Metacritic (Xbox): 74/100
Metacritic (PS): 72/100
Release: May 2004
Reviewed on: PS2

Red Dead Revolver

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Good: Wild West setting – Weapon options – Deadeye duels fits the setting perfectly
Bad: Just doesn’t create enough connection with the main character
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Red Dead Revolver is the spiritual predecessor to the critically acclaimed Red Dead Redemption. The game launched for the Xbox and PlayStation 2 in 2004.


Just like the game that came after it players will be experiencing the Wild West through a third person perspective. The game depicts this setting as quite violent with plenty of strong characters and music elements that make it feel almost like a Wild Western movie.

In the game you’ll play as Red, a bounty hunter who lost his parents to the less than reputable General Diego. After battling through a number of gangs the player will discover the true events that led to their parent’s death and finally get the revenge they have been seeking their entire life. It’s definitely a standard revenge story that you would have played through at some point in your gaming career but Red Dead Revolver pulls it off pretty well with a nice atmosphere and setting the whole way through.

During your adventure in Red Dead Revolver you’ll master fairly standard third person shooter mechanics while increasing your arsenal of weapons. Fighting off outlaws takes place across a number of levels which are all fairly self contained and does sometimes feel a bit tedious towards the end of the game.

At the start of your Red Dead Revolver story you’ll have a simple six shoot pistol but eventually upgrade to more powerful revolvers, rifles, explosives and even throwing knives. Your arsenal of weapons definitely isn’t small and one of the better elements of the game.


To bring the game together players will find a deadeye system to slow down time, allowing you to pick your shots before unloading all your bullets. This also ties into the duel system which has Wild West written all over it.

Red Dead Revolver might not be as good as the game that came after it but it’s still a solid shooter in a Wild West setting.


  • Return to the original inspiration for Red Dead Redemption.
  • Plenty of weapons top add to your arsenal.
  • An adventure of good old fashioned revenge.
  • Use the deadeye feature to slow down time and pick your shots.
  • On Xbox and PlayStation 2.

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