Red Dead Redemption 2
It continues to look better and better
It’s difficult to believe, but it’s almost here: a brand new open-world experience from Rockstar Games.
The company has been hard at work on a sequel to Red Dead Redemption for a number of years now and we are finally starting to get our first real taste of what to expect from this sprawling new western.
Red Dead Redemption II is going to be a prequel to the 2010 classic, giving us a firsthand look at how Dutch and the gang became such infamous outlaws. Through the eyes of protagonist Arthur Morgan we will see their transformation from a gang of nobodies to a group that is feared by everybody – from a decidedly younger John Marston to the law enforcement that are hot on the tail of the crew after a number of high profile crimes.
This is all highly exciting, but what we are indeed most interested in seeing is how Rockstar is once again setting a new bar for open world game design. From what we’ve seen already it’s clearly going to be stunning, a vehicle for some of the most detailed and dynamic environments ever seen in this style of game. That’s particularly important here because Rockstar is giving us a huge degree of freedom to shape the world and the lives of the NPCS that inhabit it.
The Honor System will be making a return from the original, although it will be hugely improved this time out. That system, if you recall, affected how settlements and NPCS treated the player – reflecting your decisions and ever-shifting morality. That is being expanded, giving Arthur even more presence and power in the world; every one of your actions, from looting camps to engaging in acts of violent conduct, will alter the way in which character perceive and treat you. How you behave can create small waves – shop keepers may charge more or less for their wares, for example – to much larger ones, with Arthur quickly finding an influx of bounty hunters on him should he continue to break laws and disrupt communities.
Couple all of this with some notable changes to the combat system and it’s clear we are in for a real good time. That’s exciting too, because the studio has clearly learned plenty of lessons from Grand Theft Auto V, implementing them here for all to see. Red Dead Redemption II will lean heavily on slow-motion kills to help frame the action and give it a cinematic edge, while the gunplay itself has also been retooled to be far more realistic. Balancing realism and fun is always a challenge for any developer, but Rockstar is hoping it can strike a fair one here as it looks to improve the depth to Red Dead’s play. This means that players will have more control over rifles and revolvers, letting you finely tune how the weapon fires to give you far more freedom when dealing with deadly duels.
We find ourselves saying this every time we are presented with a brand new Rockstar game, but this is clearly going to be one of – if not the – most authentic and immersive open world game ever created. But then again we expect nothing less, this is a studio that continues to defy expectation, even when anticipation is higher than it has ever been before. Red Dead Redemption II has been a long time coming, and we are still struggling to believe that we will have it in our hands this October. What
we are eager to see now, of course, is how everything ties together and what Rockstar has in store for the multiplayer. Rumours continue to fly – from the introduction of a Mmo-style experience that will build off of what we saw in the original game, to a sprawling battle royale that takes inspiration from Fortnite – but the success of GTA Online has effectively ensured that Red Dead Redemption II will come with its own incredible multiplayer offering. The singleplayer campaign will be great and all, but we are suckers for some awesome online action.
Whether you’re a fan of westerns or not, it’s clear that Red Dead Redemption II is going to be the only game everybody is talking about come October. It looks like a true step forward for open world gaming and an incredible look at what’s next from the industry’s leading developer of interactive entertainment.
RED dead REDEMPTION 2 is the latest project from the talented folks at Rockstar Games. Find out more here: rockstargames.com
The design of the open world is what has our jaws hitting the floor. The level of detail is incredible here. If you haven’t gotten yourself a PS4 Pro or a 4K TV yet this may indeed be the game that makes you take the hit!