its Games on Demand version, or will download automatically when you insert the Xbox 360 game disc.

Alternatively, you can buy a digital copy now from the Xbox Store for £6.24 if you're a Xbox Live Gold subscriber, or £8.74 if you're not.

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As I told Oli while introducing him to John Marston for the very first time, Red Dead Redemption was my game of the last console generation. While it's getting Xbox One backwards compatibility this week, the news has done nothing to dull my appetite for a new Red Dead.

VideoWatch: 12 big games rumoured to be at E3

It's this week's Eurogamer Show.

It feels strange to say it again so soon, but E3 is nigh once more. As per usual, the rumour mill has been working full tilt in the run up to the conference, even if this year's rumours have been dominated by what won't be at the show as much as what will.

It doesn't take much more than a cursory glance at the pastiness of my skin or the way I flinch at the words "team sports" to realise I have never been a fan of the great outdoors. Nature seems a little bit too adept at making terrible things happen to adequate people for my liking, and video games seem to agree.

Rockstar Games Collection revealed, due in early November

Contains RDR, GTA Episodes, LA Noire, and Midnight Club: LA.

Rockstar Games has announced an anthology containing four of its most successful games of the last few years. This includes: Red Dead Redemption, Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City, LA Noire, and Midnight Club: Los Angeles Complete Edition.

PlayStation Plus coming to PlayStation Vita, Sony confirms

PlayStation Plus coming to PlayStation Vita, Sony confirms

Red Dead Redemption coming free on PS3 in September.

Subscription service PlayStation Plus will arrive on PlayStation Vita in due course, Sony has announced on stage at its Gamescom press conference.

Details on which parts of the service will be included, as well as a price and release date, was left under-wraps for now.

Perhaps of more immediate interest, top-notch Wild West title Red Dead Redemption will be the service's free PlayStation 3 title in September.

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Digital FoundryHacked PS3 games running on Vita via Remote Play

Battlefield 3, Batman, Mortal Kombat and more shown in vids.

YouTube videos have emerged showing hit PlayStation 3 titles running via Remote Play on the new PSVita handheld. Camera footage of titles such as Red Dead Redemption, Mortal Kombat, Battlefield 3 and Batman: Arkham Asylum has been recorded and uploaded, and there's absolutely no reason whatsoever to assume that the videos are anything but genuine.

FeatureBowling for Liberty

From the archive: Why GTA4's Roman Bellic is one of the greatest video game characters of all time.

Every Sunday we bring you a feature selected from our archive. This week, to celebrate the imminent release of Grand Theft Auto 5 on PS4 and Xbox One, we bring you Dan Whitehead's paean to an unloved GTA4 character. This article was originally published in November 2011.

Take-Two registers Rockstar Films

For GTA, Red Dead Redemption movies?

Take-Two has registered a trademark for Rockstar Films, suggesting movies based on Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption may be in the works.

New Red Dead Redemption DLC next week

Pre-order incentives now available to all.

Various in-game extras offered as pre-order incentives for Red Dead Redemption are available to all as of next week, developer Rockstar Games has announced.

BAFTA explains Red Dead snub

"We don't have the right" to enter it.

It's one of the biggest nights in the gaming calendar, and BAFTA has insisted that the "quality" of the 2011 GAME British Academy Video Games Awards is not affected by Rockstar's surprise decision not to enter the phenomenally successful Red Dead Redemption.

FeatureThriving Core

Take-Two's sales figures suggest there's never been a better time to be a core gamer.

Published as part of our sister-site's widely-read weekly newsletter, the Editorial, is a weekly dissection of an issue weighing on the minds of the people at the top of the games business. It appears on Eurogamer after it goes out to newsletter subscribers.

Mass Effect 2 is AIAS game of the year

But game Oscars dominated by Red Dead.

Red Dead Redemption was the most prolific winner at this year's AIAS (Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences) Interactive Achievement Awards - gaming's equivalent of the Oscars.

Red Dead Redemption update rides in

Red Dead Redemption update rides in

Hogties bugs, ties them to train tracks.

A new update for Rockstar's Western epic Red Dead Redemption has just gone live, fixing a number of issues with the game and its DLC packs.

Among an array of minor glitch fixes, Rockstar has also re-enabled global online multiplayer with Japanese gamers. Best get your dictionary out then.

Here's the full list of tweaks, as cribbed from Rockstar's website:

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Red Dead Redemption is the work of game makers at the peak of their powers and confidence. What defines the experience is not simply how much Rockstar has crammed into the world it has crafted, but also what it has left out.

