I'm going to be a little honest. In the race for "most popular", games keep adding gizmos and gadgets to separate them from their competitor's products, and I gotta say, I'm getting a little tired of all the flair.



From heart beat sensors to shoulder mounted tank busting rocket launchers, it's all neato, but to be honest, just give me a standard issue M4 and I'm a happy camper (not literally of course).


I think this is why a lot of our games take place in alternate universes, like a science fiction or fantasy setting; or it takes place in the near to distant feature...to hide behind the shield of plausibility. Weapons and equipment can be somewhat exaggerated because the developer can just claim it takes place in the future and that explains it away.


So, it will be rather interesting to see how a game like Red Dead Redemption will be received by the community. It certainly isn't the first game to venture into the wild wild west, but it's shaping up to be one of the best. I recall the first one I remember playing was Gun. It was decent and definitely a refreshing venture into an otherwise untapped and seldom used setting.




Red Dead Redemption is a sandbox-style action-adventure western video game developed by Rockstar San Diego, due for release on May 18th, 2010 in North America and on May 21st, in Europe and Australia for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Similar to the Grand Theft Auto series, Red Dead Redemption gives the player a large, open world environment allowing the player to move freely. Players on foot can walk, run, interact with the environment, and combat enemies with firearms. Different breeds of horses are the main forms of transportation but players can ride in carriages and trains.




I don't know why...but I'm pretty excited about this game. Excited enough that I already have it reserved at Gamestop. The thing about Westerns, you pretty much know what to expect, especially as far as weapons are concerned. Six Shooters, shotgun and lever action rifles. No fancy optics. No add-ons or attachments. No large capacity magazines. Back to the basics. Limited shots. Make them count.




The multiplayer mode has me pretty excited to see how it is implemented. I envision rival gangs or posses meeting up in the street and huge shoot outs ensuing reminiscent of the gunfight at the OK Coral. Young Guns is one of my favorite westerns (yeah, I know...it doesn't compare to some of the real classics like John Wayne or Clint Eastwood starred in, but I still like it) and being able to play a game that takes place in that period of time should be more fun than a stampede through the streets of Dodge city.




So, is there an interest for a Western themed game using antiquated weapons or does the community like their high tech toys too much?


Yee Haw Cowboy. Saddle up. May 18th is right around the corner and we'll know for sure then.