A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game does introduce several characters from diverse backgrounds not often represented in tales of the old west.
Violence & Scariness
In keeping with the Red's main mission in the game is to hunt down and kill another person. Along the way he finds a way to destroy everything else in his path. Bullet holes gush blood and victim's cry in desperation.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A saloon scene has women behind close doors making suggestive remarks, but nothing too blatant.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
By purchasing alcohol and tobacco, players get clues to help solve the missions.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a role-playing game in which you become a bounty hunter in the Old West. It's particularly violent, thus the "M" rating. The star rating given this game is based on quality of gameplay within this genre and not an endorsement of the violence in the game.
Is It Any Good?
Gameplay is often clumsy and hard to deal with. Players rely mostly on manually aiming Red's pistols with the left and right analog sticks. Red does have Dead Eye mode, but this feature is limited to only a few uses per battle, and is rarely effective. There are some creative touches, though: Unusual characters break genre stereotypes.
The game merges the kitschy charm of a spaghetti western with the characteristically violent adult realism for which Rockstar games have become famous. Blood streams from gunshot wounds, and dying characters let out cries of desperation. While the violence in the game prevents it from being appropriate for kids, mature players may enjoy the unique takes on the Old West.
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