PS4 Review: Red Dead Redemption

Can this PS4 port find Redemption?

When federal agents threaten his family, former outlaw John Marston is forced to hunt down the gang of criminals he once called friends. Experience Marston’s journey across the sprawling expanses of the American West and Mexico as he fights to bury his blood-stained past in the critically acclaimed predecessor to the 2018 blockbuster, Red Dead Redemption 2. Also included is Undead Nightmare, the iconic horror story that transforms the world of Red Dead Redemption into an apocalyptic fight for survival against a zombie horde.

A lot has been said over the years about the original Red Dead Redemption and it’s sequel. It took the classic GTA formula and mixed it with the Wild West to make an epic series which is still held up as some of the best games there are. The original Red Dead Redemption came out in 2010 on PS3 and Xbox 360, since then it’s been added to the Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S backwards compatibility roster with improvements to the resolution. So what else can a PS4 version pull off?

I did find it a bit confusing that they chose to do it this way, but it does provide a way to bring the game to both PS4 and Switch. The PS4 version does add 4K resolution if you play on a PS5 through backwards compatibility or a PS4 Pro. The resolution isn’t the only upgrade though, the visual clarity is definitely enhanced even more than the Xbox B/C version, so it’s ultimately the best looking and performing version of the game.

Obviously a 4K, 60FPS remake from the ground up would have gone down a lot better than this, but despite it being a port…it’s an effective one that doesn’t falter. It does lack the original multiplayer modes, but this does effectively make nabbing the Platinum trophy a lot easier for trophy hunters since the original PS3/360 versions are very hard to find matches. Personally, I wouldn’t mind if Rockstar decided to bring a GTA IV port of this quality as well next.

The Verdict

Rumours of a Red Dead Redemption 3 are already circling, so it would make a bit of sense to bring the original to PS4 or PS5 through B/C. It may not be the remake we were hoping for, but it’s a quality port regardless and full credit deserves to be given to the port team.

Score: 8.5