4. Red Dead Redemption
Rockstar Games, master of the sandbox, had just created a fantastic open-world game set in a replica of New York City (which we'll get to later). Not content to sit on their laurels, they decided to tackle a whole new setting: the Old West. This large, majestic, empty world had plenty of corners to explore, especially when the Mexico section opens up and doubles the already-huge playground. Throughout this world is the tale of John Marston, one of repentance and remorse, of triumph and tragedy, and the game set around it is simply marvelous.
Every spaghetti western we've ever watched bled from each button press during our time with Red Dead Redemption. Hunting for game on the expansive frontier, dueling a ruffian in the center of town, and riding our horse with the breathtaking terrain as our backdrop...everything in Red Dead Redemption made us feel like a genuine cowboy. It helps that John Marston is one of the most likable protagonists in gaming history despite his checkered past, a trait conveyed through the excellent voicework of Rob Wiethoff.