With the recent remake of The Magnificent Seven released a few months back and HBO’s T.V. adaptation of Westworld currently airing, there’s no better time for Red Dead Redemption 2 to come galloping with guns ablazing. After almost 6 years, the sequel to the popular open-world Western has finally been confirmed with a teaser trailer. And the fans lost their shit.
But what’s all the fuss about? If you’re wondering why fellow gamers have such a hard-on for this particular Rockstar title then read on, pardner.
Red Dead Redemption
“Now we got ourselves a game.”
Basically, it’s like Grand Theft Auto but with lone star cowboys, southern drawls, and brutal frontier brawling that was acceptable for its time. But it’s so much more than just another Rockstar sandbox game that you can fuck around with, though. As it says in the title, it’s all about making up for past wrongdoings and facing them head-on instead of running away.
The Outlaw Hero
“John Marston! Remember the name!”
Former outlaw John Marston used to ride with a gang, but turned his back on that life and has become a family man. Unfortunately, the past always catches up with you because karma is a bitch. John’s family is held hostage by the government, forcing him to face his former gang and take them down. A forced mission then becomes an opportunity to redeem himself for his past wrongdoings.
As you play the game, you’ll follow John throughout his journey as he atones for his sins. Don't be surprised if you sympathize with this anti-hero’s struggles to do right by his family.
Hold it right there, pardner! There’s a major spoiler ahead so if you wanna play the first game untainted then you best be skippin’ on to the next section, ya hear?
“Don’t act like no hero!”
Despite all his efforts to redeem himself by taking down his former gang, no bad deed goes unpunished and Edgar Ross still targets John Marston after all he’s done. Once a crook, always a crook for Ross. But in an act of selflessness, John holds his own against an army to give time for his family to escape. He gets gunned down but his legacy lives on through his son Jack, who will be a playable character after John dies. As Jack, you have the option to kill Ross and avenge your father’s death. Whether you go through a rampage of revenge or let it go is entirely up to you.
"Ah, here we are."
The sprawling game map is the other star of the show. From the vast desert to the rolling hills—it’s truly an immersive experience to explore the world under the hot prairie sun.
Cool Cowboy Quests
"Now we got ourselves a game."
Relive the glory days of the ol’ frontier in the comfort of your own home—minus the gut-wrenching dysentery and poor hygiene that come with it. Get sidetracked from your road to redemption with challenges like hunting down beasts, sharpshooting, searching for gold, cattle herding, and playing poker (Texas Hold ’Em style, of course).
And just like GTA, you can get in trouble with the law and do petty crimes...except your getaway vehicle will be a horse you gotta break in. (Playing that Bon Jovi song from Young Guns 2 in the background is entirely optional.)
Undead Nightmare DLC
“You ain’t coming back from that!”
Because everything is better with zombies! An undead infestation spreads throughout the Wild West and it’s up to our fave outlaw John Marston to save the day. Running around like a cowboy while making it rain lead upon the zombies. How is that not awesome?
Red Dead Redemption 2
“THIS IS THE FUTURE!”
The sequel will be released during the latter part of next year, and will be available on the XBOX One and PlayStation 4 consoles. Red Dead Redemption 2 will have an online multiplayer mode that will be the closest thing you’ll ever get to actually living out your Westworld dreams. (Sorry! No Dolores Abernathy here, though)
If there’s anything you can learn from Red Dead Redemption, it’s that the only way to true redemption is to acknowledge the bad things you’ve done in your life, accept your faults, and learn from it.
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