Developer: Rockstar San Diego
Release Date: 5/18/2010
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The Good: Gorgeous and every level, extremely detailed, lots of activities, varied missions keep you busy, top notch dialog and story, fun multi player
The Bad: Shooting and riding are a bit tough, some animation issues, can get tedious after hour 15
My name is John Marston and I’ve lost everything. The US government took them from me and promised my freedom if I helped this “establish a civilization” by catching the three crooks I used to ride with.
The first thing I noticed after I got off the train was how beautiful the country looked. Rolling hills, trees, animals roaming wherever you look. People on stagecoaches and even the occasional train. How I learned this new “civilization” was very interesting and even would make a good story.
After getting shot by Bill Williamson I met this lovely lady Bonnie MacFarlane and she helped me along the way. Riding horses with her was a good time and it doesn’t seem to hard. If I kick it too hard with my spurs it will buck me off unless I bond with it first by riding it often. Keeping speed with her was easy since holding my speed kept me right next to her.
Shooting on the horse was a little difficult and using my Dead Eye was almost necessary since everything went by so fast. Controlling a horse and a gun at the same time isn’t very easy. When I focus enough everything seems to slow down and I can mark my targets with an X and blast away. I don’t know where I got this trait from, but it sure is handy.
She even showed me how to herd cattle by keeping pace behind the herd and making sure strays to leave. Taming horses was pretty easy since I just had to lasso them and keep my balance until they were broken. Today was a long day so I’m going to rest.
I left Bonnie after helping her out on some errands. I just follow the yellow route line to my objective I put on my map and it ain’t too hard from there. I can even mark waypoints and travel to them via stagecoach or when I make a camp off the road or away from water. This makes things handy since traveling this vast land can get tiresome.
After shooting some thugs from the wanted poster I picked up I realized how each bullet affects every part of the body. Hit an arm and they drop their gun. Hit their leg and they limp away, hit their chest and they fall over and crawl away. I found this useful when having to catch criminals with my lasso. Shoot the sucker in the leg so he stops running!
I went to the local market (there are many) and sold some herbs I picked and after I hunted some deer, wolves, a snake, and some birds I sold all those parts for some cash and bought me a new gun. I love my shotgun, sniper rifle, revolver, and other weapons, but I just needed something more powerful. I did buy a new horse as well as some tobacco for focus and some medicine. I’m beat for now so I’m going to go purchase some property in this town and rest.
I’ve learned a lot lately and one of the biggest things I learned was not to shoot other people or even run over them on accident. I had the law come after me and I now have a bounty on my head. I can get a pardon letter or pay the bounty, but if I get my honor and fame up by doing good deeds maybe people won’t be so hasty to tattle.
I tried some gambling to ease my mind today such as Liar’s Dice, Texas Hold ‘Em, Blackjack, Horse Shoes, Arm Wrestling and more. These games seemed pretty fun at first but after a few tries, it bored me so I was off hunting again. After I caught my kill I noticed a Stranger needing help so I marked him as a question mark on my map and a purple circle on the area where I can find him later. I’ll tell you to partner these tales and these people were something else.
There are so many things to do here I can’t describe them all. This place is huge even with Mexico to the south. Everything here just looks so amazing and you can see so far it’s stunning. Even when I got the snow capped mountains and was hunting bears I felt like I couldn’t get enough of the scenery. The world also sounds beautiful with birds chirping and the sound of crunching dirt under my feet. It’s refreshing.
Well, I don’t know what else to say. This world is so massive and expansive and gorgeous it’s like nothing else. There is so much to do here that by the end of my journey I’ll have felt satisfied, and even roaming around with friends can be pretty fun. So long partner and keep the West Wild and the Wild alive.