Red Dead Redemption (Series) Review
Posted: 4 months ago, last updated 3 weeks ago.
Author: Andy Robertson.
You can tackle the game in various directions, but one way or another you will be involved with shootouts, heists, hunting, horseback riding, interacting with non-player characters, and maintaining the character's honour rating through moral choices and deeds.
These games are from the same developer as Grand Theft Auto and offer a similar style of game. After the popular first game, Red Dead Redemption 2 was a prequel that received critical acclaim, selling over 31 million copies shipped.
Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+
Release Date: 18/05/2010, updated in 2019
Players: You can play this with 32 players online. Red Dead Online is set one year before Red Dead Redemption 2. You escape from prison and work with up to four players to complete tasks and advance the narrative. With up to 32 other players in the game at the same time, you can create a larger posse of up to seven players to take on larger missions.
You can purchase gold bars to buy in-game items. You can also purchase extra story content including:
- Bank Robbery Mission & Gang Hideout
- Dappled Black Thoroughbred
- Talisman & Medallion Gameplay Bonuses
- Gameplay Boosts, Cash Bonuses & Discounts
- The Nuevo Paraiso Gunslinger Outfit
- Bonus Outfits
- Rank Bonuses
- Black Chestnut Thoroughbred
- Access to the Survivor Camp Theme
You will need PlayStation Plus to play online with PlayStation 3. You will need Xbox Live Gold (must be 18 to create, then configure family accounts for younger players) to play online with Xbox One. You will need Xbox Live Gold to play online with Xbox 360. You will need PlayStation Plus (must be 18 to create, then create sub-accounts for younger players who need be set as 13 or older) to play online with PlayStation 4.
This game is free with Xbox Game Pass.
This game contains frequent depictions of violence towards defenceless human characters. The player has the ability to lasso and tie up any character in the game. Once the character is restrained you can commit a number of violent acts, such as leaving them on the train tracks for an oncoming train to hit, dragging them behind your horse whilst they are still alive, or throwing them into a body of water to drown. This game also features depictions of apparently motiveless killing of multiple innocent human-like characters.
If used at close range blasts can lead to decapitation and dismemberment of various limbs. This also applies to some of the animal characters, such as the horses. There are also some “execution-style” moves which feature very strong graphic violence paired with strong blood and gore effects.
This game also contains frequent uses of sexual expletives and discriminatory language. The word “*!@?*” and its derivatives can be found throughout, and discriminatory slurs can be found in the dialogue. This game also contains moving images that encourage and teach the use of game of chance.
ESRB MATURE 17 with Blood and gore, Intense Violence, Nudity, Sexual Content, Strong Language, Use of Drugs and Alcohol.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.
How much reading or listening comprehension is required, and how accessible this is.
Any spoken content has subtitles: All spoken content has subtitles, or there is no speech in the game.
How you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.
Rapid Pressing Optional: Quick, repeated button pressing not required or can be skipped or disabled.
How you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.
Colourblind friendly: Game doesn’t rely on colour or can switch to colourblind friendly mode.
Colour adjustments: Adjust colours of characters or game elements for greater visibility
Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Stadia offers some system accessibility features. Tandem enables you to use two controllers to play one character. This also enables you to connect other controllers like the Xbox Adaptive Controller.
Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games... read more about system accessibility settings.
The following games are like Red Dead Redemption. They address a similar topic or offer a similar way to play. They are good options to play next and also good alternatives to Red Dead Redemption for younger age ratings.
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