If, somehow, you chartered a flight to the moon or found yourself in an unfortunate position beneath a rock, you may well have not heard of Red Dead Redemption, a low-budget, family-friendly... Ah, who am I kidding? RDR is a sprawling, epic western developed by rock-star developers... Rockstar, which has been delighting fans and critics alike, and amassing such a fortune geologists have reported a rise in man-made islands being purchased under the pseudonym, 'Hot Coffee Lovers'. Bad jokes aside, you can pick up Red Dead Redemption for just £32.85 from ShopTo.
It's unnecessary to cite RDR's near-flawless MetaCritic score, or the countless 100s and 10 out of 10s so vast Rockstar have apparently purchased a separate building to house their growing mass of awards.
If I had to sell RDR to an unwitting customer, I'd obviously compare it to Grand Theft Auto. It's an open-world adventure where breaking the law and destabilising the day-to-day life of innocent pedestrians is a constant source of amusement. But unlike GTA's pop-culture stylings and urban setting, Red Dead is a far broader, yet far more intimate experience. The old West is a sprawling landscape of barren, sun-bleached fields, littered with cacti, withered trees and a scattering of towns and outposts. It's where John Marston, one time criminal, now reformed agent of justice, has been sent to retrieve his old partner, who's continued his perilous ways, and hand him in. Suffice to say, it's no easy feat, and along the way Marston encounters old enemies, makes some new ones, joins in a Mexican rebellion, and ultimately finds peace.
Red Dead is an amazing game, not just in its story or setting but in its scope. The activities you can explore seem endless. An entire ecosystem of predators and grazers is available for you to hunt, whose pelts you can then sell on for a good price. Or you can chase wild horses and tame them to be your own steeds. On the subject of horses, they're perhaps the best equestrians to grace a videogame, up there with Epona and Aggro. The combat is visceral and meaty, with the 'Dead Eye' targeting system allowing Marston to dip his toe in some supernatural element and slow time, carefully arranging his shots and stacking up a nice combo of head-shots, knee-bucks and ball-blasters.
If you're not sold, then you're not a gamer. Buy Red Dead Redemption. Now.