2. Red Dead Redemption
Throughout Red Dead Redemption, we saw Marston living with the consequences from his life of crime as a younger man. Imagine getting to see a younger, leaner, possibly meaner and certainly less upstanding Marston. This is a man who grew up as a turn of the century orphan – you know he hasn’t had it easy. We’d get to see him rustling cattle and robbing banks with the Dutch van der Linde gang, how Dutch impressed a young Marston, mentored him, then friction developed between Marston and the rest of the gang, and finally, what drove him to leave his life of crime to settle down with Abigail.
As with many Rockstar titles, Red Dead Redemption was such a compelling sandbox experience because it felt like a living, breathing world. It was all so well-drawn - the realistically rendered animals, the expansive outdoors, the run down towns, and the characters, especially Marston himself. He was consistently characterized, well-voiced and had a past that was always rearing its ugly head, making us yearn to know more. That’s why it’s as deserving as any game to get the fully fleshed-out backstory treatment. Just like its source material, Red Dead Redemption would be a turn of the century period piece, with an ear for turn of the century idioms and an eye for historical detail and brutal frontier violence.