Red Dead Redemption 2 Wishlist: After we last saw a game in the Red Dead series in 2010, Rockstar certainly took their own sweet time in announcing Red Dead Redemption 2. Despite being just two games old at the moment (with a third title currently on the way) the Red Dead series is one of the most celebrated gaming franchises in the world.
- What makes them special is their out and out Western setting with effects that stay true to the time being portrayed. Red Dead Redemption, the interim title that followed after 2006's Red Dead Revolver, received special praise from critics for its faithful representation of the life of an outlaw amidst the sprawling landscapes of the Wild West.
- Needless to say, there was a lot of anticipation surrounding the next game in the series, though fans were not even sure that it was happening. However, numerous leaks and rumours about the sequel to Red Dead Redemption had started surfacing way ahead of the game's announcement, and Rockstar's parent company, Take-Two Interactive, had hinted that they had every intention of making the Red Dead series a longstanding one like the GTA franchise.
The announcement of Red Dead Redemption 2 in October 2016, therefore, came as a massive wish fulfilment to a lot of fans. But the curious case of the announcement poster was that it featured seven(!) shadowy figures in the horizon. Rockstar followed up the announcement teaser poster with a new teaser trailer that showed off the world that we would be thrust into, but it obviously did not give away much in terms of the story. We're not complaining, though, and have instead gone back to revisit the earlier games to come up with some of the things that we would like to see in the new game. So here's our wishlist for Red Dead Redemption 2.
Red Dead Redemption 2 Wishlist
As fans of the series, it is strange and exciting for us that Rockstar went on to call the new game Red Dead Redemption 2. Going by the title, it is quite obvious that the upcoming game will have some of its elements in common with its 2010 predecessor, and we somewhat know that we're getting a pre-sequel . But there's a significant time gap between the dates two consecutive titles, so we can hope to see some significant technical upgrades. However, we are hopeful that the new game will stay true to its roots while adopting some really cool mechanics. Here are a few things that we would like to point out.
#1 Female Protagonist: We already know that Red Dead Redemption 2 will feature more than one playable protagonists, and we're not quite sure if all seven of the rugged-looking silhouettes we saw in the poster will be made playable. In fact, there are several other ways to use NPCs in a modern video game. But earlier rumours did hint that like the latest GTA game, we would be able to choose between multiple playable protagonists in Red Dead Redemption 2.
We love the idea, but there are a few things that it necessitates:
- first off, the new game must have improved mechanics to be able to support the different stories told. But more importantly, we would love to see really diverse stories in Red Dead Redemption 2. We came across some really cool NPCs in Red Dead Redemption whose stories we would have loved to be more involved in. And many of them were women.
- So yes, we would love to see a story that focuses on the life of a woman in the midst of the badlands. Perhaps this character would have a revenge story of her own to pursuit, and not many Westerns have focused on women's stories in the past. So yes, at least one of the characters could be a female with her own perspective on what was largely thought to have been a man's world.
#2 Better Combat: Red Dead Redemption was largely a story oriented game and there were a lot of things for us to do when we were exploring the world. It allowed us to loot corpses that were killed in duels and left out in the open and partake in several side quests too. But combat seemed like kind of an afterthought in spite of the abundant blood and gore.
- While we are certainly not expecting to see futuristic battle mechanisms in Red Dead Redemption 2, we would prefer if the combat was turned up by a notch (or several). We could have our player engage in huge brawls that could lead to a session of satisfying melee combat using our knives and bare hands. In no way do we mean that Rockstar should do something that would result in a deviation from the story, but adding some true blue combat would be exciting.
#2 More Involved AI: The seven figures that we saw in the background of the reveal poster could point at another significant possibility other than multiple playable protagonists. In the recent past, we have seen several games where the player character was accompanied by AI operated companion characters. These characters are generally non-playable, but they can be controlled at times. There was a ton of NPCs in Red Dead Redemption, but for Red Dead Redemption 2, it would be a great idea if we could be accompanied by an entire band of outlaw brothers, each with a mind of their own. The player could be put in charge of this band and fight to keep them together.
- The companions could be helpful in raiding places and executing our missions. But making them intelligent could also pose a challenge to managing them properly and keep them working together and follow our lead. This kind of challenge is what could make Red Dead Redemption 2 very exciting.
#3 Crafting: Red Dead Redemption had a lot of shooting and looting going on. We players had the opportunity to take down our opponents and loot their bodies after we were done with them. We could take away their money, useful items of clothing, weapons, and other things that could have use for us directly or could be sold for money. Stealing and looting formed a big part of the earlier game, and everything from money to horses was up for grabs if you could do it successfully.
- However, we can think of so many other ways that these items could be useful, and the first thing that comes to mind is crafting. While the previous games had incorporated the perfect components for crafting, the feature itself was lacking as everything was centred around trading up. But wouldn't it be cool if we were allowed to use the stuff we scavenge to create items that could be useful for sustenance? That is something we hope Rockstar is considering for Red Dead Redemption 2.
#4 PC Release: The two previous games in the Red Dead series have been console-exclusive. While 2004's Red Dead Revolver was launched exclusively on PlayStation platforms, Red Dead Redemption released on the Xbox 360 alongside PS3. But for Red Dead Redemption 2, fans are calling for a PC release on the Windows 10 as well. There have even been petitions launched to get Rockstar to really think about it, and we think it is a marvellous idea. While many fans might prefer it to remain a console-exclusive series, we think it would be great if Rockstar were to open their doors for PC gamers. Not only would it inevitably be more profitable for the creators, it would also mean a whole lot more players would finally be able to get their hands on the game.
- That's why we sincerely hope that Red Dead Redemption 2 will be launching across all platforms (PS 4, Xbox One, Windows 10 PC) at the time of its release. And going by how the earlier title was extended to several other platforms in 2016, it appears that the issue is something that Rockstar is considering.
We all know that Red Dead Redemption 2 will be epic, and even though its release date is still a while away (Rockstar hasn't set an exact date yet), be assured that we will be hearing a lot more about the game during the upcoming months. In this post, we focused on the points that we thought would really add to the title's intrigue while staying true to the series' heritage. However, our Red Dead Redemption 2 Wishlist is certainly not exhaustive, and our readers may have a number of ideas that can make the game an even better experience for them compared to its predecessors. Don't forget to tell us what you wish to see in Rockstar's next big offering. And keep coming back for updates.