The makers of Grand Theft Auto talk to Newsbeat about their latest project, Red Dead Redemption 2.
Every morning when I wake up in Red Dead Redemption 2, I do the same thing I do in real life: pour myself a cup of coffee. I roll out of bed, maybe have a shave if I'm looking particularly grizzled, and then wander over to the campfire, where a percolator full of coffee is waiting.
Total immersion in an astonishingly lifelike world - whether you're outgunning rivals or skinning animals - makes this outlaw adventure a landmark game
Red Dead Redemption 2 had a lot to live up to when it comes to reviews. Rockstar's previous game, GTA 5, has a 97 on Metacritic. The original has a 95, and GTA 4 has a 98. The review embargo lifted today, and it doesn't look like this absurd winning streak is ending any time soon.
'Red Dead Redemption 2,' a Mature-rated game from Rockstar Games (for Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One) is a massive open-world adventure set in the Old West. Your character Arthur Morgan is part of an outlaw gang that's on the run and faces encroaching law and order.
Rockstar Games enjoyed its biggest success to date with Grand Theft Auto V, which has gone on to become one of the best-selling video games of all time since its release in 2013. The intervening years have seen it release no new titles, but that changes this week with the launch of Red Dead Redemption 2.
Last night I took a train. And don't misunderstand me; I mean I took a train. I didn't steal it, exactly, that's not the kind of outlaw my Arthur Morgan is in Red Dead Redemption 2. I was on my way back to camp when I saw the dastardly LeMoyne raiders holding up the express.
From tip to tail, Red Dead Redemption 2 is a profound, glorious downer. It is the rare blockbuster video game that seeks to move players not through empowering gameplay and jubilant heroics, but by relentlessly forcing them to confront decay and despair.
Early in Red Dead Redemption 2, I meet a has-been gunslinger crumpled over a grimy bar in a livestock town on the outer fringe of the American West. He goes by Boy Calloway, but the codger's a long way from that persona geographically, temporally, mentally.
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