It’s simple: Rockstar Games’ Red Dead Redemption is Grand Theft Auto in the Wild West. And yes, that means a swarm of cuss-slinging characters, a suck-you-in storyline and a smug degree of familiarity in both the Wanted (Honour) system and the cover and targeting mechanics.
But it’s not just a re-skinned Liberty City. The gunplay is a more satisfying combination of bulkier weaponry and bullet-time variant, Dead Eye. The side-mission prompts are suitably twisted (on a first play, FHM encountered a man preparing to cook… another man) and the free-play possibilities mercifully open to interpretation. There are bears and snakes and pumas out there, you see. And you, John Marston, have a lasso. And a knife.
Red Dead Redemption, £40, is out on PS3 and Xbox 360 on May 21