Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption, is better than GTA IV in my opinion. Or any other GTA game for that matter. I've never completed a GTA game before. What i tend to do is start on the missions, do a few then just mess around until i get bored. Then i hardly play the game.
With Red Dead it's different, i can't explain it, because like a few reviews have said, it's GTA in the wild west. The way the map is lay out, and the controls are very similar to GTA. So even though it pretty much is GTA in the wild west, i'm so addicted to this game. I love it. Over this last weekend, i've played it for 16 hours. I think i've completed the main story aspect of the game, but there is still loads to do. Outfits to unlock, strangers to help, poker to play, along with black jack, horse shoes, arm wrestling and more.
The graphics are stunning, the map looks so lush and vibrant, it's so nice to just ride through on horse back. There's only one thing i don't like about this game, some of the people i've been doing missions for, have a certain time or certain point in the day before you can strat your mission. Like there was one character where you had to be there between 7am and 6pm i think, and when i arrived there it was 9pm. So unless you want to go off and do other stuff to pass the time, i didn't want to have to ride off to somewhere on the other side of the map, to then come back when the time was right. So i ended up just waiting in one spot until the time was 7am. An hour on the game is a couple of minutes i think, but if you're waiting for a mission to get going, that 10 minute wait can be really tedious. So thats my only nit pick. Other than that, it's brilliant.
Oh, i forgot to mention theres the online lol. It's awesome. It's not like Call Of Duty for example where you just keep having matches on maps and waiting in a lobby. The online on Red Dead puts you in free roam, which is the map from the single player. Each free roam session contains 16 online players plus A.I characters. You can just do whatever you want in free roam, go shoot the online players, or go and attack a gang hideout filled with A.I characters. Or just go hunting if you really want to lol. You can form a posse, and just explore the map. Do what you want. It's such good fun. The other night me and one of my mates formed a posse, and we headed down to the Armadillo town, and there were 14 online players just holding us off from the saloon, they were on the saloon roof, opening fire on us if we got close. So we had to figure out how to get into the town undetected and take the saloon back. We did it i the end lol.
What i love about the online, is how much freedom there is. It's like a breath of fresh air.
If any of you out there are thinking of buying this game, go for it. Western themed games, or films for that matter have never bothered me before in the past, but i'm having a blast with this game.
Thanks for reading, hope this helped. "Draw!!!"