Red Dead Redemption – Texas Hold’em Poker Wild West StyleTweet Share
The Wild, Wild West. Those four words evoke a vast array of images for most people. We have all seen the old movies: the cowboys, the gunfights, and the dusty saloons with their dancing girls, bottles of whiskey and poker games. Poker has always been a part of the old West, but never like it is in the new Rockstar Games offering, Red Dead Redemption, for the Xbox 360.
This game isn’t about poker, per se, rather all of the things that we think about with the West in the 1800s. It does good guys, bad guys, blazing guns and every other iconic symbol of the era very well. The difference? When it comes to the poker, it doesn’t just do it well; it does it in a revolutionary way.
Let’s point out one problem first; you wouldn’t have seen gunslingers in the Old West playing Texas Hold’em because it didn’t exist until the early 1900s. The thing is, that doesn’t matter with Red Dead Redemption; the poker in this epic video game will knock you off your feet!
As one blogger gushed, “As such, it seems strange that Redemption’s Texas Hold ‘em grabbed me so tightly and refused to let go. I think it was a result of the diverse opponents, rendered well enough to recreate that human element.” The action is the game is excellent; there are a wide variety of characters, plenty of snide comments and humor, and even the ability to cheat. (Be careful though, that could get you shot!)
The reason Red Dead Redemption is a great video game is the effort that Rockstar Games puts into the details; the reason its poker is revolutionary is that it takes computer poker to a level it has never reached before. Find the goofy avatars at the online card rooms annoying? Not here. Red Dead Redemption’s poker interface is stunning. It offers an experience that will undoubtedly have poker rooms reconsidering how they present poker at their sites.
Every once in a while, a fresh, new idea comes along; it is a bit ironic that it took going back to the 1800s to find the newest one. No Texas Hold’em in the Wild West? Who cares. With Rockstar Games’ new legend, Red Dead Redemption, the poker is perfectly presented and has gamers worldwide talking about it.
The real question is this. Reckon there’s a young version of old-time legend Doyle “Texas Dolly” Brunson lurking in the back room of the game’s poker hall, rustlin’ up another game of Hold’em?
Red Dead Redemption is set in the year 1911, not the 1800s. It is possible that an early version of what we now know as Texas Hold’em was in fact being played during the period in which this video game’s storyline is taking place.