There are times were i think that if i should ever become good at this whole “games journalism” thing and become somewhat relatively well known, my claim to fame will be being that one guy that kinda fucking hated Red Dead Redemption. I reviewed it a few years ago back in my Poor Mans Geek days and it got a whopping 1.6/5 from me. A Large part of this was due to the game just being pretty dull to me, but it also didn’t hurt that i just don’t care about westerns or cowboys all that much. Don’t get me wrong, there are good westerns out their, but for me the whole genre comes off more as retrograde masculine insecurity fantasies more than anything else. And this is coming from a guy that loves me some testosterone filled macho-bullshit (i often spend weeks watching nothing but kung-fu movies on netflix). That’s been pretty much a long form way of saying “i’m not exactly as hyped for this as pretty much every one else is”. But here comes the act two twist: i’m still more interested than even i thought i would be.
See, i really liked GTA5 from a gameplay perspective, and one of the things i liked about Read Dead Redemption 1 was that it was set near the end of the whole “western expansion” era. So, if Rock star uses the same gameplay formula and continues on from the last game (which i’m assuming they will be as this is Red Dead Redemption 2 and not Red Dead Something else or just Red Dead 3), then i think they could make an interesting game about the death rattle of the western frontier. Granted, there’s no grantee that’s were this will go, but it’s enough to keep me interested enough to at least keep an eye out for the story trailer.