Red Dead Revolver
Rockstar San Diego explored a new frontier that proved fertile. Players mostly took the role of bounty hunter Red Harlow, but sections of the game were played through the perspective of characters such as tough rancher Annie Stoakes, each with a story that tapped into Western movie tropes. Typical of Rockstar’s evolving idiom, the game was full of cartoon violence and funny dialogue, plus memorable and tough boss fights with brilliantly ludicrous villains like dynamite-loving Pig Josh, cow-loving Holstein Hal and cigar-loving showgirl Bad Bessie. Innovative gunfights featured the slo-mo ‘Deadeye’ system to give you the edge, while multiplayer had some great game modes like the High Noon gun duel, literally a 1-4 player quick-draw to the death.