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    dkirschner's Red Dead Redemption (360)

    [June 15, 2013 02:14:33 PM]
    I was not expecting Red Dead Redemption to be so incredible. Mind = blown. I don't have the words right now to talk about everything I loved, but:
    + big open world
    + Wild West setting is just storybook perfect
    + Stranger quests are often really interesting and unique (I'm looking at you, "I Know You")
    + the story is amazing. not only is the story itself amazing, but the storytelling is practically flawless. the long conversations that characters have while riding horses or in a wagon from place to place are utterly absorbing.
    + in most games, traveling from Point A to Point B is an annoyance. in this game it is sublime, with the mixture of conversation, scenery, simple bass guitar music, sounds of animals and hoofbeats...and if you don't want to travel, you can skip it.
    + main characters are very well-voiced and fleshed out. they're all so wonderfully flawed.
    + the ending OH MY GOD the ending.

    I thought that the game was over at the climax, which you know when you come to it. I figured after that, it would just go into the typical post-story free roam mode where I could explore and finish challenges and whatnot. But it threw me for a loop and had an epilogue, which I stayed up for another hour or two to finish, having no clue how long it would go on for or what it was leading toward. And not only was there an epilogue, but it did NOT go down the way I thought it would.

    The way they ended the game is freaking brilliant. I think this is the best game I've played the whole year. It edges out Far Cry 3, which was so obviously influenced by Red Dead in terms of the wildlife and hunting. Everyone should play this.
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    dkirschner's Red Dead Redemption (360)

    Current Status: Finished playing

    GameLog started on: Monday 3 June, 2013

    GameLog closed on: Sunday 16 June, 2013

    dkirschner's opinion and rating for this game

    Looks like Rockstar, feels like Rockstar. Really like the Western frontier setting. --------- holy crap, this game is a masterpiece. Storytelling is exceptional. I would give this a 6 if I could

    Rating (out of 5):starstarstarstarstar

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