Red Dead Revolver
|Red Dead Revolver|
|Developer(s)||Rockstar San Diego
|Publisher(s)||NA Rockstar Games
EU Take-Two Europe
Francesco De Masi
|Engine||Angel Game Engine|
|Release date(s)||NA May 3, 2004
EU June 11, 2004
JP May 26, 2005
|Genre(s)||Third-person shooter, action-adventure,|
Red Dead Revolver is a western third-person shooter video game, developed by Rockstar San Diego, published by Rockstar Games and Take-Two Interactive in North America and Europe, and by Capcom in Japan, for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox. It was first released in North America on May 4, 2004. It is the first game in the Red Dead series. On December 18, 2012, the game was released on PlayStation 3 via the PlayStation Store.
Originally developed by Capcom, borrowing elements from their 1985 title Gun.Smoke, the project was dropped in 2002. Rockstar Games purchased the game and expanded on it. Changing the style to a Spaghetti Western allowed the developers to add more violence and over-the-top characters. The game reproduces a "grainy film" effect and uses music from various Spaghetti Western films, including film scores composed by Ennio Morricone.
This game takes place in the 1880s Wild West as Nate Harlow and his partner Griff have found gold in an area called Bear Mountain. To celebrate the find, they commission the creation of two revolvers with a distinct iron cast scorpion on each, while Nate takes one and Griff takes the other.
Griff is later captured by the Mexican army and sentenced to be executed, however he offers General Diego half the gold in Bear Mountain if he spares his life. Diego agrees and complies but later sends his right hand man Colonel Daren to kill Nate. Daren arrives with his men to the Harlow farm and shoots Nate and his wife Falling Star. However, Nate's son Red retrieves his dad's gun and shoots off Daren's left arm before he escapes.
Years after his parents passing, Red becomes a bounty hunter. He begins by battling a gang led by an outlaw of the name "Bloody Tom". Hoping to claim the bounty on the gang, he takes them prisoner in the town of Widows Patch where he is attacked by a rival gang and its leader "Ugly Chris". Red and Sheriff O'Grady beat the gang and survive the attack but the sheriff is badly wounded and must travel into town to see a practitioner.
After Red drops O'Grady off, Brimstone's Sheriff Bartlett, asks him to help take care of some thugs. This includes battling an evil coupe led by Jack Swift along with other bounties. After all the bounties are complete, he asks for the bounty on the coupes' head. He is told by Griffon, now the city's governor, that the gold wagon carrying the head has not yet arrived and later learns that one of the townsfolk, Annie Stoakes, is in danger of losing her farm and that Governor Griffon owns part of Bear Mountain. Recalling that his family was killed over that very mine, he goes to discuss the issue with Annie. After the talk, he is led back to Sheriff Bartlett, from whom he discovers that General Diego and Colonel Daren are still alive and court bound. Finally with the aid of his Native American cousin Shadow Wolf, Red attacks Diego's fort where he and Shadow Wolf kill Daren. Afterwards, Red strikes out on his own and disables the train carrying Diego's gold and in the ensuing firefight, Diego is critically wounded. He offers Red everything however, Red denies it all and kills General Diego.
Later during the quick-draw competition called Battle Royale, which Annie Stoakes and Jack Swift both attend, Red learns that it was Governor Griffon who sold out his parents to General Diego. Governor Griffon orders Red to be killed by contestant Mr. Kelley but Red defeats and kills him instead and pursues Griffon back to his mansion. There, Red shoots Griffon in quick-draw fashion and for killing him, the Sheriff offers to pay Red the gold he is owed. Red however, refuses and takes Griffon's revolver instead and later claims "it was never about the money."
Red Dead Revolver received mostly mixed to positive reviews. Aggregating review websites GameRankings and Metacritic gave the Xbox version 74.87% and 74/100 and the PlayStation 2 version 74.59% and 73/100. As of July 2, 2010, it has sold 920,000 copies in North America according to Joystiq.
Rumors of a sequel began circulating in 2005 when Rockstar showed a video of an Old West horseback rider running on early PlayStation 3 hardware. Rockstar was fairly secretive with a game in the works, simply known as "Old West Project".
On February 4, 2009, Red Dead Redemption, a spiritual successor to Revolver, was announced for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 for a Q4 2009 release. It was later delayed until the first half of fiscal 2010, which spans November 2009 through April 2010 . On November 27, it was announced that Red Dead Redemption would see a U.S. release date of April 27, 2010. On March 3, 2010, Take-Two Interactive announced Red Dead Redemption had been delayed to May 18, 2010, on which it was released in the U.S. and 21 May in Europe and Australia.
- Staff (2003-08-12). "Capcom cancels Red Dead Revolver and Dead Phoenix". GameSpot. Retrieved 2011-04-11.
- "Red Dead Revolver (Xbox) reviews at". GameRankings. 2011-08-18. Retrieved 2011-08-18.
- "Red Dead Revolver (PlayStation 2) reviews at". GameRankings. 2011-08-18. Retrieved 2011-08-18.
- "Red Dead Revolver (Xbox) reviews at". Metacritic. 2011-08-18. Retrieved 2011-08-18.
- "Red Dead Revolver (PlayStation 2) reviews at". Metacritic. 2011-08-18. Retrieved 2011-08-18.
- Alexander Sliwinski (2010-07-02). "NPD on the Red Dead, Alan Wake, and Split/Second retail showdown". Joystiq. Retrieved 2011-04-11.
- Mott, Tony (2010). 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die. London: Quintessence Editions Ltd. p. 584. ISBN 978-1-74173-076-0.
- Stewart, Kemuel (2009-02-04). "Confirmed: Red Dead Revolver Gets Sequel". GamerCenterOnline. Retrieved 2009-02-04.
- Jason Dobson (2009-02-04). "Rockstar goes west with Red Dead Redemption". Joystiq. Retrieved 2011-04-11.
- Andrew Yoon (2010-05-26). "Mafia II and Red Dead Redemption delayed to fiscal 2010". Joystiq. Retrieved 2011-04-11.
- "Red Dead Redemption Release Date Now Official". IGN. Retrieved 2009-11-26.
- "Red Dead Redemption Delayed". IGN. 2010-03-03. Retrieved 2010-03-03.