The wait is almost over. Rockstar Games will be unveiling Red Dead Redemption, sequel to 2004's Red Dead Revolver, this week. And while the first game had plenty of Western flourishes, the Rockstar San Diego team went the extra mile (and then some) in concocting a sprawling open world that creates a terrain that's gorgeously faithful to the beauty of the Southwest and its equally harsh terrain. Jake Gaskill has invested over 20 hours in John Marston's world, and this is my favorite snippet from the review:
"Over the course of the roughly 20-hour story (that time included a bunch of side quests and a good amount of hunting), you’ll travel across the American West and Mexico, encounter all manner of wildlife, mosey through dusty ghost towns, get into saloon brawls and live out your wild west fantasies as you traverse one of the most expansive game worlds ever conceived. Filling the gaps between settlements are a wide variety of terrain ranging from snowy mountain passes, smoldering cactus-laced deserts and sweeping plains rich with grazing buffalo, all of which are gorgeous and packed with detail."
I've been fairly reserved in my hype for the game, but after reading Jake's review, I think I'm ready to step into Rockstar's vast world. Read his review and decide if you are, too.