First Red Dead Redemption Multiplayer Preview Impressions from IGN, GameSpot and More
The first impressions of Red Dead Redemption's multiplayer modes are live across the web alongside our latest gameplay video, Multiplayer Free Roam. Here's a sample:
"Red Dead Redemption's lobby system is much more than a simple place to hang out. It's massive and dynamic and puts almost any other open world game to shame. This online meeting space takes the lobby system in GTA IV to the next level. The world feels alive and interactive -- it's a true virtual sandbox. Random homesteaders will travel by. Birds fly overhead. Storms roll in and fill crevasses with water. The posse leader can place waypoints for the group, but I rarely followed them. The Red Dead lobby offered some of the most random fun I've had in a game in a long time." - IGN
"In non-team free-for-all modes, everyone then stands around in a circle, weapons drawn. You can see exactly who's aiming at you, and when the game says shoot, you fire until no one's left standing. It lends a sense of palpable anticipation to the start of each match, and is a simple, but effective way to decide who starts out with the upper hand -- an effect that's almost as exciting as the match itself." - 1UP
"On one end, there are those fixed game modes for players who enjoy engaging in traditional multiplayer matches and working toward earning a tangible reward like experience points. But there's also the potential for free-roaming creativity with little in the way of restrictions. Whether you're in the mood for a standard deathmatch or prefer coming up with new games like "The First Annual Nuevo Paraiso Man Versus Mountain Lion Contest" it looks like flexibility and options are the two big themes in Redemption multiplayer." - Gamespot
“Multiplayer modes are not the best place to express your individuality, as the choices for avatars are usually limited to either a) brown camouflage dude with helmet, or b) grey camouflage dude with sunglasses. You might be the best player on the field, but the only way others will recognize you is by memorizing your tag. In Red Dead Redemption, however, you can look as normal or as abnormal as you wish. The character customization menus are unusually complex, with the camera circling around a 3D campground full of gangs and posses, helping you decide which grizzled veteran of the frontier you'd like to portray. The elderly lawman with the magnificent mustache? The cocky train robber with the handkerchief pulled across his face? Or my favorite, the chubby bandito, who seem as if he's struggling just to climb onto his horse, and whose enormous sombrero often obstructed my aim during crucial duels. Plus side? My opponents were more likely to hit my beloved hat than my even more beloved head!” – GamesRadar
Read the previews in full at the links above, and stay tuned for more information on multiplayer in the weeks ahead.