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‘Westworld’ inspiration ‘Red Dead Redemption’ comes to PC, PlayStation 4

‘Red Dead Redemption’ makes its PC and PS4 debut via PlayStation Now. ― Picture courtesy of Take-Two / Sony Interactive Entertainment
‘Red Dead Redemption’ makes its PC and PS4 debut via PlayStation Now. ― Picture courtesy of Take-Two / Sony Interactive Entertainment

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 2 ― Noted as a reference point for HBO drama Westworld, 2010 video game western “Red Dead Redemption” is being re-released for PC and PlayStation 4 from December 6 via subscription service PlayStation Now.

From the production house best known for the “Grand Theft Auto” franchise, as well as 1940s detective mystery “LA Noire” and São Paolo scramble “Max Payne 3,” “Red Dead Redemption” represented the opportunity to explore choice and consequence system within the action game genre.

Players’ behaviour would impact how other characters react to them; lavish attention to visual and environmental detail as well as numerous non-essential activities supported the story-driven adventure.

Westworld showrunner Jonathan Nolan has mentioned “Red Dead Redemption” on several occasions with regard to its influence ― and that of select other video games ― on the drama’s development.

“A lot of interesting storytelling that’s happening right now is in video games ― which literally didn’t exist when Michael Crichton was writing the original film,” he told Vice in September. “In games like ‘Skyrim,’ ‘Red Dead Redemption,’ or the sandbox games that Bioware make, morality is a variable. How do you write a story in which the hero’s moral component exists on a spectrum? That’s a fascinating challenge.”

The arrival of “Red Dead Redemption” on game-streaming service PlayStation Now opens up the Westworld influence to a new audience.

Debuting on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in 2011, neither “RDR” nor its zombie-stuffed spin-off “Undead Nightmare” had been given a PC release since then.

For PlayStation 4 owners who missed out the first time around, using PlayStation Now lets them play “RDR,” in its PS3 form, on the newer console.

(Xbox One owners can play the original Xbox 360 direct from their console; the Xbox One’s improved capabilities make “RDR” an even better experience by eliminating judder and tear during graphically intensive sequences.)

In exchange for US$19.99 (RM89.20) a month (US$44.99 for three), a 5Mbps or greater internet connection, and access to a PS4 or modest, compatible PC (Windows 7, Core i3 2GHz, 2GB RAM or above, plus gamepad) PlayStation Now subscribers are given access to over 450 games, including “Red Dead Redemption” and its spin-off from December 6.

For first-timers, there’s a free 7-day trial, enough time to take in most of “Red Dead Redemption” before sampling some other PlayStation exclusives, such as “Katamari Forever,” “The Unfinished Swan,” “Heavy Rain,” “Hot Shots Golf” 5 and 6, the “Ratchet & Clank” games and the “Uncharted” trilogy.

“Red Dead Redemption 2” is targeting the second half of 2017 for release on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.― AFP-Relaxnews

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