In May of 2010, fans of action-adventure and third-person shooter games were given a rare treat; the ability to be a cattle-rustling, train robbing, cowboy in an immersive Western environment. As John Martson, a former outlaw, gamers were tasked with hunting down three members of his former gang in exchange for the government releasing his wife and son. Traveling through a version of the United States during the decline of the American frontier, gamers could engage in gunfights, play cards in a saloon, all the while having their morality levels fluctuate depending on their actions.
In the sequel, gamers play as Arthur Morgan, a member of the Van der Linde gang as the last of the outlaws are hunted down by the government. It also features John Marston from the first game, Red Dead Redemption 2 acting as a prequel to its events. The games are some of the most expensive ever made, but they’re also some of the most beautiful to experience. Here are some gifts for the gunslinger in your life!
8 RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2 COMPLETE OFFICIAL STRATEGY GUIDE
Though you may relish the romanticism of galloping around the massive Western environment Rockstar games has created, there’s something to be said for having an ace up your sleeve like this Red Dead Redemption 2 Complete Official Strategy Guide. It’s your companion for uncovering and revealing all the frontier has to offer.
Aside from breakdowns of levels and gameplay interactions, this collector’s edition also boasts extensive walkthroughs, maps, a reference section, and a pervasive index for all the ground you’ll cover. Last but not least, it has an extensive art gallery devoted to the aesthetic of outlaw life in the Wild West.
7 RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2
One of the most highly anticipated game titles in recent years, Red Dead Redemption 2 is a direct sequel to the hit Red Dead Redemption, allowing you to explore the wilds of America’s frontierland as an outlaw. On both PS4 and Xbox One, Red Dead Redemption 2 has garnered the highest ratings of any game on the platforms.
As the last of the outlaws are hunted down at the dawn of the 20th century, the Wild West is tamed. Arthur Morgan must decide if he will turn his back on the Van der Linde gang that raised him, or risk the swift hand of judgment by the best bounty hunters and law enforcement Uncle Sam can send.
6 RED DEAD REDEMPTION BOTTLE OPENER
Whether you’re ambling into the nearest saloon for a cold drink or just your own kitchen, you’ll want to reach for this Red Dead Redemption 2 Bottle Opener to get the job done. Made from a burnished zinc alloy, it boasts beautiful filigree detail, including scalloped edges and maple leaf inlays.
With a combined weight of six ounces and a length of 8 inches, it’s weighted more at the back to give it a nice handling feel. While it’s perfect as a gift for fans of the Red Dead Redemption franchise, it also makes a beautiful keepsake for anyone appreciative of fine bar and kitchen accessories.
5 RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2 HEAT REVEAL MUGS
Whether you’re dodging bullets or dodging Pinkertons, you’re going to need a strong cup of belly wash to take on the rigors of surviving life in the Old West. Pour your black water into these Red Dead Redemption 2 coffee mugs and watch them react to the heat of their contents, going from black to a scenic image of the iconic silhouettes from the game.
Choose from three different images on your color changing mugs - two alternate game logos, and one sunset silhouette. The images will span across all three mugs for a masterpiece that’ll surely inspire your best gaming.
4 RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2 COLLAPSIBLE CUP
Keep your spirits up with this gold cup that neatly collapses to fit securely in your saddle bag. Made from high-quality brass, this telescopic cup bears the Red Dead Redemption 2 brand on the bottom of the glass, fully visible when it collapses to roughly the size of a pocket-watch.
This cup may seem small but it holds a more generous amount of liquids than you’d think, so don’t knock ‘em back too quick! When not in use, not only does it collapse into a beautiful memento, but also has a clip on the side, ensuring that you won’t lose it when you’re busy robbing trains.
3 RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2 WALL ART
Complete your gaming room with these high-quality video game posters from Red Dead Redemption 2, evoking the high contrast, pigment-packed posters of classic spaghetti-western films from the ‘70s like The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly or Fistful of Dollars.
Choose from a wide variety of art prints from variants of the game cover, including one that makes the characters of RDR2 look like they’re a part of the Grand Theft Auto franchise. Select from several different canvas sizes to accommodate your needs, all printed with waterproof ink, which can be mounted with double-sided adhesive mounts that are included with your purchase.
2 COWBOY HAT
Forget headsets. Red Dead Redemption 2 was made to be played with the proper headgear; a cowboy hat. Not only will you look like the outlaw you are, but you can be a trend-setter among your friends by bringing the cowboy hat back into fashion. Made from faux felt and available in a variety of colors, you can pick the hat that suits your fancy, and ride off into the sunset.
So grab your hat by the Pinch and Crease and pull up your stampede string, you have cattle to rustle, trains to hold up, banks to rob, hearts to break, and Pinkertons to outrun! Good thing you have a trusty hat to set the mood for outlawing.
1 RED DEAD REDEMPTION PROMOTIONAL PLAYING CARDS
The next time you amble over to your nearest card house (or weekly poker night) to play a game of chance, don’t use the house deck - pull out these Red Dead Redemption playing cards and be a winner before you’re even dealt your first hand. These limited edition playing cards were promotional material for Red Dead Redemption and have become a major collectible.
The back of every card boasts art from Red Dead Redemption, while the Rockstar Games emblem is in the upper and lower corners. These are an exact replica of the cards used in the game, perfect for a collector or as a complement to an Arthur Morgan cosplay.
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