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Grand Theft Auto – Old West?

Of course I mean Red Dead Redemption. It’s basically GTA set in the old west. Currently sitting pretty with a 95 on the ol metacritic. I ain’t ready for a review, but some thoughts? Sure. Is it that good? Depends. Personally, I love it….if you’re a GTA diehard, you’ll probably love it too(it comes from the GTA creators). Some of the big time critics actually like it better than GTA, the whole western theme talks to them.

Rockstar Games had a previous game known as Red Dead Revolver, it was more of a linear game, it’s claim to fame was something called ‘Dead Eye’. When you’re out and about shootin bad dudes, with the click of a button, everything slows down bullet time style, so you can have time to choose where you wanna shoot. Let go, BANG! BANG! BANG!, giving you the feeling of the fastest draw around. ‘Redemption’ doesn’t really have a connection to ‘Revolver’, but ‘Dead Eye’ is in there. And it’s open world vs. linear of course.

When you get in there, it’s a living breathing world, walk around the town and you get to see all the stuff that used to go down back in those days. From the cool, to the mundane. It follows the typical mission structure, instead of cars, you ride horses though(durr). And a ton of mini games that just drapes you in it’s atmosphere. You wanna break in horses? Check. Herd cattle? Yup. Hunt and sell the animal pelts? Get out the knife. Have a drink and/or gamble at the saloon? Why not. There is a TON of things to do. And the game looks damn good doing it. Who would’ve thought desert, tumbleweed, and the like could look so detailed in a game. It’s fun to just ride around and enjoy the scenery….until you get shot at of course.

It wouldn’t be a Rockstar game if gritty violence didn’t play a role. You’ll face masked gunmen, stagecoach robbers, and other unsavory types that come from that setting. So far, my only real beef is the same as the GTA games. The onfoot action can, for lack of a better phrase, blow chunks. But it’s easily dealt with and the good greatly outweighs the bad. It’s definitely worth trying out, but you gotta spend some serious time with it, you’ll need more than a half hour to decide if you wanna stick with it or not. Review coming as soon as I finish the story, which is awesome and compelling BTW. YEE HAW!…..sorry, I shouldn’t have done that :-p

*the trailer above describes the game better than I can, but I found it after I wrote this up :-/*

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June 4, 2010 Posted by | Normal Stuffs | , , , , , , | Comments Off on Grand Theft Auto – Old West?

GTA IV:The Ballad of Gay Tony, dated for Oct. 29th

Rockstar Games announced today that we’ll see the latest GTA IV dlc on Xbox360, “The Ballad of Gay Tony”, dropping on October 29th. We’ll also be getting “The Lost and the Damned” bundled with “The Ballad of Gay Tony” on disc without the need to have the GTA IV disc to play. They’re calling it “Grand Theft Auto:Episodes From Liberty City”.  According to Joystiq, the download will be coming in at 1600 microsoft points, or 20$ to us humans, and $39.99 for the disc compilation. The GTA freak in me is getting hyped…

July 23, 2009 Posted by | Normal Stuffs | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Grand Theft Auto:Chinatown Wars for PSP, this fall

Rockstar Games just announced that their DS iteration on the GTA franchise, Chinatown Wars will be coming to the PSP this fall. It’ll be available on disc(UMD) as well as being downloadable from the Playstation Network. While the title seemed to be exclusive to the DS, sales apparently didn’t fare too well(hardcore games on a Nintendo system? Not too lucky), so I can only guess they wanna recoup some of the development cost. The title should be receiving graphical updates, maybe even looking as good as the PS2 games did. The last 2 GTA games on the PSP pretty much ran on the same engine and looked great, save for lower res textures and such. I played some of GTA:CW, and it’s pretty damn good if you’re a GTA fan, I’m excited to see it coming to PSP, but I’m gonna miss the cool touch screen stuff.

June 22, 2009 Posted by | Normal Stuffs | , , , , , , | Comments Off on Grand Theft Auto:Chinatown Wars for PSP, this fall