The Greatest Video Game I’ve Never Played

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Red Dead Redemption 2: 150 Gold Bars 150 Gold Bars – [Xbox One Digital Code]

It all comes back to this. I’ll never forget the first time I saw this trailer for the greatest game I’ve ever played Red Dead Redemption 2. The way the music builds and swells right around the time Arthur Morgan begins to speak, saying “listen to me, when the time comes, you gotta run and don’t look back. This is over.” And…

It was over. For me anyway.

There is only one other game I have played in the last two or so years and that has been a small amount of the game Dishonored 2. I am constantly playing RDR2 and I don’t think I ever will stop. As long as I live I will always have this little thing in the back of my brain telling me to go back and restart the amazing campaign of Red Dead Redemption 2.

The world is so vast, so lush, beautiful, brutal, amazing, etc. that it can sometimes be hard to start playing. The story that you play through in the main campaign… it’s, well, revelatory. At least that is my own interpretation and experience with playing it. Which in a way is a little weird. I mean the game is a sequel/prequel to another game all about redemption for the main character that you play as during the game.

And that’s the funny thing with me. I loved the first game Red Dead Redemption as well, but the way I played through its story is a little odd. Well, more so it shows my lack of patience and the sense that I needed a lot of action to be going on in the plot of the story to keep my attention at the time when I was 18.

You see there is a point in during Red Dead Redemption when everything slows down a little bit. You bring cattle to your farm that you have won back. You finally see your family again, and, in a way, it seems like the story is coming to a close that is just you and your family taking care of your settlement in the Great Plains of New Austin (the setting for RDR). At that point I decided I was going to stop playing.

Boy was I mistaken to do that right at that point in the first game. There was quite a bit more in terms of plot development and emotional impact that the game would have had on me had I kept playing through to the end. Yet, I didn’t play it. Not for years at least. Which meant that when I played through Red Dead Redemption 2, the prequel, the story hit so much harder for me.

That is why I consider the story of Red Dead Redemption 2 as impactful as I find it. At least that is why I think it may have had a slightly larger impact on me than it may have on others.

But…

I play with an Xbox One.

I don’t have a playstation.

Can you guess where I’m going with this? Maybe you have a bit of an idea and that first game that I haven’t played either is a legendarily amazing game. But…

This…

This is my favorite game that I’ve never played. I want to go into spoilers so bad. I want to say why I think this is one of the most important, impeccably made, and fantastically revolutionary games to ever come out. (I know, it’s kind of funny I know all the spoilers and I still think it’s my favorite game I’ve never played). Yet I think you and everybody else should play the first Last of Us game and this sequel to it. So…

I’ll just say that The Last of Us Part 2 is my favorite video game that I’ve never played.

The Last of Us Part II – PlayStation 4 Special Edition

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