|Developer(s)|| Rockstar San Diego|
|Release Date|| North America: May 4, 2004|
Europe: June 11, 2004
Japan: May 26, 2005
PS3: December 19, 2012
|Platform(s)||PS2, PS3, and Xbox|
|Genre(s)||Third-person shooter, action-adventure|
|Rating(s)|| BBFC: 18|
|Review(s)|| Metacritic: 74%|
The game's development stalled when it was dropped by Capcom. In 2002, Rockstar Games purchased the game and expanded on it. Changing from a supernatural American western to a Spaghetti Western allowed the developers to add more blood and over-the-top characters.
The lead character appears to be an amalgamation of various Western Clint Eastwood-inspired characters from assorted movies, mainly the Man with No Name character, with whom he shares many similar traits. The game reproduces a "grainy film" effect and uses music from many different Spaghetti Western soundtracks.
|Hold it right there, outlaw!|
This article is littered with spoilers, so I reckon you might ought'a mosey on down the road if you don't want to read any plot details.
|WARNING: SPOILER ALERT|
|The game takes place in the late 1880s. Nate Harlow and his partner "Griff" have found gold in Bear Mountain. The two men buy a pair of matching, ornamented revolvers with gold scorpions carved into the hilts to celebrate their new found wealth. Griff is captured shortly after when trying to cross the border by the Mexican military, and is condemned to be shot as a spy. He offers to give the General, Javier Diego, half of the gold on Bear Mountain if he spares his life. Griff states that due to him only owning half the claim, his partner would have to be killed in order for Diego to receive the other half. The general agrees and sends his right-hand, Colonel Daren, to take care of Nate.
Nate reunites with his family, bearing gifts and news of their bright future ahead of them. His son, Red Harlow, is impressed by his father's new Scorpion Revolver, and asks about the location of the second. Nate then hands Red his old pistol to go practice with down by the river. A few minutes later, renegades attack the homestead and set it alight. A furious gunfight ensues, with father and son holding their own against waves of enemies. It ends in vain however, as Nate and his wife Falling Star are killed. As Red mourns over his parents, Daren appears and mocks Nate. In rage, Red reaches out for his father's new weapon, which is engulfed in flames. He cries in agony as he fires a single round into Daren, blowing off the Colonel's left arm. In the confusion, Red manages to escape, hiding as Daren and the remaining soldiers ride away. As he looks down at his bloody hand, he sees the mark of a scorpion seared into his flesh.
Years later, Red lives as a bounty hunter bringing local criminals to justice. As he aimlessly wanders the plains alongside his dog, he comes across Twin Rocks, a local hideout for a small-time band of thieves and killers led by Bloody Tom. Here, he meets Curly Shaw, a trader of weapons and goods, cowering under his wagon. He informs Red that the bandits have stolen most of his supplies. Two men approach, overhearing Curly rat them out. After threatening the salesmen, they taunt Red into a gunfight. Red easily dispatches them both before the rest of the gang shows. Killing them all, including Bloody Tom, Red heads to Widow's Patch, hoping to claim a bounty on the men. As he reaches the town, he finds it to be rundown and taken over by Ugly Chris and his gang. Red's dog is shot dead by one of Chris' men, leading Harlow to eliminate the entire gang alone. Sheriff O'Grady is badly wounded in the fight, and asks Red to escort him to Brimstone for medical help. Red agrees after being told he'd get a reward from the Brimstone Sheriff if he can manage to get O'Grady there safely.
After a hold-up on the train, and a shootout with the Pedrosa brothers, Red and O'Grady arrive in Brimstone. Sheriff Bartlett realizes that the town could use a bounty hunter of Red's calibre to take care of some local outlaws that have been causing trouble throughout the territory. Pig Josh, Bad Bessie and Mr. Black are all disposed of by Harlow. Once he returns for his money, Red learns from Peabody, the bank manager, that the latest shipment of gold has not arrived. Annoyed greatly, Red threatens the manager into telling him about Annie Stoakes, who he had just overheard talking about the Bear Mountain Gold Mine. Realizing this was the same mine that his father had claimed, he heads off to Stoakes' ranch to find out more.
After finding out little from Annie, he returns to the Brimstone saloon where he hears tales of a man with one arm. Remembering Daren, Red asks the storytellers how the man supposedly lost his arm. The drunken men refuse to tell Red anything, leading to a huge bar brawl which ends in the death of Dapper Dan, his brother Sam and their boys. Sheriff Bartlett arrives just as Sam is killed and arrests Red. Whilst in his cell, Red asks Bartlett about the one-armed Colonel. The Sheriff finds out that Red is Nate's son, and tells him about the events at the border crossing years before. in which Griff had sold out his partner. Bartlett allows Red to leave and tells him of Diego's location.
Red arrives at Devil's Fork, though is soon after captured and taken prisoner by Daren. Red's cousin, Shadow Wolf, sees Red's capture and attempts to rescue him. Eventually reaching the cell in which Red is being held, Shadow Wolf frees his cousin and explains that they shall meet at Diego's fort nearby. Buffalo Soldier, another of Diego's prisoners, explains that he shall go and request help from the governor. Red manages to fight his way out of the Bear Mountain mine in which he is being held captive, and reaches Fort Diego. After a long firefight with Diego's soldiers, Shadow Wolf is mortally wounded by Daren, who now appears with a shoulder-attached mortar cannon where his arm once was. Red, consumed by revenge for the death of his parents, obliterates Daren. In his final words, Shadow Wolf explains that Diego's armored locomotive is nearby and that Red needs to finish what he started. After plunging Shadow Wolf's blade into the gut of Daren's corpse, Red states that people would now know of his cousin's courage. He then quickly leaves, and goes after the train.
