Red Dead Redemption
The gold standard of Western games. At least until the prequel comes out next month. John Marston’s truly epic tale of end-of-the-Wild-West redemption for a gunslinger just trying to make his way and protect his family in the new world is a classic on every level. Superior storytelling, fantastic third-person action and one of the biggest open-world sandboxes at the time, Marston’s journey across the Western American Frontier and Mexico was like a page-turner of a book; you couldn’t put it down and, since it’s beautifully remastered for 4K, it still holds up. The game’s multiplayer was a superior experience, too. Rockstar keeps putting out amazing, groundbreaking, genre-defining titles, and if RDR2 is everything we hope for, it really will be the last word in Western games.