This is the ebb and flow of the game - it's organic because there are tools in place to constantly keep you preoccupied, but you're never tied to them. The decision to engage anything in Red Dead Redemption is yours and yours alone. But the tools in place are just so engaging and tantalising, you won't be able to resist, even if some of them repeat (there are a few game-world 'missions' you can do multiple times), and this is the beauty of what's at-hand.And yes we know this still doesn't fix the major problem of the game having never been on PC, and it's highly unlikely it ever will be at this stage, but this really is the next best thing. It might even be worth buying an Xbox One for, if you don't already have one.
I talked in great detail about the game-world ecology and Eco-system in my extended preview, and in the final build it's as solid as ever. Hunting Challenges and Survivalist Challenges can actually be challenging, not just distractions, and they also creep up as a partial mechanic to other missions, forcing you to double up on your collections, but generating even more engagement with the game-world around you. This is also important, because you're going to become intimate with every part of the vast land available to you (there are three main areas), so much so, that the brave even have the option of turning off the mini-map for true visual navigation and that perfect cinematic experience, and I find it hard to believe any true gunslinger of the West would ever get lost.
And it is cinematic. The scripting here is second-to-none, dwarfing anything the leads at Rockstar have ever written. Red Dead Redemption is brutal, gritty and wearing. The West was not a nice place or time to live in, but they've done a stellar job of making you feel like you need to make the most of it, and the characters you meet throughout your journey are all memorable and in place with the world around you. I found myself not wanting to finish the game's narrative for fear of finality, it's that engaging.
We do know that, yes, there is just one title absent from our PC release plans – that game of course being Red Dead Redemption, and of course we’re well aware that some fans have been asking for it. All we can say is that whenever it is viable (technically, developmentally and business-wise) for us to release a game for PC (or any other particular platform) – we will and we usually do; unfortunately, that is just not the case 100% of the time for all platforms.The rest of the post goes on to say that Rockstar hopes Max and L.A. Noire will sate PC players, but somehow I just don't think it will.
This completely free Bonus Pack, a token of our appreciation for all the amazing Red Dead fans out there that have been playing the game since its release last year, injects a host of new fan-favorite characters from the single-player story into multiplayer, including legendary gunslinger Landon Ricketts, Deputies Eli and Jonah, Mexican Army Captain Vincente de Santa, outlaw Javier Escuella, rancher Drew MacFarlane, Native American informant Nastas and John Marston's weathered old ranchhand Uncle.You can check out some screenshots from the new DLC on our game page.
The Myths and Mavericks Bonus Pack also features a bevy of new multiplayer locations, including Cochinay, Nekoti Rock and Beecher's Hope and more, along with new Stronghold games in Armadillo, Tumbleweed, and Chuparosa (a full list of locations is listed below). To check out some screens from the new pack, click here.
Today we can confirm the title for you: the Myths and Mavericks Bonus Pack will feature new fan-favorite multiplayer characters by popular demand (including a certain grizzled ol' gunslinger you can see here) as well as new multiplayer locations for players of Deathmatch, Grab the Bag, Gang matches and other popular online modes to get busy in.This is good news for fans of the game, but it's sad there's been absolutely no movement on a PC iteration, despite most other Rockstar products eventually making their way to PC.
The trailer shows off the huge array of new content featured in the Liars and Cheats Pack, including Multiplayer Poker, Liar's Dice, horseracing with combat, the new Competitive Multiplayer mode Stronghold - and the very first glimpse of the devastatingly destructive Explosive Rifle.We've got the full trailer available for download or you can now stream it directly below.
The Liars and Cheats Pack will also include the content previously announced as the Free Roam Pack. The Free Roam Pack was originally planned as a free download, but due to the platform networks' restrictions on numbers of free packs we can give away (and our promise to bring you the free Hunting and Trading Outfits Pack – more on that below), we have instead added it to the Liars and Cheats Pack as one Free Roam release boasting the following features and more:You'll also see 15 new faces available in multiplayer with characters pulled from the narrative. This pack will be available for PS3 and Xbox 360 on September 21 for AU$15.95 and 800 MS Points (around $13), respectively.
- Multiplayer Poker and Liar's Dice Games - One of the most fan-requested features comes to multiplayer
- Multiplayer Horse Races - Ride out against your friends and foes online - with mounted combat guns blazing
- The Explosive Rifle - A devastatingly destructive new weapon with its own new single-player and multiplayer challenges
- 7 New Gang Hideouts - Posse up and take on the new Hideouts together to level up quickly
- 4 New Hunting Grounds - New Hunting Grounds are now visible on the map for all to see, with some of the most action-packed wildlife hunting yet
- Stronghold Competitive Multiplayer Mode - Teams take turns in attack and defense in multi-tiered Competitive games
- Posse Scoring and Leaderboards - Compare stats with other posses and compete to see who are the kings of the Free Roam frontier
We'd just like to let all fans and players of Red Dead Redemption Multiplayer know that we're aware a few rotten apples persist in the online world, trying to make the experience unpleasant for everyone else. Obviously, these Multiplayer modes can be great fun when everyone is on the up-and-up, so to ensure we preserve the integrity of gameplay for all online, we are actively working on new features to counter against the isolated incidents of abuse that go on.If you're caught haxing the game, you can be banned for a "period of our [Rockstar] discretion", while anyone being bullied in Free Roam any time they spawn in, will now be given a choice of spawn locations, and anyone who generates a six-kill streak while in Free Roam will become "Most Wanted", which will alert other players and NPC lawmen that they're a "player-killer".