'Red Dead Redemption 2' fans try these 3 other games
Sep 10, 2019 · 7:42 AMMaggie Grimason
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Red Dead Redemption 2 has certainly struck a chord with gamers the globe over. The grim Western puts players in the midst of the epic American West just as it is on the cusp of change, putting outlaws in battle with encroaching modernity.
With all the emotional heft of the original Red Dead Redemption, but with a more collaborative spirit, the second installation of Rockstar Games' open world Western has become cultural zeitgeist.
Hailed by some critics as the most powerful and immersive video game ever created and described by Game Informer as a "technical triumph," Red Dead Redemption 2 (about $40) has bled over into popular culture in a way that few games have. Even the creators of South Park created a spoof of this moody character-driven epic in their latest season in the episode “Time to Get Cereal.”
Message boards and Reddit threads have been abuzz for months discussing the finer points of the game, and even (perhaps rather unexpectedly) talking about the emotional connection players have forged with the game.
"This game healed me," writes Reddit user grumpybatman.
"I honestly can't believe what this game did to me," says user sneakystatues, going on to outline elements of the character arc that impacted them. Few games have had the emotional resonance of RDR2.
Though most players saddle up and can stay involved with the game for weeks and months, playing through eight unique chapters – each containing dozens of missions – inevitably, dedicated gunslingers reach the end. Where does that leave Red Dead Redemption 2 enthusiasts who long for more?
For lovers of Red Dead Redemption 2's landscapes, spirit of collaboration, open world exploration, and stylish narratives, we have a few suggestions of what to play next.
Perhaps one of the most famous and most well-loved open world RPGs, Skyrim ($40 for Playstation 4) is a classic, and offers players the opportunity to step into the shoes of dragon-slaying warrior Dragonborn. You can modify Dragonborn, but whatever looks you sport, your character comes equipped with spells, and can pick up plenty of other weapons along the way.
Similar to RDD2, Skyrim involves characters in an epic story that keeps you active and engaged for hours at a time. This edition to Bethesda's Elder Scrolls is thoroughly imagined, with as many beautiful landscapes as RDD2, though of a decidedly more medieval flavor.
While players of RDD2 find customization parsing out the morals of their world, players of Skyrim spend time sorting through the millions of customizations available for their character—which, inevitably, determine how they move through the game.
With dozens of well developed side quests, for its immersive quality, its heartfelt design, open world freedom, and depth of story, Skyrim—if you haven't played through the whole thing already—is a great fantasy-oriented follow up to RDD2.
'Grand Theft Auto V'
The Grand Theft Auto series is another in Rock Star's canon that had quite a cultural moment. Often given the title the “little brother” of the Red Dead Redemption games, Grand Theft Auto V (from $20) shares some of the qualities that make RDD2 so playable.
Huge open world? Check.
Varied stories to explore? Check.
Customize your experience and flex your dubious morals? Check and check.
Grand Theft Auto V was released in 2013, and six years later it is still making huge sales, now somewhere around 75 million copies worldwide. Fans of the haunting quality of Red Dead Redemption 2's bleak world might find a similarly dark itch scratched in GTA V's anarchic sense of humor and nihilistic love of decadence and destruction.
Cruising the streets of fictional Los Santos, players involve themselves in a gangster epic that can span weeks. With plenty of quests, side missions, and massive landscapes ripe of exploration, the fifth installation of Grand Theft Auto packs tons of thrills, and its massive cityscape feels ever revelatory.
As a primer or a follow up to RDD2, this game offers similarly designed play from the same powerhouse creators.
'Fallout: New Vegas'
A spinoff of Obsidian Entertainment's Fallout series distributed by Bethesda, Fallout: New Vegas (from $15 for PS3) offers players all the post-apocalyptic bleakness of the family of games, but with the Western flair that RDD2 evangelists crave.
Players explore the open world created by the game designers as they imagine post-nuclear apocalypse in the year 2281, trekking through Nevada, California, and Arizona.
Assuming the role of The Courier, individuals meet catastrophe as the move a package across the Mojave Desert and are attacked and left for dead. The Courier survives, and aims to reclaim their package, wandering a dangerous and violent world.
Players who love RDD2's deeply affecting narrative will appreciate FNV's similarly dark and gripping story. The game, in fact, won huge praise among critics and players alike for its writing, and the quality of quests across the nonlinear world. This RPG moves explorers through the grim West of the future, instead of the past, but is just as obsessively detail-oriented and haunting as RDD2.
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