Cert: 18+
Platform: Xbox 360, PS3
Genre: Sandbox, Action-Adventure

Grand Theft Auto with horses - that's what Red Dead Redemption boils down to but that doesn't mean it's not any good. The Wild West is actually a perfect setting for a sand-box adventure, what with the wide open plains, backwater towns and general lawlessness. Rockstar's latest offering takes place in 1911 in the county of New Austin and it tells the tale of retired gunslinger John Marston who is dragged away from his family and back into his old violent life.

There's so much to do in Red Dead Redemption whether it be the main quest, hunting wanted bandits, grinding or playing the various mini-games that it is possible to play for hours without feeling bored. Compared to GTA, the need for pointless travelling and backtracking has been almost removed. Players can save and travel to any discovered location from almost anywhere and the checkpoints during missions are suitably spaced out. New Austin looks amazing too and it's the little things like tumbleweed blowing through the towns or coyotes cutting through the plains that bring the world to life.

However, there are a few niggles. Close quarters combat can be tricky thanks to the in-game camera and the multiplayer mode is distracting rather than compelling. Rockstar has promised a co-op add-on for the game but judging by what's already here they've made the case for swapping the car keys for horse reins.

Rent or Buy: Buy
Graphics: 4/5
Game Play: 4/5
Replay Value: 4/5
Overall: 4/5

Reviewed By: Bryan Collins