This game follows the Red Dead Redemption of 2010, and as the previously acclaimed game, this one promises to be a show stopper as well. The version of 2010 showed the settings of 1911 and this one is set in 1899, so you can call it a prequel in the real sense. It is an action-packed adventure game with videos. In the previous version, the capture of John Marston to kill the rest of the members of his crew was the highlight and in this game, you will probably come across all those events that may have led to this incident. In this game, Arthur Morgan is the primary protagonist and is a member of Dutch van der Linde’s first gang. There was no mention of this character in the first game, so he is a new addition. However, the trailer also shows Marston and he is a prominent character in the game. The expected platforms of the game are the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
Red Dead Redemption 2 Release date
The release date of the game is 26 October 2018, and has been developed and published by Rockstar Games.
Synopsis of the story
The wild game hunt of the western world is about to come to an end and those who are not ready to surrender can get killed any time. When a robbery does not work out in Blackwater; a western town, Arthur Morgan and his gang must escape. When the bounty hunters and the federal agents chase them frantically, they are compelled to fight, rob and steal in the American heartland to survive. Furthermore, the internal divisions of the gang threaten to tear the gang apart, and Morgan has to make decisions between his faith and ideals towards the gang that raised him.
Other characters of the game
The gang members from the previous game Javier Escuella and Bill Williamson along with the new members Micah Bell, Pearson, Karen, Sean McGuire and Lenny feature in this game. You can also come across Sadie Adler, a new member of the gang.
Expectations of the gamers
According to the gameplay previews, it is a lot like the earlier version, but the scope and the arena are larger. You will enjoy a lot of open space and a territory that spawns across miles. The diversions, the random missions and the side quest are more vivid. The population is large when it comes to the acts of robbing and intimidation, but the key concern is the survival strategies of the gang as it hides out in the forest. The honor system affects the reputation of the player just like you have seen in the previous game, as this system prevails for acts that are both good and bad. The reputation of the player triggers the pursuit of law enforcement, but it does not create much effect when compared with the crimes that the gang commits. The reaction of the non-player characters after the appearance of Morgan in the town is something you need to watch.
Red Dead Redemption 2 Trailer
During a gameplay trailer of Red Dead Redemption 2, the references to the story of Arthur Morgan are clearer. Similar to the movements of the wild gangs of the western world, the one in this story needs to move through the encampments wherever necessary. The player is assigned with the task of providing the necessary supplies to the gang as part of forming the interstices and the activities surrounding it. The encounters of Morgan with the NPC’s are open-world. Whether to escalate the situation or lower it before the shooting begins, the choice can be made through the dialogues. Even though Morgan is largely considered as an outlaw in this game, the opportunity of resolving the conflict peacefully is the essence of the game. The way in which he decides to close the conflicts affects the reputation of the player and reflects in the attitude of the non player characters.
Size of the map
Although the gamers are yet to know about the expansion of the map, and how large it is going to be, the reference to Blackwater that was situated in the eastern part in the map of the original game is now talked about as the western town. The trailers suggest that the setting of this game is likely to be further in the northeast. The versatility and the variety of nature that you can see in the previews suggest that there is going to be a fair amount of mountains with the bayou setting, and the prairies.
Decide the combat
The trailers of the game have hinted on different aspects, and there are explicit details present in the video. A major prospect of the game is melee combat and Morgan as the leader of the Dutch gang needs to show his roughness towards people without killing them. According to the narrator of the video, the gamers need not use guns as the only means of interacting with the environment. While tackling different characters of the game that he needs to rough up, Morgan uses his hands with freedom. For instance, there is one guy called O’Driscoll, Morgan takes control of the guy from the back, flips him over and sit on him to rain those punching blows. Whether it is kicking in the gut or blocking the punches of the attacker, the spirit and action are fantastic. Different controls appear on the screen during all the encounters that Morgan has with the NPC’s.