Rockstar leak clarifies Red Dead rant

It's "possible things were cheery" elsewhere.

The former Rockstar employee who this weekend lifted the lid on an alleged culture of "deception", "manipulation" and "abuse" at the Red Dead Redemption studio has attempted to clarify some of his comments.

Rockstar dev recalls "deception", "abuse"

The truth behind Red Dead Redemption?

Earlier this month Take-Two turned a profit, a feat that usually requires Grand Theft Auto. This time, however, it took the breakout success of one new game: Red Dead Redemption, a Wild West romp smothered with praise.

Red Dead Redemption ships 8 million

Helps Take Two back into profit.

Rockstar's rootin' tootin' western epic Red Dead Redemption has now shipped nearly eight million copies since its launch earlier this year, helping publisher Take Two back into its bank manager's good books.

No BAFTA for Red Dead Redemption

Rockstar declines to put game forward.

Despite the fact that Red Dead Redemption will near the top of many gamers' best of 2010 lists, the open-world blockbuster won't be taking home a BAFTA early next year.

Double Red Dead XP this weekend

Charm offensive for Undead DLC launch.

Anyone booting up Red Dead Redemption for some multiplayer this weekend will be privy to double XP, developer Rockstar has announced.

RDR standalone DLC disc dated

Get your disc-based Undead on in Nov.

Undead Nightmare, a standalone disc bundling all the Red Dead Redemption downloadable content together, will be released in Europe on 26th November, Rockstar Games has announced.

Rockstar details RDR's Land Grab Mode

Rockstar details RDR's Land Grab Mode

Comes with Undead Nightmare add-on.

In Red Dead Redemption's Land Grab Mode – set for multiplayer free roam as part of the intriguing Undead Nightmare add-on – players fight for control over a section of land in one of seven different towns in the open world epic's online game world.

When one of seven posts marked Land Grab is activated, a countdown triggers and players are given control over a radius of territory, Rockstar revealed on its website.

In order to lay claim to the land, you must remain inside the radius and defend against oncoming enemies. Leaving at any time will surrender your claim, as will being killed by another player.

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Red Dead standalone DLC disc bundle

25 quid for all the bits released so far.

Rockstar has announced plans to release Undead Nightmare, a standalone disc bundling all the Red Dead Redemption downloadable content together.

Red Dead zombie DLC dated

Undead redemption incoming.

Red Dead Redemption's Undead Nightmare DLC pack will be available from 26th October, Rockstar Games has announced – just in time for Halloween.

Red Dead Redemption a hit in Japan

Rockstar's epic storms the charts.

Red Dead Redemption has found unexpected success in Japan, entering the weekly all-formats chart at number four on PlayStation 3 and number seven on Xbox 360.

New Red Dead multiplayer DLC details

New Red Dead multiplayer DLC details

For a few dollars more.

Rockstar has shed some more light on the forthcoming Liars and Cheats DLC multiplayer Stronghold Mode.

Up to 16 players divide into two teams with a set shared number of lives and then have to take control of each other's strongholds. A round ends when all of a team's bases are captured, a team runs out of lives or the time limit runs down.

Safes dotted around the maps hide the new 'explosive rifle' capable of causing devastating damage, but there's a catch: hacking the safes takes time, leaving you vulnerable to attack.

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Red Dead Redemption sells loads

Red Dead Redemption sells loads

Take-Two "has strongest IP portfolio in biz".

Open world cowboy game Red Dead Redemption has "sold in" over 6.9 million units worldwide, Take-Two has revealed.

The Rockstar Games title, which launched on 18th May, was "the key factor" in a strong quarter for the US company.

Strong sales of Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City, Grand Theft Auto IV, NBA 2K10 and Borderlands also helped.

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StarCraft II US sales monstrous

StarCraft II US sales monstrous

Best-selling game in July.

Blizzard's science fiction real-time strategy game StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty obliterated sales of all other games released in the US in July, NPD said.

It sold an eye-watering 721,000 units at retail. StarCraft II was released on 27th July, so those sales were achieved in just five days.

StarCraft II is the fastest-selling strategy game ever.

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Scott Pilgrim heads PS Store update

Scott Pilgrim heads PS Store update

Mafia II demo now available to all.

Sony's revealed all the new gubbins released on the EU PlayStation Store this week.

Side-scrolling beat-em-up Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is your headline game. Eurogamer awarded it a thoroughly enjoyable 7/10.

The Read Dead Redemption Legends and Killers add on went live yesterday, which we've already told you about. It'll set you back £7.99.

