The Red Dead Revolver Strategy Guide by BradyGames, written by Tim Bogenn, is a valuable companion for players looking to master the Wild West in Rockstar San Diego’s classic third-person shooter. In this review, we’ll delve into the guide’s key features, design, organization, and clarity, as well as any additional extras it offers.
|Publication Date||12th May 2004|
|Price (RRP)||UK £9.99 | USA $14.99 | CAN $21.99|
- Detailed walkthrough for every cinematic cutscene and action sequence
- Complete weapon coverage with tips for optimal usage
- Expert tactics for eliminating every enemy
- Game secrets and cheats revealed
Red Dead Revolver, released on May 3, 2004, is a third-person shooter developed by Rockstar San Diego and published by Rockstar Games. The game was released on May 3, 2004, for PlayStation 2 and Xbox consoles. Red Dead Revolver was initially developed by Capcom for the PlayStation 2, but it was cancelled in August 2003, and Rockstar Games picked it up. The game follows the story of Red Harlow as he seeks revenge for his family’s murder.
At the time of its release, Red Dead Revolver received mixed yet favourable critical reactions, with praise for its music, plot, atmosphere, and multiplayer, but criticism for its controls, graphics, and bugs. Online review sites like GameSpot and LevelSkip have also highlighted the game’s unique western setting and engaging gameplay.
As of now, there has been no official announcement of a remastered version of Red Dead Revolver. However, there have been rumours of a possible remaster of Red Dead Redemption, the spiritual successor to Red Dead Revolver, which was released in 2010
The visual design of the Red Dead Revolver Strategy Guide is straightforward and functional, with a cover that features the game’s protagonist, Red Harlow. The guide’s layout is easy to follow, with clear headings and sections dedicated to different aspects of the game. Some of the text can be hard to read against the brown background of the page.
Design Score: 7/10
Organisation and Structure
The guide is well-organized and easy to navigate, with a clear structure that allows players to quickly find the information they need. The detailed walkthrough, weapon coverage, and expert tactics are all presented in a logical order, making it simple for players to follow along as they progress through the game.
The guide includes the following sections:
- Basics: Covers the basics of the game including controls, gameplay modes, characters and side-arms.
- Story Mode & Bounty Hunter Mode Walkthrough: Full walkthrough and guide for the story mode and bounty hunter mode.
- Lists, Showdown Mode and Secrets: Information of every item, weapon, Showdown character, Showdown level, upgrade, and cheat.
Organisation and Structure Score: 8/10
Clarity and Explanation
The Red Dead Revolver Strategy Guide does an excellent job of clearly explaining game mechanics and strategies. The guide provides thorough instructions and tips for mastering weapons, eliminating enemies, and uncovering secrets, ensuring that players have all the information they need to succeed in the game. Although the text detail is clear and easy to follow, some of the images are quite small and it can be hard to see the specific relevant detail.
Clarity and Explanation Score: 8/10
Additional Features and Extras
While the guide does not offer any significant additional features or extras beyond the core content, the inclusion of game secrets and cheats adds an extra layer of value for players looking to fully explore the game. I would have liked to have seen more behind the scenes coverage and some of the games early artwork included.
Additional Features and Extras Score: 6/10
Overall Score and Recommendation
I recommend the Red Dead Revolver Strategy Guide by BradyGames for players looking to enhance their experience of the game and master its various challenges. With its detailed walkthrough, weapon coverage, expert tactics, and game secrets, this guide is a valuable resource for both new and experienced players alike. Don’t buy this guide expecting lots of extras such as developers interviews or artwork.
Overall Score: 7.3/10