Apparently I picked just the wrong time to do that. A few weeks ago, after stumbling on some spoilers from the fabulous tvtropes pages for Red Dead Redemption, I decided that I had to jump back into the game. Whereas I am used to and more fond of games where you control the story (like my beloved Mass Effect series), Red Dead Redemption takes a different approach. Although you play as John Marsten, you only slowly get to see who he is and how his life has shaped him. Over time Marsten has gone from a bland, incomprehensible gunhand to one of the more interesting characters in gaming. I rounded out the second major storyline of the game last night and while caught up in the emotions of the scene chose to resolve a problem with gunplay where it may not have been needed. I immediately regretted the decision and wish that I had taken a more peaceful approach. A shooter that can make you wish you hadn’t taken a shot is a rare thing.
Over the next few weeks I will likely finish Red Dead Redemption and eventually will post a more thorough review. In the mean time, it turns out that this self described “semi-literate farmer and hired killer” is one heck of a character.