I play video games all the time, and I keep meaning to write up reviews, so this is allegedly the first of many. RDR comes from Rockstar, which is mostly known for the Grand Theft Auto series. If you’ve ever played a GTA game, you will feel right at home in RDR. Several have said that RDR is just a western GTA. Honestly, it’s hard to argue with them. The game play, sandbox style, hell, even the radar/map are directly out of GTA. If you are used to those game, you will feel very at home. The game really is awesome, there is a ton of stuff to do, epic missions, and some fantastic dialouge. Multiplayer is also awesome. You can play in the full map with up to 8 randos, getting into all shenanigans. From there, you can start several types of games. You get your typical deathmatch, capture the flag (but with gold bags, clearly), etc. Even better, every Multiplayer match starts off with a Mexican Standoff. Name something cooler, I dare you
That being said, there are several issues that bug me. One is the typical thing you get with open world games like this. When dealing with this amount of data/animations, you are pretty much guaranteed to get random pop-in, odd shots of characters reaching under the ground, etc. The main thing that bugs me deals with controls however. Riding a horse feels like driving a boat. Also, the problem that has always been present in GTA games, melee combat, is still miserable here. The main 3 issues are random pop in, abhorrent melee combat, and brutal horse control. My only other real complaint comes with dialogue during long trips.
Your main character is a good old fashioned wild west outlaw. You know, shady past, outlaw tendencies, etc. What bugs me is during missions you typically have long horse rides from point A to point B. Rockstar does a great job of filling the void with speech between your player and the characters you ride with. The only issue is you can go from a happy-go-lucky conversation about the weather, talk of the ranch you’ve been living on, or some other bullsh, to insanely accusatory conversations about your past within seconds. It’s one thing to buy in to a character that will immediately help and do anything and everything any rando asks. I’ll give them that much though. But to have you join somebody in a mission that you just met, have a nice conversation that suddenly changes into a huge argument over something random, and then get into a huge gunfight alongisde them, makes no sense. I’m all for having conversations on the way to a mission, but the way they jump from friendly to accusatory on the drop of a hat makes no sense at all.
All that being said, the game really is fantastic. If you’ve ever enjoyed a Rockstar/GTA game, you need this. If you have ever wanted to live out a good old fashioned western, you’d be crazy not to pick this up. The game really is fantastic. Sure, there are some hiccups in the game, but it really is great.
Edit:At the time I wrote this, my logic for the 8 was I didn’t want to start to high with my first review and just hand out high marks. After some more thought (and some mockery from a friend) I realized this was silly and I went too far the other way. 9 of 10 makes much more sense
It is my belief that everybody needs an entrance song. Whether you dream of joining the WWE, becoming a major league baseball player, or just want to have minions announcing your entrance into a room, you need a song that will make people treat you with respect when you make your presence known. I know, you’re probably too busy in your life as King of your imaginary world or practicing your pile driving skills to come up with one. So I’ve compiled a list for you.
I probably think about entrance music as much as I quote the Simpsons to myself, which is all the time.
I don’t think I can count how many times I’ve had a conversation about this, typically about at bat music. I’ve had several different plans for it, my favorite being a rotation of probably 4 songs. When the 1st song is played, if I get a hit in that at bat, the music stays until I don’t, then go down the list. If more than 4 ABs, I put myself at the mercy of the sound guy if I suck to where I cant get a hit within those ABs.
“This isn’t important enough to LeBron James. That’s the uncompromising, unconquerable truth. Everything has come too easy to him, and he still doesn’t believe that winning championships takes a consuming, obsessive desire that borders on the maniacal.”—
I guess I need to turn into an adult at some point now
What a nice round number, with my 700th post I get to announce that yesterday I finished law school! I’m taking the Texas Bar Exam in July and then will start actually being a contributing member of society. This is a bit of a terrifying thought, but I put it off for as long as I could. LAWYA son.