This is easily the best open-world game today. Rockstar have produced yet another quality title and have, as they always do, surpassed their previous efforts.
Red Dead Redemption builds on the GTA IV model, using the same engine, and proving that 'big' games CAN look good. There are no compromises in the graphics/sound: the game looks and feels amazing. Players of GTA IV will recognise the games realistic look and feel, with the way the horses muscles move to the way bodies react to taking a bullet. This game is up there with any you can think of in terms of presentation and graphics. It is a joy to play and watch. You could simply wander around the plains and not get bored, but ofcourse, the true essence of any Rockstar free-roaming title is what you can do WITHIN the massive world they have created.
The story is rich and full of developed characters that draw you in, the gameplay is fun and challenging at the same time and you can really rattle along with just the main quests. Aside from that though, RDR offers players the chance to do many other things, many more than ANY OTHER Rockstar game has offered before. You can play some poker, have a drink, pick flowers (for that special someone), go hunting, do some trading, duel, watch a picture in the movie house, crack safes, rob banks, hold up trains, chase bounties aswell as HUNDREDS of regualar occurences such as traps set up by bandits, gunfights in towns etc etc. This game is jam-packed with things for you to do.
For the first time ever, there is an open-world game that actually feels like a world. There is some much for you to do, and the computer characters feel so real and interactive, that it fully immerses you in the setting. I really can not recommend this game enough. It has everything you could possibly want from and open-world game and it gets the 'cowboy' feel down to a tee.
If you are a fan of open-world games, such as GTA, then do not hesitate: you WILL love this game. And if you're not a fan, then give it a go. It is an entire world; there will be something you enjoy within it!
Like the title says, THE best open-world game ever.
(O, and there is the little matter of multiplayer. Again, a complete step-up from GTA and well worth your time if you like the game. I won't say too much, because you have to experience it, but it is well worth your time and seeing as the single player is worth the price alone, ANY multiplayer is a bonus. If you're not a fan, then stick with the story mode).
Buy it and enjoy.