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Red Dead Revolver - PlayStation 2

by Rockstar Games
Mature
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews) 73 / 100

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Platform: PlayStation2
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  • As a boy, Red's homesteader family was gunned down by outlaws. Taken in by a wise old Indian, he learns the arts of survival and masters the gun. As an adult, Red goes on out into the world with nothing but the clothes on his back, a six-shooter, and a burning need for revenge.
  • Hunt down the savage, ruthless killers who took your home & family, as you explore a 3D Wild West map
  • Authentic period weapons to choose from -- from knives and revolvers, to double-barreled shotguns and dynamite sticks
  • Ride down those outlaws as you shoot from your horse, fight gun duels on top of moving trains, and command stagecoaches in over a dozen exciting chapters
  • Full motion cutscenes and breathtaking in-game visuals tell this classic Spaghetti Western story

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Product Details

Platform: PlayStation2
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0001ADAME
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches ; 4 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: May 3, 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,024 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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Product Description

Platform: PlayStation2

Product Description

A blazing gun-slinging action game, this adventure is fueled by revenge in the untamed frontier of the Wild West. Full-motion capture, dark humor and breathtaking visuals provide an epic cinematic backdrop.

Review

Drawing inspiration from Sergio Leone's classic spaghetti westerns and Clint Eastwood's hard-boiled, serape-clad performances, Red Dead Revolver stands tall with a conceptual basis that the video game industry has not vested a lot of interest in, yet many have yearned for. There are few things sweeter in this world than getting the opportunity to step into the boots of the pale rider and the quickest gun in the west. This is essentially what Red Dead Revolver offers.

All of the staples that we've come to recognize from films of this ilk (even the horse operas) are included in some fashion. You'll ride horseback and leap onto a runaway train, exchange fisticuffs in a bar brawl, and stare death in the eye in a high noon showdown. Thematically, developer Rockstar San Diego has hit the nail right on the head. You really do feel like the toughest cowboy to ever step foot in the west. Grainy graphical filters and era-specific camera effects are also used to make the cutscenes feel like the films that this game pays tribute to. Continuing its streak of wowing gamers with brilliant soundtracks that perfectly accompany the atmosphere of the game, Rockstar has decked this game out with an incredible selection of songs reminiscent of spaghetti western master Ennio Morricone.

While it sounds like the perfect game up until this point, Red Dead Revolver has a hobble in its strut when it comes to the delivery of gameplay. Granted, you will find yourself smiling wryly at the outrageous missions and scenarios that you'll get yourself into, but you never really feel like you have your feet firmly under you. Each mission comes and goes at such a rapid pace that I will go out on a limb and say that the game doesn't necessarily have levels, but moreover pockets of intense action. In this regard, it's all about the big moment and payoff. Exploration is limited and the environments are usually fairly small. The same goes for the delivery of playable characters. You'll spend most of your time as Red, but will control five other characters throughout your quest. Each one has a different attack and Bullet Time-esque special move. Again, however, you play as this character for 30 seconds to a minute, then move on. I just never really felt a connection with the characters or their surroundings.

As you would expect, the majority of gameplay is dedicated to running around and blowing vermin to kingdom come. The execution of this is commendable, and is very much in line with the Max Paynes of the world. Although just split-screen, multiplayer is surprisingly addictive and loaded to the hilt with extras that players can unlock throughout the game with cash earned along the way.

I really enjoyed the time I spent with this title, yet walked away wishing that it had a little bit more meat on its bones. If you find satisfaction in mindless action games in the tradition of Max Payne, you'll surely get your fill with Red Dead Revolver.

The Edge

The Xbox version puts a bullet right between the eyes of the PlayStation 2. Not only does it run at 60Hz (twice the framerate of the PS2), it features 480p widescreen, twice the sound memory (on the PS2 you'll hear up to three ricochet sounds, whereas on Xbox you'll hear upwards of six to nine), and double the texture resolution. With hard drive caching the game loads twice as fast, as well. As if the technical edge wasn't enough of a reason to invest in the Xbox version, it's also Live Aware, and comes packaged with an exclusive multiplayer level (the Coliseum). Without the slightest hint of doubt, the Xbox version gets The Edge.

Concept:
Clean up the west as a merciless cowboy in this heavily influenced spaghetti western game

Graphics:
The character models are not the most detailed, but the environments look nice and I love the camerawork

Sound:
A remarkable soundtrack lures players into the vibe of the west

Playability:
Unnaturally short levels and satisfactory run and gun action

Entertainment:
The stages should have been longer, but replay is abundant in the number of unlockables and enjoyable

Replay:
Moderate

Rated: 8 out of 10
Editor: Andrew Reiner
Issue: June 2004

2nd Opinion:
Buck up, cowpokes. All y'all cowboys that been hankerin' for a good ole fashioned western, you best get ready to draw. Red Dead Revolver is without a doubt one of the finest titles to tap the often barren landscape of old west games. With a straight flush of soaring production values, the game offers a completely immersive gallop through the sights and sounds of an old cowboy flick. Chapters are short and fast paced, with a remarkable variety of challenges. Anything you've ever seen in a western movie you'll see here, from the duel at high noon to the high speed train robbery to the sleazy saloon girls. You are constantly unlocking new game features, which helps to drive the action forward. Combat is definitely more stylistic than it is technically perfect. The gun targeting system is generally well implemented, but frustrating at times – particularly with fast moving opponents. But if the old west strikes your fancy, I reckon you'd be a coot not to pony up the cash and take a shot at Red Dead Revolver.

