In 2010, a new video game classic was born.
“Red Dead Redemption” is widely regarded as one of the finest games made in the past 10 years. It takes the open-world environment of “Grand Theft Auto” and twists it into something entirely unique: a third-person, open-world action game set in the Old West — it’s even made by the same folks behind “GTA”! We’re talking mid-1800s, Reconstruction-era America, as it transitioned from a lawless frontier to modern civilisation. This is not stuff that video games tackle.
And that’s part of why people are so incredibly excited for “Red Dead Redemption 2,” which was announced this week. We got our first look at the game on Thursday and, well, it’s drop dead gorgeous.
Right? Let’s dive in.
If these graphics look too good to be true, think again: These incredible visuals were captured on a PlayStation 4.
The amount of detail in this horse and buggy is maybe even more stunning than the glorious sunsets and roaring trains.
More than just open plains and roaming buffalo, 'Red Dead Redemption 2' will clearly feature some form of early frontier towns.
No doubt the game will be full of bizarre, colourful characters. Here's hoping we'll get an adorable dog that fights with vultures as an in-game pet!
When the game isn't goofing on old prospectors, it's dealing in the occasional bleakness of life on the frontier.
In Rockstar's telling, the Old West is a lawless land ruled by frontier justice -- often in the form of a Smith & Wesson.
Thankfully, this isn't a game of constant combat. You're just as likely to tend a ranch as to burn it to the ground.
But make no mistake, this is a game about a gang of seven -- like Akira Kurosawa's film classic 'Seven Samurai.'
The teaser image of 'Red Dead Redemption 2' also features this gang of seven prominently, as silhouettes:
It looks like we'll be doing more than horseback riding -- this canoe adventure looks quite pleasant!
Listen, I know you saw this image above, but let's once again marvel at how incredible this is. Look at the sky! Look at the reflection of fire in the water!
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