Red Dead Redemption 2: What To Play While Waiting



We know so little about Red Dead Redemption 2 and yet we all can't wait to finally play the long-anticipated sequel to 2010's fantastic open world Wild West romp. While information is scarce, we do know one thing - the game won't arrive until late next year. That's a long, long ways off, and the wait is tantalizing. In the meantime, we'll have to make do with whatever tidbits of information Rockstar reveals...

As well as a whole lot of other games to tide us over. While not all of these will fit Red Dead Redemption's bill in every way, they will have enough by way of similarity to work as great distractions until the game's release comes around. Some of these titles are newer, some are older, but they're all gems and definitely worth your time.

1. Call of Juarez: Gunslinger

The latest, and arguably best, installment of the Call of Juarez series returns to the series' old-west roots after the disappointing previous title. Gunslinger may not be an open-world title - in fact it's about as linear as you get without being on-the-rails - but it is definitely a strong wild west shooter. While it's first-person instead of third, the strong western theme and vengeance being central to the story liken it to Red Dead in more ways than one. Add to this that it's a damn good shooter, and you have a great way to pass the time before RDR2 drops.

2. Hard West

Hard West may not tick with some Red Dead Redemption fans, as the gameplay is vastly different from Rockstar's open world title. Hard West is akin to XCOM, but with a western skin pulled over it. The turn-based strategy game is punishingly difficult and requires some experience with the genre to be fully enjoyed (lest you become frustrated with dying over and over), however, in the end, it's a solid western experience with some supernatural elements thrown in. Naturally, it goes without saying that this is also a revenge story.

3. The Oregon Trail

This ancient classic may diverge the most from Red Dead Redemption, but there are enough thematic similarities to warrant a place on this list. Set roughly around the same time period, hunting factors into The Oregon Trail in a major way much like it does in RDR, and while the whole game isn't strictly speaking a 'Western', it sure gives off those vibes. Funnily enough, there exists a spin-off called "Organ Trail" which is a parody of the original with a zombie apocalypse setting, much like Undead Nightmare.

4. Westerado: Double Barreled

This pixel-graphic humorous title from Adult Swim is an open-world, open-ended action game where you can kill any and every NPC you meet. Like other games on this list, it starts off as a run-of-the-mill revenge story, but the plot is quite dependent on player choice, allowing you to mold your storyline as you see fit. Gameplay is simple but fun, dialogue is funny and there is a lot of replay value in this title. Considering how modestly priced it is, it's a great little game to pass the time with.

5. Red Dead Redemption

You know we had to include it. While you're waiting for Red Dead Redemption 2, you can always just replay the original and its standalone expansion, Undead Nightmare - we really don't need to explain why. The games are backwards compatible on Xbox One, and are available on PlayStation 4 and PC via the PlayStation Now streaming service.

What games would you add to this list?


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