Sessler's Soapbox: Red Dead Redemption Perfects the Western

Posted: May 25, 2010
Sessler's Soapbox: Red Dead Redemption Perfects the Western
Adam expresses his appreciation for the time, care, and talent that went into crafting the world of Red Dead Redemption.

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  • Sage_Sakyia

    I love the game, there's so many little subtle things that just make it so great, and a work of art, yes, I consider some games a work of art, not all, but some come along that definitely deserve to be called such.

    **Minor spoilers, non story related though**

    Oh, if you didn't know, if you exit out the upper floor a the Armadillo inn to the right of where you can stay to save, etc, and go over to where your horse is below (to the left of exiting)...yep, you guessed it, you can jump down on him, no need to press the button! I was wondering about that, and tried it, lol. The first time I came across some guy who said his friend was being hanged and wanted me to go save him, I didn't think I could shoot the rope, I figured (like how in most games) that I'd just kill the bad guys and then a cutscene would ensue, with the person getting them down, or me, so, they died, lol, so then I killed the friend that asked me to help him, well, he was really upset, thought I'd put him out of his misery, lol.

    Anyway, it wasn't until after all that, that I thought.. I wonder if I can shoot the rope, the actual part in the middle, which, I might add, is somewhat hard to hit, esp. when you're on a horse going forward somewhat, even in Dead eye mode, then later on I realized you could shoot the part wrapped around the tree, which is easier to hit, which yeah, makes sense, I just didn't realize the extent of the physics in the game, I wasn't aware you could do that. One time, in the same situation, I decided not to help, and rode on, quite a ways, and then found the woman and decided to kill them and shoot her down, I did, then she ran back where I came from, towards the guy who wanted me to save her, I didn't see her in sight, I looted the bodies, then as I was getting back on my horse, I see a horse ride by with that guy and the woman I just saved on it, I was pretty impressed. Why you ask? Because usually, well, in most games, you'd save the woman and then she'd run off, and that would be it, but after like what, 15-20 sec I see them galloping on by, it's "that" kind of detail that makes this game so great, and that's not even the best example.

    I was galloping along one time and saw some guy on the ground, on his knees I guess, next to a woman, who was dead, and he said something to the extent of there's no point in living anymore or something along those lines, can't remember exactly, I preceded to continue on, next thing I know, I hear a gunshot, he shot himself in the head....wow..it's moments like those that make me enjoy the game even more, thank you Rockstar, I luv you guys/gals. :-)

    Posted: May 26, 2010 5:56 AM
  • killerwaffles93

    Adam your right as always i am living with my friend and he just got this game and I cant get enough of it its is a simbol of what makes video games great and why we play them its to be able to relive or live for the first time in a world different from are own adam if you can could you right back to me on the forum or on xbox live my gamertag is the same as my username on this website you are my insperation and also why I did great at analizing hamlet in my english class.

    Posted: May 26, 2010 5:44 AM
  • Aggronut

    Anyone else surprised that Rockstar made a game where the main character is opposed to sexual advances from women, and instead holds onto his values, and respects his wife and child?

    Intruiging how with all the negative publicity Rockstar gets for hookers in GTA, Marsten's rejections go unnoticed.

    Posted: May 26, 2010 5:34 AM
  • titanrage83

    i like draggin people with horse. it makes me horny

    Posted: May 26, 2010 1:17 AM
  • expl0siv0

    Nice, I love the connection to how gaming became mainstream whether we liked it or not. Given I'm too young to have experienced this time when gaming was niche, but I love the comparison anyway! Keepemcomin'!

    Posted: May 26, 2010 12:32 AM
  • PcBuilder

    This is my game of the century.

    Posted: May 26, 2010 12:13 AM
  • theantigzus

    ive already gotten further in the story than all the GTA's combined and just being in a posse with your friends is so enjoyable. id say contender for GOTY

    Posted: May 26, 2010 12:05 AM
  • SirCitadel

    i picked flowers for an hour and a half last night. never thought i would say that.

    the other day my bro came over after i told him how BA the game was. i showed him how i could lasso peeps, use dead eye, the whole nine. then as i was riding, i abruptly stopped to pick up some flowers. he gave me a weird look and i said: "im trying to rank up my... thing..."

