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Red Dead Redemption -- Why Open World Narratives Fail

An 'almost review' by the ITBrog.com's Isaiah taylor, he talks about how difficult it is to an open world game of this nature. Red Dead Redemption stands as Rockstar Games best blend of a intriguing narrative and an open world adventure. Unfortunately, open world games and meaty plots don't mix well.

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Trroy2532d ago (Edited 2532d ago )

Basically the article's only point is that the repetition of non-plot related gameplay breaks the story, because you invest too much of your own personality into the character?

I guess I kind of see the story as an entertaining way to change the gameplay, not as the ultimate game goal.

If he wants a JRPG, he should play one. Although the sheer amount of killing JRPG characters do is often pretty contrary to their supposedly peaceful/good character natures.

KingKiff2532d ago (Edited 2532d ago )

Title should read "how gaming journo's fail"

Crap article...

Bboy_Izilla2532d ago

I promise to try better next time. Really...I will.

KingKiff2532d ago

OK it wasn't that bad lol...

I juts dislike opinion pieces.

rockleex2531d ago

Its true, their narratives suck.

Like with Oblivion, the first 30 minutes were awesome.

Then the rest of the game were just pointless sidequests. The main missions only consisted of "shut this gate of Oblivion, then shut that gate of Oblivion".

RDR and GTA are victims of this too.

Its not the open world genre's fault. Its the fault of the developers for thinking they can just throw a bunch of hours of pointless gameplay in with 5 hours of worthy gameplay and think we'll eat it up.

And SO MANY people eat it up without thinking, "wait, this is pointless to the purpose of the game".

TrailerParkSupervisr2532d ago

...is people write opinion pieces then follow their story to other websites to read the responses then start defending themselves....er, you can have an opinion about a game but we cannot have one on your article? Narcissism much?

Bboy_Izilla2532d ago

I'm narcissistic because I wrote an article that I feel passionately about? You're free to comment just as I am correct?

Bboy_Izilla2532d ago

One of many points I make in the article is that no matter how many times we try and perfect this 'open world narrative' game design you run into the same issues the predecessors did. Staleness of story paralyzing sidequests.

wollie2532d ago

I just wanna say that you put my feelings into worlds perfectly! RDR was a great game, but there were just to many times when i was like ok John marston would never do this, why is he helping these people instead of shooting/ignoring them. I feel like this about every open world game. Devs create these awesome worlds for us to explore and then fill it with meaningless stuff for us to do.

coolbeans2532d ago

this idea gets into the heads of those who still would've wanted Alan Wake to be open-world. Fluid story takes a backseat in open-world games UNLESS an innovation comes along to change that.

KingKiff2532d ago

OK I can accept that.

But I personally would prefer some side mission and some freedom in games.

I found the story of Alan Wake good. But the game-play extremely boring and repetitive and this is what the author is saying he wants to avoid in games.

Just my 2 cents.

coolbeans2532d ago (Edited 2532d ago )

Probably a notable criticism to the devs. Just because linearity drives a more fluid story, doesn't necessarily mean there can't be different ways of getting to certain objectives. The ability to expand Bright Falls is something I'd like to see the sequel (would like to hear some sequel news in the future as well).

rakunado2532d ago (Edited 2532d ago )

At least the author acknowledges that the game is just not for him or anyone who thinks like him. At least his opinion is listed with valid points that in many ways makes sense, unlike people who just hate on the game.

I on the other hand love Red Dead Redemption. However there is one game that made me think as much as the author did in terms of his points and that was Just Cause 2. Just Cause 2 is fun to muck around with but overall the game lacked depth to me. Compared to Just Cause 2, Red Dead Redemptions story is a godsend!

DarthMoose2532d ago (Edited 2532d ago )

Why bash a game when the game isn't even the type of game our into? Gtfo with your fail opinion.

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