Interaction with Morgan
When Morgan interacts with law officers, he can portray an antagonistic approach. Unlike Marston in the previous game, trying to leave the scenes of crime behind, Morgan seems to appear as one of the proud and prominent members of the Dutch gang. There is a video clip of the game showing Morgan trying to free a man from the trap of a bear. However, will this action create the impact that it is deemed to be, or is it mere nudging the system of honor up and down? According to the developers of the game, the conversations that occur in this game with the strangers are not one-off sequences. Just like the real-world interactions, the conversations form a chain of sequences that follow one after the other.
Horses in the story
Horses seem to occupy a major part of the story in this version of the game, and Morgan seems to share a unique relationship with the steeds. You will come to notice the bonding he shares with the horses. The more you care for the horses, the better it is for their training and the way in which you can mount on their backs to counter the combats. Morgan’s conviction increases as he takes the chance of fighting, but if the horse is not properly trained, you may not be able to view the kind of fierce encounter that you expect. You will come across different breeds of this animal in the game. While some of them have a good amount of training to tackle things well enough, the rest may not have the required level of energy. In fact, Morgan not only uses his steeds for mounting. Instead, he uses them for storing the supplies, such as weapons, the carcasses of animals either by strapping them or stuffing them in the saddlebags.
The horses in this game seem to be more lifelike, and it shows the amount of time that the developer of the game has spent on making the animals as they appear. A new mechanic in this game is walking while leading a horse by the reins. One of the horses is shown turning off and kicking at the back that reflects that this animal has a mind of its own.
Hunting and gunplay
After the arrival of the third trailer in this game, a lot of gamers may have felt that Red Dead Redemption 2 is going to bring a lot of rare weapons. Even though there is no confirmation yet whether the game will fill their hearts, the reloading animations and the close up of the fire play that you come across in this game is fantastic. There is no denying the fact that the rifles, shotguns and the revolvers are more affectionately crafted than anything else in this game.
Actions of the protagonist
While in the previous game, John Marston was shown carrying an arsenal all the time, in this version of the game, Morgan switches between the shotguns and the rifles. When he runs towards the enemies, he pulls out the handgun swiftly while holding the shotgun on the other hand. The way in which weapons are managed in this game will remind you of another game Max Payne 3 that Rockstar had developed way back in 2012. Morgan also uses a bow for hunting, and his ability to find out the wounded beasts in this game is amazing. Usually, he follows the trail and the way in which he is seen leading towards the creature is highlighted in this game.
The story of this game takes place at a time when the activities of the gang are bountiful. The development of Morgan’s relationship with the rest of the members of the gang drives the action of the game most of the time. While the lawmen try to track them, they are shown constantly moving from one place to change their hideouts. There are menial jobs such as getting the supplies and storing the food while they stay in camps. However, when you play as Morgan, you may choose to stay away from these activities. Living with the Dutch Gang is the only thing that Morgan considers as a part of his existence in this game, and you may note some of the notable characters in the gameplay trailer as well.
Red Dead Redemption 2 News and rumors
As the successor to the much-acclaimed game Red Redemption, people are anxiously waiting for this one too. And it seems that they have a lot of questions in their mind. The character Marston of the previous game seems to have moved out of this one as Arthur Morgan takes control, but the former is seen in this game as well even though he may not be a playable character any longer. The morals of this man seem to be more questionable than any of the other protagonists.
Control of the players
With the players gaining more control and the choice to play this game, it seems that the developers have worked tirelessly to make the world of this game appear just like the real world. You get the opportunity to interact with the pedestrians and interaction with others is one of the major tenets of this game. If anyone witnesses the act of crime you commit, you can intimidate with ease asking them to keep their mouths shut.
Combat in the game
Although it is not exactly clear how the combat is going to appear in this game, the gameplay trailers look awesome and there seems to be a smooth flow of guns and bullets in all the action sequences of the game. Arthur Morgan seems to have spent a great deal of time during his combat with the NPCs. The features of the game are interesting and allow you to explore the areas as well even if you are not keen to engage in those fierce gunfights. For all the excitement that builds in until the game releases, you have to wait with abated breath.