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We all have our favorite games and we all have a game we’d dearly love remastered if not remade. One such title is the focus of this article so let’s take you back to the year 2005. Rockstar had recently purchased Red Dead Revolver from Capcom and started early development of their own western game. A year later full development started on their western adventure game. So, in May 2010 we saw the launch of Red Dead Redemption for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. For those who are interested, IGN has an interesting article written just before the game launched about the history of the game.

If you’ve been following us, you’ll know what I think of this game. For me, it’s one of the greatest games of all time. It did gain a sequel/prequel in 2018 but Red Dead Redemption for me was just amazing. I’ve played the story countless times and have hundreds if not thousands of hours in the multiplayer. With the exception of the period this wasn’t an Xbox 360 backward compatible title, it’s remained installed on the hard drive. We’ve heard rumors of a remaster or remake which is seemingly not happening due to the poor reception of the GTA Remastered Trilogy. This was optimized for Xbox One X as well so how does this run in 2023?

Playing Red Dead Redemption Today And If It Would Be Worth The Time

Let’s see how well it looks from a visual perspective. Did the RAGE engine do the game justice even over a decade on? The screenshots below are taken on the Xbox One X optimized version running on the Xbox Series X. The textures hold up really well even in today’s climate.

Performance wise the game still runs really smoothly considering we are looking at a game that is over a decade old. Take a look at a couple of videos captured from Xbox Series X running the game via the backwards compatibility feature

To Summarize

For me personally, the game is running as I remember it all those years ago. This has never been released on anything other than the platforms it launched on which for me is a shame. The audio still holds up well and this was also one of the first titles Rockstar used an original score for. The story back then I thought was a huge asset to this game and nothing has changed over the years.

I love the 2018 sequel, Red Dead Redemption 2 is an amazing game. For me one of the best-looking titles out there. However, two aspects put the original ahead of the sequel. Firstly the story is as I say a key part of this game’s strength. The tale of John Marston is in my opinion one of the finest out there. As for the other reason, I found the multiplayer much more addictive and fun than the sequel. The sequel I felt went more along the route of GTA V. So to put it all together, would I recommend this today? It’s a resounding yes. I’d go as far as to say if you don’t do it, you would be missing out. However, that’s only my opinion of course.

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