Red Dead Redemption
It’s hard to imagine that there was once a time when the number of Western television shows and movies outnumbered those about World War II. Our strange obsession with the Second World War continues today, with countless video games, television shows, movies, books, and comics focused on that period. Despite the insane number of properties that concern WWII, the same can’t be said of Westerns anymore. At some point during the late 60s, American audiences grew tired of gunslingers and bandits. Sure, the odd movie or television mini-series cropped up from time to time, but for the most part, the Western was dead. The last decade saw a small resurgence from the genre with the help of the television show Deadwood, a big budget remake of the Elmore Leonard classic 3:10 to Yuma, and even video games like Gun, Call of Juarez, and Rockstar’s Red Dead Revolver. Of course, Red Dead Revolver, as enjoyable as it was, wasn’t really Rockstar’s game. They picked up the license from Capcom, and Rockstar did the best they could with what they were given, but they weren’t able to capture the mysticism or scope and grandeur of the west. In fact, it would take another five years until Rockstar was able to bring their true vision for the franchise to life.