The internet is going into meltdown over a single image of one color with nothing else but a logo? Must be a Rockstar Games image. Like many other people, we’re getting all hyped up about the inevitable announcement (which better not be a fucking Halloween DLC announcement) from Rockstar for Red Dead Redemption 2. While we wait for our glorious overlords at Rockstar to water the hungering masses, let’s look back on what we loved most about the second game in the series, Red Dead Redemption.
Walking Into Town for the First Time
Armadillo, the first town you enter in Red Dead Redemption, sets the pace for the entire game. The dusty town is full of horses, wandering townsfolk and a saloon directly across from the station. We quickly grew to love Armadillo as our first base of operation, whether we were working with the sheriff, visiting the local store, or getting into a fistfight outside the saloon after one too many drinks.
While we never got to hang someone, the mission called "Hanging Bonnie MacFarline" still stands out in our memory as one of the quintessentially western quests. A dame is in trouble, she’s about to be hanged and you’re walking in your hostage for a trade. But then, it all goes south and you’ve got a few seconds to save her from choking while the entire ambush is exploding around you.
This quest made us feel like we were participating in an actual Wild West experience. It was exhilarating to take aim at the noose around Bonnie’s neck and hit the shot from across the town. Not a lot of missions measured up to this adrenaline-pumping hostage swap gone wrong.
The Great Mexican Train Robbery was another outstanding mission that takes place in Red Dead Redemption. This mission had everything: stealth killing guards, using a Gatling gun to take out groups of enemies, planting dynamite to blast open a train, and even safe-cracking! If you wanted a mission that perfectly summarized a Wild West experience in Red Dead Redemption, this was it.
The best things to hunt in Red Dead Redemption are humans. Pick up your bounty at the local sheriff’s office and find the person out in the wild. You can either kill them where they stand or take them back alive for a bit more of a reward. Or, if you’re like me, tie them up, drag them behind your horse and leave them on a train track.
You met some real crazies in Red Dead Redemption, and a lot of them brought the world to life. Nigel West Dickens, the Snake Oil Salesman, was one character you loved to hate. He would boast of his miracle tonics when in reality you knew it was your own skill that saved his skin time and time again.
Then there was Irish, the drunk and cowardly Irishman who would constantly make you laugh. Be it his taste for the “demon drink” or his quips about Marston’s looks, Irish was always one quip away from being beaten to a pulp in a tavern brawl. Red Dead Redemption's characters were creative, unique, and extremely memorable.
No need to stick to one dirty and smelly cowboy outfit, as you can mix it up with suits, ponchos and more. A lot of these outfits were locked behind in-game challenges, meaning that a few suits were extremely difficult to acquire. If you know someone who had the Bureau Uniform, you know they meant serious business.
Just Being a Cowboy
When it all boils down, the main fun in Red Dead Redemption was just being a cowboy. Whether it was horseback riding across the plains, dodging fire in a town shootout, having a stand-off against another bandit, or hunting animals, Red Dead Redemption felt like an authentic cowboy experience. To this day, one of the most enjoyable elements was hunting down treasure using the treasure maps that were hidden in the game. It was difficult to pinpoint exact locations, but sometimes you’d stumble across a site you recognized. All the small elements added up to one excellent experience.
It’s been almost seven years since our last venture into the Wild West, and it’s safe to say we’re ready for the next Red Dead Redemption 2 game. These were just some of our favorite moments in Red Dead Redemption, but chances are you had some unique experiences that someone else didn’t have. Let us know in the comments some of your favorite moments from Red Dead Redemption!
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