Rockstar Games: A studio like no other

Red Dead Redemption 2 promises to be the best title of 2017 for gamers, but this certainly won’t be anything new for Rockstar Games.

Some of my all-time classic gaming moments have been from games made by this studio. Rockstar Games simply aren’t afraid to ‘push the boundaries’ and have always released games that have stirred up some kind of controversy. 

Perhaps most famously was when explicit sex acts were able to be performed by players in GTA: San Andreas after players found secret code. These blunders haven’t occurred by mistake either, because unlike others, Rockstar doesn’t need to prove its success to anyone.

Simply put, they can release a game that pushes the boundaries so far, perhaps too far, that it doesn’t really matter in the long run.

My favorite part of GTA: San Andreas was the joy of cruising the open road in what was such a massive open world. The graphics in games released by Rockstar have never been too amazing, but the immersion has always been second-to-none. When Red Dead Redemption released in 2010, Rockstar had done it again, releasing a blockbuster title with a huge world to explore and a good range of fun missions that saw you wanting to play out the story mode.

Speaking of Red Dead Redemption, it has shipped well over 14-million copies since its release.

GTA Online changed everything again for Rockstar, and it blended the giant open world and ability to play alongside your friends together. It was a virtual world where people could hang out together, perhaps do some crazy things that could only be possible in a videogame, or the mundane.

I could sit here and write for a long time about how great each release by Rockstar has been. There is a reason why studios like this do so well, and a big part of the success comes from the quality of the games. Rockstar, and also Naughty Dog (developers behind the Uncharted series) release a game once every few years and no more. Their timing is always ‘to a tee’, and the level of hype and speculation that gets generated from a simple announcement trailer always has social media buzzing.

The level of interest in these games is simply unmatched in the console gaming space. It has been three years, almost to the day, since both the Xbox One and PS4 were released. And yet, not until four years later, do we see Rockstars’ first flagship title that has been built from the ground up just for these systems.

In fact, the last time we saw a release in the Red Dead Redemption series, the PS3 and Xbox 360 were only in their fourth year of existence.

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