Red Dead Redemption: it just hasn’t grabbed me
I’ve put in something like six hours so far on Red Dead Redemption, Rockstar San Diego’s western epic. I’ve done missions for many different people, I’ve shot many innocent bystanders, I’ve played my share of poker and I’ve moseyed along a huge part of the map. But it’s not grabbed me. I’m not craving being able to play it now. I don’t feel I have to get back to the game as soon as possible. And I feel like – as a result – there’s something wrong with me.
I feel like I’m missing out on some grand experience many people have already been involved in. I’m regaled with stories told by dewy-eyed ex-cowboys who let the world of New Austin et al wash over them wholesale. I’m told why it was so involving, why I’m a fool for not getting totally immersed in the world, and every time it makes me go back and play that bit harder.
But it still hasn’t grabbed me. Where I could drive around the streets of Liberty City for hours on end simply messing about, Red Dead Redemption hasn’t grabbed me. Where I could roam the surface of Mars smashing up anything I came into contact with in Red Faction: Guerrilla, Red Dead Redemption still hasn’t grabbed me. And even though I could waste a ludicrous amount of time surfing cars on Saints Row 2, Red Dead Redemption still hasn’t grabbed me.
I’m not saying its the game’s fault, nor am I claiming it’s anything approaching a bad game. Far from it – it’s clearly a labour of love, epic in scale and one of the finest representations of a cowboy sim we’ve ever had. Even though I don’t get along with it as well as I’d like to, and even though I do find certain issues with the game, there’s no doubt in my mind it is a great work and something Rockstar should be proud of.
But it just hasn’t grabbed me. These days I need games that won’t let me go until I’ve finished them, and it looks like Red Dead Redemption may be consigned to the pile of games I always intend to finish, but never do. Or maybe it’ll just click one day. Who knows?
What about you? How do you feel about RDR? Are there any big-name games out there you just don’t click with? Am I being a ‘lame’ ‘moron’ for being unable to let hot cowboy action wash all over me? Feel free to spake youre branes below.