The first Red Dead Redemption was one of the first open world games that really captured me from beginning to end. I can't completely explain why other than it had the right combination of story and freedom. The mystique of the characters and landscape seemed to work just right for me at the time when I played it. It was big, but not so big that I didn't know what to do or where to go. Needless to say, I've been looking forward to the sequel for a long time.
But since the time when I played Red Dead 1, I've grown somewhat weary of massive open world experiences. I've been burnt by a lot of these kinds of games in recent memory. They offer the promise of an experience I once cherished in games like Red Dead 1 or even some GTA games, but have struggled to find since. Witcher 3, while on paper should have been an easy game for me to get into, just ended up feeling too big and overwhelming. To this day I haven't been hooked by it. Fallout 4 took me several tries to get into, and then once I did, I eventually got bored and never even finished the story.
Red Dead Redemption 2, from everything I'm reading, is going to be absolutely massive. This Forbes article, for instance, mentions about 60 hours of gameplay just to get through the main story!!!
While this game should be a no brainer for me (I loved the first one, and the preliminary reviews and in-game screenshots have so far looked spectacular), I'm still nervous about dropping $60 on this game. I'm worried it might just be another Witcher 3.
What do you think? Will you be playing Red Dead Redemption 2?
(Who am I kidding, I'm probably going to drop $60 on this game)