Anticipated Game of the Year: Red Dead Redemption 2

Leonardo Castro, Reporter

“Red Dead Redemption 2” is a sequel to Rockstar’s acclaimed “Red Dead Redemption.” The game came out Oct. 26 and was recognized by officials as entertainment’s biggest weekend opening all time, selling over $725 million worth of copies worldwide in just three days. The game is second to “Grand Theft Auto 5” in sales beating it by over a billion dollars in total retail sales. “Red Dead Redemption 2” is an action game set in the wild west of America.

The year is 1899 and by this point, in time the lifestyle of an outlaw is coming to an end. You play as Arthur Morgan, the right hand man to gang leader Dutch Van Der Linde, and you’re on the run from the law with your gang moving across the country. The game is actually a pre-sequel to the first, and to summarize the first game without spoiling it you play John Marston, a person who was also part of Dutch’s gang. It’s a pretty cool experience getting to see the character again in the pre-sequel.

This brings up the question of whether players really need to play the first in order to enjoy “Red Dead 2.” The answer is no, because if you decide to play the second game first, you’re basically just choosing to play the series in chronological order. This is because the game takes place right after the end of the second. Despite this, it does not really affect the experience all too much, whether or not you play the second game first.

In just 8 days “Red Dead 2” outsold its predecessor. “Red Dead” came out May 18, 2010, and sold over 15 million copies during that span of 8 years. “Red Dead 2” has sold over 17 million and is currently one of the nominees for game of the year, competing with “God of War,” “Assassin’s Creed Odyssey,” “Celeste,” “Marvel’s Spiderman,” and “Monster Hunter World.”