Red manages to reach Diego's train, and rips through many soldiers using a gatling gun. He disables the train by destroying the engine, and has a last stand with Diego and his remaining men. Managing to defeat the last of Diego's soldiers, Red approaches the cowering General. Diego begs Red to spare his life in exchange for all the gold, weapons and women that he wished for. Harlow, unphased by Diego's cries for mercy, fires a single round into the General's forehead, instantly killing him.
He returns to Brimstone once more to compete in a famous quick-draw competition known as the Battle Royale. Here, he is reacquainted with Annie Stoakes and Jack Swift, an English trickshooter Red met whilst confronting Pig Josh. The competition begins and Red easily manages to get through the qualifying rounds. The next day he enters the semi-final round with Mr. Kelley, 3-time winner and current champion of the tournament. The Governor appears, and declares that this shall instead be the final, disqualifying Stoakes and Swift. Red manages to defeat Kelley, to the Governor's surprise. The Governor and his men quickly take aim at Red, Harlow realizing that the Governor's gun is the same as his father's: the Scorpion Revolver. Red's mind flashes back to the night of his parents' murder, remembering that his father had told him that his partner owned the second revolver of the pair. At this moment, Red learns that the Governor is Nate's old partner, Griff. Mr. Kelley, somehow having survived the duel, is ordered by Griff to kill Red and meet at his mansion when the task is complete. Red and Kelley share a firefight through the streets of Brimstone, with Red ultimately coming up on top.
With his final objective set before him, Red leaves Brimstone and sets off for the Governor's mansion, alongside Stoakes and Swift. A huge battle occurs in the mansion grounds and inside the building itself, with Harlow and his companions wiping out all of Griffon's forces, including his personal henchmen, the Cornett Brothers. Annie splits up, and Jack stays behind to hold off more approaching soldiers. Eventually, Red meets back up with Annie and they rescue Buffalo Soldier, who had once again been taken prisoner. Stoakes leaves to find Jack, whilst Harlow and the soldier head up to the roof for the final confrontation with Griff. During the fight with Griff's last men, Buffalo becomes injured and unable to help take on the Governor. Red proceeds to face the Governor, one on one, in a final confrontation. The Governor tells Red that he should have been present the night his parents were killed so that he could have made sure Red joined them. He smiles as he states that he has 'a second chance'. Red and Griffon duel each other in a last showdown, with Red firing first and killing Griff.
Red, Bartlett, Annie and Buffalo all meet outside the mansion, with Jack's absence being questioned by Red. Although not specified, it is implied by Annie's reaction that Swift perished at the hands of the soldiers. Bartlett informs Red that although he has done the territory and it's people a favor, he still murdered the Governor, and therefore may be hanged if captured. Red hands his current revolver to Buffalo, and picks up Griff's Scorpion. He tells the Sheriff to give the gold he owes to Annie and the soldier, claiming that 'it never was about the money'. Red walks off as the others watch him, and the credits roll.
The game allows the purchase of goods at local town stores. Goods range from general store items, which unlock extras, to guns and multiplayer characters. Each individual character has a unique ability which can be activated after so many kills or a certain amount of time. For example, Jack Swift can quickly empty his guns on a single target and Buffalo Soldier can impale men with a flare from a rifle. Guns can be purchased at stores and are chosen before each mission. The game offers a wide selection of shotguns, rifles, thrown weapons, and, of course, revolvers. Weapon repair plays a minor role.
There are four Difficulty levels available for the single player campaign.
- Main article: Showdown Mode
Main article: Cheats in Revolver
- Main article: Sheriff Bartlett's Journal
- Main article: Red Dead Revolver Soundtrack
The game was originally under development at Capcom, and had a very different gameplay style. According to Hamish Brown, Capcom's game was "uber-arcade," and "It even had a character who could fly." Rockstar decided near the end of development of Revolver that an open world environment was "the only way to do this subject matter justice."
Red Dead Revolver was released in North America on May 4, 2004 for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox; in PAL regions on June 11, 2004 and on May 26, 2005 in Japan.
On December 19, 2012, Rockstar announced that the game had been added to the PlayStation Store as a downloadable "PS2 Classic" for use on the PS3.
The game received mixed to favorable reviews. It holds 75% on GameRankings, and 74 on Metacritic. IGN gave the PS2 version a 7/10 and 7.5/10 to the Xbox version. Reviewers praised the game for its plot and unique style, but the game received criticism for its gameplay, graphics (IGN noticed that the Xbox's version has better graphics than the PS2 version), and sound. 1Up gave the game a "C" score.
Red Dead Revolver was included as one of the titles in the 2010 book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die, alongside its sequel and other games published by Rockstar Games, such as Grand Theft Auto.
Rumors of a sequel were circulating around since 2005, ever since Rockstar showed a video of an Old West horseback rider running on early PlayStation 3 hardware. The project was only known as "Old West Project".
Although not a direct sequel, on February 4, 2009, Red Dead Redemption was announced for the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3.
The spiritual successor of Red Dead Revolver, Red Dead Redemption was released on May 18, 2010, in North America, May 20, 2010, in Australia and May 21, 2010, in Europe.
- Capcom's First version of the game
- Official Red Dead Revolver Site
- Red Dead.Net - A1 Fansite for the Red Dead Series
- ↑ BBC News - Rockstar plays with Wild West
- ↑ Rockstar News Wire - Asked & Answered: Red Dead Redemption Multiplayer Posses, Episodes from Liberty City, and Much More