What up its Zim, and till my boss tells me otherwise, I will be doing a weekly blog reviewing/synthesizing the week’s gaming news. For my first blog, I’ll be doing a quick review of Red Dead Redemption. If there are any games or stories you guys want me to review or write about, leave a comment and I’ll do my best to get around to it.

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When I first heard about Red Dead Redemption in early 2009 I wasn’t impressed. Rockstar’s first attempt at the Wild West setting, Red Dead Revolver, was underwhelming and didn’t hold a candle to the company’s flagship series; Grand Theft Auto. That being said, Red Dead Redemption surpasses GTA in almost every way and in my opinion is one of the best games of the past five years. Without giving too much away, the story is a classic tale of starting afresh and the problems one encounters along the way. The gameplay formula is pretty straightforward, there are specific missions one must complete as well as hundreds of side missions that are completely optional. What separates Red Dead from many other good open world games is the “outlaw system.” Throughout liberation of the Wild West, you will be presented with many random encounters and how you react will either turn you into an outlaw or a hero. It was great to see town members flock to me if I had done a heroic action or run from me if I had murdered innocent civilians. Read Dead has some pretty decent multiplayer modes as well, but the single player is the main point of the game. Read Dead Redemption is a sure fire game of the year contender and the best open world game since GTA San Andreas. 9.7/10

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