I play games. I’ve done so since the late 80’s starting with a vic 64. Got onto PC with my 8086 but I own every single console out there and I do find some time playing games on them. With one exception – Wii. It’s not my thing and it has nothing to do with the graphics either. It’s just a very bad control scheme to me.
While DDO have consumed a lot of my gaming time I do switch to other games as well; latest being borderlands and even GTA IV on my PC.
I don’t know what got into me, but I saw a commercial for Red Dead Redemption and watch a walk through on the TV in one of those gaming shows. And it seemed to appeal to me a lot more than it’s modern cousin GTA. Maybe it’s because I’ve played GTA in it’s many version and outside story and graphics the basics are the same. Be a criminal, do criminal stuff and get tired of doing mission and freeform driving, stealing, killing people and cops.
So what’s so different when it comes to ‘GTA’ in wild west? I don’t know if it’s the compelling story, handling horses, breaking in horses, capturing wild horses, killing all sorts of animals for meat, feathers or skins or just do whatever freform stuff you’d like to do either good or bad.
Like randomly riding around coming across a cannibal trying to kill and eat a kidnapped woman. Or running into a guy challening you to shoot so many birds within a time limit. Or by mistake killing a regular person (not a bad guy) and get a possy on you, outrunning it but still have a bounty on you that you can pay off or use a pardon letter to get rid off (that you can find in outlaw camps).
There’s something really nice about having the freedom to do whatever you like and to follow a mission. To buy a rabbit foot for luck (when pulling loot) and to get a 2 barelled shot gun or maybe a sniper rifle. To help a man being attacked by wild dogs and kill em. Or help a prospecter ambushed by a couple of bandits and get a treasure map as payment. (I haven’t found or started looking for the treasure but it does sound fun).
Or survive and win a duel against some trashtalking hick. And then read about your exploits in the newspapor as you gain fame or infamy.