Hello, Waypoint readers! We hope you’re ready to join us and the Waypoint staff on our delve into Rockstar Games’ Red Dead Redemption, the second game in the Red Dead franchise (although I’m not sure we talk about Red Dead Revolver that much). Initially released in May 2010 for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360, players step into the role of John Marston in 1911 as he travels the ‘Wild West’ on the hunt for members of his old gang.
Red Dead Redemption received critical acclaim on its initial release, but, with Red Dead Redemption II on the shortening horizon, we ask: does the original hold up to the gaze of 2018? What can we say about this game with an additional eight years behind us? What has been its legacy and what have we forgotten?
This Waypoint 101 will have two parts. The goal is to have two episodes releasing in October (during the first and third weeks). Given that it is the spooky season, this Waypoint 101 will also include Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare in the discussion for the second part. The first episode will run from the beginning up until the mission We Shall Be Together in Paradise ends.
You can play the game on the PS3 and Xbox 360, but it can also be played on the Xbox One through backwards compatibility or, if you have a PlayStation Now subscription, on your PS4.
To consolidate discussion, we’re making this thread to serve as the home for Red Dead Redemption chatter around the upcoming Waypoint 101. Feel free to share your updates, thoughts, and posts as we go. We hope that, by having folks talk about the game as they play it, we can all have an enriched experience.
Given that the podcast will be divided by We Shall Be Together in Paradise, we would kindly like to ask that folks refrain from spoiling anything past that point & to be judicious with their use of spoiler tags, as people may not have played the game before. The thread will be opened up after the release of the first episode.
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Q: What is Waypoint 101?
A: Waypoint 101 is Waypoint’s video game book club! This is a semi-regular podcast series, in which Waypoint staff dive deep and dig into a game in full. Rather than the crew explaining the game to one another and the viewers, the team will have all played the game and, thus, open room for a discussion based on an assumption of knowledge. Of course, it’s a perfectly enjoyable listen even if you’re unfamiliar with the game!
Q: Do I have to play the whole game at once?
A: Not necessarily – you can feel free to give us your progress reports as you go.
Q: I played this game before. Can I talk about that thing at the end? Y’know, the thing?
A: As we’re likely not to have multiple episodes about this game, you can, but I would encourage folks to let the discussion germinate and flow naturally. If you really want to talk about the thing, please tag your spoilers accordingly.
Q: How much of the game should I play?
A: As much as you like! If you want to keep pace with the podcast, you should play up until the end of the mission called We Shall Be Together in Paradise. After the first episode drops, you can pick up the rest and join Waypoint to talk about the conclusion!