Red Dead Redemption 2

New Red Dead Redeption 2 Trailer Released

Rockstar Games released a new gameplay trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2. It looks so amazing, and oh so amazingly violent. It’s like Christmas in October, but with a little bit more violence and much less ham. In the trailer, we get some new details on the game set at the end of the 19th century in the wild west of the American Frontier.  The game features a younger version of John Marston, the protagonist of the original Red Dead Redemption from 2010.

Features of Red Dead Redemption 2

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The trailer highlights some exciting features of the upcoming title. Red Dead Redemption 2 will have heists similar to the ones from GTA V. Mini-games will return, which includes cards, dominoes, and stabbing yourself in the hand with a knife (also known as five-finger fillet). I personally never got very much into the mini-games, but Rockstar always likes to give its players a million different ways to entertain themselves.

The Deadeye system is back as well. This is the feature from the previous installment in the series that allowed you to slow time and tag enemies in succession, followed by a rapid volley of bullets that never missed their targets. This allowed for quick take-downs of large groups of enemies and gave it a very old west Matrix vibe. The new system also gives a sort of x-ray vision during Deadeye. This shows you where to shoot for instant kills and might also gives you hints as to where to shoot to cause big explosions. It wouldn’t be a Rockstar game without big explosions, even in the wild west.

Get Excited for a Deep World Filled with Violence

Something that got me excited in the trailer and the previous trailers was the scope of the world and the depth. This is a huge landscape filled with working trains, towns, and a wilderness full of wildlife. The previous game in the series had a big landscape and Rockstar did a good job of filling in the void with random encounters. These were pre-set encounters that would randomly trigger and spawn enemies, damsels in distress, packs of wolfs, people asking for help, and much more. It gave the game a sense of depth in those open spaces and made travel enjoyable. It was a big part of the fun. Fast-travel is normally my default in games with huge landscapes. If they pull off a similar mechanic in this one, I can see hoofing it for some of those longer journeys.


Explosions! Apparently, people kept gunpowder all along the streets back in those days. Image courtesy Rockstar Games

Also returning is something Rockstar is well-known for: Ultra-Violence! You know, for kids!… The trailer shows that you can play a bad guy as much as you want, robbing, stealing, horse-thieving, and shooting at anything that moves. It’s definitely Grand Theft Auto on horses.

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Something that surprised me a lot in the original Red Dead Redemption was that you could kidnap people. You could lasso them, hog tie them, carry them around, and even toss them on the back of your horse and ride off with them into the wilderness. This was how you brought in bounties, but you could also just play an old west villain and kidnap anyone. With the trains in the world, that meant you could tie someone up and leave them on the train tracks. Then you could sit back and wait to see if any hero would show up to save them in the nick of time.

They never showed up. I tried it a lot and never got any response. There was actually a trophy/achievement for this in the game if your victim on the train tracks was a woman. The achievement was called Dastardly. But because I am a feminist, I filled my train tracks equally with male and female victims. This is the 19th century people. We’ve progressed a lot as a species when it comes to equality. Hopefully, the same achievement in Red Dead Redemption 2 will be gender neutral. That way women need not be digitally brutalized at higher numbers than their male counterparts. That’s real equality, people.

Something I hope they add into this game is the ability to not only perform a train heist but also find a way to run it off the tracks, causing massive destruction. Trust me, in the previous games, I tried to make it happen. But no matter how many hogtied townsfolk I laid on the tracks, the trains just kept on chugging along.

So, go ahead and enter your birthday as January 1, 1933, just like everyone else does, and take a look at the trailer. It’s worth a view or two.

Red Dead Redemption II comes out October 26, 2018 to the Playstation 4 and Xbox One systems.