Here, Rockstar keeps Red Dead Redemption’s game engine familiar — staying in touch with their popular Grand Theft Auto series. Players are free to roam about the countryside (with new portions of land opening up as the story progresses) and explore every nook and cranny there is. Achieve fame as a legend of the west by helping strangers out with their various dilemmas and doing good deeds in-general, or, take the opposite route and become one of the most dangerous outlaws of the land. It’s all up to you, but remember that every decision you make comes with its own set of consequences.
Feel like shooting something, but don’t want to ride cross-country every time a posse comes your way on account of you massacring innocent civilians? No problem: take your aggressions out on the many, many animals that roam the countryside. Red Dead Redemption offers everything from tiny l’il birds and cuddly bunny-wabbits for you to hunt, to deadly cougars and rampaging bears that will crawl out of the hills to hunt you (so what if this is a game: I still shit myself every time a cougar comes-a-leaping on me and kills my horse!). Why you can even skin your conquests with your trusty knife and sell their pelts and meat to local storeowners for some cold hard cash. You can even hunt down the remaining buffalos to extinction (seriously — it’s part of the gameplay).
Love gambling, but don’t feel like losing it all at your local Indian Casino? No worries, Red Dead Redemption has you covered there, too, with an array of matches for Marston to indulge in. Texas Hold’Em Poker, Liar’s Dice (aka Bullshit), Blackjack, and Horseshoes are just a few of the side games that can be played here, all of which can take you just a bit further in terms of completing the game 100% and help you create new outfits to blend in various territories with (or just to make you look cool). You can even cheat at select games, thus ensuring you don’t walk away empty-handed…which is more than I ever do at my local Indian Casino.
Additionally, players can go bounty hunting, search near and far for buried gold, and run into an assortment of wacko characters that are synonymous with the Old West, from cowboys to cannibals. Yes, Red Dead Redemption (the greatest mother-fucking western video game ever) even has a few cannibals in it.