Release date: 26 Oct 2018
Publisher: Rockstar Games
Developer: Rockstar Studios
Genre: Action-adventure RPG
Platforms: PlayStation 4 · Xbox One
In the late 1800’s America was fast evolving from the wild west as we knew it to be today. Meaning it does come complete with towns and saloons full of scoundrels, thieves, crooks, conmen and cowboys as we would expect, however it was a time when the age of the outlaws was dying, meaning the more modern, industrial and civilised world was starting to take its place in history.
Introducing Arthur Morgan (below)
In Red Dead Redemption 2 Rockstar have set out to create not just a beautiful looking OpenWorld game, oh no, they have looked to design a fully functioning living, breathing world. That’s right, get excited because it looks spectacular! As you wonder around the vast lands of Red Dead II you’ll come across towns and settlements full of different societies of people not to mention many different animals throughout the world too. They have from what we can tell put some real time into the way world functions around you the player, with lots of possible random interactions taking place as you stroll through this incredible looking game.
A beautiful looking landscape. (below)
You have to find your inner grit as you take control of an outlaw named Arthur Morgan, a senior member of the notorious Van der Linde gang. The Van der Linde gang consists of outlaws and outcasts who are on the run from the pressure of newly civilised life.
The Van der Linde Gang (below)
Each time the gang are forced to from an area the gang move on a set up camp in a new area. When the camp is set, this is where the gang members, as well as Arthur can Eat, sleep, play games, gamble or even just sit around the fire and listen to new stories of the west. These are the people who Arthur calls family.
Family time with The Van der Linde Gang (above)
You’ll be able to learn more about each member of the gang from the interactions you make with them throughout the game. You’ll be tasked with hunting and providing resources for the camp to keep moral high, as well as letting off steam with other members of the gang. Whether that be drinking at the saloon, or getting up to no good the choice is yours.
Blowing off steam at the saloon (below)
One thing I'm personally really interested in seeing is the way that you can randomly interact with everyone you see. Maybe you want to compliment a passer-by on how well kept his horse is. You can. That’s just the tip of the iceberg with interactions within red dead, for instance, you could talk yourself into trouble with that one local tough guy, or on the other end of it you could talk yourself out of trouble with the local Sherriff.
Talking down the sheriff (below)
It doesn’t stop there though! If somebody sees your commit a crime you can pull your weapon and threaten them into silence. Once again though it doesn’t stop there either! Say if you see somebody committing a crime they will challenge you on witnessing it and it’s up to you if you want to stand up to them or just pass on by.
Arthur getting up to no good (below)
The choices this game lets you make have consequences, you can form alliances and make friends or you can gain enemies and become somebody's new bounty. So, you can choose how honourable Arthur is, this for me really helps complete the immersion of you the player into Arthurs life.
Arthur Morgan and Sadie Adler (below)
Overall though the game looks incredible, I think I speak for everybody when I say that everyone at Druid Gaming cannot wait to jump into this awesome looking RPG!
Release date: 26 October 2018
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Rockstar games, we here at DG salute you.
Article by Wesley Jackson
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