Storytelling comes close to rivalling cinema
There's no fire without smoke
For you it might be the whinnying of your horse as you ride perilously close to the mountain edge; or your bullet narrowly missing the rabbit as it scutters off through tall grass. Whatever they are, such moments are so vivid and so brilliantly executed that they will stick in your mind for a long time to come.
The narrative is equally memorable. Here Rockstar’s storytelling surpasses even GTA IV, and comes close to rivalling cinema. Every character, every line of dialogue, every situation convinces. Rockstar’s grasp of the zeitgeist infuses the late 19th Century setting with its signature satire on capitalism and The American Dream.
John Marston, the protagonist, continues the maturing process started with GTA IV’s Nico Bellic. Like Nico, John marks a distancing from the antiheroes of previous Rockstar games. Where Nico felt a victim of his situation, only dreaming of a crime free existence, John represents Rockstar’s first true moral blank canvas.
You’ll still deal with unsavoury characters and participate in morally questionable activities - this is Rockstar after all. But, if you choose a virtuous path, enforced transgressions never feel quite so reprehensible amid the lawlessness of the Wild West. Choosing the right side of the law, you’re still going to see some ugly stuff.
Tying up loose ends
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Errm, shouldn't these reviews state what platform?
It's available on, and if multiplatform, what it was reviewed on..
I picked up the PS3 version at the weekend and it is truly an awesome game.
Funnily enough, most of the colonials I know - and I know quite a few, being one - tend to spell words like "voilà" and "per se" more accurately than many individuals from the Mother Country.
This game is seriously awesome. I love the online part as well and have already got a posse together for taking on banditos.
But! I still prefer GTA4 because I am basically an urban individual and armadillos scare me.