The Wild West has remained largely unexploited by the videogame business, but Rockstar Games intends to change all that next year when Red Dead Redemption saddles up on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
Chanelling a host of influential frontier films - from The Wild Bunch to Unforgiven, via The Quick and the Dead - the game chronicles the adventures of John Marston, an erstwhile outlaw turned bounty hunter, who is set loose on a lawless terrain to bring his former partner in crime to justice.
Using the studio's trademark open-space gameplay, you'll have to contend with wild animals, bloody-thirsty gangs, and belligerent horses against a backdrop of three vast and unforgiving landscapes. If the latest trailer is anything to go by, Rockstar could have another genre-defining triumph on its hands.
Out on 30 April, 2010