It should come as no surprise to know that Red Dead Redemption 2 is shaping up to be something special. After 90 minutes of hands-on time with the game, the lofty expectations I had going into the preview event were blown out of the water. While it’s Rockstar’s speciality these days, I was particularly taken aback by how much the developers have managed to jam into Red Dead 2 — down to the finite details like cleaning your gun to keep it maintained and functioning properly, to ensuring your clothes are washed after an animal carcass had been resting on it following a hunt.
My demo started with protagonist Arthur Morgan and his gang of outlaws, led by Dutch van der Linde, escaping a botched robbery in Blackwater. The group, trying to avoid the law and shaken by the close call in Blackwater, want to lie low for a while. Dutch, however, insists on robbing a train that has a lot of loot from a rival gang. Pulling the heist off would not only benefit Morgan and the group, but would also send a message to the other gang, though the group are hesitant given the scramble they’d just endured. Tensions rise here, though Dutch has the final say and the group heads off to set up for the train robbery.