Rockstar Games is known for some unusual marketing tactics. Most companies will put out trailers and gameplay way ahead of the game’s release. Not with Rockstar who have finally released the first part in a series of gameplay trailers for Red Dead Redemption 2. The game comes out in October, and we finally got a glimpse of gameplay and what’s to come in the upcoming trailers. Rockstar has a certain level of quality that is known in the industry, and they always manage to raise the bar. Consider the bar to be built at a level that nobody thought was possible, and I am saying that after a six-minute trailer that will have other parts following it.
Much like the previous game, we will get a look at a point in history where the Wild West was becoming a modernized civilization. We will see small towns start to turn into cities and technology at a turning point that will significantly impact society. The world is becoming something much greater with the age of outlaws ending, and modern society is coming to light.
The map as any Rockstar game will be massive. We don’t get a full look at what the map size will be, but players will be able to explore a variety of small camps, towns, mountains, deserts, swamps, and more. The areas on the map will be populated with people and wildlife. Wildlife that can be friendly or deadly, which are available to hunt for money or food for your gang. The new hunting system allows players to injure an animal and track them down. Once the animal is dead, you can load the carcass on your horse and take it wherever you want to sell or feast. The animals range from prey, scavengers, and predators. These animals have their own intelligence and level of how deadly they are to hunters or other animals. The population will not just be wildlife, but people too. Rockstar is known for their excellent writing and character development, so expect to meet some rather interesting characters.
You play as Arthur Morgan, you and your gang will roam the world committing a variety of crimes. Once settled in an area, you and the gang will settle in a camp as a base. This is the place for the gang to eat, sleep, do chores, play games, share stories, and more. Each member of the gang has their own story and personality. Arthur will get to know more about each person especially if you decide to focus more on specific individuals who will reveal more about them along with new activities with your family of criminals. These individuals rely on you, so you bringing in food and doing other chores will keep morale high.
Interacting with the world is more in-depth than ever before in an open world game. A variety of button options gives the player many ways to tackle situations. You can simply say hello or compliment people passing by. Creating friendships by helping people or being friendly can happen, everything depends on the way you act. If you are feeling mean, you can antagonize those people walking by. When tensions get high, you can either talk your way out of it or make matters worse. Your words can mean a lot to people around you, but your actions do too. You can beat or threaten witnesses to stay silent. If the police are on you, then you can talk your way out of it if the situation is not too dangerous. It is up to you to make Arthur an honorable criminal or the biggest scum on the planet.
Combat is more profound than ever from hand to hand combat and shooting. Guns will have their own unique characteristics from reloading animations to how powerful the recoil is. Not much was said about melee combat, but it looked fluid and more in-depth. Unlike GTA V, which has one punch to just a few punches to knock someone down, this looks more like actual fighting. Multiple punches and other moves were used to make for a more realistic fight.
The most important thing by your side will be your horse. The functions of horses in the game are radically different and advance compared to the first Red Dead Redemption. This bond between Arthur and his horse can change depending on the treatment towards the animal. As this bond grows, the way the horse controls will evolve. Riding during intense situations will be more comfortable as this bond grows. Choosing which breed will also be necessary. Some breeds will be better for a combat-related task or another will be better suited for herding cattle. Every breed will be unique in these characteristics. Besides the horse, what you put on your horse matters. Saddles, bags, and the horses rear can be used to carry weapons and supplies such as animal carcasses.
Every time Rockstar announces a game, my expectations are set high, this time they have blown those expectations away. With this small glimpse, we will be getting their most ambitious game ever. We will be delivered a world that is alive unlike any other open world game from Rockstar, or possibly any studio. Combat looked fluid and that it will pack a punch. The stunning visuals from evolving towns, mountains, and other areas in the game look incredible. The depth of interacting with random people and your gang seems extensive enough to allow for many different experiences for players. I am beyond impressed and cannot wait to see more.
Red Dead Redemption 2 comes out October 26 on PS4 and Xbox One, you can pre-order the game below and watch the gameplay trailer below.
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