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Red Dead anti-griefing patch released

Red Dead anti-griefing patch released

Redemption for law abiders.

Rockstar has trotted out a patch to tackle griefing in Red Dead Redemption multiplayer.

While in Free Roam, anyone that achieves a kill streak of six or more will now become a Public Enemy and be stamped with a $1000 bounty. And if you're killed three times within 80 seconds of respawning, you'll be given the option to spawn at another location on the map.

Alongside those inventive counter-measures are a handful of general fixes.

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Red Dead leads US half-year sales

Red Dead leads US half-year sales

Rockstar may grin, but Nintendo guffaws.

The best selling game in the US from January to June was Red Dead Redemption, according to new NPD numbers.

In that time, Rockstar's Western has sold nearly 2.5m units.

Combined PS3 and Xbox 360 sales of Red Dead Redemption held off tenacious competition from New Super Mario Bros. Wii, which unsurprisingly dominated the individual platform chart.

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Red Dead DLC announced

Red Dead DLC announced

Four packs due over the coming months.

Rockstar has announced plans for a series of downloadable content packs for open world Western Red Dead Redemption.

Four packs of add-on DLC will be released for the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live "over the next few months", three of which will be priced $9.99 on PSN and 800 Microsoft Points (£6.85) on Xbox Live.

"We want to continue to provide Red Dead Redemption’s fans with a steady supply of innovative new content," said Sam Houser,

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Red Dead romps May US sales

Red Dead romps May US sales

Rockstar's cowboy game shifts 1.5m units.

The NPD results for US videogame and hardware sales during May 2010 are in, and it's Red Dead Redemption wearing the sheriff's badge.

Rockstar's Wild West game topped proceedings on Xbox 360 with 945,900 units sold. The PS3 version cantered behind with 567,100 units sold.

In third, Super Mario Galaxy 2 managed 563,900 units sold.

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Red Dead "sucked oxygen", says Feder

But BioShock 2 not a huge success.

Take-Two chief executive Ben Feder has been crowing about the success of Red Dead Redemption - but admitting that BioShock 2 wasn't quite as big a success as the company might have hoped.

Red Dead holds off Mario Galaxy 2

Rockstar continues flogging Dead horses.

Red Dead Redemption maintained its horseshoe-like grip on the top of the UK charts this week despite the launch of Super Mario Galaxy 2 for Wii on Friday.

Red Dead title update next week

Red Dead title update next week

MP connectivity, Mo Van Barr bounty fix.

Rockstar has trumpeted the arrival of a Red Dead: Redemption title update "by the end of next week".

The official blog says multiplayer connectivity and the Mo Van Barr bounty are top of the fix-list.

Those struggling to connect to the game's multiplayer online servers ought to try a couple of Rockstar's suggestions on the blog first.

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There's being down and out in the Wild West, and there's being down and out in the Wild West. John Marston, the protagonist around whom Red Dead Redemption's story revolves, may start the game wounded and homeless, but he is still a man with a purpose, a few friends, a handsome face and, most importantly, a narrative trajectory to climb up and out of poverty.

More Red Dead DLC later this year

Outlaws to the End not the end.

Rockstar has said it plans to produce more downloadable content for Red Dead Redemption following the release of the Outlaws to the End co-op pack in June.

RDR dev wants "emotional response"

Says it's easier to do grown-up games now.

Infamous Grand Theft Auto radio DJ and regular Rockstar contributor Lazlow Jones has said he hopes the "really gritty western" atmosphere of Red Dead Redemption "evokes an emotional response" from players distinct from GTA's satire.

Rockstar working on invisible horse patch

Rockstar working on invisible horse patch

Tackling Red Dead multiplayer glitches.

Rockstar has said it is working on a patch to resolve issues with Red Dead Redemption multiplayer.

Since the game's US release on Tuesday players have discovered a few glitches that result in invisible guns, hats, cougars and horses.

The invisible horse footage is pretty special.

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Red Dead Redemption

A few hours after disembarking the dusty train that winds into Red Dead Redemption, reformed bandit John Marston meets a smart young journalist from Manhattan. His assignment? To observe life on America's final frontier and dramatise his findings in an article for the well-to-do ladies of New York. His pressed clothes and clean-shaven jawline contrast with protagonist Marston's facial scrawl of stubble and scarring, but beneath appearances, the men share a common purpose: to find gold in the sun-baked Wild West.

The meeting mirrors the wider context of Red Dead Redemption's release. Liberty City with its buffed taxis, resolute skyscrapers and air of affluence may appear a world away from this arid, adverse wilderness, but peel back the skin and the framework is identical. Red Dead Redemption is GTA: Wild West, a sandbox most familiar, albeit one that, for once, is filled with sand.

