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411 Games Fact or Fiction: Are We Excited for Red Dead Redemption 2?

October 20, 2016 | Posted by Daniel Anderson
Red Dead Redemption 2

Hello everyone and welcome to this week’s edition of Fact or Fiction. As always, I am Daniel Anderson, and I hope everyone has had a good week. Well last week saw Microsoft’s next shot at closing the gap with the PS4 release. Yes, Gears of War is out. So far I am really enjoying the game. I finished the campaign, and now am focusing on the multiplayer. Hopefully that is as fun as the campaign was. Anyway this week we have 411’s Stephen Randle going against Sean Garmer. Let’s see what they have to say, shall we?

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1.) You are excited about a possible Red Dead sequel/prequel.

Stephen Randle Fact: Well, duh. Red Dead Redemption is one of the best games of the last generation, and I would trust Rockstar to not even try to make a sequel unless they planned to at least match the last game. It’s been years since the last one, and the advances in open world games can only make a new Red Dead an even better game. Just no big boring Mexico area, okay?

Sean GarmerFact: I have the first game, but have never gotten around to actually playing it. I will at some point, but I’ve been intrigued by the possibility of a second game for quite a while. If anything else, I know there will be a lot of excited gamers once the game gets officially announced.

Score: 1 for 1 – I really look forward to the sequel/prequel. I loved the first game and cannot wait to see what they do with the characters next.

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2.) You agree with a Sony executive that PlayStation VR will sell hundreds of thousands of units at launch.

Stephen RandleFact: It sounds like a lot, but hundreds of thousands of units is a drop in the bucket given how many PS4’s are currently in the hands of consumers. It’s the (relatively) cheapest VR option, it’s the one that is more accessible to regular people, and by all accounts, it has the best library. There’s no reason why it shouldn’t be at least competitive with the existing headsets, and it should probably outsell them by a decent margin.

Sean GarmerFact: I mean if you look at the number of PS4 owners there are, I don’t think it is too much of a stretch to say it would sell that much. Now if he said something like 5 million around launch, then that’s a different conversation. Sony seems committed to VR for the long haul and it is the fad right now, people will buy it.

Score: 2 for 2 – It is fair to say that I think. I am not sure about the idea of launching a $500 accessory (after getting the controllers and camera) and new consoles at the same time. Just have to wait and see.

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3.) You like the idea of a Battlefield 1 level where you play as a homing pigeon.

Stephen RandleFiction: I don’t think it really adds anything to the game which is already trying something interesting by going back to the first World War as a setting, and it just doesn’t sound like anything fun. Remember how they tried to sell us on playing as a dog in Call of Duty: Ghosts? How did that turn out?

Sean GarmerFact: Why not? It’s one level and it goes with the setting of WWI. It can’t be worse than flying a plane in those types of games. I welcome different ideas like this one. Maybe it turns out badly, but it is worth trying.

Score: 2 for 3 – I don’t think that this is going to be a huge deal. It will be a single mission where you get a nice change of pace. I do not think it will be like Ghosts where you play as the dog.

SWITCH!

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4.) Gears of War 4 met your expectations for the game.

Sean Garmer?: Everything Daniel has told me about the game is that he’s been enjoying it. Unfortunately, I have not been able to play it, so I can’t comment on it.

Stephen RandleFact:Yep, sure looks like a Gears of War game.

What did you want? I don’t own an Xbox or have a PC capable of playing new games.

Score: 3 for 4 – I will count that as an agreement. The game is great so far. The single player is good and the multiplayer as well )if progression feels a little slow). I do really enjoy Horde mode and hope to play it with a group other than random people soon.

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5.) The Xbox One will continue outselling the PS4 through the holidays.

Sean GarmerFiction: I think because the Xbox One can go lower in price on bundles and they have a hot property in Gears of War out, the case could be made for yes. It’s hard for me to rule out that Call of Duty won’t push PS4 into the win column, but I’d imagine you aren’t buying PS4’s for that game at this point. I believe Last Guardian gets delayed again too. However, there’s this game called Final Fantasy XV that will probably sell systems and even though it’s on Xbox One as well, many still think of FF as a Sony thing. Especially since the other game, World of Final Fantasy is PS4 only. People may wanna pick up both with their PS4.

Stephen RandleFiction: Between PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro, the new console options will be out and should probably help PS4 take back the lead in monthly sales. The PSVR might also boost sales, although probably not as much as the combination of a cheaper option and a more powerful option. And while this will undoubtedly bring out the fanboys on both sides to call for the death of Sony and the ascension of Microsoft, it really doesn’t matter, because both companies are still selling ridiculous amounts of units. You know that the PS4 was still selling hundreds of thousands of units in all those months where Microsoft was winning, right? The gap between first and second might be a little smaller, but not by any amount that would make Sony sweat even a little.

Score: 4 for 5 – I think that Sony will probably see a boost even due to VR and new consoles. Only thing that could change that is interest in Microsoft only games, like Gears of War.

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6.) Dishonored 2 will be a GOTY candidate.

Sean GarmerFact: The first Dishonored surely was and if the second one can deliver on the promised innovation and the quality we normally get from Bethesda. I think it’s for sure going to be in that conversation.

Stephen RandleFiction: I can’t make that statement without having even touched the game, and while it might be good, it’s going to have to work against a pretty strong field to even crack the top 10. I’m not saying what my current chart topper is yet, but rest assured, it’s going to take a pretty amazing game to knock it off my personal top spot, and I just don’t see Dishonored 2 being that game.

Score: 4 for 6 – I think that with the same people working on Dishonored 2 that worked on Dishonored that it has a good shot. I really enjoyed the first one and cannot wait for the second to release.

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Bonus Question: If we are getting a Red Dead sequel/prequel, what other Rocksteady [meant Rockstar but phone’s autocorrect struck] franchise will we see a sequel/prequel to?

Sean Garmer I’d personally like to see Midnight Club make a return, I always liked those games.

Stephen Randle Rocksteady? I’m going to assume you mean Rockstar, in which case, is it too obvious to pick GTA? If so, we can all pray for the return of Table Tennis. Maybe in VR?

That wraps up this week’s edition of Fact or Fiction. Sean and Stephen went 4 for 6 agreeing more than they disagreed. I hope everyone has a good week, and until next week, happy gaming.

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