Ladies and gentlemen, the biggest video game of the year has finally arrived. No, not Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey (a beautiful game in its own right), not Spider-Man (a game which almost convinced me to buy a PS4) — we’re talking about Red Dead Redemption 2, the third installment in Rockstar’s long-running and highly successful “Red Dead” franchise.

Simultaneously leaning into and deconstructing the tropes of the mythic Old West, the Red Dead series has proven arguably better than Hollywood that the Western genre is as viable as ever. While its heyday has long since passed us by, there was a time when Westerns were the equivalent of today’s superhero/comic book genre, with new ones coming out seemingly every other week and entertaining crowds across America.

While there have been some Westerns recently, and some outstanding ones among them, we here at Nerd It Here First took it upon ourselves to enlighten our readers on some of the best examples of the Western genre. And, more specifically, how they relate to Red Dead Redemption 2.


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