8 Reasons Why You Need to Play Red Dead Redemption 2 If You Didn't Play the First One
Think GTA, but with cowboys.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is finally released this week, and after years of delays, hype from gorgeous cinematic trailers and its Rockstar games background, who are the same people who brought you the Grand Theft Auto series, this sequel is easily the most anticipated game of the year.
If you didn't get your hands on the first game from 2010: Think GTA, but with cowboys.
Here's why you need to play the sequel, even if you didn't play the original...
Time to board the hype train!
1. Because you can be a good cowboy or a bad one
It's true! You get to be the star of this story, so whether you play as a considerate outlaw or an absolute scumlord, you get to call the shots… although if you choose the latter, make sure you take out any squealin' snitches before you leave!
2. Red Dead Online is going to be just as good as Grand Theft Auto 5 Online… and maybe even better
While many of us still can't quite get over how GTA 5 continues to dominate the games sales charts - seriously, who's left who hasn't bought it yet?! - what we *do* know is that GTA Online is one of the biggest and best multiplayer games in existence. The idea of having that kind of fun with our pals on horseback is almost too much to bear. We can't wait!
3. It all starts with a robbery
When the robbery goes wrong - and unexpectedly deadly - for your character Arthur Morgan Van and his der Linde gang members, you and your outlaw buds run off to the Grizzly Mountains to hide while the heat dies down. The game starts as you fight to survive in the cold wilderness.
4. The story mission is just ONE part of the Red Dead experience
Have you played Far Cry 5 or Assassin's Creed Odyssey yet? If so, you'll know that the main story campaign is just part of what makes great games great. In RDR2, there's going to be loads of roaming wildlife, and plenty of friendly and not-so-friendly animals roaming dem hills. Hunt, eat, trade, sell, or just let them live in peace - you get to decide.
5. The music changes according to what YOU do
Yep, that's right; the soundtrack is said to contain almost 200 different pieces of music, and different ones will kick in depending upon what you're up to in the game. This means you'll likely get a very unique musical experience compared to your pals, as it's meant to correspond directly with your own actions.
6. You can fire warning shots!
No need to get into the bloody stuff right off the bat. If you just want to show someone that you're serious without jeopardising any lives, you can now fire off a warning shot to show them you mean business. It's up to you if you follow them up with more deadly shots, of course...
7. You get to RIDE HORSES
Not right away, though. First, you'll need to build up a trusting relationship with your preferred steed before they'll let you get too close. Spend time earning that trust, though, and you'll not only have a means of getting from A to B, but they'll also hold extra items and weapons for you, as well as keep you company on those long, lonesome nights in the desert.
8. There's a dedicated button just for lifting your hat.
Seriously. What else do you need?!
Red Dead Redemption 2 releases worldwide on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on October 26, 2018.
- By Vikki Blake @_vixx