Red Dead Revolver Video Game Review
This is something of an experimental article. It is not a film review.
A man returns home to his family farm and reunites with his wife and son. But he and his wife are soon killed in an attack on the ranch by maurading bandits. The boy grows up to be a bounty hunter and roams the west killing for money. He soon receives info on the history leading up to the murder of his family. He soon sets out on the vengeance trail to avenge the death of his Father and Mother.
The Western film is considered a dead genre. Because of the cliches exposed by Blazing Saddles, very few people can take these films seriously. Especially children. But Rockstar Games released their Spaghetti Western themed video game despite the public's unreasonable bius to these films. It is one of the very few Western video games released in recent history. And a great tribute to the Italian Western.
The game plays out like a classic Spaghetti Western. The plot revolves around vengeance. A very popular theme of the spaghettis. The vengeance theme is played out classically. The hero receives info on his parents murderers and hunts them down one by one in the style of Antonio Margheriti's Vengeance and Mario Lanfranchi's Death Sentence. The moment before the villains execution is made with emotion and is very climactic. Either with a short yet stylish duel or climactic gunbattle. All the classic vengeance elements are thrown in. A cold anti hero, evil Mexican, and corrupt Gringo who has become respectable.
The characters all are modelled after SpaghettiWestern heroes or heroes of the actual American West. Our main protaganist, Red, is clearly modelled after the Man with No Name. He is quiet, squinty eyed, and fast with a gun. He reacts at the drop of a pin and is merciflless. He shows no hint of any emotion. His humanity has been killed with his parents. The villains are the quintessential Spaghetti Western villains. As I said, there is the vile Mexican. He is short, ill tempered, and greedy. The principal villain is the Governor of New Mexico. He has used the loot from the ranch raid to make himself respectable. He mistreats the people and abuses both his power and money. Among the supporting parts are women gunslingers, English shootists, and a Buffalo Soldier.
The musical score to the game is great. Only because the score is all recycled tunes from the classic Spaghetti Westerns. The most noticeable and most used tune is the finale theme to Ferdinando Baldi's Forgotten Pistolero. Iis the best song in the whole genre as far as I'm concerned and is one of the most reused today. Other songs used are from A Sky Full of Stars for a Roof, Minnesota Clay, Quien Sabe, Price of Power, They Call Him Cemetery, Johnny Hamlet and many more.
For this game to be a real tribute to the classics, it has to of course be referential. There are many duels in the film that resemble Leone. The hero is of course modelled after Clint Eastwood. One great reference is the Gatling Gun of Django. But the biggest references are given to Death Rides a Horse. The opening massacre is set in a dark and rainy setting and a storm erupts as the hero defends his family. The hero then goes looking forvengeanceagainst villains who have used the loot to become respectable. Other references are given to Comedies. One level has you fighting off drunken cowboysin a wild bar room brawl. But the game is mostly serious. The references are so numerous, that is a quite the task to name them all.
Although it is just a video game, it does a very admirable job asa tributeto the Spaghetti Western. It captures the exact feel of the genre and is fun to boot. A very good idea for a game and is quite mature. A great "Spaghetti Western."