Red Dead Revolver

Common Sense Media says

Not for kids, but mature players may enjoy.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

The game does introduce several characters from diverse backgrounds not often represented in tales of the old west.


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.


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.

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.

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Kids say

What's it about?

From the makers of the Grand Theft Auto series comes RED DEAD REVOLVER, set in the Wild West. The story focuses on Red, a bounty hunter who has sworn revenge on the man who murdered his parents. To complete his quest, Red, travels through several familiar western settings, gets into gunfights, overcomes an out-of-control locomotive on horseback, and wins a no-holds-barred saloon brawl.

You can play as several different characters, completing missions as all of the friendly characters that Red meets, as well as a few villains. Annie Stokes is a single woman who, instead of working at the saloon, is very handy with a shotgun and owns and operates her own cattle ranch. Red also meets up with a buffalo soldier who becomes invaluable to his quest, and a Native American who instead of being cast as an enemy is one of Red's only real friends.

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the role of buffalo soldiers and Native Americans in the Old West? Was there any type of judicial system in the early West, or was the type of "eye for an eye" justice that the main character is seeking commonplace?

Game details

Platforms:Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Rockstar Games
Release date:May 3, 2004
ESRB rating:M for (PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox)

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Teen, 13 years old Written bycerealkiller189 February 26, 2012

Perfect,just misunderstood.

I played this l on my PS2 last time but stopped after a year or two because there were better games coming out but still an awesome game.I don't know what csm is talking about giving it not for kids,this game is fine.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Parent Written bythe dude November 30, 2011


i was just wondering, is this a free world game? but also what ive read this is not a bad game at all! when i think of this and bad stuff i laugh!
Teen, 13 years old Written byGameaddict March 19, 2011

Good game Bad site

common sense media has no common sense i think they just look at the cover and if its M the say no kids.I no longer like this site this is my last review bye


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