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Red Dead Redemption 2 is without a doubt the most anticipated game of this year and that anticipation grows every time Rockstar Games release new media or information. A handful of screenshots, or an entire day worth of artworks -- sends the hype-o-meter way off the Richter scale. Luckily we only have less than a month to go until its October 26 release.

There is a serious amount of details for us to warm our hands up over and talks could go on until the cows come home but I'm going to just share a few reasons with you why I am really looking forward to playing Red Dead Redemption 2.

Arthur Morgan

The Van der Linde enforcer. Sharp, cool-headed, and ruthless, but with his own sense of honour. A man who gets the job done.

Unlike Rockstar's previous game Grand Theft Auto V, Red Dead Redemption 2 will feature a single protagonist to play out the story with. This to me is a major thumbs up as it allows players to build a strong relationship with the protagonist. Not that the multi-character switch in GTA V wasn't executed well, it really was but having just the one protagonist will truly give players a deeper connection. With Arthur, Rockstar hasn't really shed too much information on his past or his personality. We know tidbits about him, but really -- he is a blank slate -- an empty canvas ready for us draw on. 

With every move that Arthur makes within eyesight being taking into consideration when it comes to NPC interactions, along with the number of customisation options for his look and tone, I feel that Arthur Morgan will be a unique experience for every player.

Missions

Although there is a delineation between the missions that are not so impacting on the story and the main missions - this time around, Rockstar is blurring the lines between main missions and side missions. You will not always necessarily know what kind of quest you are on, which creates a much more immersive experience for players in the sense that you may not have bothered taking that sheriff up on his offer or helped this person acquire certain goods if you did not think it was part of the main story. Instead of having a check-list style of errands to complete, we can now experience everything that everyone has to offer without worrying about what % this will increase, etc.

Knowing that train robberies are not restricted to the storyline missions is very exciting. The story of the GTA V was based around big robberies and different ways to go about them. I hope there are multiple ways to execute a heist this time too. 

Customisation

A proper customisation feature is important to me in a game. I like to really own something, to have that something really be my own and look like no one else's. Red Dead Redemption 2 features much bigger and selective customisation options. Unlike the previous Red Dead, where you could only select entire outfit presets. This time around we can customise individual pieces of clothing for Arthur; from jackets and hats to the whether your jeans are tucked into your boots or not. Not to mention being able to change his hairstyle, beard and so on. Then we get on to the horses, saddlebags, and the list goes on and when you take into account that you can gain or lose weight depending on your diet, this opens up a whole other world of custom options for Arthur -- his weapons of choice -- and the camp he resides in and the legs he rides on.

In short

With a game that has packed in so much content, it is not an easy task to pinpoint down just a few reasons why you're excited to play it and whack it all into one article. I could be typing until the game comes out, and that's a particularly bad idea but for now -- in short -- here are a quick handful of other reasons why I am so damn excited to play Red Dead Redemption 2. 

  1. Trying out the re-vamped Dead Eye system, which now has 5 tiers
  2. Hanging with John Marston. Because.. John Marston.
  3. Taking a selfie while knee deep in a bush and with the sun glaring at me
  4. Fishing!
  5. Killing an alligator (or even getting killed by one)

Red Dead Redemption 2 drops on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on October 26.

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