Man I don't have enough time in my life for modern video games. I came back to Red Dead last night because my family got trapped in L.A. for the night. Long story. Not relevant. So I picked up Red Dead Redemption for an hour or so last night.
It was my first trip into Blackwater, the big city in the game. Even though I've been away from New Austin for a few weeks I had no trouble immersing myself back in the world and in the character of John Marsten. In fact I felt really out of place in the big city. I've spent so many months roaming the countryside and the big city (though not really all that big) felt like a different world.
I imagine this is how true country dwellers of the period felt. These big cities were really new concepts in the west and if you haven't been around them much they can feel very foreign. I rode in a car. There are cars in the game? That was a surprise. I tried to steal one but the typical ride/drive button didn't do anything. Come on Rockstar, builder of GrandTheftAuto worlds, let me steal the car. I wanted to try it out so badly even though I know the experience will be nothing like the real thing.
It was strange learning a new set of rules. On the prairie I had learned how people interacted with me. Would the city bring a new set of rules? I overheard two cops talking about me and I was afraid they would see me and come after me. They didn't but still it felt very foreign. My clothes now look very out of place and I feel a need to change into something more city like. But then won't it look strange when I head out into the frontier again? I guess I will find out.
This was one more experience that I have never had in a game but have now thanks to Red Dead. It's amazing how immersive games can be these days. Every time I would pick up a new Gran Turismo I would remark how real it looked and how it couldn't get any better. But every time it did. Open world games will continue with this trend for many years I think. There is still so much that can be done, even though the bar has been set really high already.