Happy 11th Birthday to Red Dead Redemption!

Eleven years ago, many of us were riding to Mexico listening to the soothing voice of José González’ “Far Away”, in expectation to see what was happening in John Marston’s story, and in one of gaming’s most defining moments.

The band Ashtar Command also performed another one of the game’s most iconic pieces – Deadman’s Gun, which you can listen to here.

This was Rockstar’s first proper Western masterpiece after having played around with the genre in Red Dead Revolver, and it was received with massive critical acclaim back in 2010, and very well deservedly so, as it is, to us, one of the best games in history.

Rockstar went on to one-up themselves with the release of Red Dead Redemption 2, a prequel to this first game.

From the attractive multiplayer modes, to the purely emotional story and engaging gameplay, an unrivalled experience back then on the PS3 and Xbox 360 consoles – an extremely happy birthday to the first Red Dead Redemption.

You can also check out an emotional live performance of José González performing “Far Away” at the Rockstar New York studio’s roof back in the Summer of 2010, below: