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€80m Wild West blockbuster aims to reap a fistful of dollars

Tim Walker

Published 21/05/2010 | 05:00

A scene from the newly released videogame 'Red Dead Redemption'
A scene from the newly released videogame 'Red Dead Redemption'

If the game's success is not stratospheric, it will be considered a failure.

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JOHN Marston is a classic American anti-hero. Raised on a diet of blood and thunder in the Old West, by 1911 he is a reformed outlaw living in peace. But when corrupt federal agents threaten his family, he's forced to cross the frontier to hunt down and capture his felonious former friends.

The western is one of the oldest and best-loved of movie genres, but it has almost never been successfully translated into a video game, until now.

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