A town called Redemption

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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