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Red Dead Redemption Review

Red Dead Redemption

Release: August 17, 2023
Publisher: Rockstar Games
Developer: Double Eleven
Genre: Action, Adventure, Genres, Nintendo Switch Categories, Switch Reviews, Video


Great About Rating
8.0 - Gameplay
8.0 - Video
7.5 - Audio

Red Dead Redemption has been out for awhile and its likely you’ve played it before or just heard about it. Now its on the Nintendo Switch! Does it play well on the system? How does it play in handheld mode? Let’s check out Red Dead Redemption for the Nintendo Switch!

Red Dead Redemption has been on previous platforms but for those who don’t know the story, Red Dead is set in the old west and stars a cowboy named John Marston who forced to work for the government. He has to go after an old friend who the law wants and that goes sideways fast. From there, John finds himself either trying to figure out a way to capture his old friend or distracted by the other things you can find in Red Dead Redemption. This game is huge and you can stay on the story path or go out into the wild looking for trouble. There’s even the Undead DLC too! Thank goodness the gameplay is still really good on the Nintendo Switch.


Red Dead Redemption plays the same as it did on previous platforms. The controls work well in handheld mode and it doesn’t take long at all to get to use to the new controls. The saving, by using a campsite in open areas, works well and fits the game while also allowing you to save often enough. Everything from shooting to horse riding is fun and easy to do.

This is a really good port of Red Dead Redemption and it looks good too!


Red Dead Redemption looks really good in handheld mode. The graphics hold up well and there isn’t as much pop-in with objects as you’d expect! That said, the menus were definitely designed for portable mode and the text is a bit too small. Thankfully the subtitle text is fine.

The audio is Red Dead could be a lot better in handheld mode though. The sound is way too low and the subtitles are not on when you start the game. If you are going to play this one in portable mode, we highly recommend using headphones or bluetooth ear buds. For the most part, Red Dead Redemption is a great port to the Nintendo Switch though.


Red Dead Redemption looks and plays great on the Nintendo Switch. There are some gripes like the text being too small for menus and the audio being too low in portable mode, but otherwise, this is a solid port of this game. If you want to play Red Dead Redemption in handheld mode, you can and you should. Just remember to grab yourself some ear buds and you’re set. Red Dead Redemption is still a bunch of fun.

A digital code was provided for this review. Red Dead Redemption is available now on the Nintendo Switch eshop!



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