Rockstar San Diego's Red Dead Redemption has everything that you'd expect from a traditional Western: a gritty hero, nefarious bandits, and tales of honor and betrayal. But this title brings even more to the table with Rockstar's trademark brand of open-world gameplay. Whether you're roping cattle, tracking down bounties, stopping a robbery, or just playing a round of cards, Red Dead Redemption's open wilderness lies at your fingertips, just waiting for you to saddle up and get your hands dirty.
As outlaw-turned-drifter John Marston, you're tasked by the United States Government with tracking down your old gang and putting an end to them. In the rustic 1914 settings of New Austin, Nuevo Paraiso and West Elizabeth -- fictional territory that lies on the border of the U.S.A. and Mexico -- there's a giant open frontier for gamers to explore, with content that stretches as far as the horizon itself. Red Dead Redemption is peppered with gunfights, stagecoach races, quick draw shootouts, and dozens of other activities that fill this expansive sandbox. Depending on how you play the game, other Westerners will either run at the sight of you or worship the ground you walk on, making everything you do in Red Dead Redemption both lasting and important. John Marston's actions are reflected in the game masterfully, and you can make your own reputation as you see fit.
Along with the main story, Red Dead Redemption also contains deep multiplayer modes that encourage you to form a fearsome posse, completely with a variety of match types. If you simply want to mosey along, you can even catch a few rounds of poker, or simply go hunting in groups. And, of course, there's always extra DLC like the Undead Nightmare mission pack, which puts a bit of horror into the Wild West.