Rated: 8.5 out of 10
Editor: Matt Miller


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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Question: What makes this game so great anyways? May 21, 2004
By Marcus
Platform for Display:PlayStation2
Answer: It's innovative. When is the last time you have jumped on the back of a buffalo? Exactly, this game brings what most games dont have. Creativity. If you are reading reviews from the interent like [...] dont bother, they dont give this game justice. This game blew my mind from the second I jumped into the character of Red. Give it a shot!(no-pun intended). All praise goes to Rockstar and Take2 Interactive for putting a game out that is actually different from the rest. This game stands out from the crowd. One last question: Why do people expect every Rockstar game to be like Grand Theft Auto? Newsflash its not going to be. This game is entirely different. Its called Red Dead Revolver, totally different name, totally different game. Thats my story and im sticking to it. Thanks for reading this hopefully you take it to heart and give this game what it deserves.(this game is a classic must have)
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Clean Fun! May 30, 2004
By A Customer
Platform for Display:PlayStation2
The perfect mix of a Sergio Leone Western and a third-person shooter. I rented it and I hated to take it back.
GREAT THINGS: Graphics, Sound, Dialogue, Music, Story and plenty of ACTION! Also, this game is rated M for Mature, but it's a "clean" Mature. There's no sex, drugs or bad language, just a little blood, which is a refreshing change from the usual Rockstar game.
NOT SO GREAT THINGS: You have to look hard to find any flaws in Red Dead Revolver. I only found two. 1) You pick up and use health bottles even if you're already healthy, which is a waste. And 2) There's a frustrating lack of checkpoints.
That's it! Red Dead Revolver is going on my Must Buy list.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Platform for Display:PlayStation2
An extremely fun game filled with shooting, horseback riding, climbing, bandit killing, slashing, train robbing fun.And I dont care what most people say , the controls on this game are quite easey to figure out and remember ,and the story line is fairly intresting but not quite edge of your seat. There are also a fair number of humorous things in the game to give you a laugh every once and a while so you don't end up screaming at your TV when you can't beat a level on the first try. The Dead Eye Zone can be a bit of fun when you get tired of just blasting away at bandits, especially if you happen to have twin revolvers or Show Stoppers ( basically the same thing , but better )which give you almost automatic fire. One thing I liked about the game is the ability to unlock better things for multiplayer and upgrading things in story mode.This game has a number of things hidden as well, so it would be wise to replay it a couple of times. My only Complaint is that some of the boss battles can be extremely tricky to figure out , or are very hard and frustrating keeping you up for hours trying to beat them. After completing the game I must say I highly recomend it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sergio Leone...Meet Max Payne May 15, 2004
Platform for Display:PlayStation2
Many film critics feel that the Western genre is all but dead in the modern era. They're right. Still, Red Dead Revolver is a video game, not a film, and while extremely enjoyable, the game can become repetitive very fast and make one rue the return of Westerns. Make no mistake, I like this game alot, but there are some minor foibles. First, however, let's look at the positives:
1. There are some really inivative sections of the game. The showdowns are fun and quite fresh, and the levels, though small, are quite breathtaking.
2. The minor "film" touches. The score is superb and the minor "defects" to the cutscenes really make the player feel as though he or she is watching a Leone flick (other than the Man with No Name trilogy).
3. The Multiplayer. It's easy to navigate and kind of fun.
4. The Story. This also falls under the foibles section as well. The positive aspects to the story are the multiple characters working together and the way they connect.
And now, the foibles (or problems for all you youngsters).
1. The "Deadeye" system. Rockstar makes great games including another breakout hit, Max Payne. Granted, Capcom originally created the game, but still...The Deadeye system actually slows down time in order to help the player make a critical shot (sound familiar at all?)
2. The Story. The problem with the story is that it is the cultivation of several different films into one story. Boy seeks revenge for father's death, while girl defends farm, etc, etc. They pull it off, but if you like old westerns, you'll know where the story goes.
3. The Learning Curve. The game gets difficult VERY fast. After the first few levels, it becomes extremely hard to score an excellent instead of a good.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun game, for awhile May 22, 2004
By KnotU
Platform for Display:PlayStation2
Red Dead Revolver is a fun game. The controls are medicore requiring the use of both analog sticks on the controller, similar to Halo. Also, keep those index fingers flexed. You'll have to use the L1, R1, and R2 while running amongst a hail of gunfire dodging objects with the left stick while aiming with the right stick.
The graphics are ok, but become a little blurred after a few feet and blur worse with distance, no that isn't your TV.
Shooting seems off, I seem to be shooting alot of bad guys with magic curving bullets. Point the gun in their general direction, within a foot or two, and you'll likely get a hit. I guess that is suppose to makeup for the controls or am I that good?
Good sounds with mood setting music.
Overall though, it is a fun game. Lots of different settings and landscapes to shoot you way through. I also had hoped for more free movement, but it's mostly linear, straight forward.
Replay value, well, you'd do well to rent it, play through it, and return it.
I haven't tried the multi-player yet. After I master the controls a little more, then I'll invite the friends over for a little cake....
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