Red Dead Redemption 2’s Influences: The Impact Of GTA 5, Max Payne 3, Bully, And More


Red Dead Redemption 2 is Rockstar’s most ambitious game to date. With nearly 20 years of experience and almost 30 games under its belt, it’s clear that the studio is pulling from its rich history in order to make its biggest game to date. Eight Rockstar studios around the globe are putting bits and pieces of eight different games into Red Dead Redemption 2,.

The physical health mechanics from Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas appear in Red Dead Redemption 2, for example, and they’re expanded to affect your character’s own personal hygiene. RDR2’s weapon handling emulates Max Payne 3 by only allowing your character to carry as many guns as they can physically hold with their hands and available holsters. Heck, even the NPC interaction from Bully is present, although with improvements that allow you to respond to characters in a variety of ways depending on what’s going on.

With so many past elements showing up in the upcoming open-world adventure, it seems like the game is a true culmination of everything Rockstar has learned. In this gallery, we detail eight of Rockstar’s biggest games from the last 15 years and what they contribute to Red Dead Redemption 2.

Red Dead Redemption 2 launches on October 26 for PS4 and Xbox One. Pre-orders are available now at a number of in-store and online retailers, and there’s some extra content tied to specific platforms and timed exclusive DLC. If you’re curious about all the new features in the game, check out our round-up of everything we know, including the game’s most surprising details.

What do you find the most intriguing about the way Red Dead Redemption 2 takes elements from past Rockstar games? Let us know in the comments below.

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