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.
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