Red Dead Redemption works shockingly well on Switch. The classic western of Rockstar does not get to suffer the same fate as the recent Grand Theft Auto remaster of the developer, so you have nothing to be worried about.
Red Dead Redemption on Switch
Here is some sort of nice if slightly kind of boring news: Red Dead Redemption runs really well on the Nintendo Switch. That might not be sounding too surprising given that it is a port of a game that was first released back in 2010 and that the Switch on the other hand has already proven capable of running large, slightly older open-world titles such as The Witcher 3. But given the fact that the recent history of the developer Rockstar Games’ with its rereleases, some fans are probably and rightfully suspicious of this very new version.
I have played the first couple of hours of the Red Dead port on the Switch, which was released today on both the Nintendo tablet and the PS4. I have also had the chance to get into one shoot-out, got to herd some cows, scare away chicken-stealing coyotes, also break in a pair of horses, and then watch plenty of cutscenes. And it really feels exactly like, well, Red Dead Redemption. It occasionally is a clunky open-world action game with all of the cinematic storytelling as well as attention to detail that Rockstar has become well-known for.
The Game Holds Up Well Despite Its Age
Despite the age of Red Dead, the core of the gameplay holds up well, and it is still very much a gorgeous view when you get to ride your horse across the plains during sunset. It still remains impressive given just how much there is to do in this world, thus making it very easy to lose yourself in the quest of John Marston for a better life. It is also still very frustrating when it is you get to fail a mission for being slightly outside of the invisible zone that it takes place in, but that’s all part of the whole experience of Rockstar.
The Game Runs At a Constant 30fps
The developer of the game says that the game runs at a constant 30fps, and that kind of seems to be the case during my time during its early hours. I, however, didn’t run into any noticeable dips, and while it looks very much like a game that is more than a decade old (and yes because it is), I really did not experience any technical issues. It might feel a little bit dated if it is that you are coming from the more expansive and open sequel, but that is not the fault of the Switch.
The Reason for the Success of the Game on Switch
This solid performance of the game is a far cry from back in 2021 when Rockstar reportedly released a bug-ridden remaster of the original 3D Grand Theft Auto trilogy. And of course, the big difference here is that Red Dead is a straight port (and one that is rightly already available on the Xbox) and not a remaster just so you know, so nothing has really changed here, if it is that you are wondering. It is still the same game as the original one from 2010, with all of the extra content that came after it, and this is including the zombie-themed Undead Nightmare expansion.
But for anyone who wishes to play on the go, it is still very much a welcome development that it works as it should.
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