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Always wanted to be a cowboy? Now you can

 

Today I’m not up to much. My voice sounds like gravel thanks to shouting at furniture yesterday. It was a great day, no lies, but it was a bit more stressful than I would have liked. But the end result justifies the pain I feel.

 

So as I don’t feel up to much I don’t really want to do much. At the moment I am sat in my lounge playing Red Dead Redemption. I know this is an old game and I’ve missed the jump on it, but it is slowly taking over my waking thoughts. The story is simple. You are a cowboy on the old west. Your job is to clean it up for the good folks, but as fate would have it, the main guy you are after used to be your best mate. Da-Dah! I’ve been playing (in total) for about 10 hours and I’m a third of the way through. It took a bit of getting used to, but now it’s like second nature.

 

As it’s a Rockstar game it’s MASSIVE, full of interesting and quirky characters. The missions (so far) haven’t been that taxing. I’m not a massive gamer, but I’ve not had any real problems. Yes it’s taken me a few times to complete a few of them, but I’ve got there in the end. What I really like about the game is how emotive the music is. Bill Elm and Woody Jackson have done a tremendous job. It sounds like a mixture of classic Spaghetti Western’s and Neil Young’s soundtrack to the Jim Jarmusch classic Dead Man. Usually I get bored of the music and mute the TV and listen to other stuff, but this time I’m hooked by every track!

 

Other Rockstar games include the Grand Theft Auto series and LA Noire (who regular readers will remember I loved!). Out of the three I’d have to put this as my favourite, LA Noire second and GTA bringing up the rear. I’ve never really got on with the GTA games. I don’t know why, but they’ve never really gripped me the same as LA Noire and Red Dead has. Maybe the idea of running around in 1950’s America and the Wild West seems more fun than running round in the present. It’s harder to romanticise gang violence when you read about it on a regular basis in the papers than about roaming the dark side of the American Dream in period costume. That’s basically what these games are about. The American Dream and how it went wrong.

 

As luck would have it a sequel has been announced. Details are sketchy, but it is in the pipeline. So if you’ll excuse me I’m going to saddle up my horse and bring an outlaw to justice!

 

 

 

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