Red Dead Redemption, A Foretold Success
Rockstar Games has surprised their fans by releasing a new Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer. There’s a lot to say and a lot more to discover but, right now, we at SegmentNext think that the best way to understand and appreciate the game would be going backwards and see how the success formula came into being. So let’s move back to 2002, during the development of the first chapter of the series.
Red Dead Revolver
Not many know that Red Dead Redemption has a “prequel”: it’s called Red Dead Revolver. At the time – early 2000s – the game was under development at Capcom and borrowed elements from games such as the studio’s side scrolling title Gun.Smoke; it seems, however, that team wasn’t convinced by the game as they sold its rights to Rockstar Games.
Rockstar believed that the project had a lot of potential so they added more violence and scores composed by Ennio Morricone in order to give the game a different feeling. More changes were made before the official launch scheduled for May 3rd in North America and June 11th, 2004 in Europe for PlayStation 2 and Xbox.
The main character of Red Dead Revolver is Red, whose parents were betrayed by his father’s friend. The events follow Red’s path from being a kid to becoming a man and having revenge, in a world that’s more corrupted than it seems. This title didn’t include any multiplayer mode and was single-player focused.
Despite its apparent simplicity, this title received mostly positive reviews by the critics and was even included in the book “1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die”.
Red Dead Revolver didn’t receive a successor until 2010.
Red Dead Redemption
In 2008, four years after the release of the first title, Rockstar decided that it was time to give the world another Western game. The project was firstly called “Red Dead Revolver 2” and was scheduled to release for PlayStation 2 and Xbox One. Anyhow, after the official announcement in 2009, the company changed its name to Red Dead Redemption, launched worldwide for Xbox 360 and PS3 in May 2010.
Red Dead Redemption has no connection with the previous chapter in terms of plot. It’s focus, in fact, is on former criminal John Marston who is bounded to kill his old colleagues to prevent his family from being killed.
When it comes to gameplay, Red Dead Redemption has proved to be way better than the first game. This time there are no limits: we have an open world with a huge map and a lot of activities and secrets to keep ourselves engaged between the main missions; Redemption also features a multiplayer mode divided in free roaming and competitive, letting us have fun the way we prefer.
The technical side is fantastic as well and, if that’s not enough, Rockstar even released some DLCs that you surely don’t want to miss.
At the end of the day Red Dead Redemption is a huge success, as proved by the aggregate score of 95/10.
The Future, Red Dead Redemption 2
The legacy of the first two chapter of this series is one of a kind. We are talking about titles that have changed their respective generation of consoles and the way people look at the industry.
Only an amazing third chapter, Red Dead Redemption 2, will be able to stay up to people’s expectations, but we think that there’s no need to worry. Folks at Rockstar love what they do and they are extremely talented, so nothing we can expect if not a great title.