I don’t write about games that much these days, but buckle up — we’re returning to the world of the outlaws very soon. With the release date only three months away on October 26, 2018, Red Dead Redemption 2 will be available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and this is the first game I’ve seen that makes me consider upgrading my old Xbox 360!
The development of Red Dead Redemption 2 was first announced in October 2016. Fans were understandably overjoyed, considering that it’s been eight years since Red Dead Redemption was first launched. A few trailers have been released since then, but none of them focused on the upcoming title’s gameplay. However, what was clear was that the game is a prequel to the first, and that John Marston, the original protagonist, will also make an appearance.
Just recently, Rockstar Games dropped a 6-minute video detailing the game mechanics of Red Dead Redemption 2. Aside from admiring the gorgeous views of 1899’s Wild West, players will be able to enjoy new activities that were not available in the first game. The video explains that players will control Arthur Morgan, who is one of the members of an outlaw gang led by Dutch van der Linde. Other members of Dutch’s Gang include Micah Bell, John Marston, Bill Williamson, and Javier Escuella. For those who don’t remember, van der Linde was one of the main antagonists in the original Red Dead Redemption game.
The two major points discussed were the gang activities and training an in-game horse. The player’s home base is the nomadic gang’s camp, where you can accomplish missions like securing food or supplies in order to contribute to the gang. You can also bond with other gang members and unlock their secrets. Then there is a special bond with your horse to consider, too. The narrator iterates that training your horse is crucial if you want it to follow your orders faster.
Just like in the original game, this new entry features an honour system as well. All of the player’s choices will affect the way other characters interact with him. Morgan can either be a merciful cowboy, a heartless outlaw, or somewhere in between. Polygon also pointed out that conversations with random strangers won’t be one-off sequences. They’ll chain together as you go through the storyline.
Red Dead Redemption was one of the most critically acclaimed and bestselling video games of its time. We here at Yet Another Review Site loved it when it first came out, as there’s simply no other open-world Wild West game like it. As a result, many other game developers and TV producers were inspired by the original Red Dead Redemption. The executive producers of HBO show Westworld, for instance, cited the game as one of their biggest influences. The show is based around a Western theme park where visitors can interact with hyper-human robots. Similar to the game, the park features branching storylines (or quests), depending on which robots you interact with. Meanwhile, Foxy Bingo’s Dead or Alive puts the focus on the outlaws themselves. In this game, you are tasked with hunting the most wanted men in the Wild West. Although its gameplay is not as complex as Red Dead Redemption’s, it still brings the award-winning video game’s atmospheric vibe to life through its graphics and soundtrack.
Because of the original game’s strengths and lasting influence, The NPD Group predicts that Red Dead Redemption 2 will sell the most copies of any game released in 2018. And it wouldn’t be a surprise if that actually happened, because the game is one of the most anticipated titles of the year. However, until its release, we’ll just have to hold onto our horses to find out if that forecast will indeed come true.