Saturday, May 22, 2010
Maddie chose the games we were to play. First up was PitchCar Mini. The colours of the four drivers were Wayne (tan), Grandma (yellow), Maddie (pink) and Georgia (blue). The starting grid was 1st Maddie, 2nd Georgia, 3rd Grandma and 4th Wayne.
Maddie led for pretty much the entire three laps with me in second and slowly gaining on her each lap. Georgia and Grandma kept trading 3rd and 4th position. It was on the last bend of the final lap that the major drama of the race happened. Maddie ran off the road and I was able to overtake her and win on my next go. She took 2nd with Georgia 3rd and Grandma 4th.
Maddie then chose Diamant. This is my home-made version and we use glass stones to represent the rubies and diamonds. Maddie and Grandma took an early lead which they held for the first four caves. On the final cave I pushed my luck further than the other three and was lucky to come away with a big score that handed me the overall win. Final scores were 1st Wayne 47, 2nd Maddie 39, 3rd Grandma 29 and 4th Georgia 15.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
High praise indeed from Seth Schiesel of the New York Times when he wrote "In the more than 1,100 articles I have written for this newspaper since 1996, I have never before called anything a tour de force. Yet there is no more succinct and appropriate way to describe Red Dead Redemption."
Here are some links to just a few of the many reviews of Red Dead Redemption.
New York Times review
Computer and Video Games review
Edge Online review
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
I did a double-take at the train station in the city this morning. One of the electronic posters was advertising Red Dead Redemption. Here's a photo I took with my phone camera.
Monday, May 17, 2010
All links will take you to the Reddead.Wikia page with a game screenshot of the particular weapon.
German Semi-Automatic Pistol
Colt Single Action Army
American Semi-Automatic Pistol
American Magnum Revolver
Civil War-Era Revolver
German Mauser C96 - Automatic Pistol
Smith & Wesson Schofield No. 3 Revolver
Pre-Civil War Lever-Action Pistol
German Luger P08 Semi-Automatic pistol
American Army Semi-Automatic Pistol
A very old but very powerful cap and ball pistol
Sharps 1874 Long Range
Evans Repeating Rifle
Spencer Model 1860 Carbine
1860 Henry Rifle
Italian Carcano M1891 Rifle
Winchester Repeater Model 1873
Winchester 1892 Saddle Ring Carbine
More powerful than the 1873 and 1892
Early American Lever-Action Rifle
American Semi-automatic rifle with magazine
Remington No.1 Rolling Block Sporting Rifle
1873 Trapdoor Springfield Cavalry Carbine
Krag-Jørgensen/Springfield Model 1892-99
Browning Auto 5
Sawed Off Shotgun
Side by Side Shotgun
10-gauge lever-action shotgun
12-gauge pump-action shotgun
Over and Under Shotgun
In addition to firearms, the player can obtain various thrown weapons:
These weapons are stationary and cannot be directly moved by the player from the location of deployment:
Additional Weapons and Equipment
Other than the above, there are other types of weapons and equipment the player can use.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
All pictures are clickable for a larger image.
It appears that hunting and then selling the meat, fur and other parts will gain you cash in the game.
You can hunt all sorts of animals, from the very small...
...to the very large.
And sometimes, the hunter...
...becomes the hunted!
And you will probably learn the hard way that hunting cougars with only a knife may not be such a good idea.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
The world of Red Dead Redemption is huge. It comprises three main areas, West Elizabeth (The North), New Austin (the Frontier), and Nuevo Paraiso (Northern Mexico).
The North (West Elizabeth) - Home to the bustling Blackwater, one of the many modern, burgeoning new townships that sprung up across America in the dying days of the Old West. West Elizabeth may provide a taste of early 20th century modernity, but also its fair share of wilderness and danger. From the wolves prowling the snows of Nekoti Rock to the fierce Grizzlies in the forests above Manzanita to the ruthless card sharks at the tables in Blackwater - traveling the North requires caution and wile.
The Frontier (New Austin) - The last outpost of the American frontier to be mapped, conquered and settled. New Austin is home to scattered townships and forts - but far from tamed. Savage outlaws and wild animals still roam the open spaces, and wary travelers share the newly cut roads with as many bandits as farmers. Trains and coaches move quickly between the larger towns, but a sidearm is a necessity when traveling by horseback.
