Red Dead Redemption 2 – what we want from the sequel
Could Red Dead Redemption 2 be a prequel? Will it have multiple playable characters? And might it feature New Bordeaux in a nod to upcoming 2K game, Mafia III?
Red Dead Redemption 2 podcast – QorC Ep. 67
“Some trees flourish, others die. Some cattle grow strong, others are taken by wolves. Some men are born rich enough and dumb enough to enjoy their lives. Ain’t nothing fair.”
So said John Marston, the lead character in Red Dead Redemption. While his words lack the lyrical sparseness of a Leone Western, his sentiment aptly nods to the tough, relentless and unforgiving life of the American West. And how the path to revenge rarely runs smoothly.
Set in the early 1900s, this open world action game from GTA-maker Rockstar documents the last Act of the West. An evolving American age of steam, iron and combustion is threatening the frontier spirit, with all its twisted and brutal morality. In truth, Red Dead’s story is more of a Tarantino-esque revenge romp than a Cormac McCarthy tale of gritty redemption. With the gun barrel of the FBI at his back, Marston sets out to take down his former gang, who betrayed him and left him for dead. Nothing a Gatling gun and some dynamite can’t fix.
Rockstar set the game in a sumptuous open world, covering fictional American counties of New Austin and West Elizabeth, along with a jaunt down Mexico way to Nueva Paradiso. Even by current standards, this PS3 and Xbox 360 game looks stunning. The low summer sun catches fire on the dustbowl plains. The night stars blaze in an unpolluted sky. A lamp flickers in an isolated house as a lone figure approaches. The soundtrack by Bill Elm and Woody Jackson expertly hits all the atmospheric notes.
Admittedly, Red Dead Redemption’s main story does rather chug at times, and some missions feel like the now inevitable fetch quests. But when you can get lost playing Texas Hold’em in a saloon or lasso banditos for a bounty, it’s hard to feel short-changed. Rumours abound of Rockstar’s next foray into the West.
Red Dead Redemption 2 (or whatever the third will be called after 2004’s Red Dead Revolver and 2010’s Redemption) is said to be coming in 2016. Potentially, Sony may have tied up an exclusive unveiling for its PS Neo event on 7 September. Join us as we chat about Red Dead’s history and its future.
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