    Posted: May 25, 2010 11:53 PM
  • Dunkelregen

    I must say, RDR is the best western game since Outlaws from LucasArts (which also had a great soundtrack, although less subdued).

    I guess you're right about westerns being replaced by cops around the late '60s and early '70s. I guess we can thank Eastwood for not only killing the notion of the man in the white hat as well as ushering in the hard-as-nails cop.

    I am certainly not complaining. The rise of the rogue anti-hero gave us a lot of really cool characters..... and makes it easier to emulate them, since you can do nasty stuff like shoot first, as long as you come back to save Luke in the end.

    Posted: May 25, 2010 11:43 PM
  • BryanHelp

    Gun.Smoke for NES still rox! I'm only 26 so I'm not terribly old! lol

    Posted: May 25, 2010 11:04 PM
  • BryanHelp

    Gun.Smoke for NES still rox! I'm only 26 so I'm not terribly old! lol

    Posted: May 25, 2010 11:03 PM
  • BryanHelp

    Gun.Smoke for NES still rox! I'm only 26 so I'm not terribly old! lol

    Posted: May 25, 2010 11:03 PM
  • Notafanboythatiknow

    Very informative and passionate Soapbox as usual. I am glad your commencement speech went well. I have not had 30 minutes of spare time to watch the speech but will do today or tomorrow.

    Red Dead Redemption has been in my radar since it was announced because there are not many good westerners. I want to take the space provided in this forum to bring up an issue that not many times is discussed, As a person with limited mobility (I have Muscular Dystrophy), I was disappointed to find out that the controllers on this game were kind of clunky.

    My biggest complaint is the use of the L2 and R2 for shooting (I have a PS3). I find it easier to use the shooting mechanic in Uncharted 2 (I game a truly enjoyed, and the control scheme was great to me), where L1 and R1 are used. In my opinion game developers should not discourage people from playing games because of weird control schemes, especially when they create great games.

    I will eventually play the game, and hopefully, I will be able to handle the controller effectively and enjoy this great game. Thanks for reading my comment.

    Posted: May 25, 2010 10:38 PM
  • ZORDONofEltar

    scenery is amazing in this game.
    the last good game i was so involved with like this was fable2. Even in the mines in Red Dead Redemption i think a hobbe is going to pop out.

    VALVE should team up with ROCKSTAR and bring us an open world L4D....but keep safe house/chapters types for the online.sorry i had to throw this in because i am a L4D freak.

    Posted: May 25, 2010 9:18 PM
  • xxCoolMikexx

    I'm now sold on Red Dead Redemption. Thanks, Adam!

    Posted: May 25, 2010 8:42 PM
  • Shiztacular

    Sess never ceases to Impress.

    Posted: May 25, 2010 8:26 PM
  • kayderek18

    Way to make me feel like i absolutely need this game now Adam. My bank account is waiving its fist at you.

    Posted: May 25, 2010 8:24 PM
  • Steema

    I truly appreciate Adam's point of view on R* and their works huge success in the gaming industry. Great episode.

    Posted: May 25, 2010 7:12 PM
  • Fex_Anderson

    I knew you were going to use that idea, the whole "Sense of place" thing. Because I've been playing it, and though I haven't beaten it yet, I've been thinking "This is that sense of place that Adam Sessler is always talking about."

    Two other things... I think that the writing is good as well, and also I think the game does a very good job of keeping track of side quests. GTA4 I think did a terrible job with side quests(mainly because they were hard to find and most were boring) and Borderlands(because those damn menu screens were such a mess) as well. RDR reminds me of Fallout 3 as much as it reminds me of GTA4. Think about it. It has that sense of place, and that place is a large, barren world. And the side quests are easy to keep track of and they're fun to do. I can see myself losing a lot of time into this game.

    Posted: May 25, 2010 6:17 PM
  • ManicMTG

    still waiting for video of adam playing Just Dance

    Posted: May 25, 2010 6:17 PM