Though Grand Theft Auto might be the first thing most people think of when the name “Rockstar” comes up, there’s no shortage of love for 2010’s stunning Red Dead Redemption. Rockstar San Diego’s second stab at the western genre, Redemption delivered a massive, beautiful, and deadly depiction of America and Mexico during the 19th century. On the heels of Rockstar’s announcement of Red Dead Redemption 2, we wanted to tell you why we personally love the open-world Western so much.
More than anything else, I’m excited by those seven figures on the poster and about the prospect of a multiple-protagonist setup like the one GTA V pioneered. Rockstar nailed the laconic Man with No Name, Shane vs. the world approach in Red Dead Redemption, but there’s a whole other world of great Western traditions built around teams and relationships. The Wild Bunch, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Stagecoach, The Searchers, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, and the Magnificent Seven all come to mind as potential inspirations. I want to see great writing and memorable playable characters thoughtfully employed in an interesting, interweaving story. — Jared Petty