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Once an outlaw, Marston turns away from the life of crime after a heist goes wrong and he's left for dead by his fellow gang members. In the course of three years the man sorts his life out and gets a wife, son and farm to call his own.
Marston is forced back into the gunslinging business when the Justice Department asks him to bring his former friends down. When he refuses, the government agents resort to holding his family hostage unless he does what they ask. This is the bit where the player jumps in, playing both sides of a war between the lawless and the lawful; with the latter appearing to be just as corrupt as the former.
Using a control method similar to that of Grand Theft Auto IV, Red Dead Redemption offers a huge open world that changes dynamically depending on your actions. You can choose to either be a good-natured bounty hunter or a vicious outlaw escaping a bounty. Wherever you go, your reputation will precede you.
A vast array of weapons and items can be picked up and used in play, and if you're having trouble with any of it you can simply engage the Dead Eye mode to pick off individual targets in a slow-motion manner. With certain weapons, you can even pick different body parts on the same enemy.
Along with the length of the single-player campaign, Red Dead Redemption contains a large multiplayer mode for online mayhem, with traditional gaming lobbies replaced with open worlds similar to that of Marston's land. Deathmatches can be played, as well as hilarious rounds of gold bag grabbing. Be the best in the West!