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Red Dead Redemption Horse Review
 By Saferaphus   •   8th Dec 2018   •   287 views   •   1 comments


Something that keeps showing up in my newsfeed lately is content about something called Red Dead Redemption 2. And at first glance it seems that horses factor big in this something. So, I decided to find out more.

For those of you who donít know, and I may be the only one that didn't, Red Dead Redemption is a western-themed video game. The first version appears to have a really unappealing fellow with long greasy hair holding some sort of short double-barreled firearm on the packaging. No horse on the cover. The story line used in the game is the decline of the wild west when apparently there wasnít much in the way of soap and water.

But the game that keeps showing up on my feed is Red Dead Redemption 2 - which is actually a prequel to the original and set in 1899. This game was released this October for Xbox and PlayStation, of which I have neither. Again, a scruffy wild west type is on the packaging, but this time with along with a horde of riders on galloping horses.

According to the few reviews I read, the game is outstanding for its intricate detail. And, there is a very complicated back story about a gang and its leader, and a rival gang, and a botched heist, a sinking ship, some betrayals, death by tuberculosis, a bad guy trying to go good, revenge and of course gun slinging. Players have to clean their weapons, hunt and fish for survival and most importantly, much of the success of a player depends on their horse.

The horses are so important in seems that every day since the gameís release there have been articles about them. Horses are how the characters in the game get around. They have their own gear; they have to be taken care of properly, and have their own strengths, weaknesses and requirements. Much of a characterís success in RDR2 depends on the choosing and care of his horse. You want to get the best horse you can and look after it well. That sounds very familiar.

The details about the horses are very thorough. You can choose a breed, and there are many, when you reach a certain game level. Arabians are said to be very desirable as well as Turkomans and Missouri Fox Trotters. These horses are very expensive and just like in real life, arenít perfect. One of the least expensive horses is a white, wild Arabian that you will have to catch and train. Training is done by bucking the horse out and once thatís done itís yours. You can also steal horses. If you happen to try to steal one that belongs to a rival gang members, gun play could ensue.

RDR2 horses also spook and run away. And who can blame them? But there is a way to keep them calm. Judging from the instructions on how to do this, three eyes and a couple extra thumbs might be handy.

You can only ever own one saddle, no matter how many horses you have. Putting your saddle on a horse means itís your main horse and the others will be waiting in a stable. To summon another horse you own to a stable, you complete a complicated set of maneuvers with the gamepad or whistle, lasso and lead it. Not sure how the whistling is accomplished.

Bonding with your horse is also very important. This is done by riding it, patting it, leading and swimming with it. Just be careful not to tire it out. You can feed it nutritious foods, or treats and both affect the bond between you and your horse. Grooming and calming your horse also affect the bonding level. When youíve bonded well with your horse, you can expect to be able to ride it longer distances across rough ground and through deeper water. And your horse will be harder to steal.

Bonding levels also affect the horseís training. Level 2 horses can rear, Level 3 horses can do skid turns and stops and Level 4 horses can piaffe and drift. Here I think the creators mixed things up with Grand Theft Auto. Nevertheless, getting your horse to drift is something you want to do. Apparently itís not a move that can be done in real life. Although I think some have tried.

Anyway, I have to say Iím almost disappointed thereís not a version I can play on my ten-year-old Wii console. The graphics look amazing and who knows, with all the horse stuff, it might just turn me into a gamer.

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Both this and red dead are fantastic games , highly recommend if you havn't tried it. Play the older one first then the newer one. =D
  Dec 8, 2018  •  1,530 views
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