Set 50 years after the events of the more light-hearted Red Dead Revolver, Redemption's frontier has become a cat's cradle of political interests, stretched taut by moneyed men in bed with federalised government. The Wild West has grown mild in its old age, and grizzled gunmen with their brutish ways are growing obsolete.

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It's starts, appropriately enough, with a Mexican standoff. Six sun-baked outlaws, standing motionlessly in a circle, hands frozen above holsters, while six white-washed gamers perch on the edges of their seats, fingers poised on the triggers of Xbox controllers.

Red Dead slips, GTAIV sells 15m units

Red Dead slips, GTAIV sells 15m units

LA Noire, Mafia II, Max Payne 3 updates.

Take Two has announced that Rockstar Games' Red Dead Redemption is now due for release on 18th May in the US and 21st May elsewhere - three weeks later than originally planned.

The publisher issued its Q1 financial results this evening and also noted that Grand Theft Auto IV has now sold over 15 million units worldwide, while BioShock 2 has shipped three million units.

Elsewhere there was confirmation that LA Noire, Mafia II, Max Payne 3 and Sid Meier's Civilization V are all due out in the company's fourth fiscal quarter - which ends 31st October 2010 - but the publisher noted that its guidance "reflects the potential movement of one of these titles into fiscal 2011".

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Red Dead Redemption

Best western?

It's a classic Rockstar moment. The nocturnal calm is shattered by the shrieks of a prostitute bursting out of a saloon as a man chases her down and assaults her in the street. I move swiftly to her aid but, still acquainting myself with the controls, succeed only in kicking her in the face as she writhes helplessly on the ground.

Red Dead Redemption heads for April

Update: new trailer saddles-up early.

Update: The Red Dead Redemption trailer has ridden into town a week early, confirming a release date of 27th April. That's a Tuesday, so we're likely to get either a worldwide simultaneous launch or a European release on 29th April.

Take-Two confirms early 2010 line-up

Take-Two confirms early 2010 line-up

BioShock, Payne, Red Dead, Mafia by July.

Take-Two has confirmed that it plans to release four major titles in the first half of 2010. BioShock 2, Max Payne 3, Red Dead Redemption and Mafia II will all see release between the start of February and end of June 2010, chief executive Ben Feder told investors.

"We are continuing to evaluate the optimal release window for these titles and still plan to release all four titles in the first half of calendar 2010," Feder said, according to GameSpot. "At this point, we don't expect any of these titles to launch within our first fiscal quarter ending January 31, 2010."

Most of these games were originally planned to see the light of day in 2009 - notably, BioShock 2 was originally slated for a late October or early November release. Announcing the delays earlier this year, Take-Two said the games needed longer in development and that it was seeking an "improved retail environment" - suggesting that it was one of many publishers running scared from the release of Modern Warfare 2 this Christmas.

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Mafia II and Red Dead both delayed

Between November and end of April.

Take-Two has said that both Mafia II and Red Dead Redemption will be released in the first half of its next fiscal year, a period covering 1st November 2009 until 30th April 2010.

FeatureRed Dead Redemption

The call of the wild.

Look at a map of North America and you're staring into the last four hundred years of the country's history, the layout of the states revealing hints of a westward expansion that was first fiddly and hard-won, then swift and careless. On the eastern side of the continent, the shapes are strange and irregular, each kink in a border as likely to be the result of a land dispute as it is a river or mountain range that had to be worked around. Look west, however, and someone's ditched the niceties and broken out a ruler, carving the territory up in straight lines as much as possible, dividing the wilderness sight-unseen. As time passed, this unexplored chessboard of empty deserts and dusty canyons became home to a hesitant scattering of frontier-posts and shantytowns, populated by hopeless cases and gun-toting weirdoes. The lost and damned, in other words: a promising landscape for videogames, and a perfect setting for one developer in particular.

Rockstar unveils Red Dead Redemption

Rockstar unveils Red Dead Redemption

Sequel to PS2/Xbox Western shooter.

Rockstar has announced Red Dead Redemption for PS3 and Xbox 360, which is due out in autumn 2009.

Developed by Rockstar San Diego, it's a follow-up to 2004's Red Dead Revolver on PS2 and Xbox, and takes an openworld approach to the Wild West, using Rockstar's proprietary RAGE engine.

The publisher describes the game as "a Western epic, set at the turn of the 20th century when the lawless and chaotic badlands began to give way to the expanding reach of government and the spread of the Industrial Age".

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