First off, I'm 15. My review is under parent because no one goes looking for reviews by kids. I'm not a "gamer" and my parents very rarely let me play an M rated game and they always use the reviews on this site as a guide. I believe that this is great for a first "M" rated game for kids as it is very toned down compared to other M games, and it is easy for parents to see the kind of choices that their child is making and decide if they are responsible enough for other games. I disagree with a few of the points that the common sense article made so I'll go through them. First, I don't agree with the extremely high violence rating that the game was given. If you look at a T rated game such as Batman: Arkham city, which this site says is fine for kids, you play as a good guy who is beating the life out of bad guys pretty much constantly throughout the game. Because Batman uses only his fists, the violence is brutal, close up, and often slow motion. This is not the case in Red Dead Redemption. In this game, the majority of the time your gun will be holstered. You don't walk through town shooting person after person as they appear such as in Halo, Brink, or other games that this site feels are acceptable. However, while there is less violence in this game it is very realistic. Players can use pistols, shotguns, and rifles which are accurate for the time period. You are usually shooting people from far away an can't see any blood, but there will be times where it is present. Blood spurts out of the place that the person was shot and they might be knocked backwards or have there hat fly off. There is no over the top gore like in Gears of War where limbs fly off and there are no bloody corpses but the violence can feel pretty real. Players are able to choose which body part they would like to shoot such as taking out someone's legs to capture them rather than killing them. One point I would like to stress however, is that the game only has you shooting generic gang members who have no story tied to them. You aren't assassinating people who you know have a good side to them as they talk to their friends like in Assassin's Creed. A bad guy appears and you shoot them. They all have the same face. Next, language is not an issue. When I played the game I probably heard a real swear word (f---, sh--, b---,) once for every two hours that I played. By movie standards that's either a PG or PG13 movie and trust me, any Middle School or High School kid is used to a lot more than that. Also, when characters do swear it's not like modern day swearing. There's no f--- this f--- that and swears are rarely used as insults. It's more, "aww, sh-- I s'pose we outta' do somethin' about it." Next is drug use. It's really not too bad, you can get drunk at the bar and pass out but it does nothing but cost you money and your kid won't waste time with it. One problem I do have with the game is the sex scene. Yes, it's really bad, and it's up to your kid to decide to skip it. The bare breast that is mentioned quite a few times in the review isn't an issue as its shown for a split second. The problems are the sounds the character makes and the position they are in. If you want to see it just do what your kid has probably already done and search it on YouTube. Your child will probably be too embarrassed to watch it on the big TV screen anyway, but you should definitely make it clear that if you let them get the game, they have to skip that scene. Overall, I think it's a great transition game for parents and their children. You CAN choose to kill innocent townspeople but this does nothing but hurt you (a lot) and your kid will quickly learn not to do it. Killing innocent people causes you to die, pay huge fines, have the police and bounty hunters be after you for the rest of the game, spend time in jail, have people refuse to help or even talk to you, and have your honor and reputation go down which can really hurt you throughout the course of the game. My advice is to put the Xbox in your living room or whatever room someone is constantly in, and your kid will never do something bad in the game while your near. Also, you can easily see whether is honor bar (which starts in the middle) is closet to honorable or evil to see what kinds of things they have been doing. Through out the course of the game it is NEVER encouraged to steal, kill, or harm any innocent people but you do have the option which makes it a great way for parents to learn to trust their kids. Finally, there are two things in the game that I found offensive and that parents should no about. This game is extremely realistic and there were a lot of animals in the Wild West such as jackalopes, rabbits , and horses. You are constantly riding a horse throughout the game and unfortunately, every time your horse accidentally treads on a small animal darting across the path, you hear it squish. I hate this and I wish that there was a way to turn it off. Also, it is not necessary, but definitely beneficial for players to kill and skin wild animals, which is true to the time period. When you skin an animal it shows your character above the camera hacking and slashing at the animal (which is not shown) with a knife. As he's doing this, large amounts of blood splash on the screen and the sound effects are disgusting. When your done you can see the gory remains of the animal. I hate these two things and wish that you could turn them off in the menu. All in all, you have to know your kids and decide what kind of person they are going to be in this game. If you think that they aren't going to take it seriously and go on massacres, don't buy it. If you think that they will play the game the way that it was meant to be played then get it, as the main character is a great role model. Finally, the deciding factor in my parents letting me get the game was that they realized it was a cowboy game. You aren't walking through New York and shooting people up like Grand Theft Auto and parents need to understand that it must be viewed as what it is, A GAME. Thanks for sticking through this long review and I hope that I helped you reach a decision on whether or not this game is right for your child.