Passing into Legend – Red Dead Redemption

Not a day seems to go by without rumours of a Red Dead Redemption 2 release date.

The internet has been speculating for years and according to the latest round of rumours a release date has been set for Autumn 2015. Now GTAV is out of the way it seems inevitable that we’ll have a fresh new RD game to sink our teeth into but RDR will surely remain a fan favourite for years to come.

Way out West

Red Dead Redemption came storming into town in May 2010 as the spiritual successor to 2004’s Red Dead Revolver. Set during 1911, the decline of the American Frontier, the game follows John Marston, a former outlaw who finds the government are in need of his services as a bounty hunter. Red Dead Redemption brought to life what you always imagined galloping around the garden with a stick revolver
the world was vast but not unending and the variation between America and Mexico kept travelling by horse fresh and enjoyable. John Marston was the bad guy come good who gave us eyes and ears in the old American West as it was slowly tamed by encroaching technological advances.

This town aint big enough for the both of us

What truly set RDR apart from its contemporaries was the highly addictive, truly wonderful multi-player experience. Still set in the big sprawling world without restrictions the multiplayer still had all the epic feel of the single player as it takes considerable time to ride from one corner of the map to the other on horseback. Although a lot of this seems like empty space and dusty wasteland there is still enough to keep players occupied with in world missions & games as well as triggers for lobbies.

The one thing we love about RDR multi-player are posses. Just to give a quick run down, a posse is effectively a co-op group you can form with other players in the free world which effectively lets you act as a gang. You’re kept informed of the location of other posse members and share destination and objective markers on the mini-map as well as sharing rewards for completing tasks and missions – awesome! – but the best thing about being a posse is simply the chaos you can cause rampaging through the frontier. Riding together players can quickly take on and complete the challenges dotted around the map but what you are really looking for is the ultimate challenge – another posse’. When two posses’ clash the game really comes to life as players charge around on horseback and foot desperately blazing away at each other quickly turning the wasteland into a warzone. More often than not one posse’ will try to run and then the gang war becomes a hilarious game of cat and mouse as players chase each other from town to town spreading the chaos wherever they go.

Of course, if you want to be the lone wolf prowling the prairie that’s a-ok too, mister. People who decide to go it alone aren’t excluded from any in-game fights or activities – in fact they might find themselves as a bit of a target from posses looking to pick on someone.

Riding into the sunset

As the game aged and new titles competed for gamers’ attention RDR gave us some top notch DLC to keep the content fresh. Undead Nightmare delivered an entirely new single player experience that saw the world of RDR beset by an apocalyptic plague with John Marston searching for the antidote. The title also offered zombie wave attacks in multiplayer. Various other DLC packs (Liars & Cheats, Outlaws to the End, Legends and Killers, Myths & Legends) added new content to mulitplayer games with skins, game settings and types. New content along with double and triple XP events kept us coming back for more.

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Critics concurred that Red Dead Redemption was one of the best games of the seventh generation era of video game consoles with RDR hitting 7th place in Eurogamer’s best games of a generation in 2014.

Whenever I get the urge to hit the dusty trail RDR is my go-to game, especially when playing with friends. The multi-player, although quieter than it has been is still thriving and however many times you play it, the Armadillo land grab is one of the best shootouts in the open world.

No game itches that cowboy scratch quite like Red Dead Redemption.

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