The most popular genres in video games are sci-fi and fantasy, with zombie-centric games carving our their own little area of dominance. That's not to say that there's not a plethora of games from other genres (mystery, horror/thrillers, puzzles) but there is one genre specifically that I've always noted is scarcely explored by developers; Westerns.
It always seemed like a no brainer to me, you get a little pit of both the game mechanics involved with sci-fi and fantasy (guns and horses respectively) but for some reason companies just don't seem to make Westerns. It was recently brought to my attention just why exactly that might be...
So there's this little video game company, you might have heard of it, that made a game called "Red Dead Redemption" in 2010. It follows the story of a former gang-member, John Marston, as he attempts to make himself right with the growing power of the law in the formerly untamed west for the sake of wife and son. The game received critical acclaim (95% on Metacritic) and the working theory is that Rockstar so perfectly represented the elements of a true Western in one game, that no other devs' dare touch it.
Have I played the game? No actually... 2010 was the dark time of my life during which I had no console, and now two console gens later I can't play it unless I buy a PS2 (which, no.) But it's long awaited sequel is coming out this October, and here at my house we are just a little bit excited.
Hey, isn't this a music blog?! Yes - sorry.
So Rockstar dropped the third and final cinematic trailer a few months ago... and I've um... 'watched' it... probably once a day since they did. The first time I 'watched' it... I cried? The music... is... stupidly good... how the cellos swell, how they resolve just after the dude says "...and we can have the knowledge of fire." is just... I get goosebumps every goddamn time!! AND IT'S JUST A TRAILER.
Anyways, that's the incredibly long-winded way of explaining how I got to listening to the actual OST from the first game (and not just the background music to a trailer like some fool) It's got some clear Ennio Morricone influences, which I think is a really great example of how Rockstar understands and absolutely destroys every aspect of genre and style.