Red Dead Redemption, Rockstar’s tour de force about the dying days of the American West, was one of the standout titles of the last generation. And now, starting today, you can relive John Marston’s gunslinging epic through Xbox One Backward Compatibility – or finally give the game a shot for the first time if you missed it in 2010.
With that in mind, we’ve put together some of the coolest things you can do in one of the best open-world adventures in gaming history – and certainly the greatest Western ever seen in the medium of video games.
Dive In to the Story
Partially reformed outlaw, John Marston is one of the baddest gunslingers to ever travel the frontier. His quest to track down and eliminate his old gang in exchange for his freedom and his family (per the deal he’s made with his sketchy U.S. government handlers) is the sort of tense, epic, twist-filled drama that Rockstar is known for. It ranks as one of the most memorable and poignant stories the company has ever given us (and, arguably, one of the best stories ever featured in a video game).
Explore The Dying West
From the chilly foothills in the North through the vast plains of the frontier and down into Mexico, Red Dead Redemption is rich with life and detail. Take on gang hideouts, track criminals for bounty, search for buried treasure – or simply wander from town to town assisting the world’s colorful characters for notoriety and fame.
Hunt or be Hunted
To say that Red Dead Redemption features an impressive ecology of wildlife would be an understatement. The game features more than 40 different kinds of animal, from rattlesnakes to chickens to cougars and bison, each with their own habitat and behavior patterns, and all fighting for survival. Hunting for big game can earn you a tidy profit. Just make sure you know what you’re doing before you go up against something bigger than you, since bears in this game are bears and will freaking maul you.
Engage in Some Frontier Justice
Sometimes it’s kill or be killed in the treacherous and unpredictable world of Red Dead Redemption, and whether you’re hunting bad men or beasts, it pays to know your way around a gun. When a score needs to be settled, you can engage in some good, old-fashioned one-on-one duels. The game drops into slow motion as you race to draw and tag your opponent with bullets before he gets a bead on you – and a successful duel usually ends with a satisfying spray of gunfire from Marston’s six-shooter.
Experience one of the biggest and deepest DLC experiences ever as a zombie plague suddenly descends upon the world of Red Dead Redemption, turning towns and outposts upside down as the uninfected citizens fight to survive. With an all-original, self-contained supernatural story, new gameplay, deadly infected animals and the mystical four horses of the apocalypse to tame and ride, Red Dead Redemption Undead Nightmare is a fresh twist on this amazing Western world.
Red Dead Redemption is now available via Xbox One Backward Compatibility.