Northern Mexico (Nuevo Paraiso) - South of the border, across the San Luis River from New Austin, lies the Mexican province of Nuevo Paraiso. Red soil, enormous mesas and scorching midday sun make passing through these lands an unforgettable journey. In quieter times, the locals are not likely to bother a stranger - but there is talk of a civil war brewing in the hills, and mounted army patrols are quick to extinguish any signs of trouble. Tread carefully.
I enjoy exploring open game worlds. Red Dead Redemption is looking like it will be one of the largest and most beautiful worlds yet produced.
Friday, May 14, 2010
Here is a picture of what they look like when assembled.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
In the world of Red Dead Redemption your choices will have consequences. Read all about Honor & Fame and how this affects your interactions with people you meet. While you're at it, why not take the Test Your Honor quiz. You will be presented with five scenarios you may find yourself encountering in Red Dead Redemption that affect your Honor level.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
If that don't get your chewin' tobbaco juices flowin' I don't know what will.
Monday, May 10, 2010
Sunday, May 09, 2010
The Outlaws to the End Co-Op Mission Pack will feature six all-new cooperative multiplayer missions to play online with 2-4 players.
The six missions will be played out across the huge game world of Red Dead Redemption. Rockstar Games have released details about three of the six missions.
Ride a raft down river, taking out rebel encampments along the way until you reach the rebel stronghold of Nosalida and a final epic battle for the town’s massive weapons caches. Watch out for Gatling gun-equipped enemy rafts.
Walton’s Gang have taken control of a mining camp rich with gold. Fight through the camp and load your mine cart with as much gold as you can carry and get out as fast as you can – Walton’s boys have rigged the place to blow!
The Mexican Army has the town of Tesoro Azul under siege. Storm the gates under heavy cannon, Gatling gun and sniper fire to destroy the Mexican artillery placements.
The Outlaws to the End Co-Op Mission Pack will also yield additional multiplayer XP rewards, and brand new Achievements/Trophies to unlock. Rockstar Games are expected to reveal more information about the mission pack soon.
Cooperative play can be a whole lot of fun. I'm really looking forward to trying these missions.
Saturday, May 08, 2010
Fast forward almost three years to 2010. My Xbox has suffered two RRODs (Red Rings of Death) and while this was inconvenient at the time both failures were efficiently resolved by Microsoft at no cost to myself. My view of the Xbox 360 has been slightly tarnished but I still consider it an outstanding gaming system. My only real concern is the issue of ongoing reliability.
Having said that, I've never really been a total Xbox 360 fanboy or ever participated in the ridiculous console wars that seem to erupt in just about every Internet forum I read. I've always viewed the PS3 as an excellent gaming console in its own right, equivalent, if not more powerful than the Xbox 360.
With the upcoming release of Red Dead Redemption my mind has turned to online game play. I know I will be spending a great deal of time in the future playing this game online and I look forward to playing it with friends and people I know. My brother will also be getting RDR but he owns a PS3 and I have never been able to play online with him. This is a pity as I fondly recall the many sessions of the Boot Hill wild west roleplaying game we played together in our youth. It would be fun to recreate some of that western action again with him in an online posse.
In fact, when I think about it, the majority of my friends own PS3s. This has had me thinking about purchasing one myself. With the recent price drop and increased hard drive capacity of the PS3, as well as the many cool exclusive gaming titles released over the last few years, it's becoming a more attractive option for me. I've been considering purchasing a PS3 for some months now but with the upcoming release of RDR, and knowing that the majority of my friends will be playing this game online via the PlayStation Network, well, it's prompted me to make a decision. A decision which I made back on 27 April when I changed my RDR Limited Edition pre-order from the Xbox 360 version to the PS3 version. Yes, I've now committed myself to purchasing a Sony PlayStation 3.
I'm still keeping my Xbox 360 though. I love it and I've got a decent library of games that I'll be playing for quite some time yet. Now I'll have the best of both worlds.
I plan on picking up a PS3 Slim console with a 120GB hard drive in the next week or so.
Rockstar Games have released some new trailers over the last few days. If you are going to view these, or the other RDR trailers I've embedded previously in this blog, I really encourage viewing them at the highest resolution and watching them full screen, just to take in the awesome scenery and game play.
First up is the Official TV commercial for RDR.
The second is a trailer entitled 'Revolution' that shows some of the events John Marston is involved in when he gets embroiled in a revolution in Mexico.
Thursday, May 06, 2010
Here's a photo of a Melbourne tram outside my hotel on Collins Street.