Reader Review: Red Dead Redemption

Do you have what it takes to get a review published right here on Kotaku? Jenn does, as she skins every rabbit in New Austin.

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This review was submitted by Jenn Christodoulou. If you’ve played Red Dead Redemption, or just want to ask Jenn more about it, leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Red Dead Redemption (PS3)

Described to me as ‘Grand Theft Auto but in the Wild West’ I went into Red Dead Redemption expecting what we all do from a Rockstar game: obscene language, obscure humour and loads of sex, gambling and violence. And this game has delivered all of those things, with an awesome Western twist.

It follows the story of John Marston, a once criminal turned good guy who wants to make up for his bloody past to ensure a happy and safe life for his family. Of course, Rockstar games are never as simple as they seem.


Atmosphere: Every aspect of the game has been tailored to fit right into society in 1911. People’s accents have that well known western twang, the gambling is popular, crime is rife and even the tumbleweeds meander along like they haven’t a care in the world. 1911 was a simpler time, and it doesn’t take long before you feel like you’re right in the heart of it.

Play Style: The choices you make in the world of New Austin decide whether you’re seen as an honourable fellow or a dastardly outlaw. The more honourable you are the more likely people will overlook the occasional robbery or murder, but being dishonourable gets you the awesome title of ‘Desperado’. Tough choice, isn’t it? Whichever you choose though, it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll have different stories to everyone else you know who’s playing it.

Humour: Rockstar has always been known for their quirky, obscure form of humour, and the way it’s presented in RDR is no exception. Advertising breast enhancers to please ‘both men and women around the world’ and announcing the marriage of a brother and sister in the paper, Rockstar has injected their latest game with just as many hilarious tidbits as their other titles.


Glitches: This game glitched on me a lot, usually in missions. For example, in Bonnie’s mission where you save her herd from a storm, one of my cattle became invisible. This glitch didn’t go away until I threw myself off the cliff and started over. All the errors I encountered fixed themselves once I reloaded the area, or restarted the mission, but that didn’t make them any less annoying.

Animal Violence: I understand full well that in 1911 people killed animals not just for food, but for their skins, organs, claws and anything else they could barter. But there’s just something unsettling about the pleasure John takes when he skins them. It makes him seem more like a serial killer than a man trying to do things right.

Red Dead Redemption is unlike anything else on the market at the moment. It offers gamers a beautiful true-to-life Western landscape filled with loveable characters you can actually give a damn about, and activities to keep you entertained for hours. If you’re thinking RDR isn’t for you, think again; this game is for everybody. So what are you still sitting here for? Giddy up!

Reviewed by: Jenn Christodoulou

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    I enjoyed gleefully murdering and skinning hundreds of innocent little animals... But that's probably just me. Personally, my biggest hate for the game was the ending, I understand why they did it, and I even knew what would happen in advance, but it still pissed me off.

      I hate that you have to watch the cut scene every time though. knife, cut, blood, repeat. especially when you've just shot 5 wolves.

    I liked the game very much

    I just finished this yesterday. I haven't had this much fun with a game for a while. Plus it's the first game I've gotten for my PS3, AND I haven't even touched the multiplayer yet. :D

    My biggest gripe was having to fast travel to a waypoint by pressing start, select map, set waypoint, back, back, press select, paddle to the menu, select campsite, wait, press X, press X..

    I actually really liked riding along the countryside. I rarely ever used the fast travel feature. I hoofed it everywhere.

    Haha get it?

    God I'm funny :P

      Just because you're a girl doesn't mean you can get away with bad jokes :P

        Bad jokes? BAD jokes?


        Ok. No more terrible puns. I'll stop.

        (I wish I could have thought about some terrible pun about not saying any more terrible puns.'s just not happening)

    its weird, i hadn't had any glitches till today but about an hour ago i saw 6 'snake women' (Mexican peasant women whose necks spasm and turn and are buried up to their waist, a 'horse man' (a horrific creature that travels surprisingly fast if your game enough to get on it, grey face, red eyes huge head, all kinds of ugly), and lastly a 'flying bird man' which, consequently was so amazing it froze the game.

    I was kinda disappointed when I found that John regenerates his health. I was hoping to find myself in the age-old situation of being wounded in the desert with no food or water, with no choice but to kill and eat my horse.

    I hope this feature is in the sequel!

      I don't think there are enough words in the human language to describe just how this comment makes me feel. However the words 'Um, what?' fit quite well.

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