Red Dead Revenge. Has an interesting ring to it. Oh also - this goes without saying - for those that haven't had the chance to play the campaign of Rockstar's masterpiece, Red Dead Redemption, not only do I urge you to go and play the game immediately, I also suggest you don't read ahead. Spoiler alert! So now that I've separated you lot, let's talk about the conclusion of Red Dead Redemption, which still resonates 5 years after its release date.
What do we think about its conclusion? I have to say that I think it's one of the greatest endings in video game history. Rockstar were so brave in having us connect with this incredible character and then control the moment when he is helplessly taken out. No matter how good a shot you were in Red Dead Redemption, you weren't getting out of that situation alive as John Marston.
Throughout my interaction with Video Games over the years, I have very seldomly recalled how companies have wrapped up their games. Why? Because they are usually boring or at the very least too standardised. Having John Marston walk away after all he'd done, or taken out every man in front of his barn at the end, would have been ridiculous and probably pretty forgettable. Rockstar ensured that you wouldn't wander this world as John Marston anymore once the campaign was completed and I loved it.
Yeah, Jack wasn't as cool as his father. But it wasn't a cop-out ending. They weren't attempting to shoehorn a franchise onto the end of Red Dead Redemption, but were brave enough to kill off the character that we experienced a modern masterpiece through. It was everything but forgettable and I wish that GTA V could have had the same emotional power and depth that RDR does - I'll probably forget how it ended in the years to come. But what would you think of Red Dead Redemption 2 picking up from where Rockstar last left us?
Jack Marston in Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption 2
As with all of Rockstar's open world games, Red Dead Redemption allowed us to roam around its map once the campaign was completed. This in itself made the ending of RDR more shocking. We had expected to be playing as John Marston once the credits rolled but instead we were left to control his son, Jack Marston. Jack became a really interesting character towards the end of the main campaign as we lived out our life on a farm way out west.
This section of the game was so unusual as John had to tend to problems around the farm and basically just live. He wasn't murdering or robbing banks or trains. He was siting home, talking with his wife and son and trying to make a great home for his family. Seriously, I love the shit out of this game. But then we're suddenly brought to the terrifying realisation that John isn't going to be able to walk away from his past. After he says goodbye to his family, we mourn and then years later are released into the wild as Jack.
What would you think of Red Dead Redemption 2 picking up from this point? Would you like to play a Red Dead Revenge story as Jack Marston? Personally, I already took it out on an entire town in my head. The second I took control of Jack in complete surprise, I rode to the nearest saloon and killed everyone in a fit of rage and emotional trauma. I personally don't think it'd be a good idea for Rockstar to pick up the tale where they left it.
Maybe a new time, set earlier or later with completely different characters would be more suited. Maybe Red Dead Redemption should be left as a standalone experience, just like Red Dead Revolver. But what do you think fans? What do you want out of Red Dead Redemption 2 on its release date for the XBOX One, PS4 and PC? Let us know in the comments!